Ford Heritage Vault, Simulated Asteroid Impacts, Black Migrants to Ireland, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, December 9, 2022


Ford Media Center: The British Job: Ford Heritage Vault Unlocked To Add New Digital UK Archives. “Ford’s new online Heritage Vault now offers a more comprehensive digital archive collection following the addition of more than 1,600 new photos showing every car produced in the U.K. Following the opening of the vault earlier in 2022 which saw unprecedented web traffic from around the world, Ford’s new UK upload includes the Anglia to Zodiac and everything in between including Transit, Consul, Escort, Fiesta, Thames van, and more.”

Futurism: Fun Website Lets You Simulate An Asteroid Impact In Your Hometown. “First, you select the asteroid’s composition. Iron? Gold? Stone? Have fun with it — the space rock, as they say, is your oyster! You then pick its diameter, which can range from a relatively tiny three feet to a honkin’ mile-wide big boi. Finally, you pick that asteroid’s speed and angle, and voilà: the site will provide extremely precise estimates of death and destruction…”

Galway Advertiser: Community archive project Reverberate documents Black Irish migrant experience. “Reverberate is an oral history project developed by Éireann and I, a black migrant community archive, in collaboration with members of Galway’s African diaspora. The project invited Black migrants settled in Galway to recount their journeys to Ireland, their relationship with the city, and to reflect on whether or not they have developed a sense of belonging.”


WordPress: Welcome Back, Bloganuary!. “Bloganuary is a month-long blogging challenge in January, where you’ll receive a daily writing prompt to inspire you to publish a post on your blog. You can respond to the prompts in any way you like: a story, a picture, a poem, a drawing, a recipe, or even a song. Anything goes!”


CNBC: How Google’s Waze has changed from its early days as car travel is remade. “Waze users – also known as ‘Wazers’ – provide information on things like stopped cars, road work, gas prices and police activity during their commutes. The app then collects this real-time data and updates its maps accordingly, giving users the most up-to-date information on travel times and other potential traffic burdens. What was once a small Israeli startup now has more than 140 million monthly users worldwide.”

How-To Geek: Google Chrome Has a New Search Sidebar: Here’s How to Use It. “Google has been testing a new sidebar in Chrome that makes web searching easier, and it’s starting to roll out more widely with the release of Chrome 108. Here’s how it works, and how to use it.”


TechCrunch: Google combines Maps and Waze teams as pressures mount to cut costs. “Google plans to combine the teams working on its Maps product and on Waze, a mapping service that Google acquired in 2013. The merger comes as the search engine giant feels the pressure to cut costs and consolidate operations, reports The Wall Street Journal.”

Yahoo Sports: What Will Enter the Public Domain in 2023?. “In our advent-style calendar below, find our top pick of what lies in store for 2023. Each day, as we move through December, we’ll open a new window to reveal our highlights! By public domain day on January 1st they will all be unveiled.”

CNBC: Democratic lawmakers ask Musk for info on possible Chinese manipulation of Twitter. “Three Democratic House members are calling on Twitter’s new owner and CEO Elon Musk to provide information about a possible ‘platform manipulation campaign’ on the social media platform that ‘restricted access to news about the protests in the People’s Republic of China (PRC)’ in recent weeks.”

Bloomberg: US Sides Against Google in Consequential Social Media Case. “The Biden administration told the US Supreme Court that social media companies in some cases can be held liable for promoting harmful speech, partially siding with a family seeking to sue Alphabet Inc.’s Google over a terrorist attack. In a Supreme Court filing on Wednesday night, the Justice Department argued that social media websites should be held responsible for some of the ways their algorithms decide what content to put in front of users.”


USC Information Sciences Institute: The Potentially Adverse Impact of Twitter 2.0 on Scientific and Research Communication. “In just over a month after the change in Twitter leadership, there have been significant changes to the social media platform, in its new ‘Twitter 2.0.’ version. For researchers who use Twitter as a primary source of data, including many of the computer scientists at USC’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI), the effects could be debilitating.” Good morning, Internet…

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