Science and Community Action Network, Global Jukebox, Public Health Jobs, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, November 3, 2022


Union of Concerned Scientists: SciCAN Platform Launches, Offering Resources to Promote Environmental Justice. “Members of the environmental justice movement have launched a new website, called the Science and Community Action Network (SciCAN), to bring together grassroots movements, scientists, and subject matter experts from across the country to address the many health and safety threats that frontline communities are facing.” ‘Global Jukebox’ performing arts database now publicly available. “The Global Jukebox relies on a dataset that includes traditional songs representing 1,026 societies. Many of the recordings were captured by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, who categorized them according to different features of musical style, such as number of singers, vocal embellishments, and various rhythmic and melodic qualities; 37 such features are now included for each of the 5,776 songs in the Global Jukebox dataset. A preliminary version of the Global Jukebox tool launched in 2017, and the underlying database is now available for anyone to download.”

PR Newswire: New Website Helps Public Health Job Seekers Nationwide. (PRESS RELEASE). “The site offers a simple way to search for jobs both nationally and by state and includes job preview videos of several different public health careers as well as information on working in governmental public health. In the future, add-ons to the site will include additional career spotlights as well as fellowship, internship and training programs in governmental health departments, a job-skills quiz to help identify potential career fits, and career resources for those seeking their first job in government.”


CNN: Twitter’s C-suite clears out as Musk cements power over the company . “In less than a week since Musk acquired Twitter, the company’s C-suite appears to have almost entirely cleared out, through a mix of firings and resignations. Musk has also dissolved Twitter’s former board of directors. In their place, Musk is now the CEO and sole director of the social platform… At the same time, Musk is also running several other companies, including as CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.”


Politifact: No, blogs weren’t created day of Pelosi attack to smear conservatives. “Both blogs — called Frenly Frens and The Loving God — are no longer online, but parts of the sites were archived after the Pelosi attack and some media outlets reviewed them before they went dark. The Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library that saves billions of web pages over time, has files showing the blogs were not created the day of the attack. And there’s no evidence to support the claim that they were created to smear conservatives.”


CNET: T-Mobile’s $350 Million Cyberhacking Settlement: How to Claim Your Share. “After millions of T-Mobile customers’ personal information was exposed in a massive 2021 cyberattack, the telecom giant agreed this summer to a $350 million settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit. Now a website has launched to let current and past T-Mobile customers file a claim for their share of the payout.”

Mainichi: Japan police give out pointers on how to foil Google Street View criminals . “Google Maps’ Street View is tremendously convenient, but sometimes for the wrong people, like stalkers, or thieves who use the service to case their targets before stealing cars or burgling homes. The problem has left experts calling for measures to cut back on the information available on Street View that can be used by criminals.”


New York Times: Personal Tech Has Changed. So Must Our Coverage of It.. “Our tech problems have become more complex, so we are rebooting the Tech Fix column to focus on the societal implications of the tech we use.”

Argonne National Laboratory: Science beyond Siri: A team of educators and computer scientists take on AI. “Soon enough, AI competency will be an essential workforce skill. A group of computer scientists and learning science experts are considering what a foundational introduction to AI might look like for middle school and high school students.”


Boing Boing: This guy cobbled together off-the-shelf AI tools to make an impressive digital assistant . “Consumer-grade AI has gotten a lot better and a lot cheaper. Here, a guy used UnrealEngine’s Metahuman, Stable Diffusion, and OpenAI’s Whisper and GPT3 to make a digital assistant that understands what he says and creates art on command.” Good morning, Internet…

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