Andean States, NASA DART, Audio Standards, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, September 25, 2022


Library of Congress: Connecting Andean Voices and Heritages. “The Hispanic Reading Room has a new research guide, Interconnecting Worlds: Weaving Community Narratives, Andean Histories & the Library’s Collections. This guide, with resources in English, Spanish and Quechua, facilitates research about Andean peoples through language, literature, visual arts and music. We used video interviews to connect with Indigenous people from Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru and their communities in New York, Massachusetts and the greater Washington, D.C. area.”


Review Geek: Watch NASA Attack an Innocent Asteroid on Monday. “NASA is set to channel the spirit of the 1998 film Armageddon on Monday. The space agency plans to crash a spacecraft into the asteroid Dimorphos in the first test of a planetary defense system. Dubbed ‘Double Asteroid Redirection Test’ (DART), the program aims to change the celestial body’s orbit.”


Ars Technica: After pushing AV1 codec, Google goes after Dolby with HDR and audio standards. “Google can do basically whatever it wants regarding video and web standards. YouTube is the world’s most popular video site. Chrome is the world’s most popular browser. Android is the world’s most popular operating system. Anything Google wants to roll out can immediately have a sizable user base of clients, servers, and content. From there, it’s just a matter of getting a few partners to tag along.”

CNET: Don’t Like a Comment on TikTok? You Can Hit the ‘Dislike’ Button. “TikTok said Friday that it’s rolling out a comment dislike button for people worldwide. The feature was created to help TikTok get feedback from its users, helping to identify ‘irrelevant or inappropriate’ comments. ”


New York Times: What Hemingway Left in Sloppy Joe’s Bar 80 Years Ago. “The trove of items deposited in Key West, now part of a new archive at Penn State, includes four unpublished short stories, drafts of manuscripts and boxes of personal effects.”

ABC News (Australia): Pandora shipwreck history to be shared through digital project in Queensland. “Thousands of underwater films, photographs, hand-drawn maps, field journals and other unseen archive material are being digitised to bring to light the untold story of the discovery and excavation of the Pandora wreck 120 kilometres east of Cape York.”


Associated Press: US allows tech firms to boost internet access in Iran. “American tech firms will be allowed to expand their business in Iran, where most internet access has been cut off in response to anti-government protests, the Treasury Department said Friday. Iran has been cracking down on demonstrators protesting the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of its morality police. Iranian state TV suggests that as many as 26 protesters and police have been killed since violence erupted over the weekend.”

News Australia: Older Aussies are exposed by shift to online banking. “Data shows phishing attacks on senior Australians are on the rise in a big way, with the ACCC’s Scamwatch reporting Australians over 65 have lost more money to phishing scams this year than all other age groups combined – totalling over $6.5 million in the first eight months of the year. And that could just be the tip of the iceberg.”

NBC News: Swizz Beatz and Timbaland reach settlement with Triller in lawsuit over Verzuz payments. “Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have settled their lawsuit with Triller, after suing the service last month for $28 million, an amount they contended was owed after their sale of Verzuz to the service in March 2021.”


Nation Thailand: DITP launches new AI tool to evaluate Thailand’s trade prospects. “Phusit Rattanakul Seriroengrit, [Department of International Trade Promotion]’s director general, said on Friday that the DITP Business AI tool can analyse products in five categories, including agriculture, food, lifestyle and fashion, health and beauty, and industrial sectors. He said the system features a global trade analytics option which predicts export trends in the short term (three months) and long term (12 months).”

The Verge: Here’s Krafton’s virtual human Ana in action. “Earlier this year, Krafton — the company best known for the battle royale shooter PUBG — unveiled what it described as a ‘hyper-realistic’ virtual human. Alongside those first images and details were some big plans to turn Ana, as she’s known, into a virtual star. Now we can see what that looks like with a brand-new music video.”

The Ohio State University: Recreating “ghost neighborhoods” destroyed by highways. “The building of the interstate highway system in Columbus split and sometimes destroyed entire neighborhoods, mostly those housing African Americans, immigrants and other minorities. Now a team of researchers from The Ohio State University are working to digitally recreate these ‘ghost neighborhoods’ in 3D so that people can see, and researchers can study, what was lost.” Good morning, Internet…

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