Nuclear Freeze Movement, Coastal Climate Change, Warsaw Uprising Photography, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, February 4, 2022


Cornell Chronicle: Nuclear Freeze documents digitized. ““We will not quietly stand by and watch our world go up in flames and radiation,” the late scholar-activist Randall Forsberg once roused a crowd of more than 700,000 protestors in New York’s Central Park, calling for an end to the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Recently, Cornell University Library has launched an online selection of recorded and written speeches, testimonies, and correspondence by Forsberg, who was a leader of the international Nuclear Freeze movement and the founder and director of the Boston-based Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies (IDDS).”

Southern Environmental Law Center: New web tool digs into development decisions and flooding. “The Changing Coast web site conveniently concentrates an array of climate data into a single interface. The project’s goal is to show citizens and decision-makers how the coast is changing, and how proposed infrastructure projects like highways, neighborhoods, and government or industrial facilities will fare as the water keeps rising and floods get worse.”

The First News: Powerful new photo album reveals Warsaw after the war. “The National Digital Archive has published an album of photographs by Uprising photographer Stefan Rassalski depicting Warsaw destroyed after the Uprising as well as its reconstruction. The album of around 200 photographs called The Capital of Rassalski has been released in print in Polish and English and will soon be available online.”


The Register: Breath of fresh air: v7.3 of LibreOffice boasts improved file importing and rendering. “Six months after LibreOffice 7.2, version 7.3 is out with faster and more accurate file importing and rendering for improved compatibility with Microsoft Office.”

The Verge: Crisis Text Line stops sharing conversation data with AI company. “Crisis Text Line has decided to stop sharing conversation data with spun-off AI company after facing scrutiny from data privacy experts. “During these past days, we have listened closely to our community’s concerns,” the 24/7 hotline service writes in a statement on its website.”


Mashable: 9 of the best ‘Wordle’ clones, because one word a day isn’t enough. “Our obsession has been endlessly analyzed and dissected. We’ve shared strategies and tips. It has been meme-ed and shared all over Twitter. It was even bought by the New York Times. And of course our insatiable appetite for the simple puzzle game has been the catalyst for multiple Wordle clones. Here’s a roundup of our favorites.”


CNET: Google launches Chromebook repair program for US schools. “Google launched a Chromebook repair program Thursday to help schools in the US find information about repairable devices in an effort to make them last longer, reducing e-waste. The program collects information on what devices schools can easily repair and what tools are required. It will also show manufacturer guidelines on how to repair those devices.”

Washington Post: ‘A community deserves options’: Why these Black journalists launched their own publication . “In June 2020, as protests erupted nationwide following the murder of George Floyd, Lauren Williams and Akoto Ofori-Atta accelerated a conversation they had been having for nearly a decade. They were hearing from fellow Black journalists grappling with their experiences of working in a predominantly White industry, sharing stories of pay disparities, racism and managers who misunderstand or dismissed their ideas. ‘I just became so consumed with what do Black people need from journalism in this moment,’ recalled Ofori-Atta, who was then the managing editor of the Trace, a nonprofit news site, ‘and what is the best way for me to use my talents and experiences to deliver that.'”


PC Magazine: ‘Silent AirTags’ With Speakers Removed Pop Up on Etsy, eBay. “As a safety precaution, Apple AirTags will beep if they’re separated from their owners for a set period of time—if they’re slipped into someone’s pocket, bag, or car to stalk them, for example. But a merchant on Etsy tried to undermine this safeguard by selling modified AirTags that had their internal speakers removed.”


NiemanLab: Kids are falling victim to disinformation and conspiracy theories. What’s the best way to fix that? . “Children, it turns out, are ripe targets for fake news. Age 14 is when kids often start believing in unproven conspiratorial ideas, according to a 2021 study in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology. Many teens also have trouble assessing the credibility of online information. In a 2016 study involving nearly 8,000 U.S. students, Stanford University researchers found that less than 20 percent of high schoolers seriously questioned spurious claims in social media, such as a Facebook post that said images of strange-looking flowers, supposedly near the site of a nuclear power plant accident in Japan, proved that dangerous radiation levels persisted in the area.”

United Arab Emirates: EAD undertakes hydrogeological mapping project to prepare digital maps, utilising geographical information systems. “The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, is conducting a hydrogeological mapping project for the UAE, a unique project at the level of the Arabian Gulf region. The project aims to collect, classify, and analyse all available data on ground and surface water, which has been collected from well drilling, research, and reports. This information will be converted into digital data that can be utilised in preparing high-quality, accurate digital maps using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).”

University of South Florida: Researchers find new way to amplify trustworthy news content on social media without shielding bias. “Social media sites continue to amplify misinformation and conspiracy theories. To address this concern, an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, physicists and social scientists led by the University of South Florida (USF) has found a solution to ensure social media users are exposed to more reliable news sources. In their study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, the researchers focused on the recommendation algorithm that is used by social media platforms to prioritize content displayed to users.” Good morning, Internet…

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