Skin in the Early Modern World, Treasures of Artsakh, Snap, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 25, 2023


Illinois News Bureau: Video series highlights history of skin in the early modern world. “A series of eight videos available online highlights the research of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign history professor Craig Koslofsky on ways of marking and understanding skin in the early modern world.”

Panorama (Armenia): ‘Treasures of Artsakh’: Virtual exhibition showcases Artsakh’s spiritual and material heritage. “An online exhibition titled ‘Treasures of Artsakh’, jointly organized by [The Armenian Museum of America and The History Museum of Armenia], aims to showcase the spiritual and material heritage of Artsakh during the ancient, medieval, and modern periods, spanning millennia of Armenian history.”


Engadget: Snapchat now suggests soundtracks for your videos. “Snap has introduced automatic Sounds features that help you produce clips faster. Sounds Recommendations, for instance, suggests music relevant to the augmented reality Lens you’re using. Try a bread Lens and you’ll see plenty of toast-related songs alongside the most popular overall tracks.”

Variety: YouTube Expands Multi-Language Audio Tracks to More Creators, MrBeast Says ‘It Supercharges the Heck out of Videos’. “The multi-language audio feature lets creators add dubbing to new and existing videos, helping them expand their global reach and reach new audiences for their channels, according to YouTube.”

The Verge: Twitter has removed captions from Spaces on iOS, and they don’t work on the web or Android. “Twitter Spaces, the company’s social audio rooms, no longer lets you use captions if you’re listening on iOS. Twitter still advertises that you can turn on captions through the three-dot menu in a Space, but on iOS, that option currently isn’t there.”


Forward: YIVO to digitize millions of documents from Jewish Labor Bund. “Now, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will digitize the Jewish Labor Bund archive, some 3.5 million pages of documents, photos, flyers and correspondence from revolutionary leaders like Emma Goldman and David Dubinsky. The digitization will make these artifacts accessible to anyone with an internet connection.”


Ars Technica: US Copyright Office withdraws copyright for AI-generated comic artwork. “On Tuesday, the US Copyright Office declared that images created using the AI-powered Midjourney image generator for the comic book Zarya of the Dawn should not have been granted copyright protection, and the images’ copyright protection will be revoked.”

Bleeping Computer: Fruit giant Dole suffers ransomware attack impacting operations. “Dole Food Company, one of the world’ largest producers and distributors of fresh fruit and vegetables, has announced that it is dealing with a ransomware attack that impacted its operations.”


University of Georgia: Racial stereotypes vary in digital interactions. “New research from the University of Georgia found that Black bots were considered more competent and more human than white or Asian bots used in the same study.” This is one of those I can’t summarize well with an excerpt; I encourage you to read it.

University of Amsterdam: Scientists warn: when restoring historical paintings, be careful with polar solvents. “Even small amounts of water can lead to rapid formation of metal soap crystals in historical oil paintings. Researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum warn in particular against using polar solvents that often contain traces of water. Especially the combination of water and solvent can have disastrous consequences…” Good afternoon, Internet…

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