Congressional District Health Dashboard, Alexander the Great Manuscripts, Free COVID-19 Test Sites, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, January 30, 2023


Health IT Analytics: New Tool Provides Population Health Insights in US Congressional Districts. “Researchers from New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) unveiled the Congressional District Health Dashboard (CDHD), an online data tool that provides health data for all 435 US congressional districts and the District of Columbia.”

British Library Blog: Three Alexander the Great manuscripts newly digitised. “In preparation for the exhibition, we have digitised three more of our illustrated Alexander manuscripts, so that, in addition to the pages on display in the exhibition, all the images and accompanying text can be viewed online. One of the newly-digitised items is an early collection of Latin works; the others are French versions of Alexander’s life story, as told by the Roman historian, Quintus Curtius Rufus.”

CDC: CDC launches website to help consumers find free COVID-19 testing sites . “Tests offered may include laboratory-based nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, and rapid antigen point-of-care (POC) testing. Results are typically provided within 24–48 hours. Testing is available at pharmacies, commercial laboratory sites, community sites, and retail locations.”


TED Blog: TED launches “Good Sport,” new sports podcast with Jody Avirgan . “Hosted by veteran sports producer Jody Avirgan in conversation with superstar athletes, journalists, sports psychologists and more, Good Sport is a show that uses sports as a lens to explore big ideas around work, leadership, psychology and science.”

Bleeping Computer: Yandex denies hack, blames source code leak on former employee. “A Yandex source code repository allegedly stolen by a former employee of the Russian technology company has been leaked as a Torrent on a popular hacking forum.”

CNN: Plagued with errors: A news outlet’s decision to write stories with AI backfires. “News outlet CNET said Wednesday it has issued corrections on a number of articles, including some that it described as ‘substantial,’ after using an artificial intelligence-powered tool to help write dozens of stories. The outlet has since hit pause on using the AI tool to generate stories, CNET’s editor-in-chief Connie Guglielmo said in an editorial on Wednesday.” I have removed CNET completely from my RSS reader and will do my best to avoid including them in ResearchBuzz from now on. In the almost 25 years of doing RB this is only the second time I’ve banned a publication completely. I hope you’ll call me out on it if I slip up and you see CNET here.


Associated Press: UN: Parts of internet becoming `toxic waste dumps’ for hate. “The U.N. chief warned on the day to remember victims of the Holocaust that ‘many parts of the internet are becoming toxic waste dumps for hate and vicious lies,’ and urgently appealed for guardrails against hate speech. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that anti-Semitism is everywhere, and it’s increasing in intensity.”

Mother Jones: “Lies Have Short Legs”: Inside the Brazilian WhatsApp Group Exposing George Santos. “[Adriana] Parizzi is one of the members of the highly active Brazilian WhatsApp group, aptly titled in Portuguese ‘mentira tem pernas curtas,’ or ‘lies have short legs.’ Participants include former roommates and friends—some of whom live in the United States—and they compare notes, exchange theories, and work together to get the word out about the ‘true story’ of Santos.”


PC Magazine: Bitwarden Warns of Scam Ads on Google Posing as the Password Manager. “If you rely on Bitwarden, be careful using a search engine to look up the password manager. That’s because scammers have been spotted creating fake ads on Google to lure unsuspecting users to malicious Bitwarden sites.”

KHOU: Katy ISD students will no longer have access to Twitter via the district’s Wi-Fi. “Starting Friday at 5 p.m., Katy ISD students will no longer have access to Twitter via the district’s Wi-Fi. This change comes after issues were brought to the district’s attention about students being able to access inappropriate websites through Twitter via the district’s ‘BeTheLegacy’ Wi-Fi, Katy ISD said.”


University of Toronto: Researchers find a daily dose of politics leads to stress – but avoiding it can hinder civic engagement . “From 24-hour news cycles to social media posts from your angry uncle, it’s almost impossible not to get a daily dose of politics. But new research finds that daily exposure to politics can cause chronic stress. Disconnecting from the hectic news cycle has its own repercussions, however – strategies aimed at avoiding those negative emotions might result in becoming less politically engaged.”

Wall Street Journal: TikTok Is Bad, but WeChat Is Worse. “Congress banned the use of TikTok on government devices recently, and the Biden administration is reportedly seeking to go further by, for instance, limiting access to user data to mitigate the app’s dangers. Given the zeal to address threats emanating from a Chinese app, why is WeChat being ignored?” Good morning, Internet…

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