Technical University of Denmark: Energy database creating the basis for the green transition. “Energydata.dk collects data from a number of different energy sector stakeholders. The database collects this real-time data before analysing it and making it available to businesses and researchers working to develop new solutions for the energy systems of the future.”
Creative Commons: Reimagine Open Culture with the Newly Relaunched Curationist.org. “Exciting news — an initiative of the MHz Foundation, Curationist.org, a free-to-use platform that connects users to over 4.4 million digital artworks and cultural objects, recently relaunched with some amazing new features.”
Wolfram Blog: Learn Algebra from the Ground Up with Wolfram Language. “This course introduces students to basic algebraic terminology and rules, then uses these ideas to explore everything from linear equations to systems of inequalities to quadratic equations. Along the way, powerful Wolfram Language functions are used to verify, simplify and visualize all subjects of discussion.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Jamaica Observer: RGD adds genealogical research tool to list of products, services. “The Outtamany Search, formerly known as Genealogical Research, provides useful information on a family’s history, factual evidence on the cause (s) of death through generations, and can identify the origin of a family or discover unknown family members. The upgraded service includes more in-depth research reports with a list of vital events, births, marriages, deaths, customised family trees and ancestral causes of death.” RGD is Registrar General’s Department. This is a government service.
AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD
Genealogy’s Star: Comments on the limitations of online genealogical research. “Genealogists spend much of their lives looking for records whether online or otherwise. But because so many valuable genealogical records are now found online, newer genealogists have no idea what to do when they can’t seem to find a digital copy of some record they think exists.”
Newsday: Long Beach’s 113-year-old museum in need of urgent repair, historical society says. “The Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society faces a funding gap that could cause the organization to lose its 113-year-old museum unless it raises the money needed to repair and restore the deteriorating facility. The coronavirus pandemic’s effect on fundraising events — like the society’s annual craft fair — hobbled the organization’s finances and caused it to lose out on some $200,000, said society co-president Karen Adamo. Maintaining the museum costs about $70,000 annually, she said.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
TorrentFreak: Google Reveals Surge in Questionable Removal Requests From Russian Government. “Russia has sent a record number of takedown requests to Google in the first half of this year. In the past, copyright infringement was the most cited reason for action but that has been replaced by ‘national security’, currently a top priority for Russia. Google, however, is wary of overbroad censorship and hasn’t complied with most requests.”
California Department of Justice: Attorney General Bonta Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Allow Social Media Companies to be Held Liable for Recommending Harmful Third-Party Content, Narrow Interpretation of Communications Decency Act. “California Attorney General Rob Bonta, alongside a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general, filed an amicus brief in Gonzalez v. Google urging the U.S. Supreme Court to interpret section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to allow social media companies to be held liable when they use algorithms to make targeted recommendations of harmful third-party content.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
MIT News: MIT researchers use quantum computing to observe entanglement. “For the first time, researchers at MIT, Caltech, Harvard University, and elsewhere sent quantum information across a quantum system in what could be understood as traversing a wormhole. Though this experiment didn’t create a disruption of physical space and time in the way we might understand the term ‘wormhole’ from science fiction, calculations from the experiment showed that qubits traveled from one system of entangled particles to another in a model of gravity.”
PennState: Researchers propose methods for automatic detection of doxing . “To date, the research team has only studied Twitter, where their novel proposed approach uses machine learning to differentiate which tweet containing personally identifiable information is maliciously shared rather than self-disclosed. They have identified an approach that was able to automatically detect doxing on Twitter with over 96% accuracy, which could help the platform — and eventually other social media platforms — more quickly and easily identify true cases of doxing.”
New York Times: The New Chat Bots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?. “After the release of ChatGPT — which has been used by more than a million people — many experts believe these new chat bots are poised to reinvent or even replace internet search engines like Google and Bing.” I have Feelings about this but the succinct version is I disagree.
OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL
Ars Technica: Fifty years later, remastered images reveal Apollo 17 in stunning clarity. “Earlier this year, a British photographer named Andy Saunders published a book titled Apollo Remastered, which showcases 400 photos from the Apollo missions to the Moon. Astronauts took about 20,000 images on Hasselblad cameras during the Apollo program…. To mark the historic launch of Apollo 17, Saunders shared eight high-resolution images from his book with Ars, along with captions.” Good morning, Internet…
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