Connect Alabama, Quick Indoor CO2 Tool, Twitter, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 30, 2022


WSFA: Alabama launches new substance abuse, mental health app. “A new tool is now available to those who may be struggling with substance abuse and mental health. Connect Alabama is a new app that was created through a partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Mental Health…. Alabamians can now access resources related to mental health, substance use, and prevention in the palm of their hand.”

Safety+Health: NIST launches tool to help assess ventilation and indoor air quality. “The free Quick Indoor CO2 tool, or QICO2, calculates carbon dioxide levels based on the user’s desired ventilation rate and information about a building and its occupants.”


CNET: Elon Musk-Twitter Trial to Start Oct. 17. “Twitter and billionaire Elon Musk will go to trial from Oct. 17 to 21, a Delaware Chancery Court schedule confirmed Friday, over the Tesla CEO’s attempt to back out of a $44 billion deal to buy the company. The setting of the dates comes a week after Twitter partially blamed a revenue shortfall on ‘uncertainty’ linked to Musk’s rocky takeover bid.”

The Verge: The Twitter Blue subscription is getting more expensive. “The add-ons in the Twitter Blue package range from extremely useful (an undo tweet window to fix typos, a customizable navigation bar, a list of Top Articles shared by people you follow, and ad-free access to articles on sites including The Verge) to trivial (the ability to choose from different app icons) to questionable (NFT hexagon profile pics).”


PetaPixel: GFP-GAN is a New Free AI Tool That Can Fix Most Old Photos Instantly. “A newly-released artificial intelligence (AI) model called the ‘Generative Facial Prior’ (GFP-GAN) can repair most old photographs in mere seconds, and it can do it for free.”


Slashgear: This Rising Instagram Alternative Is Promising Everything Meta Can’t. “Starting off as an iOS app late in 2021, Glass calls itself ‘a sustainable home for photographers.’ But it’s a far cry from Instagram or any other platform of its kind. To start, you get a clean chronological feed with full-screen photos and no other UI distractions.”

Gamerant: Rumor: Google Stadia May Be Getting Shut Down. “Google Stadia hasn’t been as successful as the Internet super-giant wanted it to be. While the game streaming service did end up getting its foot in the door for a little while, it hasn’t been making waves since its release, and many have theorized that Google would end up scuttling the service entirely in the relatively near future.”


CNBC: Elon Musk countersues Twitter over merger, but details aren’t yet public. “Elon Musk countersued Twitter on Friday, intensifying the conflict between the Tesla CEO and the social networking company he agreed to buy, but the lawsuit is not yet available to the public.”

Washington Post: Secret Service’s ‘ludicrous’ deletion of Jan. 6 phone data baffles experts. “Experts are divided over whether the disappearance of phone data from around the time of the insurrection is a sign of incompetence, an intentional coverup, or some murkier middle ground. But the failure has raised suspicions about the disposition of records that could provide intimate details about what happened on that chaotic day, and whose preservation was mandated by federal law.”


University of Massachusetts Amherst: New Open-Access Book On Microplastic Pollution Highlights The Need For Better Science And Management. “In ‘Microplastic in the Environment: Pattern and Process,’ editor Michael S. Bank, senior scientist at Norway’s Institute of Marine Research and professor of contaminants and complex systems at UMass Amherst, tackles an extraordinarily complex problem that has recently come to popular attention: the problem of microplastics.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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