German Talmud Translation, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Canva, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, October 17, 2021


Jerusalem Post: German Talmud translation from 1935 goes online. “Scholars of Judaism in Germany have sought to make Jewish texts available in German for decades, but the Talmud translation project gained steam after [Igor] Itkin and his colleagues, German and Austrian scholars, took on the project after he realized that [Lazarus] Goldschmidt’s work would enter the public domain at the beginning of this year.”

University of North Carolina School of the Arts: New UNCSA Archives Digital Collections portal now available. “The UNCSA Archives staff is excited to introduce the new UNCSA Archives Digital Collections, your portal to digitized material from the Archives. Here you can search or browse over 13,000 digitized photographs and posters from the Archives collections.”


Lifehacker Australia: How to Get the Most Out of Canva’s New Video Editing Tools. “If you’re feeling ready to kick off your TikTok career, or are just hoping to add a little colour to your home videos (which many of you are probably getting more creative with now that the iPhone 13 is here), the range of production options with Canva’s Video Suite is broad and they’re wildly easy to use. I chatted with Rob Kawalsky, Head of Product at Canva, to gain some insight into the Video Suite and the best ways to put the product to good use. Here’s everything you need to know.”

Mashable: Twitch says user passwords weren’t compromised in huge data leak . “Earlier in October, pretty much the entirety of Twitch was hacked and leaked onto the internet. Apparently, passwords weren’t included, though. That’s what Twitch says, anyway. The streaming site issued an update on Friday in the aftermath of the big hack, saying that user passwords, credit cards, and banking info weren’t accessed by the hackers.”


FamilySearch: 6 Online Journals to Make Journaling Easier. “Keeping a personal, handwritten journal may be difficult in this busy time of your life. Why not give online journaling a try? There are dozens of apps, websites, and social media platforms that offer online journaling options. Let’s take a look at what online journaling is and a few terrific options to get started.”


Gizmodo: How WhatsApp Swallowed Half The World. “You may know Facebook as an awful site with awful design that’s full of awful people, and the less time anyone spends on it the better. But if you live in a place like Brazil, Uganda, or any other country in the ‘Global South,’ Facebook’s services aren’t just apps where your weird uncle goes to share Trump memes. In fact, they’re not apps at all. They’re utilities. They’re communication and commerce, newspapers and yellow pages, all at once. So when all of that goes down in one fell swoop, you’re not relieved. You’re panicked.”

Wolfram Blog: Celebrating Computational Excellence with the 2021 Wolfram Innovator Awards. “Leaders in many top organizations and institutions have played a major role in using computational intelligence and pushing the boundaries of how the Wolfram technology stack is leveraged for innovation across fields and disciplines. We recognize these deserving recipients with the Wolfram Innovator Award, which is awarded at the annual Wolfram Technology Conference. We are pleased to introduce the 2021 Wolfram Innovator Award winners.”


Motherboard: The White House’s Plan to Stop Government Employees From Getting Phished. “The White House has an ambitious plan to greatly reduce the risk of phishing to the U.S. government. Part of that is having agencies phase out the use of SMS and app-based multi-factor authentication, and replace them with phishing-resistant methods such as hardware security keys.”

Business Insider: Facebook is fighting to keep records of its own investigation into the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar out of court. “Facebook on Wednesday challenged part of a judge’s order that would require the tech giant to release internal documents and private user content connected to the genocide of 24,000 Rohingya people in Myanmar. The company is appealing US Magistrate Zia Faruqi’s September mandate that said Facebook must disclose records from the company’s private investigation into its role in the systematic mass executions of Rohingya civilians by the Myanmar military.”


World Wildlife Federation: Walrus From Space – Animal Spotters Wanted to Join Mass Survey. “WWF and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are seeking the public’s help to search for walrus in thousands of satellite images taken from space, with the aim of learning more about how walrus will be impacted by the climate crisis. It’s hoped half a million people worldwide will join the new ‘Walrus from Space’ research project, a census of Atlantic walrus and walrus from the Laptev Sea, using satellite images provided by space and intelligence company Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe.”

Fast Company: Which Disney movies should your child watch? Scientists created this database to help you decide. “A group of Texas academics recently analyzed the effect of animated films—culled from the vast catalog of productions released by Walt Disney Pictures between 1937 and 2020—on children’s cognitive and behavioral functions, and they found the movies played a valuable role in inspiring dialogue from children, about tough issues they may be facing at that delicate time in their lives.”

The Conversation: What happens to your life stories if you delete your Facebook account?. “Millions of people have invested billions of collective hours building what scholars call a networked life narrative, in which people ‘co-construct’ their social identities through their interactions with one another. Perhaps you’ve never thought about how archiving the small moments of your life would eventually amass into a large narrative of yourself. Or how interactions from your family, friends, colleagues and strangers would create meaningful dimensions of that story.” Good morning, Internet…

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