Book of St. Albans, Hidden in Plain Site, Your Future Guide, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, June 23, 2022


Irish Central: 13th century manuscript Book of St. Albans goes online at Trinity. “One of the most finely illustrated medieval manuscripts, Matthew Paris’s Book of St. Albans has been digitized by the Library of Trinity College Dublin for the first time. The 13th-century masterpiece features 54 individual works of medieval art and has fascinated readers across the centuries, from royalty to renaissance scholars.”

CNET: A Virtual Tour Uncovers the Hidden History of Black Disenfranchisement. “[Old Lick Cemetery]’s disturbing story would likely remain a footnote in the city’s history were it not for a project called Hidden in Plain Site, the brainchild of creative agency BrownBaylor. It’s designed to resurface the lost narrative of marginalized Black people across the US with experiences you can view through a browser or virtual reality headset.”

Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian’s New Digital Guide Brings the Future to People’s Fingertips June 22. “‘Your Future Guide’ is a first-of-its-kind digital experience that brings the milestone ‘FUTURES’ exhibition—the Smithsonian’s first exploration of the future—to audiences everywhere…. Closing July 6, ‘FUTURES’ showcases more than 150 awe-inspiring objects, ideas, prototypes and installations that fuse art, technology, design and history to help visitors imagine many possible futures on the horizon.”

NewsWise: You Can Help Scientists Study the Atmosphere on Jupiter. “A new citizen science project, led by researchers at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with support from NASA, allows volunteers to play an important role in helping scientists learn more about the atmosphere on Jupiter. Citizen scientists can help astrophysicists categorize tens of thousands of stunning images taken from the Juno spacecraft with just a web browser.”


Lifehacker: Everything New in Chrome 103. “As reported by How-To Geek, Chrome 103 is arriving today for all Chromium-based browser users. While the list of new features is small this time around, there are three new options for desktop browsers, as well as one new change for Chrome on Android.”

Search Engine Land: Google adds LGBTQ+ owned attribute to business profiles. “Google has announced it has added a new attribute to Google Business Profiles for LGBTQ+ owned businesses. This new attribute can be added within your verified Google Business Profile and it makes it easier to find LGBTQ+ owned businesses in their own community.”


Romania Insider: The National Archives will fully digitize its collection of photographs depicting Communist Romania. “Thousands of photographs of Communist Romania and of Romania as a Constitutional Monarchy between 1921-1947, managed by The National Archives are going to be scanned and digitized. The Institute for the Investigation of the Crimes of Communism and the Memory of the Romanian Exile will collaborate with the National Archives of Romania on this project.”

PR Newswire: The Jerry Garcia Foundation Partners with Starchive on Archive Project and Announces August 1st Concert to Celebrate Jerry’s 80th Birthday (PRESS RELEASE). “The Jerry Garcia Archive, a new community resource created to preserve the historical and artistic contributions of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends, will begin accepting community contributions this August and host a benefit concert to celebrate the launch.”


EFF: Daycare Apps Are Dangerously Insecure. “Last year, several parents at EFF enrolled kids into daycare and were instantly told to download an application for managing their children’s care…. Working at a privacy-oriented organization as we do, we asked questions: Do we have to use these? Are they secure? The answer to the former, unfortunately, was ‘yes,’ partly so that the schools could abide by health guidelines to avoid unnecessary in-person contact. But troublingly, the answer to the second was a resounding ‘no.'”

Sports Pro Media: Fifa and FifPro rollout social media moderation tool to combat online abuse. “Fifa and FifPro, the global soccer player’s body, are rolling out a social media moderation tool to combat online abuse during international tournaments, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. A recently published independent report commissioned by soccer’s global governing body used artificial intelligence (AI) to track more than 400,000 social media posts during the latter stages of the Euro 2020 and African Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2021 tournaments.”

Wall Street Journal: Canada to Compel YouTube, TikTok and Streamers to Boost Domestic Content. “This marks the second attempt in as many years by Canada’s Liberal government to compel digital platforms, including streaming companies like Netflix Inc., to prominently feature Canadian artists on their services when users with a Canadian internet-protocol address log in. As contemplated under the new measures, users who search for music, television programming, films or do-it-yourself video shorts would get results incorporating a certain quota of Canadian-made content.”


SlashGear: Study Shows Robots Using Internet-Based AI Exhibit Racist And Sexist Tendencies. “A new study claims robots exhibit racist and sexist stereotyping when the artificial intelligence (AI) that powers them is modeled on data from the internet. The study, which researchers say is the first to prove the concept, was led by Johns Hopkins University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Washington, and published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).”

Texas A&M Today: Artificial Intelligence On The Hunt For Illegal Nuclear Material. “Millions of shipments of nuclear and other radiological materials are moved in the U.S. every year for good reasons, including health care, power generation, research and manufacturing. But there remains the threat that bad actors in possession of stolen or illegally produced nuclear materials or weapons will try to smuggle them across borders for nefarious purposes. Texas A&M University researchers are making it harder for them to succeed.” Good morning, Internet…

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