Florida Addiction Treatment, Shark Movement, Project Drawdown, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 3, 2022


WUSF: An online tool to find addiction treatment launches in Florida. “The online assessment and treatment locator is called ATLAS, and it’s designed to serve individuals struggling with addiction or concerned friends and family who are searching on their behalf. Users can fill out a questionnaire to get recommendations about the types of treatments that may benefit them, depending on their situation. Those could involve outpatient or residential programs, as well as additional services like mental health care or medication-assisted treatment.”

Deeper Blue: A New Database Shows How Sharks Use The Ocean’s Depths. “While some species spend their entire lives in shallow waters close to shore on the continental shelf, others plunge hundreds of meters or more off the slope waters into the twilight zone, beyond where sunlight penetrates. This new understanding of how elasmobranchs — the scientific word for sharks, rays and skates — use the ocean will enable policymakers and resource managers the opportunity to examine the threats these animals face, and guide future management and conservation plans.”


Earth .org: Project Drawdown: The World’s Leading Climate Solutions Database Is Growing. “Founded in 2014 by Author and Entrepreneur Paul Hawken in collaboration with over 200 researchers, Project Drawdown is one of the most influential research-backed databases of climate solutions on the planet. The project’s mission is to help the world reach ‘drawdown’ – the point in time where levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to decline – as quickly and as safely as possible.”


Search Engine Journal: How To Use TikTok Search To Find Content, Community, And Creators. “Global brands have been quick to realize the power of the TikTok algorithm as a way to engage with audiences of all ages and leverage sales with influencer partnerships. And with the average user spending over 90 minutes on the app daily, finding community through other creators has become an important part of TikTok’s appeal to its core audience. How does this work for digital marketers, though?”


Yahoo Life: Star of Netflix’s ‘How to Build a Sex Room’ says Pinterest removed her board about the series: ‘HTBASR is a sex-positive show’. “Melanie Rose is a luxury interior designer … who happens to have a passion for getting people in the mood. Rose hosts Netflix’s How to Build a Sex Room, a series in which she meets with people to discuss their intimacy issues, then gives a room in their home a sexy makeover…. But not everyone finds Rose’s work so straightforward. This week, Rose took to Instagram to share that a Pinterest board she’d been keeping with products, decorating ideas and other highlights from the show was removed by the platform.”

New York Times: Google Employee Who Played Key Role in Protest of Contract With Israel Quits. “A Google employee who became the most visible opponent of a company contract with the Israeli military said on Tuesday that she would resign after claiming Google had tried to retaliate against her for her activism. The employee, Ariel Koren, a marketing manager for Google’s educational products arm who has worked for the company for seven years, wrote a memo to colleagues announcing her plan to leave Google at the end of the week.”


WIRED: Swarms of Satellites Are Tracking Illegal Fishing and Logging. “FISHING BOATS KEPT washing up in Japan with dead North Koreans on board. Dozens were documented every year, but they spiked in 2017, with more than 100 boats found on the northern coasts of Japan. No one could explain the appearance of these ghost ships. Why were there so many? An answer arrived in 2020. Using a swarm of satellites orbiting Earth, a nonprofit organization called Global Fishing Watch in Washington, DC, found that China was fishing illegally in North Korean waters.”

The Register: That ‘clean’ Google Translate app is actually Windows crypto-mining malware . “Watch out: someone is spreading cryptocurrency-mining malware disguised as legitimate-looking applications, such as Google Translate, on free software download sites and through Google searches. The cryptomining Trojan, known as Nitrokod, is typically disguised as a clean Windows app and works as the user expects for days or weeks before its hidden Monero-crafting code is executed.”


Ars Technica: Pixel art comes to life: Fan upgrades classic MS-DOS games with AI. “Last night, a Reddit user named frigis9 posted six images that featured detailed graphical upgrades to classic MS-DOS computer games such as Commander Keen 6 and The Secret of Monkey Island. The most interesting part is how they did it: by using an image synthesis technique called ‘img2img’ (image to image), which takes an input image, applies a written text prompt, and generates a similar output image as a result. ”

EOS: New Landslide Reporting Tool Uses Social Media and AI. “The team used machine learning to train the tool to identify landslides in photographs. For this, the geologists independently carried out an assessment of 11,737 images and manually marked each one as landslide or not a landslide. The resulting artificial intelligence tool can detect landslide reports with an accuracy of 76%. The tool is currently up and running and is intended to be used for disaster management, landslide research, climate change analysis, and global and national database studies.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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