United Nations Members, Western US Land Management, Ukraine, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, February 28, 2022


Qatar Foundation: QF research institute partners with UN to launch search engine for diplomats. “The social computing group at Qatar Computing Research Institute has developed a web tool called Diplomatic Pulse which allows users to quickly search for official statements and press releases from all member states of the United Nations (UN).”

UCLA: Web tool co-created by UCLA a veritable ‘Swiss Army knife’ for land management. This site was created to provide information about the western US. “The site, which launched Feb. 15, provides a comprehensive picture of vegetation and ground cover and can display where land is covered by sagebrush, shrubs, perennial grasses or dead plant material, as well as where it has no cover. Using machine learning, the tool can also show changes in vegetation over time and perform statistical analyses on the data to help interpret the results.”

NiemanLab: Some resources for following the invasion of Ukraine . “We’ve pulled together a few resources to help you receive reliable information on what is happening. This list is being updated.”

Mashable: GoFundMe launches a donation hub for Ukraine relief efforts. “The hub currently hosts fundraisers that range from supporting large aid organizations like Save the Children to raising funds for specific families in Ukraine. All fundraisers hosted on the official hub have been verified by GoFundMe’s global Trust & Safety team, which monitors the larger GoFundMe site in order to identify and validate fundraisers made in response to crises.”


New York Times: Free Options for Filing Your Taxes. “The average federal refund is about $2,800, according to the Internal Revenue Service. And more than half of filers earning less than $30,000 a year seek professional tax preparation help. Fortunately, there are free options to help people prepare and file their tax returns. Many have age or income limits, but some are available to anyone.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Wikipedia Apps to Discover Interesting Articles and Browse Wikipedia Better. “Wikipedia is one of the greatest free resources on the internet, with almost 6.5 million articles in the English version alone. But too often, we only use the website to search for something, rather than simply browsing it to learn about new things. These apps try to give you ways to browse Wikipedia and discover articles in new ways.”


NBC News: Howard University to digitize its archive of thousands of Black newspapers. “…with the help of a $2 million grant announced Monday, Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center will make available countless articles that captured in real-time the impact of historical events on Black people that have long been difficult, if not impossible, to access. By digitizing its extensive Black Press Archives, anyone will be able to access Howard’s collection of more than 2,000 newspapers from the United States, Africa and the African diaspora online.”


PR Newswire: LexisNexis®️ Introduces LexisNexis PatentAdvisor®️ Extension, Free Web Tool to Display Patent Examiner Stats on USPTO Websites (PRESS RELEASE). “LexisNexis® Legal & Professional today announced the launch of PatentAdvisor™ Extension, a free web browser extension that makes available data insights about individual patent examiners and art units directly on the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) websites.”

Washington Post: To expunge his daughter’s murder from the Internet, a father created an NFT of the grisly video. “Families of shooting victims have frequently relied on copyright law to get results. Lenny Pozner, whose son Noah Pozner was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, has filed hundreds of copyright claims to get pictures of his son taken down from websites spreading conspiracy theories about the deadly Sandy Hook shooting. Copyright, Pozner has said, is a more effective tool than relying on the platform’s policies against hoaxes, for instance, which can often be opaque and unevenly enforced.”


The Register: Techniques to fool AI with hidden triggers are outpacing defenses – study. “The increasingly wide use of deep neural networks (DNNs) for such computer vision tasks as facial recognition, medical imaging, object detection, and autonomous driving is going to, if not already, catch the attention of cybercriminals. DNNs have become foundational to deep learning and to the larger field of artificial intelligence (AI). They’re a multi-layered class of machine learning algorithms that essentially try to mimic how a human brain works and are becoming more popular in developing modern applications.”

The Guardian: Five ways AI is saving wildlife – from counting chimps to locating whales. “AI is helping to protect species as diverse as humpback whales, koalas and snow leopards, supporting the work of scientists, researchers and rangers in vital tasks, from anti-poaching patrols to monitoring species. With machine learning (ML) computer systems that use algorithms and models to learn, understand and adapt, AI is often able to do the job of hundreds of people, getting faster, cheaper and more effective results. Here are five AI projects contributing to our understanding of biodiversity and species.”

University of Oxford: University of Oxford researchers create largest ever human family tree. “Researchers from the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute have taken a major step towards mapping the entirety of genetic relationships among humans: a single genealogy that traces the ancestry of all of us.” Good morning, Internet…

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