Arkansas Women’s History, Music Industry Mental Health, Raxium, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 9, 2022


I missed the launch of this resource in February. 5 News: Arkansas People’s History Project launches online Women’s Project Exhibit. “The Arkansas People’s History Project (APHP) launched The Women’s Project exhibit on its website Thursday, Feb. 3. The exhibit explores the early history of a multiracial network of women that tackled racism, sexism, homophobia and economic injustice across rural and urban Arkansas in the 1980s and 1990s.”

NME: Help Musicians launch new mental health platform Music Minds Matter Explore. “Help Musicians have launched a new digital mental health platform to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. Music Minds Matter Explore is a new website providing those in the music industry with help and resources for mental health support, with help on depression, performance anxiety and more.”


Tom’s Guide: Google AR glasses could have a clear advantage — here’s why. “Google hardware boss Rick Osterloh has confirmed the company has acquired Raxium, a five-year old startup specializing in Micro LED technology. The company claims that its display tech is five times more efficient than the current record holder. If true, that could prove to be a huge boon for augmented reality devices.”

The Verge: Google’s latest Roboto variant is a font customizable to its core. “As someone who is really into fonts, I know that most people don’t share my passion — but I genuinely think that anyone who cares at all about typography will have some interest in what Google announced on Thursday. If you’ve ever used anything made by Google, you’ve seen Roboto. Now, Google’s introducing something called Roboto Flex. As the name implies, it’s a version of its famous font that you can tweak and customize in a ton of ways.”


OCCRP: Fueling Secession, Promising Bitcoins: How a Russian Operator Urged Catalonian Leaders to Break With Madrid. “On a trip to Barcelona in 2017, Nikolai Sadovnikov offered to give the Catalonians $500 billion to aid their attempts to make the region an independent state. In return, he asked them to turn Catalonia into a haven for cryptocurrencies.”

Associated Press: Condition of some US dams kept secret in national database. “Americans wondering whether a nearby dam could be dangerous can look up the condition and hazard ratings of tens of thousands of dams nationwide using an online database run by the federal government. But they won’t find the condition of Hoover Dam, which impounds one the nation’s largest reservoirs on the border of Nevada and Arizona. Nor is there any condition listed for California’s Oroville Dam, the country’s tallest, which underwent a $1 billion makeover after its spillway failed.”


DotLA: Teen Who Was Sexually Exploited on Snapchat Sues Tech Giants. “A teenage girl has sued social media giant Snap after she was coerced into sending nude photos of herself through its Snapchat app, claiming that the company has failed to protect minors like her from child sexual exploitation.”


Denver Post: Is artificial intelligence the next tool to fight wildfires in the West?. “With wildfires becoming bigger and more destructive as the West dries out and heats up, agencies and officials tasked with preventing and battling the blazes could soon have a new tool to add to their arsenal of prescribed burns, pick axes, chain saws and aircraft. The high-tech help could come by way of an area not normally associated with fighting wildfires: artificial intelligence. And space.”

Bloomberg Government: Researchers ‘Flying Blind’ Want Access to Social Media User Data. “Researchers are imploring Congress to force social media companies to share data showing the platforms’ effect on users, especially children.”

Leiden University: Humanities and AI: A fruitful combination. “What do a linguist, an artist, a Professor of Conservation and Restoration, and a lecturer at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science have in common? They all use Artificial Intelligence. On 7 April they discussed the use of AI at Leiden’s Kijkhuis cinema.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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