Southeast Native Radio, Federal Infrastructure Funding, Archaeology Search Engine, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, May 24, 2022


Raven Radio: Southeast Native Radio aired for just 16 years, but its voices will live on in a new digital archive . “Southeast Native Radio was broadcast over KTOO in Juneau for 16 years, from 1985 to 2001. The volunteer-produced show played as current affairs at the time, but twenty-one years later it’s become a window into the lives of the people and events that shaped Native culture in the region over the last century.”

Route Fifty: New Online Hub to Help Cities Apply for Federal Infrastructure Funding. “The Local Infrastructure Hub is bringing together public sector groups and nonprofits to help local leaders navigate the complicated Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act application process in order to win grants. Experts will provide free coaching, data analysis and support, among other things, in developing the applications.”

I found this resource in February but it wasn’t quite ready for public release. It was ready in March, but then the notice got lost in my email. Without any FURTHER ado, from Phys .org: Researcher develops Google for archaeologists. “An incredible quantity of archaeological reports are stored in digital archives. If you want to search for information in them, you have to do this manually. And that is a real chore. Archaeologist Alex Brandsen has now used deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence, to develop a search engine that can search very precisely through all the data.” You can access the engine at . The interface is in Dutch but Google Translate handles it well.

Vermont Public Radio: The ACLU wants Vermonters to get to know their elected prosecutors. “The ACLU of Vermont is launching an online database to inform voters about their candidates for upcoming state’s attorney elections. The website features detailed profiles on every county’s current incumbent. Each profile includes publicly-available written policies, contact information, and links to learn more.”


Wall Street Journal: Elon Musk’s Planned Twitter Takeover Creates a ‘Chaos Tax’ for Employees. “It is a tricky time to work at Twitter. Far beyond the usual uncertainty at an acquisition target, Mr. Musk’s $44 billion takeover deal has left employees bewildered about what their jobs are and will be, as well as how to keep operating a platform with around 229 million daily users while its would-be owner uses it to publicly assail the company for everything from its free-speech policies to its business model.”

The Register: The Return of Gopher: Pre-web hypertext service is still around. “An announcement about a new handheld games console a few days ago caused confusion, because it was online but not on the web. It was published on Gopher.”


How-To Geek: Your iPhone Pro Has LiDAR: 7 Cool Things You Can Do With It. “Some high-end iPhone and iPad models have a LiDAR scanner integrated into the camera module on the back of the device. This effectively gives your device 3D scanning abilities with a few unique and interesting applications.”


Boing Boing: Adam Savage rants about Google Search. “This video is posted as Adam Savage’s ‘rant on laser printers’ but it’s really about how dreadful Google’s search engine is nowadays. He hopped online to research his way to a nice new ‘large format laser printer’ and found the site useless: the results are a mix of ads, low-quality referral roundups (‘click to see price!’) and incoherent nonsense he suspects is procedurally generated.”


Sky News: Facial recognition company Clearview AI fined £7.5m for illegally using images of Brits scraped from online. “Facial recognition company Clearview AI has been fined more than £7.5m by the UK’s privacy watchdog for collecting the facial images of people in Britain from the web and social media.”

The Verge: Google will start distributing a security-vetted collection of open-source software libraries. “Google announced a new initiative Tuesday aimed at securing the open-source software supply chain by curating and distributing a security-vetted collection of open-source packages to Google Cloud customers.”


PsyPost: New research links deepfake pornography to psychopathic tendencies. “New research provides evidence that psychopathic personality traits are associated with the creation and dissemination of deepfake pornography. The findings have been published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.”

NewsWise: Body cameras, live streaming bring search and rescue into the next generation. “New digital tools developed and tested at Simon Fraser University have the potential to revolutionize wilderness search and rescue efforts. Developed at the SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), the RescueCASTR system equips rescuers with 360-degree body cameras that send video and photos back live to a central command post.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. Hi Tara, thanks for the link to HowToGeek and the iphone (12,13, and newer) Lidar. I can’t believe I have owned this phone for two years and was not aware of this feature. I ran a few tests, and the four apps that were referenced in another link in that website were great. Lots to learn, and I have a great teacher and discoverer. Wow!


    • Thanks Carl. Lidar is exciting, isn’t it? It seems like I’m suddenly seeing a lot of stories about using lidar for cultural preservation, research, etc. So cool!

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