Freedmen’s Bureau Search Portal, Mapping 200,000 Galaxies, Thunderbird, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, November 18, 2022


Smithsonian: National Museum of African American History and Culture Debuts Freedmen’s Bureau Search Portal. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) announces the launch of the Freedmen’s Bureau Search Portal. The new comprehensive search platform is designed to help family historians and genealogists search for their ancestors and for scholars and students to research various topics found in over 1.7 million pages of Freedmen’s Bureau records.”

Johns Hopkins University: This New Interactive Map Lets You Scroll Through The Universe. “Created by Johns Hopkins University astronomers with data mined over two decades by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the map allows the public to experience data previously only accessible to scientists. The interactive map, which depicts the actual position and real colors of 200,000 galaxies, is available online, where it can also be downloaded for free.”


How-To Geek: Thunderbird Shares First Peek at “Supernova” Update. “Thunderbird, the long-running email and calendar application from Mozilla, has spent this year reorganizing and working on major updates. Now the development team is starting to show off the next big upgrade, codenamed ‘Thunderbird Supernova.'”

Financial Times: New FTX chief slams ‘complete failure of corporate controls’ at crypto exchange. “The new boss of bankrupt crypto exchange FTX has slammed the management of founder Sam Bankman-Fried, saying the company’s financial statements could not be trusted and that a business once valued at $32bn lacked any significant internal controls. John Ray III, a veteran insolvency professional who oversaw the liquidation of Enron, said in a court filing on Thursday that FTX was the worst case of corporate failure that he had seen in his more than 40-year career.”

WIRED: Twitter’s Moderation System Is in Tatters. “EVEN BEFORE TWITTER cut some 4,400 contract workers on November 12, the platform was showing signs of strain. After Elon Musk bought the company and laid off 7,500 full time employees, disinformation researchers and activists say, the team that took down toxic and fake content vanished. Now, after years of developing relationships within those teams, researchers say no one is responding to their reports of disinformation on the site, even as data suggests Twitter is becoming more toxic.”


Euronews: How climate disinformation is spreading after Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover. “What’s being promoted to users during pivotal climate talks isn’t necessarily due to Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media company three weeks ago. There has, in fact, been no explicit policy change in Twitter’s approach to tackling the climate denialism and delayism that is rife on its platform. But the Climate Action Against Disinformation (CAAD) coalition is still deeply concerned about what has been spreading online during the UN summit.”

Herald Scotland: Lagangarbh Hut: Custodian plagued by tourists after blogger’s post. “TOURISTS are causing a headache for the custodian of a remote Highlands hut used by mountaineers and hillwalkers – by swamping him with emails and phone calls requesting to rent it out ‘as a holiday home’.”

PR Week: 5 things for brands to know about Mastodon. “Chipotle, United Airlines, General Mills, Pfizer, Audi, Volkswagen, Ford and General Motors have all yanked ads from Twitter, Forbes reported on Thursday. Ad buyers are advising clients to pause Twitter spending, and given how many new eyes are on Mastodon, it may look like an appealing alternative. But before everyone jumps ship, here are five things for brands and marketers to know about Mastodon.”


CNN: First on CNN: ‘Greed and deception.’ Elizabeth Warren demands Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX turn over trove of records. “Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Dick Durbin are demanding FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried hand over a trove of documents that will shed light on the extraordinary and swift downfall of his crypto exchange.”

University of Georgia: Smart home hubs leave users vulnerable to hackers. “Smart technology claims to make our lives easier. You can turn on your lights, lock your front door remotely and even adjust your thermostat with the click of a button. But new research from the University of Georgia suggests that convenience potentially comes at a cost—your personal security.”


Penn Medicine: Penn Medicine Study Finds Automated Texts Decrease Odds of Rehospitalization. “…researchers saw a significant decrease in hospital readmission among patients who received automated check-in text messages from their primary care team. Specifically, the researchers found a 55 percent decline in the likelihood that these patients would need to stay at the hospital again in the next month, and a 41 percent reduction in the odds that they would need emergency care of any kind over the next 30 days.”

Johns Hopkins University: One Size Doesn’t Fit All: An AI Approach To Creating Healthy Personalized Diets. “A Johns Hopkins systems engineer’s new method will allow patients to determine an achievable diet to improve their health and better manage negative symptoms.” Good morning, Internet…

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