Dishware Collectibles, Toronto Vital Records, Breastfeeding Research, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 4, 2022

The queue is a little overflowing, so have an evening issue.


Fort Myers Florida Weekly: Here’s the dish on a handy new online search tool. “All of those websites are great reference tools for looking up prices when you know what you’re looking for. But what if you have your grandmother’s dishes or silver or crystal and want to find more pieces, or at least know a pattern name? Replacements Ltd., the North Carolina matching service for china, crystal, silver and other discontinued items, recently launched a new search tool, which makes pattern identification much easier.”

Archdiocese of Toronto: New Digital Archive Highlights Parish Histories. “ARCAT Online is a digital collection portal that provides access to our pre-1910 historical parish registers. It will also showcase some of the unique artifacts and other materials in ARCAT’s collections. The registers you will find here include records from parishes within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Toronto: the City of Toronto; the regional municipalities of Peel, York and Durham; and Simcoe County. The burial registers for St. Paul’s Basilica, as well as St. Michael’s cemetery up to 1910, can also be found on the site.”

International Atomic Energy Agency: IAEA Launches Database on Breast Milk Intake. “The IAEA’s Database on Human Milk Intake is a growing global collection of studies, currently representing research from 28 countries across all regions, using the nuclear technique, deuterium oxide dose-to-mother (DTM), to determine how much breast milk breastfed infants consume.”


BuzzFeed News: Creators Told Us Their Favorite Internet Rabbit Holes . “I recently attended VidCon, and I asked dozens of creators there — some of the most online people you can imagine, as they earn their livelihoods through posting — what internet rabbit holes they’ve gone down lately.”

New York Times: A Stranger Filmed Her on the Train. TikTok Users Decided She Had Monkeypox.. “Lilly Simon, a 33-year-old in Brooklyn, does not have monkeypox. She does have neurofibromatosis type 1, a genetic condition that causes tumors to grow at her nerve endings. Those tumors were filmed surreptitiously by a TikTok user while Ms. Simon was riding the subway on a Thursday in late July during her commute.”


Bleeping Computer: Huge network of 11,000 fake investment sites targets Europe. “Researchers have uncovered a gigantic network of more than 11,000 domains used to promote numerous fake investment schemes to users in Europe. The platforms show fabricated evidence of enrichment and falsified celebrity endorsements to create an image of legitimacy and lure in a larger number of victims.”

CNN: TikTok’s ties to China are once again under fire in Washington. Here’s why. “Two years after then-President Donald Trump said he would ban TikTok in the United States through an executive order, the short-form video platform is once again under scrutiny in Washington. And the underlying issue remains largely the same: TikTok’s ties to China through its parent company, Bytedance.”

AFP: Tuneless Bangladeshi social media star grilled by police. “An out-of-tune Bangladeshi singer with a huge internet following was hauled in by police at dawn and told to cease his painful renditions of classical songs, sparking a furore on social media.”


US Government Accountability Office: Federal Spending Data Quality—Is This As Good As It Gets? Auditors Say It Can Be Better. “The DATA Act—which Congress passed in 2014—requires agencies to publicly report high-quality spending data on to create transparency in government spending. But 8 years later, audits by offices of inspector general (OIG) are still saying that agencies could do better. Today’s WatchBlog post explores the results from our review of the 57 OIG reports to help Congress, journalists, and the general public identify which spending data they can rely on.”

Duke Fuqua School of Business: How should music streaming services pay artists?. “Going into the investigation, [Saša] Pekeč and his co-authors—Saeed Alaei, a scientist at Google Research, Ali Makhdoumi, also a professor of decision sciences at Fuqua, and Azarakhsh Malekian, a professor of operations management and statistics at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management—initially thought they were going to mathematically prove that the pro-rata rule was indeed unfair and bad for small artists. They were in for a surprise.” Good evening, Internet…

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