Arunachal Pradesh Cultural Heritage, Community Hazard Mitigation, Birdspotter, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, September 29, 2022


India Today: US Embassy launches website to document cultural heritage of tribes in Arunachal Pradesh. “The United States Mission in India launched a website to celebrate the intangible cultural heritage of the indigenous tribes of Arunachal Pradesh as part of the celebrations of 75 years of bilateral relations between Washington and New Delhi.”

US Economic Development Administration: FEMA And EDA Release New Resource To Align Community Plans And Build Resilience. “The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and Hazard Mitigation Plan Alignment Guide connects economic development and hazard mitigation plans so communities can be more resilient from natural hazards. The guide was a collaboration between FEMA and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). Communities, states and federal officials can use the guide when preparing or reviewing FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plans and EDA Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).”

Popped up in my RSS feeds: Birdspotter. From the front page: “Birdspotter automates Twitter search. You can create searches using 30 options across keywords, phrases, and accounts, as well as filters for author, engagement, and content. Searches run at fixed intervals from 1 to 24 hours. You will be notified of new results via email. The web app gives you an overview of your previous results and allows you to interact directly with tweets.” No free tier but monitoring 3 searches is a reasonable $5/month, while $10/month gets you 9 searches. An additional discount is available for annual subscriptions.

PR Newswire: American Foundation for the Blind Announces Free Digital Inclusion Toolkits for School Administrators, Teachers, Families, and Students (PRESS RELEASE). “The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced its Digital Inclusion Toolkits, a set of free resources to create, encourage, and advocate for more digitally inclusive classrooms. Designed for school administrators, teachers, families, and students who are blind or have low vision, the toolkits include planning tools for educators and administrators; information and resources for families and students with visual impairments that are designed to help them connect with others; advocacy tips; and lists of support organizations, hotlines, and other helpful resources.”


Ars Technica: DALL-E image generator is now open to everyone. “If you’ve been itching to try OpenAI’s image synthesis tool but have been stymied by the lack of an invitation, now’s your chance. Today, OpenAI announced that it removed the waitlist for its DALL-E AI image generator service. That means anyone can sign up and use it.”


The Register: Mozilla drags Microsoft, Google, Apple for obliterating any form of browser choice. “Firefox maker Mozilla is taking aim at Microsoft, Google, and Apple for using their operating systems to steer users to their browsers and stacking the deck against rivals who lack the same OS advantages. Like, for instance, Mozilla.”

Courier Journal: Courier Journal donates ‘priceless’ photo collection to University of Louisville. “To ensure future generations can look back on defining moments in Louisville’s history, The Courier Journal is donating its library of an estimated 3 million photographs and negatives to the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections.”


Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University: An AI Message Decoder Based on Bacterial Growth Patterns. “Depending on the initial conditions used, such as nutrient levels and space constraints, bacteria tend to grow in specific ways. The researchers created a virtual bacterial colony and then controlled growth conditions and the numbers and sizes of simulated bacterial dots to create an entire alphabet based on how the colonies would look after they fill a virtual Petri dish. They call this encoding scheme emorfi.”

New York Times: This Surveillance Artist Knows How You Got That Perfect Instagram Photo. “A tech-savvy artist unearthed video footage of people working hard to capture the perfect shot for Instagram. It is a lesson in the artifice of social media and the ubiquity of surveillance.”


MIT: AI system makes models like DALL-E 2 more creative. “The internet had a collective feel-good moment with the introduction of DALL-E, an artificial intelligence-based image generator inspired by artist Salvador Dali and the lovable robot WALL-E that uses natural language to produce whatever mysterious and beautiful image your heart desires. Seeing typed-out inputs like ‘smiling gopher holding an ice cream cone’ instantly spring to life clearly resonated with the world. Getting said smiling gopher and attributes to pop up on your screen is not a small task.”

Stanford News: New 3D printing method designed by Stanford engineers promises faster printing with multiple materials. “Stanford engineers have designed a method of 3D printing that is 5 to 10 times faster than the quickest high-resolution printer currently available and is capable of using multiple types of resin in a single object.”


Cornell Chronicle: App for the pre-K set promotes healthy eating, exercise. “Preschoolers can be notoriously picky eaters – and that’s if you can get one to sit still for a meal. A series of free, evidence-informed apps for preschool-aged children, developed by a Cornell researcher and colleagues, aims to encourage healthy eating behaviors and exercise. A majority of parents said the apps helped their children try new foods and raise their activity level, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior on date.” Good morning, Internet…

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