Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas, Food Safety, Twitter, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, October 6, 2022


New-to-me, from Brown University: Confronting Indigenous enslavement, one story at a time. “In 2015, in an effort to advance collaboration in the nascent effort, [Professor Linford] Fisher created Stolen Relations: Recovering Stories of Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas, an online repository that contains more than 4,400 records of Indigenous enslavement — and counting.”


Wolfram Blog: Should I Eat That? Food Safety with Wolfram Language. “Foodborne illness, or food poisoning, is something many of us have experienced. According to the World Health Organization, almost 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill each year after eating contaminated food. Luckily, by following recommended food safety practices, we can do our best to avoid getting sick. September is Food Safety Education Month. To highlight the importance of food safety, we have introduced two new properties in Wolfram Language that can help users make smart choices about food storage.”

New York Times: Elon Musk Offered to Buy Twitter at a Lower Price in Recent Talks. “In the weeks before Elon Musk declared that his bid to own Twitter was back on the table, his representatives spoke with the company several times about redoing the deal at a lower price, four people familiar with the discussions said. Mr. Musk sought a discount of as much as 30 percent, three of the people said, a proposal that would have valued the company at roughly $31 billion. Twitter rebuffed the proposal, said the people, who requested anonymity because the talks were confidential.” This story is important on a macro level, but ridiculous on a day-to-day level, and I apologize if I inadvertently index an article that’s irrelevant by the time you see it in this newsletter.


Digital Inspiration: Formulas in Google Sheets Disappear When New Rows Are Added – The Solution. “The formulas in Google Sheets may get deleted when new rows are added in the sheet or when new responses come in through Google Forms. The fix is simple!”

Make Tech Easier: 5 of the Best Solutions for Monitoring Website Changes. “One of the quickest ways to check a website for new updates is to add the site to your favorite RSS reader and let the tool notify you of any new content. However, an RSS reader can only check for updates within the confines of RSS-formatted code. This limitation means RSS readers won’t work on any static webpages or dynamic websites without RSS components. Fortunately, you can use third-party tools to monitor website changes and receive notifications for any new changes.”

Mashable: 10 ways to watch movies online for free — legally, of course. “In the modern age of the internet, there are ways to watch movies for free that are completely legal. Yes, you read that correctly. There’s no need to visit any shady sites or jump around YouTube in order to watch free movies. Free (and legal) movies are waiting for you only a few clicks away, and there’s a pretty easy hack to get you there. It all hinges on one crucial step: Get creative with utilizing free trials, and you’ll have hundreds of free movies right at your fingertips.”


Motherboard: Publishing Company Starts School Year by Removing Over 1,000 E-Textbooks. “Since late August, academic librarians in the U.S. and abroad have been scrambling to identify alternative textbook options for students and instructors after a major publishing company pulled a large amount of e-book and e-textbook titles from circulation.”

Daily Inter Lake: Saving the history carved into landscape of Canada’s Waterton Lakes National park. “Archaeologists and preservationists are working together to record information on a group of culturally modified trees (CMT) in Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Using cutting edge laser scanning technology, archaeologists with the University of Calgary have created an extremely detailed model of the human-carved trees surrounding the original site of a cabin once inhabited by Waterton Lakes’ first park ranger, John George ‘Kootenai’ Brown.”


CNN: The battle of narratives on Iran is being fought on social media. “As anti-government protests enter their third week in Iran, the Islamic Republic has imposed a near total blackout of independent information coming out of the country. A fierce battle to control the narrative is now being fought online, where supporters and opponents of the government alike are taking to social media to tell their version of the truth and, in some cases, go beyond the truth.”


News@Northeastern: Machine Vision Breakthrough: This Device Can See ‘Millions Of Colors’. “An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Northeastern have built a device that can recognize ‘millions of colors’ using new artificial intelligence techniques—a massive step, they say, in the field of machine vision, a highly specialized space with broad applications for a range of technologies.”

Ars Technica: Google’s newest AI generator creates HD video from text prompts. “Today, Google announced the development of Imagen Video, a text-to-video AI mode capable of producing 1280×768 videos at 24 frames per second from a written prompt. Currently, it’s in a research phase, but its appearance five months after Google Imagen points to the rapid development of video synthesis models.”

The Hill: Social media engagement increases government action, reduces pollution: study . “Citizen engagement through social media leads to a significant improvement in government response and a decrease in water and air pollution, a new study has found.” Good morning, Internet…

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