New Jersey Mental Health, Africa Creativity, Kansas Manufacturing, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 7, 2021

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WHYY: N.J. coronavirus update: Resources offered for young people dealing with mental health challenges. “New Jersey officials said they have seen an increase in children dealing with anxiety and depression, which they attribute to the isolation of remote learning and now, readjusting to in-person learning. To help young people to better cope with these stresses, the state has launched a new corner of its COVID-19 website dedicated to mental health resources for kids, teenagers, and young adults, as well as parents and educators.”

Google Blog: Explore the Cradle of Creativity on Google Arts & Culture. “The Cradle of Creativity, a new project on Google Arts & Culture, explores how creativity evolved in Africa from rock art to contemporary brush strokes. In collaboration with the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA) in Nigeria and the Origins Centre in South Africa, you can now explore 50 expertly-curated stories, featuring over 60 high-resolution Gigapixel images of artworks digitized using the Google Art Camera, 17 Street View virtual tours and, for teachers and students, a dedicated lesson plan.”

Business Facilities: New Program Aims To Strengthen Kansas’ Manufacturing Supply Chain. “An online manufacturer database and connectivity platform, CONNEX™ Kansas is provided as a free resource for Kansas manufacturers. The platform is designed to allow manufacturers in Kansas to connect with each other, find local and domestic suppliers, explore production capabilities and manage their supply chain.”


TechCrunch: Distraction-free reading service Scroll is shutting down and becoming a feature of Twitter Blue. “Distraction-free reading service Scroll will shut down in approximately 30 days and become a feature of Twitter Blue, Twitter confirmed in an email to TechCrunch. Twitter acquired Scroll in May and had said it planned to offer Scroll as a premium feature on its platform. Once Scroll shuts down as an independent service, it will become ‘Ad-Free Articles’ as part of Twitter Blue.”


University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: The End Of An Archive: NCAR Powers Off HPSS. “After more than 10 years in service as a long-term repository for curated data archives and modeling data, NCAR [National Center for Atmospheric Research]’s High-Performance Storage System (HPSS) was officially retired on October 1, 2021. The tape archive made its debut in March 2011 as a follow-on to the 25-year-old NCAR Mass Storage System (MSS). During the transition from MSS, some 70 million files – approximately 12 petabytes of data – were migrated into HPSS. At its peak in early 2020, the volume of data archived in HPSS had grown to more than 93 petabytes and 300 million files.”


The Guardian: How fraudsters can use the forgotten details of your online life to reel you in . “In the first half of this year, £355m was lost in the UK to authorised push payment fraud, where people transferred money to scammers’ accounts. Some of these crimes began with fraudsters socially engineering victims they had met on dating sites. Others with people being contacted by someone pretending to be from a bank’s fraud department, and manipulating them that way.”

NBC New York: YouTube Pulls Two R. Kelly Channels After Sex-Trafficking Conviction. “YouTube pulled two channels linked to R. Kelly after he was found guilty on all counts in a federal sex-trafficking trial last week, the company said. However, Kelly’s songs and albums will continue to be available on the YouTube Music service, and user-generated content incorporating Kelly’s music is still allowed on the main platform, NBC News reported.”

NBC News: Snapchat boosts efforts to root out drug dealers. “Snapchat has developed new tools and educational content to crack down on the sale of deadly counterfeit pills on the messaging app. These tools aim to warn users about the dangers of those pills in an effort to keep its community safe from the ‘devastating impacts of the fentanyl crisis,’ the company announced Thursday.”


University of Cape Town News: Year-old San and Khoi Centre adds invaluable indigenous knowledge to archive. “When the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Studies library was destroyed by fire in April this year, so too were many resources on the cultures and languages of Southern Africa’s indigenous people. But new knowledge produced by the university’s youngest research entity, the San and Khoi Centre, is set to revive this archive. The San and Khoi Centre in the Centre for African Studies (CAS) calls this ‘unburning the fire’.”

Geographic: Social media is providing crucial data to study and monitor marine species . “Visitors to the stretch of coastline from Donegal to Antrim, Northern Ireland, are often treated to the sight of bottlenose dolphins leaping from the sea surface. Pictures of their acrobatics accrue thousands of likes on social media, but amateur photographers are often unaware that their images are generating powerful data.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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