Great Lakes Shipwreck, Chico State Map Collection, U.S. Surgeon General Podcast, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 7, 2022


New-to-me, from University of Wisconsin-Madison: Great Lakes shipwreck game from UW–Madison wins gold in international competition. “The free game invites young students to ‘step into the shoes of Jules,’ a maritime archaeologist character working to recover the stories behind shipwrecks inspired by real Great Lakes history.”

Chico State Today: Thousands Of Physical Maps Need A Home— Students Helped Find One. “Geography and planning lecturer Steve Herman said this collection of more than 4,000 maps from around the world has long been a source of pride for the Geography and Planning Department—particularly in the mid-1970s…. [Peter] Hansen (Geography, ’06; MA, Geography, ’12) had an idea: Digitally capture the maps, categorize them using metadata, and create a spatial index of the maps to be searchable via a web app so anyone with the link can access the database and digital images of the maps.”


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: U.S. Surgeon General Launches New Podcast: House Calls With Dr. Vivek Murthy. “Guests on the House Calls with Vivek Murthy will include experts and thought leaders in their field who have found ways to forge deeper connections, showcase a human-centered view of public health, and build community and healing.”

New York Times: A Poor Country Made Bitcoin a National Currency. The Bet Isn’t Paying Off.. “… nearly a year after the country’s president, Nayib Bukele, shocked the financial world by making its most popular digital coin a national currency, his bet appears to be backfiring, highlighting the gap between the utopian promises of cryptocurrency’s proponents and economic realities. The government’s bitcoin holdings have lost about 60 percent of their presumed value during the recent market plunge.”


MakeUseOf: 6 Ways to Save Twitter Bookmarks for Free and Find Favorite Tweets Later. “Twitter currently lets you bookmark tweets in a tedious method. And then, to organize them in folders, you need the Twitter Blue premium subscription service. It’s ridiculous that you have to pay for such a basic feature, which is why we are not impressed with Twitter Blue. It seems like several developers also thought there should be a better way than this and launched several apps that give you a free version of Twitter Bookmarks.”


Ars Technica: YouTube flags horror video as “for kids,” won’t let creator change rating. “Google’s wonderful content moderation bots are at it again. After previously doing things like including suicide instructions in a children’s video, and the whole Elsagate problem, YouTube is now flagging a horror video as ‘for kids.’ Worst of all, this is against the creator’s wishes. The video was previously flagged as for ages 18 and up, and YouTube decided it was for kids and won’t let the creator restore its content rating.”


TechRadar Pro: Google slams the door on dozens of hack-for-hire groups. “In a new blog post(opens in new tab) published on the Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG) page, the department’s director, Shane Huntley, said it’s been keeping tabs on numerous hack-for-hire groups since 2012. And today, 37 new domains and websites have been added to its Safe Browsing feature.”

Associated Press: Germany wants ads, influencers to note use of beauty filters. “German state officials said Friday that they want advertisers and social media influencers to label any photos that have used so-called beauty filters. Critics argue that the filters, which offer easy ways to touch up images and remove supposed blemishes, promote unrealistic standards of beauty particularly among women and girls.”

7News: Lawmakers pass new bill making it illegal to send unsolicited nude photos in Virginia. “Under the cyber flashing bill, any person 18 years of age or older will face civil penalties if they send unwanted sexual images to another adult who has not consented to (or has expressly forbidden) receiving such images, electronically.”


SlashGear: This AI-Powered Lyrics Generator Will Turn Anything Into A Song. “There are AI music tools so powerful they’re used by professional musicians and are massively expensive. At the same time, there are also simple tools like Keywords to Lyrics (also called keyword2lyrics), which allow the average person to use artificial intelligence to goof around with computer-generated lyrics with great ease — and for free.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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