Disease Blood Atlas, Energy-Related Wastewater, Twitter, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 11, 2023


KTH Royal Institute of Technology: New database maps proteins that could predict cancer. “Announced by KTH Royal Institute of Technology Professor Mathias Uhlén, the new open-access Disease Blood Atlas provides a first-ever map of the proteome signature in blood from cancer patients. The Disease Blood Atlas highlights 1,463 proteins associated with 12 different types of cancer, and presents proteins that can be used to identify individual cancer types based on a drop of blood.”

National Energy Technology Laboratory: NETL-Developed Online Database Brings Energy-related Wastewater Stream Data To Public’s Fingertips. “Community leaders and water researchers can now access publicly available online datasets curated and processed by NETL to better understand the composition of energy-related wastewater streams.”


The Wrap: Twitter Offers Former Staffers One-Third Promised Severance, Demands Silence Agreement. “Hundreds of former Twitter employees waiting for the severance pay Elon Musk promised when he canned them in November will be required to sign away all rights to bring claims against the company or even speak out about the platform for the rest of their lives before they get any cash, a lawyer representing the workers says.”

PC Gamer: Coinbase lays off nearly 1,000 more employees, blaming FTX ‘contagion’ and economic downturn. “One of the biggest crypto exchange platforms in the world, Coinbase, is undergoing a massive round of layoffs. Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong said that the company will reduce its operating expense by 25% and let go of 950 employees.”


MakeUseOf: The 3 Best Alternatives to ChatGPT . “Since its public launch in November 2022, ChatGPT, the mesmerizing AI chatbot by OpenAI, has grown in popularity like wildfire. Social media feeds are filled with incredible things people are doing with the chatbot. Jobseekers, programmers, high school teachers, content creators—professionals in almost every field are finding good uses for the tool. However, when one tool takes center stage, it’s easy to lose track of the alternatives that could offer equal or even better value. We’ve put together three of the best ChatGPT alternatives you can use right now.”


VOCM: Holy Spirit High Waiting for Name Change on Google Maps . “For some time now, Holy Spirit [High School] shows up as ‘Mouldy bread loaf’ on Google map searches. Principal David Locke says the school contacted Google as soon as they discovered it, but they’re still waiting to have it fixed.”

South China Morning Post: Recording old Hong Kong on video: why this group believes digitising VHS tapes is key in preserving city’s history. “To restore Hong Kong’s videocassette memories, a group of enthusiasts started HKVCRBase 16 years ago to collect videotapes and upload their content online. The group has gathered more than 6,000 videotapes and digitised countless clips, from advertisements to concerts, news and dramas. Their Facebook page has garnered 77,000 followers, and their YouTube channels combined have nearly 60,000 subscribers.”


NBC News: Biden signs law to help preserve Japanese American WWII incarceration camps. “The legislation, spearheaded by Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, would reauthorize funds that help preserve the sites in which tens of thousands of Japanese Americans were detained, including Manzanar in California and Rohwer in Arkansas.”

TechCrunch: Europe quizzes TikTok on data safety, disinformation and DSA compliance . “A meeting between TikTok’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew, and senior European Union lawmakers which took place today saw the video sharing platform’s chief executive quizzed on a range of topics — including its preparations to comply with incoming pan-EU rules focused on content governance and safety (aka the Digital Services Act; or DSA), and its approach to existing rules on privacy and data protection (including the General Data Protection Regulation).”

AFP: Disinformation fueled rage in Brazil over vote outcome. “Rioters who ransacked Congress and other buildings in Brasilia were partly mobilized by disinformation alleging a ‘fraudulent’ electronic ballot system cost Jair Bolsonaro his victory in the presidential election.”


University of California Davis: University of California to Research Expanded Access to Digitized Books. “The University of California libraries — which comprise the largest university research library in the world — are launching a landmark research project to investigate the potential for expanded lawful use of digitized books held by academic and research libraries. The Mellon Foundation is providing $1.1 million support for Project LEND (Library Expansion of Networked Delivery), a two-year project that the UC Davis Library will lead on behalf of the 10-campus UC system.”

Stephen Wolfram: Wolfram|Alpha as the Way to Bring Computational Knowledge Superpowers to ChatGPT. “For decades there’s been a dichotomy in thinking about AI between ‘statistical approaches’ of the kind ChatGPT uses, and ‘symbolic approaches’ that are in effect the starting point for Wolfram|Alpha. But now—thanks to the success of ChatGPT—as well as all the work we’ve done in making Wolfram|Alpha understand natural language—there’s finally the opportunity to combine these to make something much stronger than either could ever achieve on their own.” Good morning, Internet…

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