Hawaii Substance Abuse, Colorado Natural Disasters, Twitter, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 5, 2022


University of Hawaii News: Substance abuse in Hawaiʻi tracked by new dashboard. “From overdose deaths to crisis calls in Hawaiʻi, data related to drug trends is now available to the public through a new online dashboard. The Statewide Substance Use, Mental Health and Hawaiʻi CARES Summary is a web site of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health’s (DOH) Behavioral Health Administration.”

9News: New website helps backcountry explorers find avalanche conditions. “Snow has returned to the high country, which also means an increased risk of avalanche. And the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) has launched a new website helping users looking for avalanche conditions in Colorado.”


New York Times: Confusion and Frustration Reign as Elon Musk Cuts Half of Twitter’s Staff. “By early Friday, the scale of the layoffs by Elon Musk, Twitter’s new owner, was becoming clear: Roughly half of the company’s work force, or about 3,700 jobs, had been eliminated, four people with knowledge of the matter said. The cuts hit across many divisions, including the engineering and machine learning teams, the trust and safety teams that manage content moderation, and the sales and advertising departments. Rarely have layoffs this deep been made by a single individual at a tech company.”


WIRED: How to Find Your Twitter Friends on Mastodon. “We told you how to get started on Mastodon a few years ago, so I won’t rehash that. Once you set up an account, though, you might be wondering whether you can find any of your Twitter friends. Here are a few ways to do that.”


ITV: Southampton General Hospital clarifies it is ‘very much open’ after Google said it was closed. “A major hospital has been forced to clarify that it is ‘very much open’ after it was flagged as temporarily closed by Google Maps. Southampton General Hospital, which is one of the busiest in the South, deals with emergency and critical care as well as acute medicine and operates a dedicated eye casualty.”

Mashable: V Live, the largest archive of K-pop live streams, is shutting down. What will happen to those videos?. “On Monday, Oct. 31, South Korean live streaming app V Live notified users that it’d be shutting down on Dec. 31, 2022. The closure isn’t a surprise — in March, HYBE, owner of the competing app Weverse, announced it had acquired V Live and intended to close the app — but it is a bummer for artists and fans. V Live is the largest-ever archive of live-streamed K-pop content. Where will that content live on when the app goes dark?”


Bleeping Computer: Z-Library eBook site domains seized by U.S. Dept of Justice. “Internet domains for the popular Z-Library online eBook repository were seized early this morning by the U.S. Department of Justice, preventing easy access to the service. Z-Library is ranked in the top 10k most visited websites on the Internet, offering over 11 million books and 84 million articles for free via its website.”

Washington Post: Investigators search for pricey gifts to Trump from foreign leaders. “Congressional investigators are looking for dozens of pricey mementos gifted to former president Donald Trump and his family members by foreign governments, according to three people familiar with the matter. The House Oversight Committee has asked for help in locating the items from the National Archives, which is among the agencies charged with keeping presidential gifts, two of the people said.”


University of Copenhagen: Disappearing coastlines: A smartphone and selfie stick can let us know by how much. “New mobile phone technology makes it possible to better monitor Danish coastlines, which recede up to four meters a year in some places. The method, which has been tested by the University of Copenhagen, also lets citizen scientists help researchers and government agencies monitor coastal erosion and may provide us with a better understanding of erosion in the future.”

Penn State: New coding tool could aid computer programmers who are blind or have low vision . “Prior work has focused on making different parts of the coding process more accessible for blind and low-vision users, such as reading or navigating code. Grid Editor is the first to place emphasis on code editing — an important step in making continuous updates to software, in which programmers edit and update existing code that was previously written by other programmers.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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