Thomas MacDonagh Museum, Ultimate Manhole Covers, Wolfram CloudConnector, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 16, 2022


Tipperary News: Tipperary museum digitises its collection and launches its new website. “The Thomas MacDonagh Museum in Cloughjordan will host a special event this Friday at 7.30pm to launch its Digital Memories Collection… The collection marks the conclusion of a significant six-month project undertaken by the museum directors to digitise 140 objects from the museum’s vast collection, and create a new website.”

New-to-me, from Israel 21c: The Tel Aviv man who’s documented 8,072 manhole covers. “Five years ago, [Eli] Zvuluny started a website, Ultimate Manhole Covers, that now contains images and details of 8,072 covers from 63 countries and 565 cities.”


Wolfram Blog: Wolfram CloudConnector: Excel’s Data Science Superpower. “Wolfram CloudConnector for Excel can transform Excel into a data science powerhouse by injecting Wolfram Language functions straight into your spreadsheets. It does this by providing a connection between Excel and Wolfram Language, extending the computational power of your spreadsheets.”


AZ Central: ‘A fuller picture of our history’: Spanish, cross-border Arizona newspapers to be online. “Spanish-language newspapers from the state’s border communities and newspapers published by and for Tucson’s Black community from the 1890s to the 1960s will be memorialized and accessible to residents across the state. Newspapers from the state’s mining and agricultural communities, including Bisbee’s Brewery Gulch Gazette, will also be included in the project.”

Jordan News Agency: $2.3M US-Funded Project Launched To Set Up Database For Jordan’s Moveable Cultural Artifacts . “The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the American Center of Research (ACOR), on Thursday, launched a project to set up a database for Jordan’s first comprehensive and national inventory of moveable cultural artifacts with a value of about $2.3 million.”

WIRED: Dunkin’ Donuts Drama Is the Internet at Its Best. “In recent months, chains ranging from Subway to P. F. Chang’s have altered their loyalty programs. Amidst a recession when rising food costs are leading people to look for ways to save, the internet is a place for them to mobilize when their loyalty becomes less rewarded. It’s also no surprise that a lot of the chatter on the Dunkin’ subreddit involved people just trying to figure out how to get the most out of the new Rewards system.”


BBC: AI tools fail to reduce recruitment bias – study. “Artificially intelligent hiring tools do not reduce bias or improve diversity, researchers say in a study.”

Ars Technica: DeepMind breaks 50-year math record using AI; new record falls a week later. “Matrix multiplication is at the heart of many machine learning breakthroughs, and it just got faster—twice. Last week, DeepMind announced it discovered a more efficient way to perform matrix multiplication, conquering a 50-year-old record. This week, two Austrian researchers at Johannes Kepler University Linz claim they have bested that new record by one step.”

Arizona State University: ASU business professor says cyber adversaries will look to midterm elections to stir the pot with voters. “With the midterm elections just weeks away, the political vitriol and rhetoric are about to heat up. One Arizona State University professor thinks most of the hyperbolic chatter will come from malicious bots spreading racism and hate on social media and in the comments section on news sites.”


Axios Tampa Bay: New tool identifies birds in your backyard. “After we wrote about migrating warblers back in August, the folks at Loggerhead Instruments in Sarasota sent us a new tool they’ve been perfecting that identifies the birds in your vicinity by their song — like Shazam for birds!” Good afternoon, Internet…

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