Alzheimer’s Research Datasets, California Evictions, Google Photos, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, August 2, 2022


Inside Precision Medicine: Data Trove Released by Seattle Alzheimer’s Disease Brain Cell Atlas. “Neuroscientists at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and their collaborators have released their first research data set on Alzheimer’s disease, in which they categorized cell types based on gene activity. The team hope this approach could ultimately identify new targets for better therapies.”

Berkeleyside: This new website will help you respond to an eviction notice. “Thousands of California tenants lose their homes every year because they fail to submit that initial answer in court. Failing to check the right box or file a timely response could, indeed, trigger a default judgment against them. A group of tenant advocates and attorneys this month launched a tool they hope will change that.”


CNET: Google Photos Update Adds New Video Editor and Movie Maker. “Google unveiled new features and updates to Chromebooks on Wednesday that will include a new video editor and movie maker for Google Photos.”

How-To Geek: What’s New in Firefox 103, Available Now. “Firefox releases usually aren’t as feature-packed as new updates for Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, but today’s Firefox 103 update has a few helpful changes.”


Genealogy’s Star: Using the Internet Archive for Serious Genealogical Research. “You may have noticed that I am doing a lot more videos than blog posts. This video shows how the fantastic Internet Archive… can be used for serious genealogical research.” The video is auto-captioned only, but the audio is good enough that the auto-captioning is pretty precise.

Mashable: 7 of the best robocall blocking apps and tools for avoiding phone spam . “Phone manufacturers like Apple and Google offer opt-in silencing services that prevent unknown numbers’ calls from ringing, too. But if you don’t think those tools are powerful enough — most don’t actually stop robocalls; they just identify their sources or send them directly to voicemail — you’ve also got the option of downloading a robocall blocking app that’s purpose-built to stop scammers in their tracks.” Excellently-annotated, extensive overview.

The Online Journalism Blog has turned into one of my “treat” feeds. I know when I see its icon in NewsBlur that I’m going to get something good. Online Journalism Blog: VIDEO: JavaScript Journalism and interactivity. “Some of the best interactive storytelling involves the use of JavaScript — what has sometimes been called ‘JavaScript Journalism’. This video, made for students on the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University, explains what JavaScript journalism is, the story formats that are often created with JavaScript, some useful JavaScript libraries, and how to get started.”


Rest of World: The overworked humans behind China’s virtual influencers. “When Akuma laughs, that’s the laugh of the actor who plays him; when Luo waves, it’s because a real person is waving. And when they go off-script to complain about exhaustion, overwork, or low pay, that’s a real person complaining about their actual working conditions – underscoring that virtual celebrities are subject to the same concerns and issues as human influencers.”

NiemanLab: Two new bots can help newsrooms prioritize accessibility and alt text. “The Objective recently spoke with Patrick Garvin about his Accessibility Awareness and Alt Text Awareness Twitter bots that provide information on web accessibility and encourage the use of alt text, respectively. With more than a decade of experience in visual journalism, user experience, and front-end development, Garvin shares how prioritizing accessibility is possible for all newsroom employees, not just tech staff.”


MakeUseOf: Why Cataloging Apps Are a Better Type of Social Media. “Cataloging social media platforms such as Letterboxd, Backloggd, and alternatives put the focus on a specific topic, such as video games or films amongst other forms of media. These cataloging apps are a better type of social media for multiple reasons.”

Retraction Watch: Crystallography database flags nearly 1000 structures linked to a paper mill. “The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) added notes to 992 structures in its database, according to a notice posted to its website in May. And a crystallography researcher tells us the impact on the field could be significant.”

MIT News: Study finds Wikipedia influences judicial behavior. “Using a randomized field experiment, researchers found that Wikipedia articles on decided cases, written by law students, guide both the decisions that judges cite as precedents and the textual content of their written opinions.” Good morning, Internet…

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