Congressional Finances, Perovskite Solar Cells, Twitter, more: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 17, 2021


Business Insider: Search the assets, investments, outside employment, and debts of congressional lawmakers using Insider’s exclusive databases. “Insider has compiled and analyzed hundreds of US House and Senate financial disclosures to create a searchable, sortable, and near-complete accounting of members of Congress’ personal finances. The databases — one for the Senate and one for the House — include members of Congress’ individual assets, stock transactions, debts, and other outside income. They are the most complete and detailed public accounting of the individual finances of federal lawmakers.”

Chemistry World: Painstakingly curated perovskite database of over 40,000 devices set to speed up solar research. “Ninety-four researchers have undertaken a colossal challenge: manually reviewing over 16,000 papers to extract information on perovskite solar cells. Now, they have launched an open-access database with all this information. This massive collection of data could accelerate the discovery of photoactive materials and contribute to a better understanding of how these solar cells work.”


Ubergizmo: Twitter Will Now Automatically Caption Videos. “According to Twitter, this feature will be made available globally and will cover ‘most languages’, so depending on your language, your mileage may vary, but hopefully it is covered. However, keep in mind that according to The Verge, Twitter says that automatic captioning will only apply to new videos uploaded to its platform. This means that older videos will not be getting this feature, so that’s a bit of a bummer.”

Mashable: TikTok made a Discord, so…chaos?. “TikTok has launched a Discord server, where TikTok-enthusiasts can chat about all things…TikTok. Most widely used in the gaming world, Discord has been favoured by gamers since its launch in 2015, championing voice chat rooms, and text-based threads. Since then, Discord has evolved, bringing more like-minded communities together.”

9to5 Google: Play Store adds ‘Your devices’ search filter to make it easier to find compatible apps. “Expanding upon the ability to remotely install apps from your phone to Android TV and Wear OS watches, this new search filter will appear when you enter a term or query and want to drill down into more concise and targetted sections.”


Indian Country Today: Canadian museum works to reconcile its past. “[Julie] White was recruited by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to work as an Aboriginal guide in 2015, one year after the museum opened. She was 25 years old, and in the next few years she learned more about herself, her people and her country than ever before. She also learned about the lies behind the history and behind the museum itself — that the museum refused to acknowledge the genocide against Indigenous people in Canada even while decrying it elsewhere around the world, why human rights issues were sometimes hidden behind closed doors, why staffers like her experienced the same issues the museum claimed to be standing up against. And she learned how a grassroots effort to draw attention to injustice can sometimes overturn the wrongs in society.”

The Verge: The Army is in hot water over TikTok recruiting activity. “The US Army is facing pressure from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) after recruiters were caught using TikTok to find leads on young Americans to enlist, despite orders banning the app’s use on government devices.”


Reuters: Exclusive: California probes Google’s treatment of Black female workers. “California’s civil rights regulator is investigating Google’s treatment of Black female workers following alleged incidents of harassment and discrimination, according to two people familiar with the matter and emails from the agency seen by Reuters.”

University of Florida: Sharing photos of your kids online? Here’s what you should consider.. “Today’s parents are the first to raise children alongside social media and this generation of children is the first to grow up constantly ‘shared’ online. Stacey Steinberg, a professor at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law is an expert on ‘sharenting’ and the intersection of parents’ and children’s rights in the online world. In this episode, Steinberg shares her thoughts on how these rights can collide and roles of parents, tech companies and government in keeping children safe. She also offers parents tips on what to consider as they and their children navigate social media.” Podcast with full transcript.


BirdLife International: The new Search for Lost Birds aims to find some of the rarest birds on Earth . “A new global search effort is calling on researchers, conservationists and the global birdwatching community to help find 10 rare bird species that have been lost to science. The Search for Lost Birds is a collaboration between Re:wild, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and BirdLife International, with data support from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and its eBird platform used by birders around the world.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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