Delhi Air Pollution, Tree of Life Congregation, TikTok, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 1, 2021


CitySpidey: New website to fight against pollution in Delhi. “In an initiative to fight against pollution, the Delhi government has launched a website… Environment Minister Gopal Rai informed that this website has been launched to make all information related to anti-pollution campaigns available in one place. This effective use of the content will help spread awareness. Essential information about the EV Policy and Tree Transplantation Policy among other data will be available on the website.”

Pittwire: See an archive of student reactions to the Tree of Life massacre. “To Those Who Grasp It: Student Responses to Oct. 27, was the first attempt in Pittsburgh and possibly beyond, to create an interpretive exhibit to understand and contextualize Oct. 27, said Eric Lidji, director of the Rauh Jewish History Program and Archives within the Senator John Heinz History Center, where the parts of the collection have been housed since August of this year. Other materials from the collection are also on display at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.”


The Verge: TikTok is testing a new tipping feature for some creators. “TikTok is experimenting with a new tool that allows TikTok users to tip some creators directly on their profiles. According to a video of the tips feature shared this week by TikTok creator Jera Bean, who noticed the feature in-app and applied for approval, any money tipped to creators will go directly to that individual (meaning TikTok won’t take a cut).”


MakeUseOf: Microsoft Power BI vs. Google Data Studio: Which Is Better?. “Data analytics and visualization are vital skills that help any team plan tasks, make new project proposals, or impress clients with beautiful presentations. Google Data Studio and Microsoft Power BI are two top trending apps that enable you to materialize this skill. However, not all data analytics tools are similar, and different sets of data need separate tools. That’s why it’s smart to know the difference between these two business intelligence tools.”


The Guardian: Holy bikini-clad Batwoman! Archive saves Mexico’s scorned popular films. “Had they not been rescued from a dusty storehouse seven years ago, the original negatives of hundreds of Mexican movies featuring the likes of the silver-masked crime-fighting wrestler El Santo, a bikini-clad Batwoman and the Satan-worshipping Panther Women would have been lost forever. Salvation came in the form of Viviana García Besné, a film-maker, archivist, self-described ‘popular film activist’ and descendant of Mexico’s cinematic Calderón clan.”

Gawker: Pictures Disappear En Masse from G/O Media Posts. “G/O Media — the parent company that runs 11 websites, including the former Gawker Media properties Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Deadspin, The A.V. Club, The Onion, and Jezebel — has removed images from articles published before 2019, sources have confirmed to Gawker. The removal took place without internal announcement — as one G/O employee put it: ‘We are still kind of flying blind.'”


KFGO: Belarus classifies social media channels as ‘extremist’ in new crackdown. “The Belarusian interior ministry on Friday classified three of the country’s most popular opposition social media channels as extremist organisations, meaning that people can face up to seven years in prison for subscribing to them. Social media channels such as Telegram messenger were widely used during mass street protests against President Alexander Lukashenko last year both to coordinate demonstrations and share footage of a violent police crackdown.”

Complete Music Update: Genius tries to get its lyric lifting lawsuit against Google reinstated. “Legal reps for lyrics site Genius were in the Second Circuit appeals court in the US yesterday seeking to get their client’s big old lawsuit against Google reinstated. They insisted that Genius had a legitimate legal claim against Google because the tech giant breached its terms of service.”


Columbia Mailman School of Public Health: Machine Learning May Help Predict Success of Prescription Opioid Regulations. “Hundreds of laws aimed at reducing inappropriate prescription opioid dispensing have been implemented in the United States, yet due to the complexity of the overlapping programs, it has been difficult to evaluate their impact. A new study by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health uses machine learning to evaluate the laws and their relation to prescription opioid dispensing patterns.”

El País: Rise of selfie deaths leads experts to talk about a public health problem. “A yellow fever jab and some malaria tablets used to be the classic precautions for tourists traveling to certain locations. But in the age of the smartphone, avoiding taking selfies in death-defying, if spectacular, locations can now be added to the list. A study by the Spanish iO Foundation, which specializes in tropical diseases, has revealed that between January 2008 and July 2021 at least 379 people – one out of every 13 days on average – have been killed in this way.” Good evening, Internet…

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