World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Decentralized Web, Food Ingredients, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 12, 2022


Jerusalem Post: Yad Vashem partners with JewishGen on Holocaust genealogy database. “Yad Vashem – known universally as the World Holocaust Remembrance Center – will enter a partnership with The Museum of Jewish Heritage’s ‘Living Memorial of the Holocaust’ project, as well as the museum’s Jewish genealogy affiliate JewishGen, with the intention of sharing data on genealogical records.”


Internet Archive Blog: Imagining a Better Online World: Exploring the Decentralized Web. “The World Wide Web started with so much promise: to connect people across any distance, to allow anyone to become a publisher, and to democratize access to knowledge. However, today the Web seems to be failing us. It’s not private, secure, or unifying. The internet has, in large part, ended up centralizing access and power in the hands of a few dominant platforms. What if we could build something better—what some are calling Web 3.0 or the decentralized web?”


MakeUseOf: 3 Apps to Tell You What’s Inside Any Food. “Do you really know what’s in your favorite ice cream? What about your daily latte? Sure, you can check the nutrition label—but that’s not always easy…. Luckily, digital technology makes everything a lot easier. Below are three apps that can tell you what’s in your food and take the guesswork out of healthy eating. Let’s dive in.”

PCWorld: 5 free privacy tools for protecting your personal data. “Ideally, protecting your privacy shouldn’t require hours of time or gobs of money. Instead of having to meticulously manage all the personal data that’s floating around on the internet, you should be able to minimize data collection automatically or proactively. If you value privacy like I do, you’ll want to check out the following apps and tools.” All of them are free but some of them are “freemium”.


Yahoo: White House Historical Association and NYU Partner. “Who designed former First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s inaugural gown in 1977? The fact that this question would stump even the sharpest of history buffs is indirectly the impetus for an unexpected new tie-up. In an effort to call attention to some unsung or little-known designers and seamstresses who worked with former first ladies, the White House Historical Association has formed an academic partnership with New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.”

Blazer’s Edge: NBA Video Archives Stored in Nuclear-Proof Bunker. “The NBA keeps video-taped archives of its games in an indestructible bunker in New Jersey, rated to withstand a nuclear blast.”

KnowTechie: Green message bubbles on Apple devices are turning teens away from Android. “Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal released an article looking offering some insight into why young people want to stay away from the dreaded green text bubble on iMessage. Apparently, today’s peer pressure leads young people to prefer Apple devices so they can have that sweet, blue text bubble.”


US Department of Justice: Major Collection Of Cambodian And Southeast Asian Antiquities Is Subject Of Forfeiture Action Filed In Manhattan Federal Court. “Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Ricky J. Patel, the Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Department of Homeland Security (‘HSI’), announced today the filing of a civil complaint seeking forfeiture of 35 Cambodian and Southeast Asian antiquities from a private American collection for the purpose of returning the antiquities to their countries of origin.”

CNET: Net neutrality will make a comeback in 2022. “A new chapter in the ongoing saga of net neutrality and who governs the internet will take shape over the next year thanks to another shift in power at the Federal Communications Commission. With new appointees from President Joe Biden firming up a Democratic majority at the agency, reinstating Obama-era net neutrality rules thrown out under the Trump administration will be a top priority for the agency.”


Nature: How to protect US science from political meddling after Trump. “US federal agencies need to strengthen the policies that protect science used in government decision-making. They should also create a scientific-integrity council spanning many agencies, to help address political meddling by government officials. Those are some of the top conclusions of a long-awaited report from a task force convened by US President Joe Biden’s administration, in the wake of four years of science — and scientists — being undermined under former president Donald Trump.”

UC Davis: UC Davis Awarded $6.5 Million to Develop AI Breeding Tool for Crops. “Research is centered on the common bean, cowpea and sorghum, which are key crops for food and income for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Breeders need to rapidly develop new crop varieties as climate change brings about increased temperatures, droughts and other challenges. These new varieties will be grown under conditions not currently experienced in those areas, thus driving the need for novel, advanced prediction frameworks to power public breeding programs.”

University of Calgary: Machine learning tool increases accuracy of diagnosis in Parkinson’s disease. “The tool, designed by the Cumming School of Medicine Optogenetics Core Facility and CaPRI researchers (Calgary Parkinson Research Initiative) is a simple machine learning model capable of outperforming deep-learning models in detecting Parkinson’s disease from digitized handwriting samples. While deep-learning techniques have expanded the possibilities to facilitate the integration of decision-support systems into clinical medicine, they are associated with added computational complexity, the need for large datasets, and can have an astounding ecological effect in terms of carbon footprint.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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