StoryCorps, Inflation Resources, BBC Rewind, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, July 20, 2022


StoryCorps: Press Release: New StoryCorps Mobile App Launches July 18. “StoryCorps, the nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing humanity’s stories, today launches a new free mobile app, available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. From one device, the StoryCorps App allows anyone, anywhere, to conveniently prepare for and record a high-quality interview for preservation in the online StoryCorps archive and eventually at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.”

Utah State University: New USU Extension Website Offers Inflation Resources. “Website topics include budgeting for emergencies, combating panic buying during inflation, teaching children about money management, positive conversations about money, and other topics.”

Radio Times: BBC Rewind shares thousands of hours of archive content for centenary. “BBC Rewind, which has been established to mark 100 years of the BBC, is now the home of ‘tens of thousands of audio-visual recordings’, reflecting the life and events of the UK throughout the decades, making it the largest release of digital archive content in BBC history. Over 30,000 pieces of uncovered content will be publicly available on the website, with the oldest footage dating back to the 1940s.”


MakeUseOf: 8 Web-Based Teleprompter Tools for Seamless Reading. “Whether you’re speaking in a live session or recording a video, it makes little sense to memorize your script. Especially when several teleprompter tools are available online that work perfectly within your browser. Using these tools, you can keep eye contact with the camera without having to memorize your lines. So, here are the eight online teleprompter tools for seamless reading and recording.”


Rolling Stone: Exclusive: Fake Accounts Fueled the ‘Snyder Cut’ Online Army. “For a time, rival studios and digital marketing executives were intrigued by the SnyderVerse fan mobilization, wondering how they, too, might better harness the power of social media. But soon many came to question what appeared to be suspect activity: Hashtags like #ReleaseTheSnyderCut saturated social media beginning in late 2019, racking up hundreds of thousands of tweets a day to pressure Warner Bros. to release the director’s version of the film.”

WIRED: TikTok Starts Layoffs in Company-Wide Restructuring. “The restructuring announced internally today includes layoffs and the closing of some vacant roles, one staff member said, and affects TikTok’s businesses in the US, EU, and UK. Plans to expand some teams inside the company have been put on hold.”


CNET: Congressional Democrats Ready Net Neutrality Bill. “Democrats on Capitol Hill are crafting legislation that could restore net neutrality and the Federal Communications Commission’s authority to regulate broadband, according to a report published Monday by The Washington Post.”

TechCrunch: Amazon sues admins from 10,000 Facebook groups over fake reviews. “Amazon filed a lawsuit Monday against the administrators of more than 10,000 Facebook groups that coordinate cash or goods for buyers willing to post bogus product reviews. The global groups served to recruit would-be fake reviewers and operated in Amazon’s online storefronts in the U.S., the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Japan and Italy.”


Fast Company: The secretly powerful little app that you could write an entire book in. “I started writing a novel one evening a week when my oldest child was a baby. I’ve just completed a big rewrite and finally feel ready to take the next steps toward getting my story out into the world….. My lifeline: Google Keep, a simple note-taking app. For anyone else writing a book in the few minutes scattered throughout your day, here’s how I did it—and how you can, too.”

Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech to Help Expand Research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “Georgia Tech’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) was recently awarded a $995,550 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enable network and research enhancements for nearby historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The NSF grant will fund at 100 percent a two-year project titled Promoting Research and Education at Small Colleges in the Atlanta University Center and at Tuskegee University Through Network Architecture Enhancements.”

Florida International University: Improving science literacy means changing science education. “A large body of research shows that traditional science education, for both science majors and non-majors, doesn’t do a good job of teaching science students how to apply their scientific knowledge and explain things that they may not have learned about directly. With that in mind, we developed a series of cross-disciplinary activities guided by a framework called ‘three-dimensional learning.'”


Princeton University: Scientific field research and the arts come together in a Princeton course using motion-capture cameras to record campus wildlife. “The visual arts/environmental studies course was taught by Jeff Whetstone, professor of visual arts and director of the Program in Visual Arts. Students watched nature in person and learned techniques of wildlife surveillance photography, using remote still and video cameras to observe animal populations and their behavior. They then used this ‘found’ content from their ecological field research to create works of art with a focus on what can be discovered by looking closely at the wildlife around us.” Good morning, Internet…

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