Commercial Agriculture Imports, Apple Maps, Windows, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, July 16, 2022


USDA: New USDA Database Will Replace Three Import Manuals and the Fruit and Vegetable Imports Requirement (FAVIR) Database. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a new database called ‘Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements’ (ACIR). ACIR gives users a simple search interface for finding and displaying import requirements for agricultural commodities.”


Apple Insider: Apple Maps gets more detailed 3D data for three more countries. “France, Monaco, and New Zealand all now have updated terrain and road details as Apple Maps’ new map data reaches sixteen unique locations. New in Apple Maps are better highlighted areas, redesigned name labels, updated terrain information, improved visual clutter, as well as the addition of 3D models in locations for those three countries.”

Ars Technica: Report: Microsoft will return to releasing new Windows versions once every 3 years . “Rather than updating a single version of Windows for many years as it did with Windows 10, Microsoft plans to return to a schedule where it releases a new major version of Windows roughly once every three years, putting a hypothetical ‘Windows 12’ on track for release at some point in the fall of 2024.”


Online Journalism Blog: VIDEO: An introduction to HTML and CSS for data journalists. “In this video — first made for students on the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University and shared as part of a series of video posts — I provide an introduction to the aspects of HTML and CSS that are helpful for those starting out with data journalism. It is best watched alongside the previous video on responsive web design.” The video is hosted on YouTube and the captions are auto-generated. The English ones are pretty good with only a few errors.

Search Engine Journal: Twitter Analytics – Uncover The Best Twitter Marketing Insights. “Do you need insight into your Twitter engagement Twitter Analytics allows you to dive into the data behind your top Tweets, audience growth, and conversations. Continue reading to find out how to access Twitter Analytics and what insights you can use to improve your Twitter marketing.”


New York Times: The Tech Magic That Unleashed Your Best. “Last week, our On Tech editor, Hanna Ingber, shared a story of her kiddo stumbling upon a design app that unlocked his amazing taste for interiors. We asked for your own tales of surprising ways in which technology helped you unleash creativity or discover new joys. You guys (sniff), the responses were lovely. We’re sharing a selection of them today.”

CNET: Google Search Glitch Means You’re Not Seeing New Content From Websites . “Google said Friday that it’s experiencing ongoing indexing issues preventing new content and articles from appearing in Search. This means that when you’re searching for terms on Google, any articles recently published won’t appear in Search. Google says an update will come within 12 hours.”


CoinTelegraph: US Treasury calls for public comment on digital asset policy, following Biden’s executive order . “The United State Department of the Treasury has requested comments from the public on the potential opportunities and risks of digital assets in compliance with President Joe Biden’s executive order from March.”

Engadget: FCC chair proposes raising broadband standard to 100Mbps. “The FCC’s 25Mbps broadband standard seemed fast in 2015, but that was seven years ago — and the agency’s current leadership believes it’s time to raise that baseline. Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed raising the minimum definition of broadband to 100Mbps for downloads and 20Mbps for uploads.”


Penn State: Delayed diagnosis inspires student to create AI tool for mental health. “Each year, Loc Phan, a physics major in the Eberly College of Science, would travel from his urban home in Ho Chi Minh City to the rural Vietnamese province of Vinh Long and visit family members. One summer, Phan said he observed something different about one of his relatives. The events that followed ignited a journey of seeking change that brought him to the Nittany AI Challenge and gave him the chance to create a tool for mental health in rural communities.”

Sanger Institute: World’s largest database for predicting cancer treatment response based on cancer proteins . “Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) in Sydney, Australia, have completed a protein map for 949 cancer cell lines across over 40 cancer types, which have been tested with 650 different treatments. Advanced computational methods were then used to predict the response of cancer cells to treatment.”

Harvard Business Review: Is Data Scientist Still the Sexiest Job of the 21st Century?. That noise you hear is me cringing at the headline. “In our research for the original article, many data scientists noted that they spend much of their time cleaning and wrangling data, and that is still the case despite a few advances in using AI itself for data management improvements. In addition, many organizations don’t have data-driven cultures and don’t take advantage of the insights provided by data scientists. Being hired and paid well doesn’t mean that data scientists will make a difference in their employers. Even so, the job has changed — in both large and small ways.” Good morning, Internet…

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