North America Mycology, Artemis I, Billy Bremner, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 18, 2022


Discover Magazine: Largest-Ever Fungi Bioblitz Catalogs the Diversity of North American Mushrooms and More. “This fall, between September 15 and October 15, more than 30,000 volunteers combed through forests, fields and even their own backyards in search of the humble mushroom…. Altogether, the citizen scientists who took part collected nearly 150,000 fungi sightings, and identified almost 4,400 different species. Their findings were posted on a digital map, as well as to an online database, and the data they gathered will be used by mycologists who are studying the diversity of fungi across the continent.”

WHNT: NASA launches website to keep track of Artemis I. “NASA’S new website allows people to view a real-time visualization of the telemetry of the Orion spacecraft, letting them view the spacecraft from multiple angles and from the locations of cameras actually on the spacecraft. AROW also allows for a view of the entire Artemis mission from Earth, the moon or Orion’s current position. This view lets users see different milestones Orion will hit along its trip to the moon and back.”

University of Stirling: New exhibition kicks Stirling sporting hero back into spotlight . “New memories about the life and career of Stirling-born football star Billy Bremner have been uncovered as part of a new online exhibition. Working with pupils from the sporting hero’s former school, St Modan’s High, and the local Raploch community, researchers from the University of Stirling uncovered a swathe of material connected to Bremner – who was born in the Raploch in 1942 before becoming one of the greatest midfielders of all time.”


IrishCentral: Find your family history online – Ireland’s 1926 Census is being digitized. “The National Archives of Ireland project has announced that as part of a €5 million project the Republic of Ireland’s 1926 Census results will be available online, free of charge, from April 2026.”

TechCrunch: Twitter is working on a feature to divide long text into a thread automatically. “Composing a thread on Twitter can be challenging as you need to separate the whole text into 280-character chunks. However, the company now seems to be working on a solution to turn long-form text into a thread automatically.”


BuzzFeed News: Verified Twitter Users Are Stuck With Joke Names Like “Spicy Chicken Sandwich” And “Giant Penis”. Um, warning for language, obviously. In an attempt to head off the growing issue of account impersonation by people who’d paid the $8 per month for Twitter Blue, Musk decided around Nov. 7 to stop anyone with a blue checkmark from changing their display name…. Musk’s decision left large numbers of verified accounts locked into sometimes ill-thought-out joke names, like problematic YouTuber @CountDankulaTV, who’s now ‘GIANT PENIS (Parody).'”

Slate: The Race to Save Fanfiction History Before It’s Lost Forever. “Archive of Our Own is probably best known as the place to read fans’ carefully crafted Harry Potter prequels or Lord of the Rings stories millions of words long. But the fanfiction website also has a lesser known, though no less important mission: to save older fanfic that’s at risk of disappearing. A new initiative, the Fanzine Scan Hosting Project, aims to make fan stories and art from physical fanzines accessible through the archive, preserving pieces of history previously confined to university libraries, scattered eBay sales, and forgotten corners of attics.”


NBC News: This TikToker is ‘consensually doxxing’ people to teach them about social media privacy. “Many users go to great lengths to secure their social media accounts — but one TikTok creator is showing people that their profiles aren’t as private as they seem. Kristen Sotakoun, 32, is behind a viral TikTok series devoted to ‘consensual doxxing,’ in which she reveals the birthdates of people in her comments section.”

The Register: Google wins lawsuit against alleged Russian botnet herders . “A New York judge has issued a default judgment against two Russian nationals who are alleged to have helped create the ‘Glupteba’ botnet, sold fraudulent credit card information, and generated cryptocurrency using the network.”


Scientific Reports: Social media enables people-centric climate action in the hard-to-decarbonise building sector. “The building and construction sector accounts for around 39% of global carbon dioxide emissions and remains a hard-to-abate sector. We use a data-driven analysis of global high-level climate action on emissions reduction in the building sector using 256,717 English-language tweets across a 13-year time frame (2009–2021). Using natural language processing and network analysis, we show that public sentiments and emotions on social media are reactive to these climate policy actions.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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