Serbian-Albanian Relations, North American Freshwater Migratory Fish, Michigan Geography, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 19, 2022


Prishtina Insight: Website Presents Better Side of Serbian-Albanian Relations. “Despite the historically tense relations between Kosovo and Serbia, the new website, ‘Serbian-Albanian Friendship’, focuses on the good sides of this complex relationship. The website is in three languages: Serbian, Albanian and English, and the content mainly comprises material on friendships between Albanians and Serbs, in order to improve relations and cooperate with each other.”

Michigan State University: MSU-led effort spawns creation of new migratory freshwater fish database. “A Michigan State University-led team of scientists has assembled the North American Freshwater Migratory Fish Database, which brings together life history information on 1,250 species to inform conservation practices.”


Michigan Tech: Keweenaw Time Traveler Expands Immersive Experience. “The acclaimed Keweenaw Time Traveler (KeTT) is getting a major upgrade. On June 1, the online interactive historical atlas will add 600,000 records across 14 million data variables, an exponential increase from its current 25,000. In addition, KeTT will significantly improve user experience. A newly designed user interface makes it easier to search for information about past people, places and stories.”

The Violin Channel: Tureck Bach Research Institute Finds New Home at Interlochen Center for the Arts. “Michigan’s Interlochen Center for the Arts will now house Rosalyn Tureck’s eight decades of work — including manuscripts of essays, books, correspondence, as well as recordings of her live performances, lectures, and masterclasses. Most notable are her research and performances of Bach’s music.”


Sydney Morning Herald: Why is a major Sydney arts festival ‘working with Google’ to offer an unpaid internship?. “The successful candidate will be tasked with assisting in the uploading and cataloguing of more than 500 images and a number of videos to Google Arts & Culture. They will also ‘coordinate and create online stories’ from recorded interviews and quotes from the artists. The work will be completed part-time (eight hours a week), over a three-month period, and the intern will not be paid.”

Inquirer: An urgency to save martial law books. “With Ferdinand Marcos Jr. poised to win the presidential election, a possible purge of books on martial law may happen, a history professor at the University of the Philippines said on Wednesday.”


Spain’s News: Data Protection fines Google and Vodafone Spain. “The Spanish Data Protection Agency has issued a resolution fining Google 10 million euros and Vodafone Spain 3.94 million for breaching the General Data Protection Regulations (RGPD). The RGPD is the European regulation related to the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of their personal data and the free circulation thereof.”

Ars Technica: New Bluetooth hack can unlock your Tesla—and all kinds of other devices. “When you use your phone to unlock a Tesla, the device and the car use Bluetooth signals to measure their proximity to each other…. This proximity authentication works on the assumption that the key stored on the phone can only be transmitted when the locked device is within Bluetooth range. Now, a researcher has devised a hack that allows him to unlock millions of Teslas—and countless other devices—even when the authenticating phone or key fob is hundreds of yards or miles away.”


Review Geek: Google Took My Money and Canceled My Nest Service. “I should preface all of this with some crucial details. I freely admit I’m partially to blame for the start of the mess. And you should be aware that I used the 1st generation version of Nest Aware, which isn’t offered anymore. But that doesn’t absolve Google of the fact that it has taken my money for my Nest Aware subscription and refuses to provide me that service. Nor does the terrible customer service I received help the situation either.”


The Guardian: ‘We’re fed up with scary dreams’: thieves return temple treasures in India. “Last week, the group stole 16 statues from a 300-year-old temple to Lord Balaji – an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu – in Uttar Pradesh, police inspector Rajiv Singh told Agence France-Presse. On Monday night, they left 14 of them near the house of the temple’s chief priest in Chitrakoot district, he said. ‘They also left behind a confession letter which said they were returning the idols because they were having scary dreams,’ Singh said. The note begged for forgiveness.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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