Electric Vehicles, Society of Biblical Literature, Autism Research, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 15, 2022


The Verge: The Inflation Reduction Act’s tax credits are confusing, so the White House launched a website to help. “The Biden administration launched a new website… aimed at helping Americans navigate the new green energy tax credits contained in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA). That could especially be useful for people looking to buy a new electric vehicle but finding themselves confused by the litany of new requirements about assembly and battery materials.”

Religion Prof: Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers Digitized!. “Great news from the Society of Biblical Literature! I suspect that every New Testament scholar is aware of and has benefited from things that were published in the SBL Seminar Papers – and that I am not the only one who has at times wished that some of the volumes were more readily available or accessible. Well, now they’ve been digitized!”

Autism Science Foundation: ASF Launches Novel ‘Participate in Research’ Website Directory. “The Autism Science Foundation (ASF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative autism research and supporting families facing autism, today announced the launch of the ‘Participate in Research’ directory on the ASF website. The new searchable directory is intended to increase participation in autism research by making it easier for families to find and enroll in studies. Families who use this new directory can search by age, topic of interest or geographical location.”


TechCrunch: What we learned when Twitter whistleblower Mudge testified to Congress. “A ticking bomb of security vulnerabilities. Covering up security failures. Duping regulators and misleading lawmakers. These are just some of the allegations when Twitter’s ex-security lead turned whistleblower, Peiter Zatko, testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, less than a month after the release of his explosive whistleblower complaint filed with federal regulators…. Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.”

Ars Technica: Twitter shareholders approve the $44B merger Musk is trying to get out of. “Twitter shareholders voted to approve Elon Musk’s purchase of the company, weeks ahead of a trial over Musk’s attempt to exit the merger deal. Though a specific vote tally wasn’t available today, multiple news reports said investors backed the Twitter board’s recommendation to approve the $44 billion deal that Musk agreed to in April before changing his mind.”

How-To Geek: Winamp 5.9 Is the First Stable Update in Four Years. “Winamp was a popular media player application in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and it has received infrequent updates in recent years to address compatibility issues. Winamp 5.9 has now been released, marking the first major update since 2018.”


The Tech Edvocate: Product Review Of “ is an online book database, assisting educators, parents, and librarians with finding multimedia resources, lesson plans, and links to extend curriculum in the classroom around books. The database features a huge number of fiction and nonfiction books and associated resources, with a heavy focus on materials useful for author studies and introductory lessons as well as supporting the diversification of what books and authors are taught.”


CNET: Google Must Face Most of Texas’ Antitrust Lawsuit on Ads. “Google will have to face the bulk of a multistate antitrust lawsuit that accuses the tech giant of reaching an illegal deal with online ad rival Facebook.”

Engadget: Google fails to overturn EU Android antitrust ruling but reduces its fine by 5 percent. “Google has failed to convince Europe’s General Court to overturn the Commission’s ruling on its Android antitrust case and its decision to slap the company with a €4.3/US$4.3 billion fine.”

CoinDesk: S. Korean Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Terra Co-Founder Do Kwon. “A South Korean court has issued an arrest warrant against Do Kwon, the co-founder of the now defunct stablecoin issuer Terraform Labs, according to the Financial Crimes Unit of the Supreme Prosecutors Office. The warrant included five additional persons, Bloomberg News reported, citing a text message from the prosecutor’s office.” I don’t want to get too deep into cryptocurrency in RB, but I feel it’s a very sketchy tech integrated into a lot of current Web stuff, and I want to keep an eye on it.


News Medical: Social media use puts teens at risk of developing drug and alcohol issues . “New research has found adolescents who are active on social media are being exposed to content that could put them at risk of developing drug and alcohol issues. The study, led by University of Queensland PhD student Brienna Rutherford from UQ’s National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, examined how drug and alcohol use content was portrayed across social media.”

Bloomberg: Climate Change is making people angrier online. “Climate change is making us angrier online. A lot angrier. Hateful comments spike on social media when temperatures rise above 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research have found.” Good morning, Internet…

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