Mars Soundscapes, Missouri Education, Scholarship Citations, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, October 20, 2021


NASA: Hear Sounds From Mars Captured by NASA’s Perseverance Rover. “Thanks to two microphones aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover, the mission has recorded nearly five hours of Martian wind gusts, rover wheels crunching over gravel, and motors whirring as the spacecraft moves its arm. These sounds allow scientists and engineers to experience the Red Planet in new ways – and everyone is invited to listen in.”

The Center Square: New website compiles Missouri school test scores, annual student improvement. “Parents and taxpayers can now review Missouri school and district data to evaluate a wide range of performance indicators, including whether students are improving year over year. [The site] by the Show-Me Institute launched last week to make data easily available and in a format understood by the public.”

Internet Archive Blog: Internet Archive Releases Refcat, the IA Scholar Index of over 1.3 Billion Scholarly Citations. “As part of our ongoing efforts to archive and provide perpetual access to at-risk, open-access scholarship, we have released Refcat (‘reference’ + ‘catalog’), the citation index culled from the catalog that underpins our IA Scholar service for discovering the scholarly literature and research outputs within Internet Archive. This first release of the Refcat dataset contains over 1.3 billion citations extracted from over 60 million metadata records and over 120 million scholarly artifacts (articles, books, datasets, proceedings, code, etc) that IA Scholar has archived through web harvesting, digitization, integrations with other open knowledge services, and through partnerships and joint initiatives.”

State of Delaware: The Delaware Public Archives is Pleased to Announce the Digital Release of The Abram H. Draper Collection. “The Delaware Public Archives is pleased to announce the digital release of ‘The Abram H. Draper Collection.’ This unique collection consists of 34 pieces of correspondence including letters and poetry from Sergeant Abram H. Draper to his wife Anna M. Wiley Draper during the American Civil War.”

PRNewswire: FAIR Health Launches Interactive Maps Showing State-by-State COVID-19 Hospitalization and Treatment Costs (PRESS RELEASE). “Today FAIR Health is launching a set of free, online, interactive maps displaying typical costs for COVID-19 treatment and hospitalization state by state across the nation. Part of FAIR Health’s ‘States by the Numbers’ series, the COVID-19 Medical and Hospitalization Costs by State tool shows average and median costs, both in-network and out-of-network, for three different COVID-19 treatment pathways.”


The Verge: Google’s Pixel 6 And 6 Pro Launch Event Live Blog . “This is easily the most important Pixel the company has launched in years, it’s a launch where the company says it is taking on flagships from Apple and Samsung at the high end. Google hasn’t really talked big game about its phones before, so even if we’ve seen a lot of rumors, how Google goes about making this launch happen will be interesting.”


The Hill: Facebook content moderators demand ‘living wage’. “An international group of Facebook content moderators are calling on subcontractor Accenture to raise their pay. The workers sent a letter Monday to Accenture CEO Julie Sweet making their demands clear. The letter was organized with support from the legal nonprofit Foxglove.”

UNC Libraries: UNC-Chapel Hill joins project to investigate slavery and U.S. universities through archival records. “In 2005, archivists at UNC-Chapel Hill developed “Slavery and the Making of the University.” The exhibition was one of the first systematic efforts on campus to examine the ways enslaved people enabled the University’s founding, growth and wealth. Sixteen years later, a new generation of archivists at the Wilson Special Collections Library is leading efforts to reconstruct the lived experiences of enslaved individuals at and around the University. Their efforts are part of On These Grounds: Slavery and the University.”


TechRadar: Cybercriminals are impersonating social media sites to steal your logins. “Cybercriminals have started impersonating social media companies in their phishing emails, new research has found. Cybersecurity experts from Check Point Research analyzed phishing emails sent out during the third quarter of 2021, and found that WhatsApp, LinkedIn, and Facebook, made the top ten most impersonated brands list for the first time this year.”

AFP: Facebook to pay $14 mn in US worker discrimination suit. “Facebook has agreed to pay up to $14 million to settle a US government lawsuit accusing the tech giant of favoring immigrant applicants for thousands of high-paying jobs, authorities announced Tuesday. US prosecutors alleged Facebook “channeled” jobs to visa holders by avoiding advertising on its careers website, accepting only physically mailed applications for some posts, or refusing to consider US workers at all.”


Harvard Business Review: The Facebook Trap . “As the company moved from connecting existing friends online to making new global connections (both examples of direct network effects) and now to connecting users to professional creators (indirect network effects), it has come under fire for everything from violating individual privacy to bullying small companies as a monopoly to radicalizing its users. Now, it is struggling to find solutions that don’t undercut its mission. The author calls this ‘the Facebook Trap.'”

Alan Turing Institute: Clouds and blackberries: how web archives can help us to track the changing meaning of words. “The meaning of words changes all the time. Think of the word ‘blackberry’, for example, which has been used for centuries to refer to a fruit. In 1999, a new brand of mobile devices was launched with the name BlackBerry. Suddenly, there was a new way of using this old word. ‘Cloud’ is another example of a well-established word whose association with ‘cloud computing’ only emerged in the past couple of decades. Linguists call this phenomenon ‘semantic change’ and have studied its complex mechanisms for a long time. What has changed in recent years is that we now have access to huge collections of data which can be mined to find these changes automatically. Web archives are a great example of such collections, because they contain a record of the changing content of web pages.” Good morning, Internet…

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