New York State Tax Warrants, Protest Songs, African American Midwest, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, February 14, 2022


WTEN: NYS launches web tool to access tax warrants. “The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has launched a new search tool to look up open tax warrants. Tax warrants allow the state to file a lien against a person due to outstanding tax debt.”

NME: Billy Bragg welcomes new UEA protest song project. “Billy Bragg has praised a new academic project to catalogue the history of the English protest song from 1600 to the present day, saying that songs ‘can’t change the world’ but can ‘bring people together’. A website catalogue of about 750 songs in the Our Subversive Voice project has been produced, presented alongside interviews with key songwriters.”

PR Newswire: African American Midwest Digital Documentary Launches For Black History Month (PRESS RELEASE). “, a website and digital documentary on Black history in the Midwest, launched Tuesday, Feb. 1, for Black History Month. The site features interactive maps documenting the Midwest Underground Railroad as well as lynchings and racist violence in the region; streaming video interviews with leading black Midwest scholars; extraordinary color photos of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Chicago Campaign for fair housing; and more.”

University Times (University of Pittsburgh): Student creates tool to search Pitt’s financial disclosures. “Jon Moss, the editor-in-chief of Pitt’s student newspaper, The Pitt News, created Ledger, a database that compiles Pitt’s expenses worth more than $1,000. With Ledger, users can edit their searches to find specific purchasers, vendors, types of expenses and disclosure years back to the 2014 fiscal year. These disclosures are available through Pennsylvania’s Public School Code of 1949, which, requires the state-related universities to submit information about their expenses by the end of each calendar year.”

Yale Environment 360: A New Tool Shows How Much Dams Will Alter River Temperatures, Threatening Native Fish. “A new online tool reveals how more than 200 planned dams worldwide will alter river temperatures, potentially rendering waters too hot or too cold for native fish…. Scientists analyzed the impact of 100 existing dams to create a machine learning tool that would predict how much 216 planned dams will alter temperatures downstream.”

Stanford Medicine: Psychologists launch free, online emotional-wellness tool for health care workers. “Stanford Medicine psychologists have created a free mental health resource that health care workers, and anyone, can access online for emotional support.”


Carteret County News-Times: NOAA updates online Coastal County Snapshot tool with maps to visualize data. “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has updated its Coastal County Snapshots online tool, which provides an overview of various data on Carteret and other coastal counties.”

CNET: Google’s interactive 3D Valentine’s Day puzzle features adorable hamsters. “Valentine’s Day is the day we celebrate love, and Monday’s Doodle puts you in the position of having to reunite two lovelorn hamsters. After a brief overture, the hamsters have been retreated to opposite sides of the Doodle, which is constructed of disjointed habitat tubes.”


CNN: NFT marketplace suspends most sales, citing ‘rampant’ fakes and plagiarism. “The platform which sold an NFT of Jack Dorsey’s first tweet for $2.9 million has halted most transactions because people were selling tokens of content that did not belong to them, its founder said, calling this a ‘fundamental problem’ in the fast-growing digital assets market.”


ABC News (Australia): Australian cryptocurrency investors targeted in fake crypto app scam, but Google says it ‘takes action’ when ‘violations found’ . “Scammers are exploiting the popularity of cryptocurrency by setting up fake apps to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from would-be Australian crypto investors. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s latest available data shows almost 30 reports of the emerging scam between June and November last year, with $374,000 in losses accumulated.”


University of Washington: UW and Amazon announce creation of the Science Hub. “Amazon’s initial investment of $1.9 million will support a broad set of programs, including fellowships for doctoral students, collaboration among researchers and support for collaborative research events. The hub’s initial focus will accelerate AI, robotics and engineering in the Seattle area while embracing neighboring academic institutions and the public through events.” Good morning, Internet…

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