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Los Angeles Harbor Marine Ecology, Public Health Policy, Opera Browser, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, April 23, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

Port of Los Angeles: New Website Provides Close-Up Look At Port Of Los Angeles Marine Habitats, Wildlife. “As part of ongoing efforts to promote a deeper understanding of the diverse habitats of Los Angeles Harbor, the Port of Los Angeles has unveiled an educational website showcasing the abundant marine life thriving above and below Port waterways…. The LA Harbor Habitats site creates a visual and three-dimensional representation of marine life at the Port, providing users with various ways to explore the trade gateway’s biology, including by habitat—from the shore to seafloor. Underwater videos, interactive games and stunning photography of the undersea world of the Port add to the experience.”

Norwegian Institute of Public Health: NOURISHING and MOVING policy databases: full datasets from 14 European countries are now available. “CO-CREATE colleagues at the World Cancer Research Fund International have been hard at work generating evidence and infrastructure to support local and national policy changes to make healthy choices the easiest, most appealing, and preferred choices for adolescents across Europe. The NOURISHING and MOVING databases highlight where governments need to take action to promote healthy diets and decrease physical inactivity. New datasets of diet-related policies and physical activity policies across Europe have been added to both databases.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

gHacks: Opera 86 brings URL categories in Address Bar, Text Snapshot and Crop Tool. “Opera browser has been updated to version 86 in the stable channel. The patch brings a refined address bar, and a couple of useful additions to the application’s built-in screen capture utility.”

InnovationAus: National Archives ramps up digitisation of ‘at-risk’ records. “The National Archives of Australia has ramped up the digitisation of its at-risk records after securing a government funding lifeline last year. The agency has handed out millions in contracts to digitise parts of its collection this year but failed to properly disclose the largest deal. A $2 million contract for outsourced digitisation services was only published this week, despite work beginning in November and government ministers promoting the supplier’s project earlier this year.”

Bing Blogs: New updates to the Ethical Shopping hub on Microsoft Bing. “We first released this experience last year in the UK, and today are excited to announce we’ve expanded to more places – the US and Canada in English. As a reminder, the hub provides fashion customers with categories like eco-friendly, upcycled, or fair-trade fashion, as well as providing all-up ratings for how ethical a given brand is, where possible.”

USEFUL STUFF

Wirecutter: Simple Online Security for Social Media Accounts. “If you have online accounts on every major platform, especially social media accounts, then you know how difficult it can be to manage the privacy settings on each of them. But it’s important to go through and audit these settings to ensure you’re not sharing information you don’t intend to share.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Ars Technica: Insteon finally comes clean about its sudden smart home shutdown. “Smart home company Insteon and its parent company, Smartlabs Inc., suddenly disappeared last week. In what will probably be remembered as one of the most notorious smart home shutdowns ever, Insteon decided to turn off its cloud servers without giving customers any warning at all, surprise-bricking many smart home devices that relied on the Insteon cloud.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

University of North Carolina: New Carolina center to craft public policy for a better internet. “The Center on Technology Policy, housed in the UNC School of Information and Library Science, launched on April 21 and aims to offer public policy solutions that can inform lawmakers in developing tech policy. As a result, emerging technologies can be regulated to minimize user risks and maximize benefits.”

TechCrunch: Scammers snatch up expired domains, vexing Google. “The web is a living thing — ever-evolving, ever-changing. This goes beyond just the content on websites; whole domains can expire and be taken over, allowing corners of the internet to become a little like your hometown: Wait, wasn’t there a Dairy Queen here?”

RESEARCH & OPINION

FedScoop: State Department hiring for 50 data scientists using streamlined process. “The State Department launched an assessment-based job application process for about 50 data scientists Friday to streamline talent acquisition across more of its bureaus.”

China Daily: A case for non-profit academic databases. “Given that the sharing of academic resources helps promote research, China should encourage the National Library and other public institutions to develop non-profit academic databases for use by the public. As China’s national strength grows, its investment in research and development has increased substantially, reaching 2.79 trillion yuan ($437.49 billion) in 2021, with the proportion of R&D investment in GDP reaching 2.44 percent. In this context, the State should develop or acquire academic databases of commercial institutions to stop them from becoming profit-making tools hindering academic research.”

University of New Mexico: Scholars seek greater collaboration among zoos and museums. “The animal collections housed at zoos and natural history museums — living specimens in the first case, preserved in the other — constitute an exhaustive trove of information about Earth’s biodiversity. Yet, zoos and museums rarely share data with each other. A new paper published in the journal BioScience lays out a pathway to increasing collaboration that would enhance our understanding of the animal kingdom.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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