Ancestors Know Who We Are, RSS Readers, Syrian War Crimes, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 6, 2022


Smithsonian: National Museum of the American Indian To Launch “Ancestors Know Who We Are” June 15. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will launch the digital exhibition ‘Ancestors Know Who We Are’ June 15. The exhibition features works by six contemporary Black-Indigenous women artists that address issues of race, gender, multiracial identity and intergenerational knowledge.”


MakeUseOf: The 4 Best Free RSS Readers. “If you spent a lot of time browsing the internet, then you no doubt understand that there are simply too many websites out there to check on regularly. RSS readers can help solve this problem by condensing your online browsing all into one feed, but how can you know which RSS reader to go with?”


TRT World: 40 thousand gigabytes: An archive of Assad’s war crimes in Syria. “Tamer Turkmani stares at his laptop screen for hours every day. A Syrian national, Turkmani has been collecting photographic and video evidence of people who have been killed in the course of the Syrian civil war. Turkmani’s goal is to maintain a digital archive of the victims who have been shot dead by the troops loyal to Bashar al Assad.”

NiemanLab: How self-publishing, social media, and algorithms are aiding far-right novelists. “Far-right extremists have complex and diverse methods for spreading their messages of hate. These can include through social media, video games, wellness culture, interest in medieval European history, and fiction. Novels by both extremist and non-extremist authors feature on far-right ‘reading lists’ designed to draw people into their beliefs and normalize hate. As literary studies scholars, our research grew out of exploring these reading lists and investigating why extremists write fiction. In 2020, we began looking at how someone who casually encountered a reading list online might access the books and pursue the ideas they contain.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Evelyn Perloff: Created database that assists thousands of researchers, students. “In an age when women rarely worked outside of the home — much less earning a Ph.D, — Evelyn Perloff blazed a trail as a formidable research psychologist and scientist. The sole woman professor in the Psychology Department at Purdue University in the 1960s, the centenarian was also the creator of an innovative database that provides reliable and valid methods to measure everything from levels of pain to depression, anxiety, and quality of life.”


Mashable: Bored Ape Yacht Club hacked, loses $360,000 worth of NFTs in phishing attack. “The Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT was hacked Saturday, losing upwards of 200 ETH (about $360,000) worth of NFTs, according to reports. According to data from blockchain security firm PeckShield, one BAYC and two Mutant Apes tokens were stolen in the scam.”

CoinDesk: New York State Senate Passes Bitcoin Mining Moratorium. “The New York State Senate passed a bill targeting proof-of-work (PoW) mining early Friday morning in an effort to address some of the environmental concerns about cryptocurrencies.”


Newswise: New Jersey Health Data Project Tackles State’s Pressing Health Needs. “Research scholars and policy experts from throughout the state came together Wednesday for a virtual Research Consortium that marked the project launch. The event showcased how the iPHD aims to inform public health policymaking in New Jersey by using administrative data in research to promote a more complete understanding of the factors that impact population health and efficiency of government programs.”

Mozilla Blog: Mozilla releases local machine translation tools as part of Project Bergamot. “In January of 2019, Mozilla joined the University of Edinburgh, Charles University, University of Sheffield and University of Tartu as part of a project funded by the European Union called Project Bergamot. The ultimate goal of this consortium was to build a set of neural machine translation tools that would enable Mozilla to develop a website translation add-on that operates locally, i.e. the engines, language models and in-page translation algorithms would need to reside and be executed entirely in the user’s computer, so none of the data would be sent to the cloud, making it entirely private.”

Arizona State University: Closing the gap for real-time data-intensive intelligence. “The online world fills databases with immense amounts of data. Your local grocery stores, your financial institutions, your streaming services and even your medical providers all maintain vast arrays of information across multiple databases. Managing all this data is a significant challenge. And the process of applying artificial intelligence to make inferences or apply logical rules or interpret information on such data can be urgent, especially when delays, known as latencies, are also a major issue.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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