LGBTQ Colorado, Medieval Illuminated Manuscript, PFAS Sites, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, October 19, 2021


Colorado State University: CSU’s Queer Memory Project rediscovers Northern Colorado’s forgotten LGBTQ+ Past. “A new website and online archive featuring 200-plus news stories, artifacts and images from Northern Colorado’s LGBTQ+ past was launched earlier this month to educate the public about the region’s LGBTQ+ history.”

British Library: Antoine de Lonhy and the Saluces Hours . “The Saluces Hours is a manuscript with a complicated genesis. It was produced in Savoy, which in the 15th century was in independent duchy, and today comprises an area of southeast France and northwest Italy. The manuscript was originally begun around the 1440s, several decades before Lonhy’s involvement in the project. In this first stage, the text was probably completed and the process of illuminating the book begun.” Breathtaking! I probably say that half the time for illuminated manuscripts, but it’s always true.

The Guardian: Revealed: more than 120,000 US sites feared to handle harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals. “The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified more than 120,000 locations around the US where people may be exposed to a class of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ associated with various cancers and other health problems that is a frightening tally four times larger than previously reported, according to data obtained by the Guardian.”


Wilton House Museum: Black Craftspeople Across the Virginia Landscape. “The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive seeks to enhance what we know about Black craftspeople by telling both a spatial story and a historically informed story that highlights the lives of Black craftspeople and the objects they produced. This fall, the BCDA will launch the Virginia portion of the archive and map. Together, we will dive into the lives of these Virginians, learn their stories, and understand how they shaped the landscape and material culture of the state.” October 21.


Internet Archive Blog: The Internet Archive’s Community Webs Program Welcomes 60+ New Members from the US, Canada and Internationally. “Community Webs, the Internet Archive’s community history web and digital archiving program, is welcoming over 60 new members from across the US, Canada, and internationally. This new cohort is the first expansion of the Community Webs program outside of the United States and we are thrilled to be supporting the development of diverse, community-based web collections on an international scale.”

Bing Blogs: IndexNow – Instantly Index your web content in Search Engines. “IndexNow is a new protocol created by Microsoft Bing and Yandex, allowing websites to easily notify search engines whenever their website content is created, updated, or deleted. Using an API, once search engines are notified of updates they quickly crawl and reflect website changes in their index and search results.”


Wired: How to Switch From Google Authenticator to Another 2FA App. “There’s nothing wrong with Google Authenticator, but more feature-rich alternatives are available, which is where this guide comes in. The good news is that it’s possible to transfer all your 2FA login information to another app without getting locked out of your accounts along the way.”


Flickr Blog: Partnering with Black Women Photographers to Further Photography. “Today, we’re excited to officially announce a new grant in partnership with the Black Women Photographers community. With this grant, we hope to help one photographer that is part of both Black Women Photographers and Flickr further their photography practice. The grant includes funds of $1,200 to be used by the recipient towards furthering their photography practice, a two-year Flickr Pro membership, and a one-year SmugMug Pro membership.”

BBC: New prototype embeds BBC sound archive in the real world. “[Emily Sorrell’s] first major work, The Sonosynthesiser, creates a layer of archive sound on top of a physical environment. Users can locate and tune into different fragments of sound using a hand-held device.”


HackRead: Minecraft declared the most malware-infected game. “Malware strains have gradually become the leading cause of infection targeting millions of devices worldwide annually. A new report from Atlas VPN revealed that the PC and mobile gaming industry is the current big target of malware authors and Minecraft is their favorite game to bait gamers.”

Reuters: Russia to go after Google this month with fine of up to 20% of annual turnover. “Communications regulator Roskomnadzor said Google had failed to pay 32.5 million roubles ($458,100) in penalties levied so far this year and that it would now seek a fine of 5-20% of Google’s Russian turnover, which could reach as much as $240 million, a significant increase.”


Wall Street Journal: Facebook is counting on AI to clean up its platform, but its own engineers have doubts. “Facebook Inc. executives have long said that artificial intelligence would address the company’s chronic problems keeping what it deems hate speech and excessive violence as well as underage users off its platforms. That future is farther away than those executives suggest, according to internal documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Facebook’s AI can’t consistently identify first-person shooting videos, racist rants and even, in one notable episode that puzzled internal researchers for weeks, the difference between cockfighting and car crashes.” Good morning, Internet…

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