Monkeypox in Europe, Meat Sentiment, Marine Energy Atlas, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 24, 2022


World Health Organization: New mobile friendly web tool with interactive dashboard gives individuals the information they need on monkeypox in advance of attending gatherings. “WHO/Europe has launched a new tool that will offer convenient access to monkeypox information for people planning to attend large gatherings, events or parties. The tool provides an up-to-date assessment of the in-country situation, links to the websites of local health authorities, advice on available preventive measures, as well as links to WHO guidance. It is part of a comprehensive monkeypox resource toolkit with ready-to-use and customizable tools to support national authorities and event organizers in their planning and coordination of mass and large gathering events.”

Purdue University: Purdue Agriculture launches interactive dashboard to track meat sentiment in news and social media. “Purdue University’s Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability has added a meat sentiment dashboard to its roster of free-access food system dashboards. The new dashboard, updated weekly, shows the sentiment and volume of meat and meat alternative mentions in social media and online news.”


National Renewable Energy Laboratory: An Updated Marine Energy Atlas Could Give Communities Greater Energy Autonomy . “With free, publicly available tools, like the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Renewable Energy Atlas and Marine Energy Atlas, anyone anywhere in the world can access the data they need to start planning their clean energy future. Now, new features in the Marine Energy Atlas make it even easier for communities to decide how and where to incorporate marine energy into their power mix and for marine energy developers to learn how much electricity their device could produce at various U.S. sites.”


The Guardian: Tinder for booklovers: the new app matching like-minded readers. “Reading taste can make or break a relationship for the bookish-minded, and literary preferences are highly subjective. But a new app in development is aiming to remove the uncertainty about literary tastes when meeting new people. Klerb has already been dubbed Tinder for bookworms because it matches you with people in your area according to your shared interests in books.”

West Virginia University: WVU Libraries receives sixth NEH grant to digitize historical newspapers. “The National Endowment for the Humanities is awarding the West Virginia University Libraries’ West Virginia and Regional History Center a grant — its sixth from the NEH, this one totaling $162,155 — allowing it to continue its important work of digitizing newspapers published in West Virginia from 1791 to 1927.”


Radio New Zealand: RNZ among media to secure news content deal with Google. “Google is launching its News Showcase in New Zealand today. RNZ, NZME and its various divisions, Scoop and Newsroom, are debut partners and contributors. The Showcase has been rolled out around the world as Google’s response to long-running complaints that it had profited from running media content without payment.”

Washington Post: Lawmakers demand data about online threats against law enforcement. “House Oversight Committee leaders are demanding social media companies take ‘immediate action’ to address a flood of violent online threats against law enforcement, following the FBI’s search of former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.”

SC Magazine: Nonprofit sues DHS agencies for records on social media monitoring. “The Brennan Center for Justice, a nonprofit legal think tank and advocacy organization at New York University, is suing the federal government and Department of Homeland Security to obtain records on how it uses a trio of social media surveillance contractors.”


Duke Today: Economists Have A Method For Reducing Fake News On Social Media. “In new research published in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, [Duke University economist] McAdams and collaborators explore ways to improve the quality of information being shared on networks without making any entity responsible for policing content and deciding what is true and false. The model suggests that to cut down on the spread of false information, the network can set limits on how widely certain messages are shared, and do so in a way that is not overly restrictive to users.”

Route Fifty: $26M Awarded for Hyperlocal Smart Cities Research. “The National Science Foundation is investing $26 million to establish an engineering center that will leverage a variety of technologies to improve the quality of urban environments and advance smart city technology.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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