Asteroid Rock Samples, WearOS, Baby Shark, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, January 14, 2022

Apologies for the erratic posts, I’ve been unwell. Not covid, just old age. I would say things will be more regular now but we’re going to get hit by an ice storm this weekend. Oh well, I’ll do what I can, love you anyway, woo!


Asahi Shimbun: JAXA opens online database of soil, rocks taken from asteroid. “The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is offering the public a chance to see the soil and rock samples brought back to Earth from the asteroid Ryugu by its Hayabusa 2 space probe. JAXA on Jan. 13 launched a website to showcase the collected specimens.”


Gizmodo: After Years of Dragging Its Arse, Google Will Finally Add Left-Handed Support to Wear OS. “Google had all but abandoned its smartwatch platform until Samsung stepped in last year to help build Wear OS 3. Now the company finally seems open to tackling the problems its user have been complaining about for years, starting with support for left-handed users.”

CNN: ‘Baby Shark’ becomes the first YouTube video to hit 10 billion views. “‘Baby Shark,’ the inescapable earworm beloved by some children and often feared by their parents, has hit a new milestone — 10 billion views on YouTube. Not only is it the most-viewed video on the platform, a record it set in November 2020, but it’s now the only video on the site to reach 10 billion views, YouTube confirmed to CNN.”


MakeUseOf: How to Use Google Forms to Create an Interactive Workflow. “Google Forms isn’t just another simple survey tool. In its simplest form, it can be used as a free data collection tool. With a little know-how, you can unleash the combined power within Google Forms, Google Sheets, and Add-ons to create some powerful workflows to help you get more done in the office.”


Exclaim: No, Google — Fred Durst’s Dad Is Not Convicted Killer Robert Durst. “There was a collective shudder earlier this week when the name ‘Durst’ was trending on Twitter, but thankfully Fred Durst is seemingly alive and well; however Robert Durst — the 78-year-old real estate heir and convicted murderer with whom the Limp Bizkit frontman shares a surname — died on Monday (January 10), and now Google seems to think he’s the musician’s father.”

The Guardian: Newcastle museum to return Benin bronze stave. “A Benin bronze in the collection of a Newcastle museum is to be proactively returned to Nigeria, the latest in a number of repatriations that ratchet up pressure on the British Museum to follow suit. Bosses of the Great North Museum: Hancock announced that it had recently been established that a brass stave with a distinctive bird finial had been looted from Benin City by the British military in 1897.”

Pollstar: The Awesome Power Of TikTok For Touring: New Social Media Giant Paves The Way To The Road . “A new report by Cloudflare, a web infrastructure and content delivery network, just put TikTok as the Internet’s number one visited site, ahead of Google and Facebook. With its video snippet format, the social media platform, helps make, break, build, buoy and/or bury careers as artists become meme sensations climbing streaming charts on the wings of user generated content. And if they’re really successful, the hub’s hubbub can even convert users to hard ticket buyers. Just look at Grammy-winning artists who found early success on the platform like Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat and original TikTok breakout star Lil Nas X, all of whom today sell out arenas, headline festivals and more.” Are we just going to ignore the fact that Doja Cat did “Mooo!” on YouTube in 2018 and that video has over 100 million views?


CNBC: January 6 committee subpoenas Google, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit in probe of Capitol attack. “The House select committee investigating the deadly Capitol riot has subpoenaed social media giants Twitter, Reddit and the parent companies of Facebook and Google, the panel’s chairman said Thursday. The bipartisan committee had asked for a trove of records last summer from those and other social companies, but said it received ‘inadequate responses’ from some of the largest platforms.”

Slate: Putin Is Ramping Up His War on Google. “Russia’s pressure tactics offer a less-technical, more traditionally coercive alternative to Beijing’s rather technical internet control model. Recent developments indicate Moscow’s approach may be working.”

MediaPost: Newly Unredacted Filings Allege Google Ran Manipulated Ad Auctions. “A report Friday in the Wall Street Journal said the unredacted information, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleges Google created secret programs for manipulating the pricing and processes of its ad auctions, deflating sales for some companies while increasing prices for buyers. Google would then pocket the difference between what it told buyers and sellers an ad cost, and use the pool of money to manipulate future auctions and expand its digital monopoly, the newly unredacted complaint alleges, per the WSJ.”


Science Magazine: With $2 million grant, UTA scientist aims to create massive cancer database. “University of Texas at Arlington computer scientist Jacob Luber has earned a five-year, $2 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to create a database that contains every publicly available cancer dataset from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).”

Radio Prague International: Czech scientists planning to create map of resources in space. “Czech scientists are planning to create a map of raw materials that can be found in space. The ambitious plan, recommended by the European Space Agency (ESA), is expected to result in the launch of two satellites in four years’ time.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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