Blue Whale Acoustics, Oregon Historical Society, Kobe Bryant Murals, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, January 27, 2022


Christian Science Monitor: Blue whales: An acoustic library helps us find what we can’t see. “Reverberating through the ice shelves and gyres of the Southern Ocean are the undersongs of the largest animal that has ever lived on this planet, the Antarctic blue whale. Telling tales of the hunt for krill, of navigation and seduction, these tunes can carry for hundreds of miles. And the world is listening: Moored around Antarctica is a loose ring of passive acoustic monitoring devices, or PAMs, deployed by various academic institutions. Released by oceanographic research vessels, the devices sink to the seafloor where they record a remote and often hostile realm that is practically out of reach of scientists.”

KTVZ: Oregon Historical Society launches new online museum collection portal. “OHS’s museum preserves over 75,000 objects that document the history of the region, which includes clothing and textiles, Native American belongings, artworks, vehicles, equipment, and everyday items. At launch, the Portal provides access to the records for over 10,000 of these objects, with new records being added regularly.”

New-to-me, from ClutchPoints: a crowdsourced map of Kobe Bryant murals. “After the untimely passing of Kobe and his daughter Gianna, along with John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan — two years ago today — a poignant phenomenon commenced: grieving artists and fans from every corner of the planet began memorializing the victims on all types of canvasses: skin, courts, wood, skyscrapers, and — of course — walls. One lifelong Lakers fan, Mike, launched a hub to track these works and offer useful guides for those who want to visit them.”

International Labour Organization: ILO launches new online database on trade agreements that include labour provisions. “Aimed at policymakers, technical experts, and representatives of workers, employers and civil society, the Labour Provisions in Trade Agreements Hub (LP Hub) offers a comprehensive, structured compilation of the text of labour provisions in more than 100 regional trade agreements (RTAs) in about 140 economies. Labour provisions are obligations in trade agreements to protect and advance workers’ rights, including through different forms of cooperation and dialogue between trade unions, business organizations and the general public.”

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador: Vital Statistics (Deaths 1950-1968) Digital Collection Now Online. “Vital Statistics records for deaths registered in Newfoundland and Labrador from 1950 to 1968 are now available online via The Rooms website. In 2021, Digital Government and Service NL’s Vital Statistics Division provided an initial transfer of 59,698 death certificates, to allow public access for research purposes. This is the first time a collection of vital statistics records has been digitally transferred to The Rooms Provincial Archives.”

Google Blog: Surfacing women in science with the Smithsonian. “…today we are thrilled to announce a new phase in our long-term collaboration between the Smithsonian and Google Arts & Culture. Together, we’ve developed new machine learning tools for use by curators at the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative as we dive into the institution’s archives to help uncover and highlight the many roles women have played in science over more than 174 years of history.”


Mashable: ‘Shared with You’ on iPhone organizes all of your shared content so you don’t have to. “One of your iMessage groups shared a link to a really interesting article. You vowed to read it, but you got distracted and forgot. Suddenly it’s on your mind again, but you can’t remember where it is in your group text. You could scroll through the avalanche of new messages, or you could take the easy route and use Shared with You.”

TechCrunch: Reddit tests allowing users to set any NFT as their profile picture, similar to Twitter. “Reddit is testing a feature that would allow its users to set any NFT they own as their profile picture — not only its own Ethereum-based NFTs, called ‘CryptoSnoos,’ released in limited quantities last year.”


NPR: Architect behind Googleplex now says it’s ‘dangerous’ to work at such a posh office. “For more than three decades, Clive Wilkinson has been among the most sought-after office designers in the world. He has planned spaces for the likes of Microsoft, Disney, Intuit and other companies seeking unorthodox approaches to work life. But he now has regrets about what is perhaps his most famous work: Googleplex, the tech giant’s posh headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.”


NBC News: Ransomware hackers’ new tactic: Calling you directly. “Ransomware hackers, always in search of new ways to add pressure to organizations they extort, have increasingly roped in everyday people whose information is stored in computers they hacked, pestering them by phone and email to lobby the victim organization to pay.”

WWAY: NC Attorney General Josh Stein sues phone company over international scam calls. “Attorney General Josh Stein is suing a telephone service provider for allegedly facilitating illegal and fraudulent telemarketing calls. Stein announced today a lawsuit against Articul8 and its owner Paul K. Talbot of Texas for allegedly violating the Telemarketing Sales Rule. According to a news release, in a period of just a few months in 2020 and 2021, Articul8 routed more than 65 million calls to phone numbers in North Carolina – some North Carolinians received between 50 and 200 calls on a single day.”


Madison 365: Madison doctoral student launches Twitter account to highlight Hmong in the bio sciences. “A new Twitter account launched last week to celebrate Hmong people in the biological sciences – and its creator calls it a ‘positive outcome’ of an unfortunate situation.” Good morning, Internet…

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