MemoGIS Prague, Space Junk, Arctic Construction, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, January 28, 2022


Radio Prague International: New app tracks Holocaust as it happened in Prague streets. “On the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on January 27, the Czech Academy of Sciences has launched a new mobile application, created together with the Multicultural Centre Prague and the Terezín Initiative Institute. Called MemoGIS Prague, it enables users to study the history of the Holocaust through an interactive map.”

ComputerWeekly: Space junk revealed by University of Texas graph database. “Moriba Jah, director of computational astronautical sciences and technologies for the Oden Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, says he would not willingly go into space. ‘No, not me, man.’ The aerospace engineer and self-described ‘space environmentalist’, who started his career as a security specialist for the US Air Force, spent over seven years at Nasa as a spacecraft navigation engineer and over eight at the US Air Force Research Laboratory, including as director for the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research Institute for Astronautics (Astria), knows whereof he speaks. And he is on a mission to make space transparent so it can at once benefit humanity and be cherished.”

The Arctic: Russia launches online Arctic development and construction database . “Russia has launched the Arctic Library digital platform with a database on Arctic construction and improvement projects, including architectural projects for permafrost regions. It also lists the main market players and investors.”

North Platte Telegraph: Nebraska newspapers launch statewide public notice website. “The Nebraska Press Association has launched a new public website to provide greater public access and notification to the workings of all government entities and courts in Nebraska. The website… is a cooperative effort of all Nebraska newspapers and is managed through the NPA.”


Log Cabin Democrat: Arkansas plant health clinic’s updated plant disease image database now available. “For Arkansas growers, gardeners, and homeowners, the ability to identify plant health issues is critical to the success of their crop. The Arkansas Plant Health Clinic, located in Fayetteville and supported by the Cooperative Extension Service, serves these growers by providing resources to help solve plant disease problems. The clinic’s Plant Disease Image Database, an online image library that lists hundreds of plant diseases, has been recently updated by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Information Technology department. The database is now available on mobile devices.”


ProPublica: A Former Hacker’s Guide to Boosting Your Online Security. “More stolen personal data is available online than ever before. A man who once ran a website that prosecutors called the Amazon of stolen identity information offers his tips on the best ways to protect your data.”

Learning In Hand: Wordle Inspired Games for the Classroom. “Wordle has inspired the creation of many other grid-based word and number games. I’m listing some that teachers might like to offer students.”


PetaPixel: The First Standard to Assure a Photo’s Authenticity Has Been Created. “In an effort to combat online misinformation, the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) has released the first-ever technical specification designed to certify the source and history of digital media.”

Library of Congress: Library to Archive American Society of Landscape Architects’ Award-Winning Projects. “The Library of Congress and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced today a collaboration to archive the society’s Professional Award winning projects, the first time that collections representing the international landscape architecture profession will be archived by a U.S. federal institution.”


BBC: Instagram: Iran arrests 17 pranksters over social media videos. “Police in Iran have arrested 17 people over a series of viral street prank videos posted on Instagram. The pranksters recorded themselves faking murders and throwing cake at escalator riders, all in front of shocked members of the public.”

The Register: China orders web operators to spring clean its entire internet . “The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has shared its spring-cleaning plans with the world – and suggested it’s time to make the Middle Kingdom’s web sites sparkle with wholesome content. The Admin’s edict lists many net nasties that it wants removed. But there’s not much new on the list – most of the items have already been the subject of warnings or bans.”


PsyPost: Teens who are “addicted” to TikTok experience worse depression and anxiety, and in turn, reduced working memory capacity. “A study among teenage TikTok users found that those who showed addictive tendencies toward the platform performed worse when recalling number sequences. The findings, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, further suggested that this working memory deficit was in part due to increased depression and anxiety.” Good morning, Internet…

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