Bailiúchán Béaloidis Árann, Africa Renewable Energy, Collage Art, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, January 8, 2023


Connacht Tribune: New website makes Aran’s folklore accessible to all. “When Bailiúchán Béaloidis Árann was founded, it had two primary objectives: to preserve island folklore for future generations of islanders; and that this folklore would be accessible on Inis Mór itself. The new website enables islanders to combine those two objectives. It includes hundreds of photographs and 102 audio recordings, as well as videos collected over the past 20 years. All are enriched with detailed information, identifying the people and places appearing in them.”

Data Descriptors: RePP Africa – a georeferenced and curated database on existing and proposed wind, solar, and hydropower plants. “The Renewable Power Plant database for Africa (RePP Africa) encompasses 1074 hydro-, 1128 solar, and 276 wind power plant records. For each power plant, geographic coordinates, country, construction status, and capacity (in megawatt) are reported.”


Addison County Independent: Sheldon Museum hosts live webinar on collage art. “Thinking of place as an archive is fertile terrain for collage artists who seek to incorporate a sense of place into their practice. Panelists at a Sheldon Museum webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. will present artwork and discuss what it means to explore a place through the collage artist lens.” The event is free but requires registration.


TechCrunch: TikTok is testing a ‘sleep reminders’ feature that nudges you when it’s bedtime. “TikTok users regularly complain of hours lost on the platform, especially at night. In an effort to address these concerns, the company is testing new sleep reminders that include the option to set up alerts when it’s your bedtime and to mute notifications during the recommended seven hours of sleep.”

Bleeping Computer: Amazon S3 will now encrypt all new data with AES-256 by default. “Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) will now automatically encrypt all new objects added on buckets on the server side, using AES-256 by default. While the server-side encryption system has been available on AWS for over a decade, the tech giant has enabled it by default to bolster security.”


Premium Times (Nigeria): In Nigeria, responsible journalism risks being drowned by disinformation -Babcock University VC. “The President/Vice-Chancellor of Babcock University (BU), Ilishan-Remo, Ademola Tayo, has urged global media practitioners and particularly in Nigeria to save the profession from being ‘drowned by the cacophony of disinformation.'”

Michigan Daily: ‘Please don’t hesitate to ask’: An interview with ChatGPT. “After introducing myself to ChatGPT, its functions, capabilities and restrictions, and brainstorming how I could present discussions ChatGPT raises in an interesting way, I came to the conclusion that I was able to interview this Artificial Intelligence. Every single word of ChatGPT’s response is intentional due to how it forms its responses, and this interview will give me a different perspective on ChatGPT’s current position as a fairly groundbreaking software.”


Reuters: Google Cloud to support Kuwait’s digitisation drive. “Google Cloud has formed a strategic alliance with the Kuwaiti government to support digitisation efforts across the country’s public sector, the company said on Friday.”

Associated Press: China Suspends Social Media Accounts of COVID Policy Critics. “China has suspended or closed the social media accounts of more than 1,000 critics of the government’s policies on the COVID-19 outbreak, as the country moves to further open up. The popular Sina Weibo social media platform said it had addressed 12,854 violations including attacks on experts, scholars and medical workers and issued temporary or permanent bans on 1,120 accounts.”


Tech Xplore: Researchers test 3D printing materials used for art projects to see if they will stand the test of time. “A team of researchers at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, has tested two of the most popular materials used to 3D print useful objects, including those used for art projects, to see how well they might stand the test of time. In their paper published in Journal of Cultural Heritage, the group describes subjecting 3D printed objects to heat and UV radiation.”

How-To Geek: Adobe Is Using Your Data to Train AI: How to Turn It Off. “If you use Adobe products with cloud storage or backup, like Photoshop or Lightroom, the company may be using your data to train machine learning algorithms. Here’s how to opt out.”

Chosun Ilbo (South Korea): AI-Based Digital Textbooks Ready for Use in Schools by 2025. “AI-based digital textbooks will be supplied to schools in 2025, the Ministry of Education said Thursday. They will first be given to third, fourth, seventh and 10th graders.” Good morning, Internet…

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