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Site Renewables Right, Black Lives Matter, Jewish News of Northern California, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, February 15, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

PV Magazine: The Nature Conservancy releases map to help site renewables. “…the Site Renewables Right map, released today by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is intended to help companies, state agencies, and communities quickly plan, permit, and purchase renewable energy in ways that helps conserve natural areas. The map is intended to be used early on in the development process to inform due diligence analyses by power purchasers and to support application of state and federal renewable energy siting guidance.”

NPR: Artwork from the Black Lives Matter memorial has a new home: the Library of Congress. “The fence that once stood between protesters and the White House at Lafayette Park during the summer of 2020 (also known as the Black Lives Matter memorial), displayed hundreds of signs, posters and artwork left by protesters following the murder of George Floyd…. Now, thanks to the help of activists and archivists, the pieces of artwork that once served as a memorial of the movement are being displayed in a new online exhibit on the Library of Congress’ website.”

Jewish News of Northern California: Digitizing J.’s archives was a mission to save Jewish history . “It was September 2011 and my first day in the office. I’d just been hired as J.’s editor and was getting the grand tour. I met the staff, admired my new desk, then stepped into the lunchroom and stopped in my tracks. There, atop a bunch of file cabinets, were dozens of large, black leather-bound volumes. Some were neatly lined up, others were stacked carelessly on top of each other. There were years printed on the spines: 1902, 1903, 1904, all the way to 2010. Some of the oldest covers had hardened and become detached from the inside pages….This was our history, the lived history of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community as recorded in the pages of its community newspaper. And those pages were literally crumbling away.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

MakeUseOf: Firefox 97 Has Arrived: Here’s What’s New, Changed, and Fixed. “Firefox 97.0 has launched, and, of course, it comes with some tweaks, as can be expected. In the update you’ll find retired colorway themes, new scrollbars, and more. This guide will give you the lowdown on the new browser, including what’s new, what’s changed, and what has been fixed.”

USEFUL STUFF

ZDNet: Best Linux distros for beginners 2022: You can do this!. “For those of you who haven’t met me before, I’ve been using Linux as a desktop operating system since 1993, two years after Linux was created. And, long before that, I was using Unix as a desktop. Since then, I’ve used dozens of different Linux distributions, and I ran the Desktop Linux site for many years. Today, although I also run Windows and macOS, the Linux desktop is my main desktop. In short, I know the Linux desktop. So, with all that, here are my suggestions for the best desktops for beginners.”

New York Times: Fine-Tune and Prune Your Phone’s Contacts List. “Your phone’s contacts app can be easy to treat as a simple address book. But the default versions usually included in Apple’s iOS 15 and Google’s Android 12 can be much more useful — providing specific ringtones, travel directions, birthday reminders and more — if you take the time to flesh out the entries for your favorite people. Here’s a quick guide.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Mashable: Tears of joy emoji might be experiencing a renaissance. “The laughing crying emoji might be coming back into vogue. According to an Emojipedia analysis of over 2.16 billion tweets, the face with tears of joy emoji 😂 has returned to its spot as Twitter’s number one emoji by the slimmest of margins, just barely surpassing the loudly crying face 😭.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Queensland University of Technology: Google’s search dominance a risk to consumers. “The GOOGLE trademark is still firmly in the grip of its owner Alphabet Inc. even though ‘to google’ is the ubiquitous vernacular for ‘to conduct an online search’, but a QUT data scientist says this familiarity could more negatively affect consumers than other trademarks in the same position.”

BBC: Lawmakers allege ‘secret’ CIA spying on unwitting Americans. “Two US senators have raised concerns that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is again spying upon unwitting Americans. The agency has ‘secretly’ conducted warrantless surveillance through a newly disclosed programme, Senators Ron Wyden and Martin Heinrich alleged.”

South Dakota Public Broadcasting: Measure requiring schools post teaching materials online fails in committee. “A legislative measure requiring k-12 schools to post teaching materials online has died in committee. The bill would also require schools to post employee professional development and orientation materials, and a catalog of all books and resources at a school’s library. Under the measure, a school could be sued if it doesn’t comply.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

CNET: Social Media Should Censor Itself, Without Government Intervention, Most Americans Say
. “Surveys released by polling firm Ipsos on Monday show that a majority of Americans support content moderation on social networks, including putting warning labels on misinformation, deleting incitements to violence and suspending or banning offending accounts. Only 19% of Americans believe tech companies should do nothing and allow incitements to violence to be posted. Even fewer people, just 17%, believe social media companies should do nothing and allow posts containing misinformation or bullying.”

Arizona State University: Study: Life experiences as valuable as training when collecting some scientific data. “Citizen science engages people who don’t identify as researchers in science investigations. Engagement can include everything from helping figure out what questions to ask, to gathering data and contributing to analysis. Cindi SturtzSreetharan, associate professor at Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change, recently conducted a study with fellow anthropologists that compared observations made by community volunteers and those made by trained research assistants.” Good morning, Internet…

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