HBCU Photography, Marcel Duchamp, Pan Am Airlines, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, January 25, 2022


Globe Newswire: Getty Images, the Getty Family and Stand Together Announce Recipients of Inaugural Grant to Preserve the Visual History of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (PRESS RELEASE). “Launching today on, the ‘Historically Black Colleges & Universities Collection’ will see thousands of images added throughout 2022. Getty Images will work alongside archivists at each HBCU and Adnet Global, a renowned post-production agency that specializes in the digitization, restoration, and discoverability of visual analog historic libraries, in the photo digitization process.” 217 images are available at this writing.

New York Times: A new online archive lets you dive into the work of Marcel Duchamp.. “A scorecard from a chess match between Marcel Duchamp and the photographer Man Ray. Duchamp’s French passport. A handwritten receipt for the $35-a-month rent at his New York studio from 1943. These pieces are among the digitized images of some 18,000 documents and artworks related to the life and work of Duchamp, the Dada and Surrealist artist who famously scrawled his name on a urinal and called it art, that are part of a new online research portal that debuted on Monday.”

University of Miami: ‘Cleared for takeoff’: New website takes an inside look into the history of Pan Am . “The ‘Cleared for Takeoff: Explore Commercial Aviation’ documentation features Pan Am materials digitized from collections at the University of Miami, HistoryMiami Museum, and Duke University, alongside commercial aviation resources from the Digital Public Library of America’s (DPLA) partner network.”

WSHU: Connecticut police information will now be available online to the public. “Connecticut residents will now have access to more than 100 police agencies’ information in the state. The ACLU of Connecticut launched ‘Project Flashlight’ on Tuesday to centralize information about policing in the state. The goal is to hold departments more accountable for police use of force and misconduct.”

KPTV: Federal government launches website for claiming part 2 of child tax credit. “The federal government launched a revamped website Monday — the first day of tax filing season — to help people who were eligible for the expanded tax credit under last year’s pandemic relief bill claim the second half of the payment they were due.”


CryptoCoin News: Skeptics Release Browser Plugin To Automatically Block NFT Profiles On Twitter . “In the last week, Twitter released a new feature that lets NFT owners automatically verify their ownership of the digital art piece when they use the NFT as their profile picture…. One open-source developer, who goes by the name mcclure, even released a browser plugin that automatically blocks all Twitter users who use verified NFT profile pictures on her Github account, calling digital art NFTs an ‘investment scam’.”

Engadget: Google’s new senior VP will explore technology’s impact on society. “Big Tech has long faced accusations that it’s a detriment to society, and Google thinks it can address those criticisms more directly. Axios’ Ina Fried says the internet pioneer has hired James Manyika as the company’s first Senior VP of Technology and Society. As Google told Engadget, the McKinsey Global Institute director will help explore tech’s impact on society and shape the firm’s points of view on subjects including AI, the future of work, sustainability and other areas that could make a significant difference.”


Consumer Reports: Can People Tell When You’ve Blocked Them on Texting or Social Media Messaging Apps?. “I spent a week blocking and unblocking my Consumer Reports colleagues, and asking them to block me, to better understand how the feature works on seven different platforms. I think they unblocked me after the testing, but for some apps I can’t be sure. Down below, we’ll look at each one.”


CBC: Female wartime aircraft builders in Fort William to be celebrated on new website. “A 1999 documentary about the women who worked in Fort William’s Canadian Car and Foundry plant during the Second World War is getting new life as an interactive website. The site will combine material gathered for the original film with new material that was contributed by a staff member at the Thunder Bay Alstom plant — the former home of Can Car — according to Lakehead University history professor Ron Harpelle.”

CTN News: Twitter Suspends Accounts Promoting Marcos In The Philippines. “Twitter has suspended several hundred accounts reportedly associated with Ferdinand Marcos Jr, who is running for president in the Philippines. Twitter Inc. said the accounts violated its policies on manipulation and spam. Marcos Jr. the namesake of the Philippine’s former brutal dictator has drawn support from a massive social media campaign seeking to get him elected in May.”


New York Daily News: Cardi B wins $1.25 million defamation lawsuit against celebrity blogger who made false statements. “Cardi B was awarded $1.25 million Monday by a jury that agreed with her lawsuit against celebrity blogger Tasha K for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Tasha K, whose given name is Latasha Kebe, had spread false allegations that Cardi B had herpes, used cocaine and worked as a prostitute.”


The Guardian: Equations built giants like Google. Who’ll find the next billion-dollar bit of maths?. “From the 1990s onwards, the financial industry has been built on variations of the diffusion equation, attributed to a variety of mathematicians including Einstein. Professional gamblers make use of logistic regression, developed by the Oxford statistician Sir David Cox in the 50s, to ensure they win at the expense of those punters who are less maths-savvy. There is good reason to expect that there are more billion-dollar equations out there: generations-old mathematical theorems with the potential for new applications. The question is where to look for the next one.” Good morning, Internet…

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