Kentucky Archaeology, School Models, Coronavirus Research, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, September 21, 2022


State of Kentucky: New Discover KY Archaeology Website Profiles Archaeological Sites and Research Across the Commonwealth. ” A new website highlighting more than 100 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites across 64 counties has been launched by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) in partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).”

EdSurge: New Directory of Innovative School Models Aims to Encourage Experimentation. “There’s a greater appetite to try new educational models as schools try to adjust to the social and emotional needs of students returning from periods of pandemic lockdowns and other disruptions of the past few years. But before schools can try out new models, schools have to know what’s out there. A new online library called the ‘Innovative Models Exchange,’ unveiled Monday, hopes to give educators an easy place to quickly consider some possibilities.”

PR Newswire: Arizona State University Launches Evidence Commons, the Only Comprehensive Repository of COVID-19 Tests and Testing Practices Publications (PRESS RELEASE). “Arizona State University (ASU) College of Health Solutions with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, has launched Evidence Commons, the first and only comprehensive repository of published COVID-19 research focused on diagnostic tests and testing practices. With more than 3,000 published papers, Evidence Commons provides access to the diagnostic-related research critical to enhanced scientific collaboration and pandemic mitigation and prevention.”

FTC: FTC issues illuminating report on digital dark patterns. “As the FTC’s 2021 workshop, Bringing Dark Patterns to Light, and recent academic literature establish, dark patterns take on a variety of nefarious guises – for example, hiding the full cost of a transaction behind nondescript dropdown arrows or small icons, sending people on a digital scavenger hunt just to cancel a subscription, using default settings to subvert their privacy choices, or even sneaking stuff into customers’ shopping carts without their knowledge.”

Iowa Attorney General: IowaOpioidHelp. com provides resources for Iowans with Opioid Use Disorder. “ provides a pathway to recovery for Iowans with Opioid Use Disorder and their loved ones. Visitors to the website will learn about Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT), a proven method of using FDA-approved drugs to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms for people with opioid use disorder…. An interactive map at shows a list of MAT and OUD clinics contracted with the State of Iowa.”


How-To Geek: Wikipedia Wants a Sound Logo, and it Needs Your Help. “Wikipedia is a resource many of us go to when we need information, and its globe puzzle logo is almost universally recognized. Now, the Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a sound that can be associated with it and be just as recognizable.”

New York Times: This Ad’s for You (Not Your Neighbor). “Although millions of American voters may not be aware of it, the powerful data-mining techniques that campaigns routinely use to tailor political ads to consumers on sites and apps are making the leap to streaming video. The targeting has become so precise that next door neighbors streaming the same true crime show on the same streaming service may now be shown different political ads — based on data about their voting record, party affiliation, age, gender, race or ethnicity, estimated home value, shopping habits or views on gun control.”


Bleeping Computer: New malware bundle self-spreads through YouTube gaming videos. “The self-spreading malware bundle has been promoted in YouTube videos targeting fans playing FIFA, Final Fantasy, Forza Horizon, Lego Star Wars, and Spider-Man. These uploaded videos contain links to download the fake cracks and cheats, but in reality, they install the same self-spreading malware bundle that infected the uploader.”

Reuters: Exclusive-Google faces pressure in India to help curb illegal lending apps -sources. “Alphabet Inc’s Google has been asked by the Indian government and the central bank to introduce more stringent checks to help curb the use of illegal digital lending applications in India, according to sources.”


Harvard Gazette: Solemn stewardship. “Report recommends policies, mechanisms for return, ethical uses for research of human remains in museums.”

Cornell Chronicle: Fairer ranking system diversifies search results. “Cornell researchers have developed a fairer system for recommendations – from hotels to jobs to videos – so a few top hits don’t get all the exposure. The new ranking system still provides relevant options, but divides user attention more equitably across search results. It can be applied to online markets such as travel sites, hiring platforms and news aggregators.”


CNET: Astronomy Photographer of the Year Captures Rare, Dazzling Comet Photo. “Gerald Rhemann of Austria has won the 2022 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, for his astonishing and rare photograph of a piece of Comet Leonard’s gas tail being disconnected and carried away by the solar wind.” Good morning, Internet…

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