Spain Cuisine, World Food Safety Almanac, Nebraska Public Health, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, June 10, 2022


Google Blog: ¡Que aproveche! Spain’s culinary heritage. “Food is at the very heart of Spanish culture, with traditional recipes being passed down from one generation to the next across the nation’s regional communities. It’s a fragile heritage though, and one that can be easily lost in the rapid pace of today’s world. To preserve this heritage, Google Arts & Culture, working with curator and gastronomic researcher María Llamas, and the Real Academia de Gastronomía, presents Spanish Food: Cooking Memories. Following on from Spain: Open Kitchen – our first-ever virtual exhibit about food culture – this is the second installment dedicated to Spanish cuisine.”

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment: Now also online: The BfR World Food Safety Almanac. “‘Safer food, better health’ – this is the motto of the fourth World Food Safety Day on 7 June 2022. Fittingly, the World Food Safety Almanac of the Germany Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) goes online. The online BfR World Almanac provides an overview of the administrative structures of various countries in food and feed safety.”

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: Division Of Public Health Launches Tool To Improve Access To Public Health Data. “The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has updated the Nebraska Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Dashboard with the latest data through 2020…. The dashboard allows health professionals and the public to easily explore data on a variety of health topics. It also is used to identify new and emerging health issues, establish and track health objectives, and evaluate disease prevention measures.”


TechCrunch: Amid growing concerns around app addiction, TikTok rolls out more screen tools. “Its addictive nature has been the subject of numerous psychological studies and parents’ concerns, as TikTok becomes one of the most-used apps among children. In lieu of dialing back its digital dopamine dispenser, TikTok is today rolling out a new set of screen time features designed to put users in better control of their TikTok usage.”

Genealogy’s Star: New Developments in Helping with the 1950 US Census. “The review of the names on the 1950 Census on FamilySearch are rapidly being completed. Here is the status as of the date of this post.”


Bloomberg: Twitter Reassures Staff on Musk Deal, Sees Vote by August. “Twitter Inc.’s top lawyer reassured staff Wednesday that the deal to sell the company to billionaire Elon Musk is still progressing, and that a shareholder vote will occur in late July or early August, according to people familiar with the matter.”

Axios: Report: China-linked Twitter harassment targets female Asian journalists outside China. “A network of Twitter accounts previously linked to the Chinese government is targeting female journalists of Chinese heritage who work for western news outlets in a campaign of online harassment, according to a new report…. The campaign appears to be part of the Chinese government’s efforts to silence criticism of Beijing abroad through coercion, intimidation, and retaliation.”


New York Times: Rewriting Wall Street’s Rulebook. “S.E.C.s Gary Gensler is expected to preview new market rules about a year after shares of GameStop and others shot up in ‘meme stock’ trading frenzy.”

Ars Technica: Microsoft won’t say if it will patch critical Windows vulnerability under exploit. “As hacker groups continue to hammer a former Windows zero-day that makes it unusually easy to execute malicious code on target computers, Microsoft is keeping a low profile, refusing even to say if it has plans to patch.”


Scientific American: Artificial General Intelligence Is Not as Imminent as You Might Think. “Machines may someday be as smart as people, and perhaps even smarter, but the game is far from over. There is still an immense amount of work to be done in making machines that truly can comprehend and reason about the world around them. What we really need right now is less posturing and more basic research.”

Monash University: Taking a deep dive into the Australian lexicon. “Shortly after arriving in Melbourne, Howie Manns was lost looking for a cafe called ‘Arvo’. Now, together with colleague Kate Burridge, he is heading a new research project exploring Australian slang.”


WIRED: How a Saxophonist Tricked the KGB by Encrypting Secrets in Music. “IN 1985, SAXOPHONIST Merryl Goldberg found herself on a plane to Moscow with three fellow musicians from the Boston Klezmer Conservatory Band. She had carefully packed sheet music, reeds, and other woodwind supplies, along with a soprano saxophone, to bring into the USSR. But one of her spiral-bound notebooks, lined with staves for hand-notating music, contained hidden information.” Good morning, Internet…

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