James Webb Space Telescope, Clinical Trials, Telegram, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 10, 2021


Google Blog: The James Webb Space Telescope in your living room. “To bring people closer to this engineering marvel — the telescope is three stories tall and as broad as a tennis court — Google Arts & Culture partnered with NASA to bring a 3D model of the telescope to Google Search. You can project the 3D model in Augmented Reality with your phone to explore it up close.”


NIH: Modernization Effort: Beta Releases Now Available. “Earlier this year, we provided an update on NLM’s efforts to modernize, the world’s largest publicly accessible database of privately and publicly funded clinical trials. NLM released a request for information, hosted public webinars, and adopted a user-centered design approach intended to help ensure that modernization is responsive to user needs.”

gHacks: Telegram update brings protected content in groups and channels. “A new version of the messaging application Telegram is now available for all supported systems. The new version introduces several new features and improvements, some of which are limited to certain operating systems.”


Make Tech Easier: 7 Useful Apps For Keeping Online Video Diaries. “Journaling and keeping diaries as well as blogging are more popular than ever as people share their lives with others. If you want to keep a video diary instead of just a written one, check out these useful apps and websites you may wish to explore.”

MakeUseOf: 10 Free Online Advent Calendars for Adults and Children. “Count down the days until Christmas with an Advent calendar! Here are some free online Advent calendars for adults and children.”


Mashable: #GriefTok allows TikTokkers to celebrate life and express loss. “Today, GriefTok is creating a new setting for conversations about grief, with TikTok proving a space for discussing the universal experience of loss. Grief has become a subgenre on the app, with TikTokkers sharing stories of death and remembering lost loved ones through photographs, video, and narration.”

The Verge: Snap’s First AR Spectacles Are An Ambitious, Impractical Start. “It doesn’t take long to realize why Snap’s first true AR glasses aren’t for sale. The overall design is the highest quality of any standalone AR eyewear I’ve tried, and they make it easy to quickly jump into a variety of augmented-reality experiences, from a multiplayer game to a virtual art installation. But the first pair I was handed during a recent demo overheated after about 10 minutes, and the displays are so small that I wouldn’t want to look through them for a long period of time, even if the battery allowed for it.”


New York Times: Companies Linked to Russian Ransomware Hide in Plain Sight. “When cybersleuths traced the millions of dollars American companies, hospitals and city governments have paid to online extortionists in ransom money, they made a telling discovery: At least some of it passed through one of the most prestigious business addresses in Moscow.”

Bloomberg Law: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill to Make PACER Free. “The Senate Judiciary Committee approved bipartisan legislation Thursday designed to make U.S. court documents free to the general public. Committee members of both parties asked to be included as cosponsors of the measure (S. 2614) that would require the federal judiciary to create a new PACER system that would be free for public use. The system currently requires fees of 10 cents per search, 10 cents per page, and a cap of $3 on documents. The first $30 of usage is waived.”

Punch (Nigeria): Twitter ban: Court dismisses suit against FG, awards N100,000 fine against SERAP. “A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, dismissed a suit filed against the Federal Government for directing television and radio stations to delete their Twitter accounts. Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in a judgment, dismissed the suit for lacking in merit and awarded the sum of N100,000 against the plaintiff.” 100,000 Nigerian Naira is just under $244 USD. Good afternoon, Internet…

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