Northwest US Hydropower, Women Art Dealers Digital Archives, Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, March 3, 2022


Foundation for Water & Energy Education: New Web Site Dedicated to Making Hydropower Easily Understood. “The Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) has launched a new web site with a simple mission: give teachers, students, opinion leaders, and the public balanced, reliable information about the use of hydropower in the Northwest.” Includes educational material as well as database of hydroelectric projects throughout the northwest US.

The Art Newspaper: This digital archive brings women art dealers back into the story of Modern art. “A popular hashtag every March during Women’s History Month challenges people to name #5womenartists. But can you name five women art dealers? A new project aims to prove there are many to choose from, they just have not been mined from the margins of art history with the same vigor devoted to artists.”

WGMD: 60th Anniversary of the Storm of ’62 – New Digital Archive Available. “This week is the 60th anniversary of the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962. Delaware Public Archives has put together a treasure trove of previously unreleased photographs. The three-day nor’easter started on Tuesday, March 5, 1962, continued to slowly grind up the Atlantic coast on Wednesday, March 6, 1962, and moved away from Delaware on Thursday, March 7, 1962. By the time that the skies cleared and the winds calmed, the damage along Delaware’s Atlantic and Delaware Bay coasts was substantial with cost estimates of $50 million (roughly $465 million today.) The storm claimed seven lives in Delaware and a total of 40 lives along the East Coast.”

NCAR: Scientists Map Underwater Topography Of More Than 1.4 Million Lakes And Reservoirs Worldwide. “Lakes and reservoirs have a profound influence on ecosystem functions, local streamflow levels, and the movement of water across landscapes. But water managers often are in the dark when it comes to subsurface topography, which affects the ecology, volume, temperature, and rate of evaporation of a waterbody, as well as inflows and outflows. Now a team of scientists has developed artificial intelligence techniques to create a publicly available dataset of the underwater topography, or bathymetry, of more than 1.4 million inland lakes and reservoirs around the world.”


New York Times: Reinvention and Nostalgia: The Project to Remake Twitter. “A decentralized Twitter could take years to emerge and might look much the same as it does today. But it could allow users to set moderation rules for their own communities and ease the pressure Twitter faces from lawmakers over how it moderates content. It might also open new revenue streams for the company.”

Business Insider India: The ex-news director of Russia’s largest search engine urged his former colleagues to quit, accusing the company of censoring Russia’s invasion into Ukraine. “Lev Gershenzon worked at Yandex in various roles for four years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He took to Facebook early Tuesday morning to warn people still working at the company — which is one of the largest search engines in Russia — that it was contributing to the censorship of the country’s invasion into Ukraine.”

BBC: Ukraine’s tech community rises to challenges of war. “With a thriving technology scene, Ukraine was fast becoming a key hub in Eastern Europe and last year recorded its first ‘decacorns’ – start-ups valued above $10bn (£7.5bn). Now, many are focused on raising funds for the army.”


Associated Press: US returns billionaire’s plundered artifacts to Jordan . “American authorities have returned nine looted artifacts to Jordan that were seized from a U.S. billionaire collector as part of a landmark deal announced in December. The artifacts were among 180 items seized by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office as part of an agreement with collector Michael Steinhardt to surrender trafficked artifacts and avoid prosecution. The deal capped a four-year investigation into Steinhardt’s possession of looted antiquities.”

Reuters: Ukrainian cyber resistance group targets Russian power grid, railways. “A Ukrainian cyber guerrilla warfare group plans to launch digital sabotage attacks against critical Russian infrastructure such as railways and the electricity grid, to strike back at Moscow over its invasion, a hacker team coordinator told Reuters.”


WIRED: Google’s New Tech Can Read Your Body Language—Without Cameras . “It sounds futuristic and perhaps more than a little invasive—a computer watching your every move? But it feels less creepy once you learn that these technologies don’t have to rely on a camera to see where you are and what you’re doing. Instead, they use radar. Google’s Advanced Technology and Products division—better known as ATAP, the department behind oddball projects such as a touch-sensitive denim jacket—has spent the past year exploring how computers can use radar to understand our needs or intentions and then react to us appropriately.”

Brookings Institution: The surprising performance of Kremlin propaganda on Google News. “Over the past week, the Kremlin’s propaganda apparatus consistently returned the top search result for two key terms related to the conflict—’DPR’ and ‘LPR,’ abbreviations for the break-away regions in Ukraine’s east, the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic, respectively. On five of the past seven days, searches for ‘DPR’ and ‘LPR’ on Google News surfaced Russian state media as the top result. On each of the past seven days, for the same searches, Russian state media was among the top two results.”

Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy: New Citizen Lab Report: Digital Transnational Repression. “While transnational repression is not a new phenomenon, such tactics are expanding through the market growth for digital technologies and the spread of Internet-connectivity, among other factors. This digital dimension of transnational repression—which we refer to as digital transnational repression—is rapidly becoming the cornerstone of ‘everyday’ transnational repression and is a threat to the rights and freedoms of dissidents and activists living in exile.” Good morning, Internet…

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