Mitsuo Aoki, Food is Medicine Massachusetts, Book of Kells, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, April 13, 2022


University of Hawaii News: Virtual access to works of the “Cosmic Dancer,” Mitsuo Aoki. “A Preservation & Access Grant awarded by the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities in 2021 with matching funds from the Mits Aoki Legacy Foundation supported the digitization of Aoki’s papers and videos for the purpose of increasing access and preservation of the resources. The digitization of these collections provides preservation and significantly increases access to the personal and professional papers of a man whose contributions exceeded academia and touched the lives of thousands through his spiritual guidance through a process of melding Buddhism and Christianity.”

HealthLeaders: Food Is Medicine Initiative Launched In Massachusetts. “The Massachusetts Food is Medicine Service Inventory website has been launched to connect individuals, healthcare providers, and community-based organizations to Food is Medicine services in their communities.” “Food is Medicine” seems pretty self-explanatory but if you want more information on this initiative, check out the Food Is Medicine Coalition Web site.

My Modern Met: You Can Now Explore All of ‘The Book of Kells’ for Free Online. “When people think of Ireland, the rolling green hills, Guinness beer, and twisted Celtic knots might be what comes to mind. The small island nation has a storied history of resistance to oppression and perseverance through famine, but the most iconic piece of Irish history dates to the early medieval period. The Book of Kells—held in the library of Trinity College Dublin—is a masterpiece of medieval illumination and manuscript craft. The legendary volume is now available in new high-resolution scans for free online browsing.”


Ars Technica: DuckDuckGo announces a new privacy-focused Mac web browser. “DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine with the weird name, already offers web browsers for iOS and Android and browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. But on Tuesday, the company announced that it is getting into desktop browsers, too. DuckDuckGo for Mac is available starting today as an invite-only beta that ‘is designed to be used as an everyday browser that truly protects your privacy.'”

Engadget: Snapchat lets news outlets automatically share articles as stories. “People have used social media as a news source for years, and Snapchat hopes to make the most of that reality. As Axios reports, Snapchat has launched a Dynamic Stories test feature that lets media outlets automatically share news articles as Stories on the Discover platform through their existing RSS feeds.”


City of Boston: City Archives Awarded Recordings At Risk Grant. “The Boston City Archives is thrilled to announce that it has been selected as the recipient of a $39,155 Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources. The grant will fund ‘Preserving Boston’s Voices: Digitizing the Boston 200 Community Oral History Collection’, a project to digitize oral history recordings of Boston residents collected as part of the Boston 200 Neighborhood History Program in the 1970s.”

Fast Company: How to design the most controversial button on the internet and not screw it up. “In high-stakes moments—like when Trump tweeted praise for insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol—edited tweets need to be understood at a glance, and burying changes deep in the UI doesn’t make a lot of sense for a platform that’s designed to be skimmed.”


NBC News: Frank James, suspect in Brooklyn subway shooting, discussed violence in YouTube clips. “One of the photos police shared of James was a screenshot of a video from the ‘prophet of truth 88’ YouTube channel, a platform where he appears to go on lengthy, profanity-filled rants and express controversial views. He talks about death in several videos and the desire to “exterminate” certain groups of people in one clip.”

WIRED: Inside the Bitcoin Bust That Took Down the Web’s Biggest Child Abuse Site. “They thought their payments were untraceable. They couldn’t have been more wrong. The untold story of the case that shredded the myth of Bitcoin’s anonymity.” As you might imagine from the headline, this article includes disturbing content.

SecurityWeek: The Art Exhibition That Fools Facial Recognition Systems. “The most boring art exhibition in the world has been launched online. It comprises just 100 images of the same painting: 100 copies of the Mona Lisa. But all is not what it seems – and that’s the whole point. Humans see 100 identical Mona Lisa images; but facial recognition systems see 100 different celebrities.”


NiemanLab: Algorithms, lies, and social media. “Protecting citizens from manipulation and misinformation, and protecting democracy itself, requires a redesign of the current online ‘attention economy’ that has misaligned the interests of platforms and consumers. The redesign must restore the signals that are available to consumers and the public in conventional markets: users need to know what platforms do and what they know, and society must have the tools to judge whether platforms act fairly and in the public interest. Where necessary, regulation must ensure fairness.”

PsyPost: Reading on a smartphone promotes overactivity in the prefrontal cortex and lowers reading comprehension, study finds. “A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports lends support to a body of research suggesting that reading on electronic devices reduces comprehension. The study found that reading on a smartphone promotes overactivity in the prefrontal cortex, less frequent sighing, and lower reading comprehension.” Good morning, Internet…

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