Kansas Ecosystems Online, Smartphone Time Lapse Photography, Draw Things, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, November 17, 2022


University of Kansas: KU Researchers Launch New Kansas Ecosystems Online Teaching Tool. “Dana Peterson hopes the new ArcGIS StoryMap Mapping Kansas Ecosystems will draw attention to the wide range of landscapes across the state — and serve as an online resource in classrooms, libraries and homes, for all ages.”

Cornell Chronicle: App creates time-lapse videos with a smartphone. “An app developed by Cornell researchers uses augmented reality to help users repeatedly capture images from the same location with a phone or tablet to make time-lapse videos – without leaving a camera on site.” The app is for iOS and is available for free in Apple’s App Store.

Ars Technica: Stable Diffusion in your pocket? “Draw Things” brings AI images to iPhone. “On Wednesday, a San Francisco-based developer named Liu Liu released Draw Things: AI Generation, a free app available in the App Store that lets iPhone owners run the popular Stable Diffusion AI image generator. Type in a description, and the app generates an image within several minutes. It’s a notable step toward bringing image synthesis to a wider audience—with the added privacy of running it on your own hardware.


ZDNet: Stop using Twitter to log in to other websites. “With all of Twitter’s ever-growing technical problems, I’d missed an elephant in the room-sized disaster. Fortunately, a friend reminded me that many people use Twitter’s log-in as their login for other websites. Eep! You need to stop doing that right now.”

The Guardian: Musk testifies he will ‘reduce’ time at Twitter and eventually hand over reins. “Elon Musk told a court on Wednesday that he expects to reduce his time at Twitter and eventually find someone else to run the social media company. ‘There’s an initial burst of activity needed post-acquisition to reorganize the company,’ Musk said in his testimony. ‘But then I expect to reduce my time at Twitter.'”


University of Nebraska-Lincoln: New initiative will make Cather’s manuscripts available online. “Every novel and short story written by Willa Cather went through many iterations — from early penciled drafts by Cather herself to typed drafts edited by her partner, Edith Lewis, to printed proofs before publication — and soon, the Willa Cather Archive at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will make all of these documents available in scanned and digitized form.”

Washington Post: Swipe and buy: Social media is now a destination for holiday shopping. “Savannah Baron keeps an exhaustive spreadsheet of perfect gifts: a camping chair love seat for the couple who enjoys the outdoors; a refillable candle for your eco-conscious cousin; a cocktail infusion kit for the friend who’s into mixology. It’s not for her. It’s for her 189,000 TikTok followers.”


NBC News: FBI, DHS, and social media firms like Meta, TikTok aren’t adequately addressing threat of domestic extremists, Senate report says. “An investigation by the Senate Homeland Security Committee alleges that the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and leading social media companies are not adequately addressing the growing threat of domestic terrorism, especially white supremacist and anti-government extremists.”

Fix The Court: Leading Advocacy Groups Press Congress to Pass “Free PACER” Bill During Lame Duck. “A cross-partisan collection of 20 transparency, media and policy organizations wrote to the leaders of the congressional judiciary and appropriations committees today to call for the lame-duck passage of the Open Courts Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would tear down a paywall that’s charged Americans more than $1 billion for court records in the last decade and would make such access free once and for all.”

9News: Green Valley Ranch murder case: Google evidence will be allowed at teen’s trial. “Gavin Seymour, then 16 years old, Kevin Bui, also 16 years old at the time, and an unnamed 15-year-old boy were arrested in connection with the case. Police said the search warrant served on Google showed that the suspects had searched for the exact address — 5312 N. Truckee St. — multiple times in the two weeks before the fire.”


CNET: Elon Musk’s Twitter Meltdown Is a Train Wreck We Can’t Look Away From. “We’re potentially seeing the rapid implosion of one of the most influential social media platforms in the world, one that helped kick off revolutions (for the better) and shifted the fate of presidential elections (for the worse). Though bygone platforms like Friendster or Google Plus faded away quietly, Twitter, in typical Musk style, could be going out with the roar of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch.”

University of Illinois: Project to reconnect Native American tribes with historic hide painting, artistic tradition. “The ‘Reclaiming Stories’ project aims to reconnect members of the Miami and Peoria tribes with their artistic tradition of hide painting and to center Indigenous knowledge in interpreting the practice. The project is a collaboration between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Myaamia Center at Miami University in Ohio, and members of the Miami and Peoria tribes.” Good morning, Internet…

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