Japan Tourism, Freeze-Date Trends, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 18, 2022


The Mainichi: Kyoto launches crowding forecast map online in English, Chinese to prevent overtourism . “The Kyoto Municipal Government and the Kyoto City Tourism Association have launched an online map in English and Chinese showing crowding forecasts for the ancient Japanese capital’s sightseeing hotspots.”

Purdue University: Purdue, USDA release online freeze-date tool for specialty crop growers in 25 states. “A new interactive online tool for visualizing and exploring freeze-date trends and other climate patterns is now available, thanks to a partnership between Purdue University’s Midwestern Regional Climate Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Midwest Climate Hub. The tool covers 25 states in the upper Midwest, the Northeast and Appalachia.”

Google Blog: Mapping our emotions at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. “Artetik: From the Art, a new installation in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, invites you to explore how artworks from the museum’s collection make you feel. By contributing to the experience, you will be guided to new artworks in the collection through an ever-changing visualization representing the shared emotions evoked in museum visitors. The project is a collaboration between the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Google Arts & Culture, based on research about art and emotions by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley.”


Engadget: TikTok’s livestreaming updates include adult-only broadcasts. “TikTok is once again updating its livestreaming features, and this time the biggest improvements affect the people who can’t watch. For starters, the upgrade now lets TikTok Live users host adult-only broadcasts. If a stream is likely to include lots of colorful language or tackle traumatic subjects, you can make sure the audience is mature enough to handle it.” The article notes that TikTok still prohibits sexually-explicit content.


Hongkiat: 10 Websites to Have Fun With Your Photos. “Getting a little bored with how your photos are presented online? How about injecting some fun and humor into it? You don’t really need to be Photoshop literate to edit and add effects to your photos. There’re some really great sites out there that allow you to add effects to your photo by using their existing effect templates. The best part is – they are free, output is shown immediately on the fly, and no installation of apps is required.”


ProPublica: How the FBI Stumbled in the War on Cybercrime. “In this excerpt from ‘The Ransomware Hunting Team: A Band of Misfits’ Improbable Crusade to Save the World From Cybercrime,’ the authors reveal how unprepared the nation’s top federal law enforcement agency was to combat online crime.”

Canberra Times: ‘Vile’ posts cost food blogger $300k. “A food entertainer’s campaign of ‘tremendous ferocity and insult’ towards a rival Instagram identity has cost him more than $300,000. In the first matter to proceed to trial under reformed defamation law, the NSW District Court found Fouad Najem caused serious harm to a man he’d never met by falsely calling him, among other things, a pedophile and racist.”


CNET: Americans’ Satisfaction With Internet Service Providers Falls, Study Shows. “When the American Customer Satisfaction Index in June announced its numbers for the broadband industry, we noted that internet service providers landed at the very bottom of all industries surveyed. Well, the news isn’t much better with the release last week of a study from J.D. Power.”

Interesting Engineering: Researchers develop edible, 3D-printed QR codes embedded inside cookies. “In general, QR codes frequently contain information for a tracker, location, or identifier that directs users to a website or application. Well, would you like a QR code embedded in your food? Because researchers from Osaka University developed ‘interiqr’ — a novel three-dimensional printing method of embedding edible QR codes — in the interior of cookies.”


BusinessWire: New Video Game Helps Young Adults Prepare for Earthquakes (PRESS RELEASE). “The player moves through a devastated city in search of their dog, Tsu (short for ‘tsunami’), who escaped in the aftermath of a massive earthquake. Along the way, they encounter situations that demand their attention: unpurified drinking water, aftershocks, gas leaks, and more. By the time the player is reunited with Tsu, they’ve encountered a wide variety of problems that arise before, during, and after a significant earthquake. Created by Lewis & Clark’s Earthquake Preparedness Project, Cascadia 9.0 takes its name from the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600-mile fault off the Pacific Coast, which has the potential to produce a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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