SpaceFinland, Saint Ludmila, Solitary Confinement, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, December 15, 2021


IceNews: Website to Finland’s space-related projects recently launched. “A new website dedicated to Finland’s space-related projects has recently been launched, the Finnish government has been announced. A collaboration between Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and Business Finland, the website will feature all of the country’s latest space projects and information about Finland’s space administration and international cooperation.”

Radio Prague International: Some of Czechia’s rarest mediaeval manuscripts on display at new Saint Ludmila exhibition in Prague’s Klementinum . “A new two-month exhibition opened up in Prague’s Klementinum this week, which focuses on Saint Ludmila, the grandmother and tutor of the country’s patron saint, who was martyred exactly 1,100 years ago. Visitors are able to explore her life and saintly cult through a variety of literary exhibits, including some of the country’s most important medieval manuscripts. The exhibition is also available online, where visitors are encouraged to try out conducting their own research.”

The Appeal: “IT’S LIKE A SLOW WAR, LIKE A SLOW BURN. LIKE A SLOW, QUIET FORM OF TORTURE.”. “[Shearod] McFarland, now 52, is the founder of The Capstone Group, a revolutionary cadre of political thinkers, in and outside of prison. His group worked with the advocacy organizations Open MI Door Campaign, Zealous, the Unlock the Box Campaign, and the American Friends Service Committee to create a digital archive that includes handwritten letters, audio, and artwork from people held in solitary confinement.”

Petchary’s Blog: Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund launches its database. “The Jamaican Jewish Cemeteries Preservation Fund (JJCPF) launched its database of Jewish burial grounds in Jamaica today. Volunteers conducted extensive cataloguing of the sites across the island between 2008 and 2017. They recorded 33 burial locations including synagogue-purchased cemeteries, family burial grounds, those that were sold and no longer exist, and plot markers which were part of an interment ground that is now on residential property.”


9to5 Google: Google Photos ‘Memories’ now available more widely on web. “Simply a desktop-oriented version of the popular AI-generated photo flipbooks that have been on Google Photos for mobile for a couple of years now, Memories on a desktop browser offers a slightly more detailed look at snapshots in time with all the same collections that you’ll find on your Android or iOS device.”

Lifehacker: Google Makes Navigating Australian Bushfire Season a Little Easier With New Maps Feature. “In September, Google told us it was going to be using Australia as a launch location to rollout a ‘wildfire’ layer to Maps. And today, Google has tweaked the name to ‘bushfire’ and made this feature available ahead of Aussie summer, synonymous with ‘fire season’.”


Teen Vogue: Palestinian Youth Are Dealing With Social Media Fame. “Many young Palestinians found themselves in a new international spotlight as their videos of the neighborhoods, attacks from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and settlers, and their own outrage went viral on social media. This virality resulted in a unified online campaign that had an unprecedented impact on international attitudes toward Palestine. But months later, some young Palestinians feel a tension between embracing their newfound following and being seen as one-dimensional symbols by their audiences.”


Reuters: UK regulator says Google and Apple hold ‘vice-like’ grip on consumers. “Google and Apple hold a ‘vice-like’ grip over how people use mobile phones, stripping any meaningful choice from the system and potentially hiking costs, Britain’s competition regulator said on Tuesday.”

CNET: Log4j software bug could cause ‘incalculable’ damage: What you need to know . “The flaw is potentially disastrous because of the widespread use of the Log4j logging library in all kinds of enterprise and open-source software, said Jon Clay, vice president of threat intelligence at Trend Micro. The logging library is popular, in part, because it’s free to use. That price tag comes with a trade-off: Just a handful of people maintain it. Paid products, by contrast, usually have large software development and security teams behind them.”

Limping Chicken: Major podcast providers sued for ‘inaccessibility’ in US lawsuit. “SiriusXM and Stitcher offer podcasts featuring Marvel characters and scientist Bill Nye respectively, while Pandora is a podcast recommendation service. Together with Disability Rights Advocates, NAD [National Association of the Deaf] allege that the three companies’ failure to include transcripts or captions means ‘more than 48 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans are denied full and equal enjoyment of the content they offer their hearing users’.”


Colby College: Humanities Database Enhanced by Artificial Intelligence: A cross-disciplinary team creates an online platform for analyzing Chinese magazines . “This new digital platform, still in development, will make available hundreds of issues of major state magazines published mostly from 1949 to the present. ‘These [magazines] are actually pretty representative if we want to study China,’ said [Hong] Zhang. They also complement one another for examining the country’s culture and politics in different eras. Included is Nationality Pictorial (民族画报), the only state-run magazine on ethnic minorities that has previously not been digitized beyond its cover.”

Case Western Reserve University: Different strokes: Using artificial intelligence to tell art apart. “Case Western Reserve University scientists, artists collaborate to develop art algorithm that can distinguish different painters’ brush strokes ‘at the bristle level’.” Good morning, Internet…

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