Illinois WWI Monuments, Atomic Data Portal, Twitter, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, November 15, 2021


PR Newswire: Landmarks Illinois publishes WWI Monuments of Illinois Database containing more than 300 memorials of the Great War (PRESS RELEASE). “In honor of Veterans Day, Landmarks Illinois has published its new online database of historic World War I monuments and memorials in Illinois. The Landmarks Illinois WWI Monuments of Illinois Database currently contains information on 311 monuments and memorials such as doughboy statues, plaques, sculptures and public spaces dedicated to honoring those who served in the Great War. Monuments included in the database are located in 158 different Illinois communities.”

University of Delaware: New Atomic Data Portal. “Even if you’re one of the most precise physicists on the planet — as University of Delaware Professor Marianna Safronova is — you still will need collaborators whose skills complement your own and make new opportunities possible. You will need someone such as UD Professor Rudolf Eigenmann, who can take that precision, add generous amounts of computer science expertise and help to make that high-value information available to any other physicist who wants it. A project led by Safronova and Eigenmann and supported by the National Science Foundation has done just that, producing a Portal for High-Precision Atomic Data and Computation that provides extraordinary information about atomic properties in user-friendly ways. It’s the periodic table on steroids and it is already drawing keen interest from researchers who need to know the nitty-gritty details of the materials they work with.”


The Verge: Twitter will now show full-sized images on web. “Twitter is dropping the crop on web. This is the same update that banished Twitter’s awkward auto-cropping algorithm on its Android and iOS apps, which means that you’ll see images in their entirety on your timeline as you scroll through Twitter on your web browser.”

ReviewGeek: Chrome Is About to Get a Screenshot Editing Tool, Here’s How to Unlock It Early. “The Chrome mobile app recently gained a handy screenshot tool, and now, Google is bringing a more robust version of this tool to the desktop. That’s right; you’ll soon gain the ability to capture, edit, and share screenshots within the Google Chrome browser.”


Family Tree Magazine: Genealogy Blogs from Around the World (and Why They’re Valuable). “Starting family history research in another country is like traveling there for the first time. You don’t know the nuances of record-keeping, the ins and outs of repositories, or even how to read the country’s records. It can help to have a friendly local as your guide. Where can you find such a guide? Try the international geneablogging scene. Amateurs and experts from Argentina to Australia, British Columbia to the British Isles note their successes, tips and techniques in genealogy weblogs, or ‘geneablogs.’ In this whirlwind world tour, we’ll introduce you to 40 fantastic international blogs, and help you find, read and use them in your research.”

MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Google Sheet Quick Hacks You Probably Didn’t Know . “You might have been using Google Sheets for storing and visualizing numerical data for both personal and collaborative work. However, it’s not only a spreadsheet tool with many rows, columns, and formulas. You can also use it to do various cool stuff to wow your audience. In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of the best Google Sheet hacks you need to know to become a master of the platform.” Nice roundup.

James Tanner released the last part of this series on Friday, so I’m linking to it now so you can bingeread. Genealogy’s Star: Digging into the entire website: Part One. “One of the challenges of the website is that it is constantly changing. FamilySearch continues to add and subtract features on a regular basis. I decided to take a close look at every part of the website that I could discover over the next blog posts. Of course, I will give my comments about the functionality, need, usefulness, ease-of-use, and ultimate value to genealogists about each section/feature/web page/whatever of the website. So here it goes.”


WTXL: Seminole Tribe fighting to bring home ancestral remains from Smithsonian Museum. “‘We know where they came from. We know who these ancestors are, it should be enough,’ said Domonique DeBeaubien, the collections manager for the Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Historic Preservation Office. DeBeaubien has worked for the tribe since 2011. She’s led the effort to bring the ancestors sitting inside the Smithsonian home, but it’s a complicated job.”


Bloomberg: FBI Says No Network Data Compromised After Fake Email Incident. “The Federal Bureau of Investigation said no data or personal identifiable information was accessed or compromised on the agency’s network after hackers sent fake emails yesterday using its Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal. The illegitimate email originated from an FBI-operated server, which was ‘dedicated to pushing notifications for LEEP and was not part of the FBI’s corporate email service,’ said the agency in a statement on Sunday on the update of the incident.”

Kyodo News: U.S. court orders Google to disclose manga piracy site operator. “A court in the United States has ordered internet firms including Google LLC to disclose the identity of the operator of a large-scale manga piracy site in line with a request from Japanese publishers, court documents showed Monday.”


The Conversation: We studied suicide notes to learn about the language of despair – and we’re training AI chatbots to do the same. “We believe the safest approach to understanding the language patterns of people with suicidal thoughts is to study their messages. The choice and arrangement of their words, the sentiment and the rationale all offer insight into the author’s thoughts. For our recent work we examined more than 100 suicide notes from various texts and identified four relevant language patterns: negative sentiment, constrictive thinking, idioms and logical fallacies.”

Lifehacker: What Parents Need to Know About Eating Disorder Content on Social Media. “With eating disorders already on the rise among teens during the pandemic, many experts have found that TikTok exacerbates the risk of falling into eating disordered behaviors. Even though TikTok attempts to censor pro-ana videos, a February 2021 study found that even the ‘anti-pro-anorexia’ videos on TikTok paradoxically lead the users to emulate these ‘guilty’ behaviors. To further understand this phenomenon, and to find out what concerned parents should know about it, I spoke with Dr. Alix Timko, a psychologist in the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia who focuses on eating disorders, as well as Dr. Melissa Coffin, the senior director of clinical programming at Monte Nido & Affiliates.” Good morning, Internet…

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