Intellectual Property Identifiers, Michigan County-Level Substance Abuse, Australia Archives, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 19, 2023


United States Patent and Trademark Office: USPTO introduces new tool to help creators identify their intellectual property. “The IP Identifier is comprised of two modules: The Basic IP Identifier; and the Advanced IP Identifier. The Basic IP Identifier module consists of six simple questions that allow users to quickly assess the type of IP they should protect. The Advanced IP Identifier module allows users to learn about their specific type of IP and obtain links to additional resources, including how to file an application for protection. A third module, Managing your IP assets, is currently under development.”

WNEM: State launches county-level substance use tool. “It’s called the Michigan Substance Use Vulnerability Index (MI-SUVI). According to the MDHHS, before this tool, only overdose mortality data was relied on to identify areas with higher substance use. That method didn’t consider a community’s access to resources, the impact of nonfatal overdoses or social determinants of health. MI-SUVI uses data on access to services, social vulnerability and substance use burden. With the additional data, county-level vulnerability scores can be made.”


ABC News (Australia): National galleries and museums hopeful for May budget cash lifeline after Anthony Albanese labels them ‘starved of funds’. “The nation’s largest cultural institutions are hopeful the prime minister’s suggestion they have been ‘starved of funds’ in recent years will be followed with hefty cheques in the next federal budget, due in May.”

The Verge: Google Docs adds a feature we thought it already had: non-printing characters. “Google is adding a feature to Google Docs that lets you see non-printing characters such as spaces, tabs, and various types of breaks, the company announced in a blog post on Monday.”

Bleeping Computer: Google Chrome to let you disable or enable extensions per site. “Currently, Chrome only allows you to disable extensions for all websites via the browser’s settings but cannot control extensions based on a specific site. However, as discovered by Reddit user Leopeva64-2 that’s about to change, as Google is working on a new feature to let you control whether extensions are enabled or disabled on a particular site.”


University of Virginia: Play This New Addictive Game Created by UVA Alumni – It’s a Mind Grind. “A product of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, Collin Waldoch, 29, has already started and sold a profitable trivia company, been featured in The New York Times and is five months into a new project that’s making headlines.”


Midlothian View: Planners use Google Maps to tell Edgehead cottage owner to remove new windows. “Gavin Hogg applied for retrospective planning permission after replacing four front windows of the house in Edgehead, Midlothian. But despite using the same timber materials to replace the windows, planners refused permission after looking at historic Google Map images which showed the design was different.”

Associated Press: Hundreds of Salem Witch Trials documents get new home. “Hundreds of court documents from the 1692 Salem Witch Trials are being transferred from the Salem museum where they have been stored for more than four decades to the newly expanded Judicial Archives facility in Boston.”


Digiday: Publishers lament the removal of Twitter Moments as referral traffic dips. “Twitter referral traffic to a dozen major publishers’ websites declined, on average, by 12% in December 2022 compared to November 2022, according to an analysis by Similarweb, a data analytics company that monitors web traffic. Some publishers — such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, the BBC and Yahoo — each saw referral traffic from Twitter fall between 10% and 18% month over month.”


CNET: Museum Asks Public to Reinvent a Classic Painting, With Incredible Results. “Girl With a Pearl Earring? More like Guy With an Apple AirPod. The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague put out a call for re-creations of Johannes Vermeer’s iconic 17th century painting — with bizarre and delightful results.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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