Choctaw Nation Traditional Art, US Pharmacy Locations, Bayer Science Collaboration Explorer, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, December 8, 2022


Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma: Reuniting Makers and Masterpieces: Introduction. “This project worked to systematically search state-by-state through collections for our ancestors and their funerary objects. As we were contacting these institutions, we also asked them if their collections contained non-funerary objects of Choctaw traditional art. Historic Preservation put together a simple online database to begin sharing these pieces of traditional art held in institutions all over the country with community members.”

University of Southern California: High-tech map promotes access to medicine and pharmacy services. “[Dr. Dima M. Qato’s] latest project is an interactive, nationwide mapping tool showing the location of every pharmacy in the United States and which neighborhoods fall into the category of ‘pharmacy deserts,’ or pharmacy shortage areas…. The map identifies nearly 1 in 4 neighborhoods — representing millions of Americans — as pharmacy shortage areas.”

BusinessWire: Bayer Launches Industry-First Public Database Listing Company’s Science Collaborations and Partnerships in the U.S. (PRESS RELEASE). “The [Bayer Science Collaboration Explorer (BSCE)] is a publicly accessible database where Bayer shares information on its science collaborations and new contracts with universities, public research institutions, and individuals…. Specifically, the following core details will be published for new contracts: Name and country of the institution/person, collaboration type (e.g., research contract), subject of collaboration (e.g., oncology, digital farming), funding committed, effective date, participating Bayer division.”


TechCrunch: Google Search’s new topic filters make it easier to refine results or expand searches. “Google announced today that it’s making it easier for users to drill down on a search and explore related topics. Search currently has a few filters to help you refine and separate your search results between videos, news, images or shopping results. Now, the search giant is going to start showing users a scrollable list of related topics alongside its current filters at the top of the search results page.” Anybody remember clustering search engines? Time is a flat circle.

Techdirt: ‘Nintendo Power’ Scans Disappeared From The Internet Archive. “If you go to the site for the project now, you’ll see that the content has been replaced with a notice indicating that the content has been taken down. Annoyingly, the text displayed now doesn’t detail out why it’s been taken down, but rather indicates a bunch of possible reasons: TOS violations, a decision by the uploader, etc.”


Reuters: India asks Google to stop displaying online betting ads – Mint. “India has asked Google not to display surrogate ads of overseas betting companies, Mint newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing a person aware of the development in the ministry of information and broadcasting.”

CBC: Scottish museum returning stolen totem pole after visit from Nisga’a Nation. “The National Museum of Scotland says it will return a memorial totem pole taken nearly a century ago from the Nisga’a Nation in British Columbia. The museum says its board of trustees approved the First Nation’s request to transfer the pole to its home in northwest B.C..”


Bloomberg: TikTok’s Viral Challenges Keep Luring Young Kids to Their Deaths. “The blackout challenge has been linked to the deaths of at least 15 kids age 12 or younger in the past 18 months, according to data Businessweek compiled from news reports, court records and interviews with family members. At least five children age 13 and 14 also died in that time. Headlines in the wake of the deaths frequently singled out TikTok, but police departments denied Freedom of Information Act requests to see incident reports that might help prove which platform was involved, if any.”

Wall Street Journal: Germany Dismantles Suspected QAnon-Inspired Terrorist Group. “The group was inspired by the QAnon conspiracy that has spread worldwide from the U.S. and has been linked to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, as well as the German Reichsbürger, or Citizens of the Reich, movement, which rejects the German state and its institutions, the prosecutor said.”


University of Chicago: Piece of earliest known Black-produced film found hiding in plain sight. “African American filmmaking started in the early 20th century with silent films made for segregated audiences. Most footage from that period has been lost. One of the earliest Black-owned studios was the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, which made ‘race films’ featuring mainly Black casts from 1916-1922. At the company’s helm were two brothers: George P. Johnson and Noble Johnson.”

University of Oxford: Oxford academics launch project to research the impact of technology in UK schools. “Researchers from the University of Oxford have been awarded funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to look at the impact of technology on educational and social equity in schools in England.”


Hackaday: A Dead Photographic Format Rises From The Ashes. “Sometimes we stumble upon a hack that’s not entirely new but which is still pretty exceptional. So it is with [Hèrm Hofmeyer]’s guide to recreating a film cartridge for the Kodak Disc photographic format. It’s written in 2020, but describing a project around a decade old.” Good morning, Internet…

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