Lead Free NC, Nebraska Rural Response Council, Google Scholar, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 29, 2022


NC Child: Creep, crawl, explore & grow safely. “This week, Lead Free NC is launching a new database that provides parents, realtors, and renovators with easy access to information about whether a home contains risks from lead-based paint.”

Farm & Ranch: Nebraska launches farm crisis website. “The Nebraska Rural Response Council, sponsor of the Rural Response Hotline, has a new website with information on resources available to farmers in crisis. Since 1984, the Rural Response Hotline has been providing information and resources in times of crisis.”


Google Scholar Blog: 2022 Scholar Metrics Released. “Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are releasing the 2022 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2017–2021 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of June 2022.”

B&T: Pinterest Appoints Former Google Executive Bill Ready As CEO. “Image sharing service Pinterest have announced that Bill Ready will be taking over the role of chief executive officer, after Ben Silbermann announced his resignation following 12 years of tenure. Silbermann will remain with Pinterest, however he will be moving on to the position of executive chairman, with his responsibilities significantly reduced.”


NiemanLab: The Los Angeles Times gets a fully staffed “burner account”. “Unlike other social teams — including the Times’ own audience engagement staff — the 404 does not create content to amplify existing journalism. And readers won’t see work by the 404 on the Times’ website. Instead, the 404 has been tasked with ‘continually inventing new types of experimental content’ in hopes of reaching younger, more diverse audiences who are not already reading or engaging with The L.A. Times.”

New York Times: The Rise of the 0.5 Selfie. “Unlike a traditional selfie, which people can endlessly prepare and pose for, the 0.5 selfie — so named because users tap 0.5x on a smartphone camera to toggle to ultra-wide mode — has become popular because it is far from curated. Since the ultra-wide-angle lens is built into the back cameras of phones, people can’t watch themselves take a 0.5 selfie, creating random images that convey the whimsy of distortion.”


Engadget: FCC Commissioner urges Google and Apple to ban TikTok. “‘TikTok is not just another video app. That’s the sheep’s clothing.’ That’s what Brendan Carr wrote in his tweet along with a copy of the letter he sent Apple and Google, asking the companies to remove TikTok from their app stores.”

Australian Financial Review: Apple and Google hit with class actions by Australian app users . “Apple and Google Android users in Australia are suing the California-based technology giants, alleging they used their market power to force app developers to use their payment systems, resulting in higher prices for consumers. Twin legal actions allege Apple and Google have ‘a substantial degree of power in the markets for the purchase’ of apps via the App Store and Google Play Store respectively, and the in-app purchase of content.”


Swansea University: Swansea To Lead International Research Network On Violent Online Political Extremism. “The amount of online content promoting violent politics is increasing. Although initial concern on this issue was centred around violent jihadists, such as so-called ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS), VOX-Pol’s focus covers all groups who employ or advocate physical violence against other individuals and groups to forward their political objectives.”

Phys .org: Online platform designed to improve reproducibility, scientific collaborations. “For centuries, scientists relied on a pen or pencil and trusty lab notebook to make sure their experiments could be understood and replicated by colleagues. Now, as experiments may involve dozens of steps and hundreds of materials, produce gigabytes of data that require supercomputers to process and are shared with collaborators around the globe, the lab notebook may no longer suffice. In a recent study, the researchers report on the development of an online platform that can help genomic researchers track experiments from conception to publication, keeping exacting records for quality control purposes and easing potential reproducibility efforts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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