Seed Pests, Family Well-Being, Plastic Pollution, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, May 9, 2022


American Seed Trade Association: Pest Database For Seeds Available. “ASTA has developed the Pest Database for Seeds (PeDS) which currently contains technical/scientific information on over 400 pests of phytosanitary concern to ASTA members that have impacted the international movement of seed.” Apparently free – I was able to access and search the database without issue.

Penn State: Clearinghouse provides searchable database of evidence-based programs . “The Clearinghouse has created a Continuum of Evidence to assist individuals in identifying evidence-based programs that can be used to improve the health and well-being of military and civilian families. The Continuum is a free, interactive, searchable database of more than 1,300 programs that address a wide variety of family concerns and mental health issues such as parenting, financial literacy, alcohol/drugs/tobacco use and misuse, sexual assault, anxiety, trauma, and depression.”

BusinessWire: Global Plastic Watch: Satellite Eyes Pinpoint Waste From Space to Reduce Ocean Pollution (PRESS RELEASE). “Global Plastic Watch ( is a tool which combines earth observation with artificial intelligence to create the first-ever near-real-time high-resolution map of plastic pollution. This is the largest open-source dataset of plastic waste across dozens of countries.”

Australasian Lawyer: Legal Metrics Portal propels in-house legal teams’ use of data and analytics. “Key features include a library covering topics such as how to build and improve a legal metrics program, a detailed catalogue of more than 500 legal metrics organized in categories of legal operations and practice areas, and a self-guided wizard that provides metrics recommendations based on what users seek to achieve.” Access is free.


USA Today: How to turn your smartphone into a flatbed scanner to sign forms or digitize text. “You may have a flatbed scanner at home or perhaps one of those ‘all in one’ printer/scanner/copier machines, but did you know your smartphone’s camera can also double as a flatbed scanner It’s not only fast and convenient to scan something when away from your computert, but the quality is surprisingly good, thanks to much better camera sensors and smarter software.”


Southern Poverty Law Center: YouTube Profiting From Timcast IRL, Study Finds. “Timcast IRL, a livestream that serves as a soapbox for the anti-democracy hard right, generates consistent profit for YouTube through the company’s Super Chat function, according to a new study published by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD).”

Search Engine Land: DMCA request removes Moz from Google Search index. “If you search for [Moz] in Google Search, you won’t be seeing the home page, that page was removed from the Google index due to a DMCA takedown request. The takedown complaint cites that Moz’s home page, along with 185 other URLs were ‘distribute modified, cracked and unauthorized versions’ of the Dr. Driving app.” Moz has since been restored.


Associated Press: Amazon tribes turn the tables on intruders with social media . “It was dusk on April 14 when Francisco Kuruaya heard a boat approaching along the river near his village in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. He assumed it was the regular delivery boat bringing gasoline for generators and outboard motors to remote settlements like his. Instead, what Kuruaya found was a barge dredging his people’s pristine river in search of gold…. Kuruaya, 47, motored out to the barge, boarded it and confronted the gold miners. They responded in harsh voices and he retreated for fear they were armed. But so was he — with a phone — the first he’d ever had.”

KHQA: Missouri A.G. sues Biden Administration officials for alleged social media censorship
. “The Missouri Attorney General, alongside the Louisiana Attorney General, filed a lawsuit against several key players in the Biden Administration for ‘allegedly colluding with Social Media Giants’ in censoring conspiracy theories and misinformation on social media.”


Ars Technica: Terahertz imaging reveals hidden inscription on 16th-century funerary cross. “In recent years, a variety of cutting-edge non-destructive imaging methods have proved to be a boon to art conservationists and archaeologists alike. Each technique has its advantages and disadvantages. For instance, ground-penetrating radar (radio waves) is great for locating buried artifacts, among other uses, while lidar is useful for creating high-resolution maps of surface terrain. Infrared reflectography is well-suited to certain artworks whose materials contain pigments that reflect a lot of infrared light.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison: UW Study: Most Teens Actually Have Healthy Relationship With Digital Technology. “The large, nationwide study was led by Dr. Megan Moreno, professor of pediatrics and head of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and adolescent health physician, UW Health Kids. Researchers looked at the digital media use and family dynamics of nearly 4,000 pairs, each consisting of a parent and a teen. They found that about 63% of teens fell into the ‘family engaged’ group and had a healthy relationship with technology. The other 37% were categorized as ‘at risk.'”


Nepali Times: Yale returns Tara to Nepal. “The Consulate-General of Nepal in New York on 6 May announced with Yale University Art Gallery in Connecticut the return of a 9th-10th century stone sculpture of Tara/Parvati, which was stolen from the Bir Bhadreshwor Mahadev Temple in Golmadi, Bhakatapur in the 70s.” Good morning, Internet…

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