Boston Voting Records, Singapore Trees, Charles Darwin Correspondence, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 28, 2022


City of Boston: The Mary Eliza Project: Ward 11 Voter Records Now Available. “In Dorchester’s Ward 11, over 1500 women registered to vote between August 12 and October 13, 1920. We have finished transcribing the Ward 11 Women’s Voter Registers and the data is now available at Analyze Boston.”

TechRadar Pro: How Singapore is turning to tech to keep tabs on its trees. “In order to create more of a connection all of the two million trees are also listed online on the TreesSG online database(opens in new tab). Users can access the database to find trees near them, report any issues they might have spotted, and even email the trees to say thank you for the natural benefits they bring.” Or if you’re nearby you could just tell the tree to its bark. I mean, it isn’t going anywhere barring an unfortunate occurrence.

Engadget: Charles Darwin’s full correspondence is now available online. “The University of Cambridge has published all of the evolutionary scientist’s surviving correspondence online, including 400 letters that have either surfaced or are newly ‘reinterpreted.’ The searchable collection now covers over 15,000 letters written between 1822 and 1882, ranging from his influential time aboard the HMS Beagle to On the Origin of Species and end-of-life reflections.”

International Council of Museums: ICOM launches the Emergency Red List of Cultural Objects at Risk – Ukraine. “…experts from 11 museums across Ukraine have collaborated with ICOM’s Heritage Protection Department to research and prepare this comprehensive Emergency Red List, which is composed of 53 type of objects pertaining to 7 categories that span archaeology, books and manuscripts, numismatics, and folk, religious, applied and fine art.”

University of Virginia: Want To Help Save the World? This New Book Club Offers a Novel Approach. “Read for Action, created by the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy’s Humanitarian Collaborative, kicked off earlier this month alongside the United Nations’ annual climate change meeting, known as COP27, which convened this year in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt. The free online book club, which anyone can join, focuses on recent novels whose characters struggle with realistic, geography-spanning humanitarian crises.”


CNET: Don’t Stress, but ‘Permacrisis’ Is the 2022 Word of the Year. “Over the last few years, it’s seemed like the ‘new normal’ keeps getting weirder and darker as historical events pile up. This month the Collins Dictionary acknowledged our apparent spiral into ever darker timelines by naming ‘permacrisis’ its 2022 Word of the Year.”


Catholic News Agency: The ‘Random Catholic Dude’ behind the website chronicling the Catholic hierarchy. “He works a full-time computer support job, loves to travel, opens emails with ‘howdy,’ and belongs to the Church of the Holy Cross in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas. [David M.] Cheney is also the person behind the longest-running online database for information about the bishops and dioceses of the global Catholic Church.”


Ohio State News: Study uncovers new threat to security and privacy of Bluetooth devices. “Mobile devices that use Bluetooth are vulnerable to a glitch that could allow attackers to track a user’s location, a new study has found. The research revolves around Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), a type of Bluetooth that uses less energy when compared to Bluetooth Classic (an earlier generation of Bluetooth). On smartwatches and smartphones, billions of people rely on this type of wireless communication for all types of activities, ranging from entertainment and sports to retail and health care.”


Associated Press: Facial recognition can help conserve seals, scientists say. “A research team at Colgate University has developed SealNet, a database of seal faces created by taking pictures of dozens of harbor seals in Maine’s Casco Bay. The team found the tool’s accuracy in identifying the marine mammals is close to 100%, which is no small accomplishment in an ecosystem home to thousands of seals.”

PsyPost: Smartphone addiction linked with lower cognitive abilities, less self-control, and worse psychological well-being. “Published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, researchers found that problematic smartphone use is linked with low self-esteem as well as negative cognitive outcomes.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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