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Nintendo Power Magazine, UMSL Research, International Student Scholarships, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 29, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

Kotaku: You Can Now Read All 285 Issues Of Nintendo Power Online. “Uploaded to Archive.org today by Gumball, all 285 issues of Nintendo Power are now unofficially available in .cbr format. At just over 40 gigabytes for the whole shebang, the vast majority of the collection comes courtesy of Retromags, a community-run project dedicated to archiving classic video game magazines.” Nintendo had a similar collection taken down in 2016, so if you’re interested in this don’t wait.

University of Missouri – St. Louis: New platform improves access to UMSL innovative works. “The University of Missouri–St. Louis has launched a new online platform that will make it simple for anyone to quickly and easily obtain a nonexclusive license of select intellectual property from the university. Managed by the Office of IP Management and Commercialization under its director, Tamara Wilgers, the UMSL Innovations online marketplace will help advance the office’s central mission to get UMSL ideas out into the world and achieve a wider reach and distribution of the university’s IP.”

The PIE News: IDP launches scholarship search feature. “IDP has launched a new search feature to easily connect international students with over 5,200 opportunities for scholarships. Available on the IDP website and the IDP Live app, the function gives prospective students the ability to view the criteria and value of scholarships from institutions throughout Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Sun Journal: Unity-based farmers, gardeners group improves database. “The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Certification Services has updated its online searchable database to make it easier for people to find MOFGA-certified organic foods and products…. With 529 MOFGA-certified organic producers throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, there are many options to find products within reach, and with enhanced keyword searches and an improved user interface, the database can make finding those producers easy.”

USEFUL STUFF

Smashing Magazine: A Guide To Keyboard Accessibility: HTML And CSS (Part 1). “This article is the first of two parts about a guide to making websites accessible to keyboard users. Here Cristian Diaz covers a good set of practices and recommendations on how to use HTML and CSS to create a great experience for keyboard users.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

WIRED: This App Gives Your Screenshots Superpowers. That’s Just the Beginning. “What if screenshots were linkable, or portals to the playlist, the mapped location, the shopping page you wanted to share? That’s the reality Alex Mahedy has been trying to create for the past few years. The twentysomething New York City–based entrepreneur has even convinced some noteworthy venture capitalists to fund the idea. He just launched a new app for sharing link-enabled screenshots, called Pager.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Bleeping Computer: 5.4 million Twitter users’ stolen data leaked online — more shared privately. “Over 5.4 million Twitter user records containing non-public information stolen using an API vulnerability fixed in January have been shared for free on a hacker forum. Another massive, potentially more significant, data dump of millions of Twitter records has also been disclosed by a security researcher, demonstrating how widely abused this bug was by threat actors.”

Financial Times: Lex in-depth: the cost of America’s ban on Chinese chips. “Washington wants to thwart China in its aim of producing advanced semiconductors, bearing the shorthand definition of 3-14 nanometre (nm) process technology. Cheaper, simpler chips carry the designation of anything above 14nm. These might sound like the kind of fine distinctions only professional technologists care about. But the stakes are huge.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MIT Technology Review: A bot that watched 70,000 hours of Minecraft could unlock AI’s next big thing. “OpenAI has built the best Minecraft-playing bot yet by making it watch 70,000 hours of video of people playing the popular computer game. It showcases a powerful new technique that could be used to train machines to carry out a wide range of tasks by binging on sites like YouTube, a vast and untapped source of training data.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

New York Times: When Visiting Michelangelo’s David, She Brings a Duster. “Imagine a job that lets you get up close and personal — really, really up close and personal — with one of the world’s most famous statues. It is one perk of being the in-house restorer of the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy, where Eleonora Pucci’s task is to regularly dust Michelangelo’s David, which she described recently as exhilarating, if somewhat nerve-racking.” The link is to a gift article; you should be able to read this without encountering a paywall. Good afternoon, Internet…

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