17th Century Atlases, Holocaust Memorials Worldwide, Google Slides, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, December 12, 2022


British Library Maps Blog: Norden and Van den Keere: Two seventeenth century atlases digitised and online. “Two bound sets of maps from the British Library’s core collection of early modern English cartography have recently been digitised and placed online. Harley MS 3749 is a series of 18 hand-drawn maps of parts of the Royal estate at Windsor, produced in 1607 by the English surveyor, mapmaker and author John Norden (c. 1547-1625).”

Thanks to Diane R. for the heads-up! Jewish Heritage Europe: New Resource: Worldwide Holocaust Memorial Monuments digital database is launched. “The new database – still in a developmental stage – has been created to collect and preserve digital documentation about Holocaust memorial monuments worldwide, including standardized mapping, photography, description, and historical research. It also includes a growing bibliography on Holocaust and memorial monuments.”


Chrome Unboxed: Google Slides adds new “Follow” feature to improve collaboration. “Google Workspace is launching a brand-new tool called ‘Follow,’ which will enable you to work in tandem with your coworkers on Google Slides in real-time.”

The Verge: EU sets December 28th, 2024, deadline for all new phones to use USB-C for wired charging. “We finally have a final official deadline for when new phones sold in the European Union — including future iPhones — will have to use USB-C for wired charging: December 28th, 2024.”


Grid: Artificially (un)intelligent: An AI search engine for science spits out climate denialism and covid misinformation. “A new tool says it can pull out ‘consensus’ scientific findings from across peer-reviewed literature, but at the moment it gets a lot of things wrong — sometimes dangerously so.”

Axios: Exclusive: SBF secretly funded crypto news site. “The Block, a media company that says it covers crypto news independently, has been secretly funded for over a year with money funneled to The Block’s CEO from the disgraced Sam Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency trading firm, sources told Axios.”

BlackBook Motorsport: FIA creating new e-library to preserve motorsport history. “The International Automobile Federation (FIA) is set to create an e-library in time for its 120th anniversary. The global motorsport body is digitising its archives and will make it accessible to all by 2024. The e-library will combine all motorsport and mobiliy databases, making its content searchable for users.”


CNBC: SEC issues new guidance requiring companies to disclose cryptocurrency risks. “The Securities and Exchange Commission released new guidance Thursday, requiring companies that issue securities to disclose to investors their exposure and risk to the cryptocurrency market.”

KXAN: Texas bill would ban social media for those under 18. “If passed, any Texan under the age of 18 would not be authorized to hold a social media account. Further, social media companies would have to verify the age of the account holder, which would require the account holder to prove their age with their driver’s license. The bill doesn’t specify if an account holder can use an alternate form of I.D. if they don’t have a driver’s license.”

Hollywood Reporter: Celebrity Promoters Sued Over Bored Ape NFT Endorsements. “Jimmy Fallon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Justin Bieber have been sued in a proposed class action accusing them and a host of other celebrities who promoted Bored Ape Yacht Club non-fungible tokens of fraud.”


NiemanLab: Younger Americans are listening to more non-music (like podcasts and news) than ever. “A new study shows more young Americans are listening to news, podcasts, and audiobooks than ever. Nearly all of that growth comes from listening on digital devices like phones, computers, smart speakers, and internet-connected TVs — and not AM/FM radio.”

Newswise: Making science more accessible to people with disabilities. “The pandemic prompted workplace changes that proved beneficial to people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM), but there’s fear that these accommodations will be rolled back. With International Day of Persons with Disabilities taking place on Dec. 3, a research team including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York is calling for ways to make work in STEMM more accessible.” Good morning, Internet…

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