North Carolina Ecology, Isle of Man Recordings, Astrophysics, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, February 23, 2022


Coastal Review (North Carolina): Interactive maps show benefits of natural, working lands. “Duke Univerity’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions launched last month the North Carolina Natural and Working Lands Dashboards for communities, land managers, nongovernmental organizations and the public to have access to information on these lands that ‘can store carbon, enhance community and ecosystem resilience, and provide many other social, economic and environmental benefits,’ according to the website.”

BBC: First at-risk Isle of Man sound recordings available online . “The first 100 archive recordings from the Manx Museum archives have been made available online for the first time. It is part of the British Library’s £9.3m Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project to digitise historic and culturally significant sound files. Some of the recordings date back as far as the early 1900s.” An additional 500 recordings will come online over the next year.

Clemson News: Astrophysicists explain the cosmos and physics via YouTube. “Physics and astronomy can be challenging to understand, but five female astrophysicists affiliated with Clemson University are trying to change that — they have designed a YouTube channel to break down the subject in a way that anyone can comprehend.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Science Education Center Launches New Biodiversity Guide for Youth. “The Smithsonian Science Education Center, in collaboration with the InterAcademy Partnership, announces the launch of Biodiversity! How can we balance the needs of people with the needs of other living things? This community research guide for youth ages 11–17 is the newest guide in the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals series. Based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it aims to help young people understand the relationship between people and other living things in their community to ensure a more sustainable world.”


Oregon Public Broadcasting: Hundreds of new native bees species added to Oregon database. “The Oregon Bee Atlas just got bigger. In an update announced this month, the largest bee and plant database in the state added hundreds of new native bee species that were discovered all over the state.”

Bing Blogs: Get informed and inspired for your next trip with fewer clicks. “Spring is almost here, and with it comes new opportunities for adventures near and far. Wherever and however you want to explore, Microsoft Bing has new rich and immersive experiences that help you find ideas without having to spend hours on the web seeking them. These new features span Microsoft Bing, so wherever you roam, quick inspiration and information remain only a few clicks away.”


Mashable: Truth Social already censoring content, bans user who made fun of Trump Media CEO. “Web developer Matt Ortega signed up for the Truth Social service and soon discovered an email from Truth Social telling him that his account had been banned. Ortega confirmed the authenticity of the email and ban in a private message to Mashable. Furthermore, Ortega had never posted a single thing to Truth Social as his account was one of the many still on the waitlist to join. Ortega was banned simply because of the username he used to sign up for the platform: @DevinNunesCow.”

Norwood News: Housing Affordability, Racial Equity, Displacement Data to be Tracked via City’s New Interactive Tool. “City officials said the new tool will allow the public to more easily see and explore data about housing, demographics, public health, and more, while also comparing that data across neighborhoods and racial and ethnic groups as we plan for a fairer city. Interactive mock-ups of what the tool is expected to look like, and a more in-depth description of the tool are available to view here: Equitable Development Data Tool.”


Krebs on Security: Report: Missouri Governor’s Office Responsible for Teacher Data Leak. “Missouri Governor Mike Parson made headlines last year when he vowed to criminally prosecute a journalist for reporting a security flaw in a state website that exposed personal information of more than 100,000 teachers. But Missouri prosecutors now say they will not pursue charges following revelations that the data had been exposed since 2011 — two years after responsibility for securing the state’s IT systems was centralized within Parson’s own Office of Administration.”

CSO: GitHub makes Advisory Database public to improve software supply chain security. “Software development platform GitHub has made its Advisory Database open to community contributions allowing anyone to contribute insight and intelligence on security vulnerabilities to help improve software supply chain security. The full contents of the database will also now be published to a new, freely accessible public repository under Creative Commons license. Experts say data sharing of this kind is key to improving the security of software supply chains and addressing software-related risks.”

Congresswoman Alma Adams: Adams, McEachin, Fitzpatrick introduce African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act . “The African American Burial Grounds Preservation Act, would establish a program at the National Park Service to provide grant opportunities and technical assistance to local partners to research, identify, survey and preserve these historic sites.”


The Conversation: Altruism in birds? Magpies have outwitted scientists by helping each other remove tracking devices. “When we attached tiny, backpack-like tracking devices to five Australian magpies for a pilot study, we didn’t expect to discover an entirely new social behaviour rarely seen in birds. Our goal was to learn more about the movement and social dynamics of these highly intelligent birds, and to test these new, durable and reusable devices. Instead, the birds outsmarted us.” Good morning, Internet…

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