Votebeat, Oncology Research, Maine Mental Health Resources, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, May 27, 2022


Axios: Votebeat launches as a permanent newsroom . “Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news outlet that covers education at the local level, has raised $3.1 million to permanently launch a separate newsroom called Votebeat that will be dedicated to covering voting at the local level.”

Medical Xpress: New database to ‘SpUR’ on cancer research. “The new resource, named SpUR (short for Splicing in Untranslated Regions) and freely available online, details more than 1,000 splicing events found frequently in cancers in noncoding regions of mRNA located just downstream of protein-coding stop signals. The sites and expression levels of these events are cataloged and visualized for nearly 8,000 samples across 10 cancer types and corresponding normal tissues. With the tool, independent research teams can now further probe the role of individual splice events in cancer development and progression.”

Bangor Daily News: NAMI Maine launches online mental health resource database. “NAMI Maine announces the launch of a new online mental health resource database, now available on the organization’s website. Searchable by Maine county, service type, or organization name, this new database includes over 250 Maine-based mental health resources.”


UCLA: New coast-to-coast series brings trailblazing Jewish musicians to audiences everywhere. “Secret Chord Concerts is a free on-demand video series featuring 15-25 minute performances from celebrated Jewish musicians representing a broad range of styles, heritages, and histories and recorded live in front of intimate audiences in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Season 1 episodes will air the first Wednesday of every month from June until October.”


Religion News Service: RIP Catholic News Service — gone too soon and when we needed you most. “The U.S. Catholic bishops are killing off Catholic News Service, one of their most successful national programs. Founded in 1921, CNS is the AP of Catholic news, providing copy to Catholic publications across the country and around the world.”

Google Blog: Augmented reality brings fine art to life for International Museum Day. “Have you ever dreamt of having your portrait taken by a world-famous artist? Or wished a painting would come to life before your eyes? This International Museum Day, we’re unveiling three new Art Filter options via the Google Arts & Culture app so that you can immerse yourself in iconic paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Grant Wood, and Fernando Botero.”


Global Investigative Journalism Network: How Journalists Can Investigate on Telegram. “Telegram can also be an invaluable research tool, allowing journalists to mine information and investigate groups of people whose content is otherwise banned or limited on other social networks (often for violating terms of use or hate speech laws). It’s also useful to track protests and other social movements in authoritarian countries, like Russia, where the app still functions.”


The Moorlander: Histories & Mysteries: 50 Years since Ugandan Asians came to Devon. “In August 1972, Uganda’s leader, Idi Amin, issued an order requiring Asians living in the country to leave within 90 days. This sparked a mass exodus of nearly 80,000 Ugandan Asians seeking refuge in countries all over the world. The first evacuation flight landed at London’s Stansted Airport on 18th September, 1972, and 50 years later, British Ugandan Asians have excelled in fields such as business, finance, politics, science, and the arts.”

Fast Company: Bye, Zoom: This smart new app is the future of online meetings. “Like most people these days, I participate in more than my share of online meetings. And aside from the occasional internal grumbling, I usually don’t give much thought to the way they work or what could make them more effective. But then I ran into a thoughtful new tool called Switchboard. It completely reimagines the way you interact and work with other people online.”


Reuters: Britain launches second probe into Google’s ad practices. “Britain’s competition regulator on Thursday launched its second probe into the advertising practices of Google, saying the Alphabet-owned search giant could be distorting competition and may have illegally favoured its own services.”

Drury University: Drury University students attempt to hack City of Springfield in cybersecurity partnership. “In a rare opportunity, offered to few cybersecurity students in the country, Drury University partnered with the City of Springfield to ensure its network is guarded against malicious hackers. The process is called a network penetration test and it’s when an organization hires white hat hackers to break into their systems.”


The Conversation: Rivers can suddenly change course – scientists used 50 years of satellite images to learn where and how it happens. “Throughout history, important cities around the world have flourished along river banks. But rivers can also be destructive forces. They routinely flood, and on rare occasions, they can abruptly shift pathways. These ‘channel-jumping’ events, which are called avulsions, have caused some of the deadliest floods in human history…. In a newly published study, I worked with colleagues to map the global distribution of avulsions on river fans and deltas. We used satellite images of over 100 rivers from 1973 to the present, providing a half-century of bird’s-eye views of global river evolution.” Good morning, Internet…

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