Star of Zion Newspaper, Montana Missing Persons, South Carolina Community Services, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 5, 2021


Digital NC: The Star of Zion newspaper now on DigitalNC. “Thanks to funding from the North Caroliniana Society and from the UNC Libraries IDEA grants, one of the oldest African American newspapers in North Carolina, and the longest continuously published, is now online. The Star of Zion, which is still published today, began publication in 1876 by the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church. Issues covering 1884 through 1926 are now on DigitalNC, digitized from microfilm.”

Montana Attorney General: Attorney General Knudsen Launches New Online Missing Persons Database. “Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen launched a new tool today to help law enforcement agencies and the public find missing persons and bring them home. The enhanced Montana Missing Persons Database is easier to use, increases accessibility for cell phones and tablets, and includes other features to provide accurate and timely information.”

Columbia Star: SCDHHS and Children’s Trust of South Carolina launch new resource to address social determinants of health. “The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), in partnership with Children’s Trust of South Carolina, has launched Community Connections, a free 24/7 online database of resources that connects South Carolinians in need with available social and health care services across the state. Individuals can search for free or low-cost services like medical care, employment and job training opportunities, food and financial assistance, and education, transportation, and childcare resources in their communities.”


The Verge: Google is working on a more user-friendly way to find files in Drive. “Google is preparing to beta test new search filters in Google Drive, which will hopefully make it easier to find the exact file you’re looking for. Dubbed ‘search chips,’ the feature adds a line of filters to the top of the Drive interface, letting you limit your search by things like file type, last modification date, or which other users are associated with a specific file.”

CNN: Google celebrates Diwali with Easter egg. “As people around the world begin to celebrate Diwali, Google is commemorating the event with a special Easter egg. When users type in the word ‘Diwali’ on the search engine, an animation of a miniature oil lamp — known as a diya — appears on the page.”


The Art Newspaper: Smithsonian Museum of African Art removes Benin bronzes from display and plans to repatriate them . “The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC has removed its Benin bronzes from display and is planning to repatriate artefacts that were looted by the British in an 1897 raid on the royal palace, according to the museum’s director, Ngaire Blankenberg.”


Tom’s Hardware: Phishing for Crypto: Half a Million Dollars Stolen Via Google Ads Exploit. “Cyber threat analysis firm Check point Research (CPR) has issued an alert regarding a recent phishing campaign mainly targeting Phantom and Metamask users. The threat makes use of Google Ads to bump fake websites in search results, meant to prompt users to provide their keys or make new wallets on behalf of bad actors. It’s currently estimated that half a million dollars have been diverted from their legitimate users’ wallets.”

Publishers Weekly: Publishers, AAP Hit Back in Internet Archive Discovery Dispute. “Lawyers for the Association of American Publishers and a group of publisher plaintiffs are pushing back against an effort by the Internet Archive to obtain a range of the AAP’s internal communications and documents for its defense against copyright infringement charges.”


New York Times: Google’s parent launches a company dedicated to drug discovery.. “Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is launching an operation dedicated to drug discovery. The new company, called Isomorphic Labs, will build on recent research from DeepMind, a London-based artificial intelligence lab also owned and operated by Alphabet.”

ProPublica: How ProPublica Used Genomic Sequencing Data to Track an Ongoing Salmonella Outbreak. “For a ProPublica reporter who did Ph.D. work in bioinformatics, data on bacterial DNA helped reveal how a once-rare salmonella strain spread through the chicken industry. Salmonella infantis is multidrug-resistant and is still making people sick.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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