FathomNet Image Database, Safe Beauty Products, England Aerial Photography, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, October 20, 2022


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: Introducing FathomNet: New open-source image database unlocks the power of AI for ocean exploration. “As scientists and engineers develop advanced robotics that can visualize marine life and environments to monitor changes in the ocean’s health, they face a fundamental problem: The collection of images, video, and other visual data vastly exceeds researchers’ capacity for analysis. FathomNet is an open-source image database that uses state-of-the-art data processing algorithms to help process the backlog of visual data.”

The Root: New Database Makes Finding Healthy Black-Owned Beauty Products Easier Than Ever. “Now, just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) is doing its part to make it easier for consumers to find safe beauty products. CSC’s Non-Toxic Black Beauty Project is a searchable database of over 700 clean beauty products made and sold by Black-owned companies, including cleansers, moisturizers, anti-aging products and more.”

BBC: Aerial photographer’s England collection goes online. “Thousands of photographic negatives and prints, taken by a pioneering aerial photographer, are being made available to view for the first time. Harold Wingham, who hailed from the New Forest, took photos across south-west England between 1951 and 1963. Wingham used hand-held aerial reconnaissance cameras to produce images with excellent resolution.”

Washington Post: An online exhibit from Gallaudet recounts the stories of deaf printers. “Democracy may die in darkness but it once flourished in silence. In the not-too-distant past of the 20th century, deaf printers worked alongside their hearing colleagues to put out The Washington Post, setting type, pasting it down, assembling advertisements and working on the presses. Because those jobs are gone — obsolesced out of existence by advances in technology — those printers are gone. But they’re remembered in a new online exhibit unveiled Monday at Gallaudet University, when about a dozen deaf former Washington Post employees gathered at the college’s Chapel Hall.”


University of Hawaii News: New Hawaiian word series connects to story, culture . “Hale Kuamoʻo, the Hawaiian language center within Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikolani, College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, has launched a new weekly video series called Moʻohua featuring a ‘Word of the Week.’ Each Wednesday, an ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) word is introduced along with its meaning and an example of the word being used in a sentence.”

Search Engine Land: Google releases October 2022 spam update. “Google is rolling out a new search ranking algorithm update targeting the more spammy side of the search results. The company is calling this update the ‘October 2022 spam update.’ It should take about a week to fully roll out and be noticed in the search results.”


MakeUseOf: How to Manage Your Group Chats on Twitter. “Twitter Group Direct Messages, or group chats, have exploded in popularity since their introduction in 2015. What began as a modest addition to the direct messaging feature, multi-user DMs have evolved into a fun and convenient way to socialize with friends, family, and followers—and are well on their way to becoming the primary use of the Twitter app for many users. Here’s how to create and manage your group chat on Twitter.”


CNET: Evil Wordle Knockoff Dordle Makes You Tackle Two Words at Once. “First came Wordle. Then came the endless Wordle knockoffs. Among them is Dordle, a devious word game that doesn’t let you off easy. You have to guess two five-letter words at the same time, but you can only input one word guess at a time. Play it and you’ll get it.”


Naked Security: Women in Cryptology – USPS celebrates WW2 codebreakers. “The US Postal Service just issued a commemorative stamp to remember the service of some 11,000 women cryptologists during World War 2. Like their Bletchley Park counterparts in the UK, these wartime heros didn’t finish the war with any sort of hero’s welcome back into civilian life. Indeed, they got no public recognition at all for the amazing physical and intellectual effort they put into decrypting and decoding enemy intelligence.”


Analytics India: Google Releases a New Text-Based Image Editing Model Called ‘Imagic’. “Google researchers recently came up with a new text-based image editing method called ‘Imagic’. Imagic uses an input image and a text prompt—describing the edit—to then produce an edited image as its output. This new method, they claim, is unlike any of their previous methods for it doesn’t require any additional inputs.”

University of Auckland: The new open home: study reveals benefits of virtual reality. “A study utilising more than 4000 housing transactions has found that virtual reality can reduce a property’s time on the market and increase physical inspections.”


Penn State News: Researchers 3D bioprint breast cancer tumors, treat them in groundbreaking study. “Researchers at Penn State have successfully 3D bioprinted breast cancer tumors and treated them in a breakthrough study to better understand the disease that is one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide.” Good morning, Internet…

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