Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, UK Warm Spaces, Renovated Freerice, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, December 14, 2022


British Library Blog: From Julian of Norwich to Eleanor Cobham: more magnificent manuscripts online. “Readers of this Blog may know about out ambitious project to digitise a selection of manuscripts, rolls and charters connected with Medieval and Renaissance Women. Here we reveal another ten volumes that are now available online, including important literary manuscripts, a guide for female recluses, obituary calendars, and a volume with its own embroidered bookbinding.”

Belfast Telegraph: Church IT developer creates online warm bank map to help during ‘desperate time’. “An IT developer from Norwich has created a website listing warm banks across the UK in an attempt to help people tackle the ‘desperate’ cost-of-living crisis and stay warm this winter.”

World Food Programme: Meet Freerice: The World Food Programme’s new Youth Hub. “The new Freerice aims to empower and engage young people to learn more about topics like hunger, sustainability and gender equality. It provides them resources and ideas on how to become advocates in their communities.”


CNET: Twitter Community Notes Go Global to Collaboratively Add Context to Tweets. “Twitter’s Community Notes feature is rolling out globally, the company said Saturday. The new feature is a way for people to ‘collaboratively add context’ to potentially misleading tweets.”

Engadget: Discord users can soon verify their identities with linked accounts. “Discord is expanding on Connections, a feature that allows users to show what music they’re listening to (among other things), by providing a way for folks to verify their identity using accounts on other platforms. Starting in the next few weeks, admins will be able to offer dedicated server roles to users who have authenticated profiles with accounts elsewhere.”


ABC News (Australia): National Gallery of Australia chair projects $265 million shortfall over 10 years, jobs could go. “The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) may have to cut up to half its staff if the national institution’s funding isn’t increased by June of next year, independent senator David Pocock says.”


Globe Echo: Japan, Paradise Of Lost And Found. “If you misplace your wallet, smartphone, umbrella or something else in Japan, you have a good chance of being found. To further improve the management of the lost property system, the National Police Agency is in the process of developing a database covering the entire Archipelago – until now research has been done at the level of each department. Bringing together information on the depositions of lost objects on a national level, this new tool will make it possible to locate in a few minutes if it has been found.”

CNN: Former top Twitter official forced to leave home due to threats amid ‘Twitter Files’ release. “Twitter’s former head of trust and safety has fled his home due to an escalation in threats resulting from Elon Musk’s campaign of criticism against him, a person familiar with the matter told CNN on Monday.”

Bleeping Computer: Uber suffers new data breach after attack on vendor, info leaked online. “Uber has suffered a new data breach after a threat actor leaked employee email addresses, corporate reports, and IT asset information stolen from a third-party vendor in a cybersecurity incident.”


Duke Health: Top IUD TikTok Videos Often Portray Painful Experiences, Healthcare Mistrust. “Popular TikTok videos related to intrauterine devices (IUDs) tend to depict negative patient experiences related to pain, while some videos conveyed unreliable information about the contraceptive devices.”

MIT News: An automated way to assemble thousands of objects. “…researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Autodesk Research, and Texas A&M University came up with a method to automatically assemble products that’s accurate, efficient, and generalizable to a wide range of complex real-world assemblies. Their algorithm efficiently determines the order for multipart assembly, and then searches for a physically realistic motion path for each step.”

University of Virginia: Researchers Angling To Make ‘Fish-ial’ Recognition Software a Reality. “Facial recognition can identify people in a crowd. Can the same be done for fish in a river with ‘fish-ial’ recognition software? University of Virginia data scientist Sheng Li is determined to find out. In collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, which has provided a five-year grant, Li and his two research assistants are training a deep-learning algorithm to recognize nuances in individual fishes’ faces and scale patterns.” Good morning, Internet…

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