Japanese Anime, Medieval Drawings, EarthSnap, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, August 26, 2022


Crunchyroll: The World’s Largest Japanese Anime Database “Anime Taizen” Opens to The Public Today. “As of the end of July 2022, Anime Taizen has approximately 15,000 registered titles, mainly Japanese commercial anime works released from 1917 to the present. In addition to title name searches, the database has search functions for chronology, Japanese syllabary, keywords, etc. As a result of the research to date, the number of episodes amounts to approximately 180,000.” Apparently the site is somewhat slow at this writing due to demand.

Medievalists: Thousands of medieval images available for free, thanks to Albertina Museum. “The Albertina Museum, located in Vienna, is considered to have one of the best collections of drawings and prints in the world. Recently, they put into the public domain most of the online image collection, which will allow people to use the images freely. Nearly 4,000 of these images date between the 12th and 15th centuries, with another 23,000 dating to the 16th century.”

PR Newswire: EarthSnap Launches Revolutionary App to Identify All Types of Earth’s Plants and Animal Species (PRESS RELEASE). “EarthSnap is citizen science in action: When users upload photos of plants or animals to EarthSnap, the app utilizes a custom-built, patent-pending AI machine learning solution to identify the subject and share details like habitat, global population distribution and known history on Earth. These uploaded photos also contribute to EarthSnap’s ever-growing database – applications of which include recording animal migration habits, shifting habitats and animal behavior.”


CNET: DuckDuckGo Opens Email Protection Service Beta to Everyone . “Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo opened its Email Protection service beta to everyone Thursday. The service gives you a free Duck address ( and will detect and strip trackers within emails sent to it. Then the email is forwarded to your personal email address, and DuckDuckGo will let you know how many trackers it got rid of.”

Wall Street Journal: DHS Folds Disinformation Board After Criticism Over Threat to Free Speech. “The Department of Homeland Security has terminated a government board formed earlier this year to combat online disinformation, after a range of critics said it could stifle free expression on the internet and had an unclear mission. It encountered widespread criticism from conservatives, civil liberties advocates and some current and former officials.”

How-To Geek: CrossOver 22 Can Run More Windows Apps on Mac and Linux. “CrossOver is one of the best ways to run Windows software on Mac and Linux, as it’s based on the popular Wine project. CodeWeavers has now released CrossOver 22, with significant changes to the interface and software compatibility.”


TechCrunch: Shuffles, Pinterest’s invite-only collage-making app, is blowing up on TikTok — here’s how to get in . “Collage-style video ‘mood boards’ are going viral on TikTok — and so is the app making them possible. Pinterest’s recently soft-launched collage-maker Shuffles has been climbing up the App Store’s Top Charts thanks to demand from Gen Z users who are leveraging the new creative expression tool to make, publish and share visual content. These ‘aesthetic’ collages are then set to music and posted to TikTok or shared privately with friends or with the broader Shuffles community.”

Reuters: Walmart explores matchmaker marketplace for social media influencers. “Walmart may launch a platform that will use social media influencers to help the retailer and its 100,000 third-party sellers promote their goods and services online, according to trademark filings.”


Engadget: Twitter whistleblower to testify about company’s ‘widespread security failures’ at Senate hearing. “Twitter’s former security chief will testify at a Senate hearing about the company’s security practices. Peiter ‘Mudge’ Zatko, who recently went public with a lengthy whistleblower complaint based on his experiences at the company, will appear at a Judiciary Committee hearing on September 13th.”

Wall Street Journal: NFTs Are Increasingly Targeted by Criminals, Report Says. “Nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, are increasingly sought by criminals looking to either steal them or use them to launder illicit gains, a new report from blockchain analytics firm Elliptic said on Wednesday. More than $100 million worth of these blockchain-based assets were reported stolen in scams over the past year, according to the study. Over 4,600 NFTs were stolen in July, the most in any month since Elliptic began tracking the data in 2017, the report said.”

Oxford Mail: Lawyer struggles to communicate with client over Google Translate. “AN ADVOCATE said he had battled to communicate with his cannabis farmer-accused client using Google Translate – as no interpreter was available. Pham Hoang, 18, was before Oxford Crown Court accused of producing the class B drug at a commercial scale factory in a flat in Underhill Circus, Barton. The Vietnamese teenager was allegedly found at the 270-plant cannabis farm by police officers during a raid on July 19.”


ProPublica: Visualizing Toxic Air . “Making data public isn’t enough when it’s incomprehensible to the people it affects. ProPublica set out to decode a complex EPA data set to expose hot spots of industrial air pollution across the U.S.” Good morning, Internet…

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