Cosmetic Ingredients Europe, New Hampshire Municipal Government, McLaren Racing, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 22, 2023


Premium Beauty News: Cosmetics Europe launches database of cosmetic ingredients. “… the database provides information on almost 30,000 ingredients used in cosmetics. It includes information on ingredient properties, their function, whether they are man-made and/or of natural origin and in which types of products they can be found.”

University of New Hampshire: UNH Library Digitizes Town Reports for Entire Granite State. “The UNH Library recently wrapped up a massive multi-year project that digitized and organized all known annual reports for every town in New Hampshire, an undertaking that essentially reached every municipality, past and present, throughout the state. The New Hampshire City and Town Annual Reports Collection now boasts 35,491 volumes, including more than 20,000 added during the most recent blitz that began in 2021 thanks in part to a grant from the New Hampshire State Library.”

Google Blog: Check out Street View’s new collection with McLaren Racing. “Since Google became an official partner of the Formula 1 team last year, we’ve worked to create an exclusive Street View experience that takes fans behind the scenes at the McLaren Technology Center (MTC), the headquarters of McLaren Racing and home of the McLaren Formula 1 Team in Surrey, England.”


Online Journalism Blog: VIDEO PLAYLIST: An introduction to Python for data journalism and scraping. “Python is an extremely powerful language for journalists who want to scrape information from online sources. This series of videos, made for students on the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University, explains some core concepts to get started in Python, how to use Colab notebooks within Google Drive, and introduces some code to get started with scraping.”

MakeUseOf: How to Create a Direct Link for Your Google Drive Files. “Are you looking for ways to share files from Google Drive conveniently? Look no further. When you’re working with files, nobody wants to be redirected to a page where they still have to click the download option. Luckily, you can create a direct download link to share your files. That way, your recipients can download files from you by simply clicking a link. Here, you’ll learn how to create a direct download link for your Google Drive files.”


Press Trust of India: Company Employees With Fake Profiles Created False Praise About Gautam Adani, Says Wikipedia. “For more than a decade, sockpuppets – some of them being company employees – created ‘puffery’ around tycoon Gautam Adani, his family and the apples-to-airport group he helmed by adding non-neutral material and removing warnings from information on Wikipedia, the free internet-based encyclopedia has alleged.”

Ars Technica: Viral Instagram photographer has a confession: His photos are AI-generated. “With over 26,000 followers, Jos Avery’s Instagram account has a trick up its sleeve. While it may appear to showcase stunning photo portraits of people, they are not actually people at all. Avery has been posting AI-generated portraits for the past few months, and as more fans praise his apparently masterful photography skills, he has grown nervous about telling the truth.”

BuzzFeed News: Even Fitness Influencers Are Fed Up With The Amount Of Lies, Photo Editing, And Manipulation That Go Into Fitspo Social Media Posts. “A slightly bigger bicep, a more cinched waist — a huge amount of fitness influencers are editing their posts, and it’s screwing everyone over.”


Bleeping Computer: Activision confirms data breach exposing employee and game info. “Activision has confirmed that it suffered a data breach in early December 2022 after hackers gained access to the company’s internal systems by tricking an employee with an SMS phishing text. The video game maker says that the incident has not compromised game source code or player details.”


The Conversation: We pitted ChatGPT against tools for detecting AI-written text, and the results are troubling. “We dug into several proposed methods and tools for recognising AI-generated text. None of them are foolproof, all of them are vulnerable to workarounds, and it’s unlikely they will ever be as reliable as we’d like.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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