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Oncology Drugs, PyScript, Google Docs, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, May 4, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

Cancer Research: ROADMAPS: An online database of response data, dosing regimens, and toxicities of approved oncology drugs as single agents to guide preclinical in vivo studies. “The Biological Testing Branch (BTB) of the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) has evaluated more than 70 FDA-approved oncology drugs to date in human xenograft models. Here, we report the first release of a publicly available, downloadable spreadsheet, ROADMAPS (Responses to Oncology Agents and Dosing in Models to Aid Preclinical Studies)… that provides data filterable by agent, dose, dosing schedule, route of administration, tumor models tested, responses, host mouse strain, maximum weight loss, drug related deaths, and vehicle formulation for preclinical experiments conducted by the BTB.”

Bleeping Computer: Embed Python scripts in HTML with PyScript. “The new PyScript project lets you embed Python programs directly in HTML pages and execute them within the browser without any server-based requirements. The project was announced this weekend at PyCon US 2022 and acts as a wrapper around the Pyodide project, which loads the CPython interpreter as a WebAssembly browser module.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Tom’s Guide: Google Docs is getting a handy upgrade to make you more productive. “Among the changes Google plans to make are reorganizing menus for ‘more intuitive feature location,’ adding new icons to help you recognize key features more quickly and shortening the menus. All of these should combine to make the process of menu navigation much easier than it is right now.”

Reuters: Google makes $100,000 worth of tech training free to every U.S. business. “Alphabet Inc’s Google will provide any U.S. business over $100,000 worth of online courses in data analytics, design and other tech skills for their workers free of charge, the search company said on Monday. The offer marks a big expansion of Google’s Career Certificates, a program the company launched in 2018 to help people globally boost their resumes by learning new tools at their own pace.”

TechCrunch: Twitter latest filing admits to risk of losing advertisers and staff due to Musk takeover . “Just ahead of its presentation to media ad buyers later this week at the 2022 NewFronts, Twitter acknowledged in a new SEC filing that its core advertising business could now be at risk as a result of the Elon Musk takeover, in addition to employee hiring and retention efforts and other factors.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Hyperallergic: Call for Applications: New Archive Fellowship Seeks to Write More Inclusive Histories of Craft. “Six Center for Craft Archive Fellows will receive a $5,000 grant to conduct research in an archive of their choosing. Fellows may engage in both conventional and innovative approaches to archival research. In order to make the research accessible to a wide audience, fellows will participate in a joint virtual program presented by the Center for Craft and the American Craft Council and have the opportunity to publish in a Special Issue on Hyperallergic in Summer 2023.”

Engadget: Twitter admits it accidentally overstated user numbers between 2019 and 2021. “As it prepares itself for the possibility of becoming wholly owned by Elon Musk, Twitter is today revealing that it previously overstated its user figures between 2019 and 2021. In its newest financial reports, the platform says that users with multiple accounts were inadvertently counted as multiple people. The difference in the figures was never more than 2 million either way, but it reflects the even more limited nature of Twitter’s growth.”

The Drum: Chipotle gets candid with the anti-filter social media app BeReal. “Fast-casual Mexican chain Chipotle is one of a growing number of brands joining BeReal, a new anti-filter, anti-influencer social media platform designed to promote authenticity online. Though the app doesn’t offer pay-to-play advertising options, Chipotle and others are finding unique ways to promote their brand and capture user attention – by leaning into the platform’s ethos of transparency.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Bloomberg: Senators Seek to Loosen Google’s Grip on Digital Ad Market. “A bipartisan group of senators intends to introduce legislation as soon as this week that would force Alphabet Inc.’s Google to sell off parts of its lucrative advertising technology business, according to two people familiar with the matter.”

ABC News (Australia): High Court asked to decide if search engine giant Google is a publisher of content. “Google and Melbourne lawyer George Defteros are set for a showdown in the High Court of Australia today over whether the search engine giant is classified as a publisher or not. Mr Defteros successfully sued Google in 2020 for $40,000, after it failed to take down a story he said had defamed him.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

University of Houston: Science Has Spoken: Tell the Truth on Facebook or Risk Your Reputation . “Online social networks (OSN) like Facebook and Twitter have created a space for people to easily express their opinions, which can encourage open dialogue and stimulate plenty of disagreements. Research now reveals that just like in face-to-face relationships, intellectually humble behavior, like admitting when you are wrong, leads to better impression formation online.”

Daily Beast: 3D Tech Is Helping Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Indigenous Art. “What is known is that these caves are regarded as sacred places by Native Americans in the American Southeast—considered pathways to the underworld. This is why researchers theorize that the anthropomorphic figures may have been spiritually important. These massive figures are also described in the study as ‘invisible.’ The cave is so cramped, and etchings so faint, that the artwork was overlooked when researchers entered the chamber more than 20 years ago. To solve this, the study team used a technique known as high-resolution 3D photogrammetry to digitally manipulate the chamber space and reveal the artwork.” Good morning, Internet…

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