Science Near Me, Land Use Finance Impact Hub, Bosnian War, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, April 7, 2022


From January, but too good to ignore. Discovery Magazine: Introducing Science Near Me, Your Place to Find Accessible, Engaging Science Experiences. “Together, we’re going to explore all the ways people around the U.S. can find and get involved with science. On this blog, and the new Science Near Me companion website (currently in beta), you’ll find opportunities to engage with science content, activities, events and programs in your community, whether that’s visiting a new exhibit at your local museum, planning a night out with friends at an Astronomy on Tap event, or participating in a national science policy forum.”

UN Environment Programme: UNEP Launches New Sustainable Land Use Finance Impact Directory. “The Land Use Finance Impact Hub and its Positive Impact Indicators Directory – launched today by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate Finance Unit and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) – has been developed with and for impact funds and sustainably focused financial institutions, and aims to support the rollout of effective industry frameworks to track the environmental and social impacts of land-use investments.”

Balkan Transitional Justice: BIRN Presents Database as Tool to Educate and Counter Revisionism. “[Balkan Investigative Reporting Network]’s new database of adjudicated facts on the 1992-5 war in Bosnia is designed as an educational tool that will also counter revisionist narratives and genocide denial.”


The Verge: Google is adding a privacy settings walkthrough to Chrome. “Google is adding a new ‘step-by-step guided tour’ of privacy and security settings in Chrome to sift through the many available controls, the company announced Wednesday. The new guide will include separate pages about some settings, each containing descriptions of what happens when a feature is turned on.”

Globe Newswire: Indigenous Watchdog launches new website (PRESS RELEASE). “The site has expanded considerably beyond the Truth and Reconciliation 94 Calls to Action with new content in Suicide Prevention, Drinking Water Advisories, Housing, Food Insecurity, Environment, Urban Commitments to Reconciliation and Treaties and Land Claims. Add the 1500+ embedded links to primary source data and Indigenous Watchdog delivers a one-stop site with a wealth of information: white papers, articles, reports, statistics, budgets, press releases, media reports – including detailed recommendations and solutions.”


TechCrunch: Twitter is wiping embeds of deleted tweets from the web. “Previously, a deleted tweet embedded in a web page would still display the text content of a tweet. Now that text is gone, showing only a blank box. Twitter is altering web pages with deleted embedded tweets by hiding the text with JavaScript — a choice that has many developers and open web advocates up in arms.”

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco gardeners use TikTok to share unconventional planting methods. “Call them guerrilla gardeners, ‘petal-punks’ or TikTok horticulturists. Phoenix and Shalaco McGee of SF in Bloom are sowing native wildflower seeds in neglected plots of land and sharing their blooming adventures on social media. The San Francisco pair’s informational gardening videos and unconventional planting techniques have garnered more than 200,000 followers and 5 million likes on TikTok. The McGees take to San Francisco streets, spreading native, non-invasive wildflower seeds with pink, plastic guns and Parmesan cheese shakers.”


Washington Post: Elon Musk delayed filing a form and made $156 million . “Elon Musk was eleven days late in publicly declaring he had amassed a large stake in Twitter. That omission may have earned him $156 million, according to a half dozen legal and securities experts. That’s because of a 50-year-old law that requires investors notify the Securities and Exchange Commission when they surpass a 5 percent stake in a company. Musk reached that benchmark on March 14, according to the filings. But he only made his public disclosure on Monday.” 5th Circuit Raises Bar for Introducing Historical Snapshots of Websites Into Evidence | National Law Journal. “In Weinhoffer v. Davie Shoring, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit addressed the novel issue of when district courts can properly take judicial notice of contract terms evidenced only by a ‘snapshot’ of a web page from a web archive such as the Internet Archive’s ‘Wayback Machine.’ The case, decided in January, arose from an online auction conducted in connection with a bankruptcy liquidation proceeding.”


The Guardian: US zoo fears teen gorilla’s exposure to phones is behind anti-social behavior. “Amare, a 415-pound gorilla at Chicago’s Lincoln Park zoo, has been staring a little too frequently at the screens of cellphones from visitors who show him pictures and videos through the glass wall – including selfies, family photos, pet videos and even footage of Amare himself. He has apparently become so distracted as a result that last week, when another teenage gorilla rushed at him in a show of aggression, Amare did not appear to notice.”

Grist: The little-known open-source community behind the government’s new environmental justice tool. “In February, the White House published a beta version of its new environmental justice screening tool, a pivotal step toward achieving the administration’s climate and equity goals…. But this new screening tool is not only essential to environmental justice goals. It’s also a pioneering experiment in open governance. Since last May, the software development for the tool has been open source, meaning it was in the public domain — even while it was a work in progress.”

New York Times: Meet DALL-E, the A.I. That Draws Anything at Your Command. “At OpenAI, one of the world’s most ambitious artificial intelligence labs, researchers are building technology that lets you create digital images simply by describing what you want to see.” Good morning, Internet…

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