Ukraine Cultural Heritage, Minnesota Prescription Prices, Blender, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, March 6, 2023


Winnipeg Free Press: A treasure of Ukrainian culture open to the world. “The curator of Oseredok Ukrainian Culture and Exhibition Centre has spent the last 14 months digitizing items in aid of its newly launched online catalogue. The catalogue currently lists 1,252 museum artifacts, 1,235 library holdings, 424 fine art pieces, 4,583 photographs and 600 glass slides. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

Minnesota Department of Health: New prescription drug price transparency dashboard, report show high and varied prices. “The first-of-its-kind data release for Minnesota was issued today by MDH as part of the implementation of the Minnesota Prescription Drug Price Transparency (RxPT) initiative. It gives Minnesotans new insight into how much drug prices increased in 2022 and at what prices new drugs came to the market. These detailed data are available in several interactive dashboards, giving Minnesota policymakers and payers additional information to begin addressing high drug prices.”


Engadget: Blender can now use AI to create images and effects from text descriptions. “Stability AI has introduced a Stability for Blender tool that, as the name implies, brings Stable Diffusion’s image creation tech to the open-source 3D tool. You can create AI-based textures, effects and animations, whether using source material from your renders or nothing more than a text description.”

The Verge: Hey, where’s the Twitter Blue revenue sharing Elon Musk promised a month ago?. “As far as I can tell, the sum total of publicly available info on Twitter Blue’s ad revenue sharing is contained within Musk’s tweet about its launch.”


EL PAÍS: How to get the most out of cellphone photo editing: Tips from professional photographers. “Most people (91%) take photos with their cellphones, rather than with digital cameras (7%) or tablets (3%). Keeping the lens clean and avoiding flash use as much as possible are key to taking a good picture. But, once the shot is taken, there is another phase that is almost equally important: photo editing. Here are some tips from professional photographers who are active on social media.” This article is far better than the headline might indicate.

Hongkiat: 50+ Sites to Download Creative Commons Music for Commercial Use. “One of the best things about the internet is that you can find a lot of free creative resources on it. Like all other useful stuff, there is a ton of music on an array of websites that you can download and use for free. This post is meant to give you a comprehensive list of websites through which you can access and download Creative Commons music for free.” Decent annotation considering the size of the list.


UPI: 50 U.S. medical, science organizations launch group to fight health misinformation. “Called the Coalition for Trust in Health & Science, the group brings together reputable associations representing American academics, researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, drug and insurance companies, consumer advocates, public health professionals and even medical ethicists.”

Hyperallergic: Museum Under Fire for Showing AI Version of Vermeer Masterpiece. “On view online and in person through June 4, My Girl with a Pearl displays fans’ recreations of the 17th-century masterpiece, including versions featuring self-portraits, miniature art, and a glamorous dinosaur. But out of all the wacky interpretations shown at the Mauritshuis, one artwork produced using artificial intelligence has proved especially provocative.”


Reuters: Turkish competition board says fines Elon Musk over Twitter takeover. “The Turkish Competition Board said on Monday it had decided to fine billionaire Elon Musk 0.1% of Twitter’s gross income in Turkey in 2022, as his takeover of the company occurred without the board’s permission.”

WFLA: Florida bill would require bloggers who write about governor to register with the state. “Florida Sen. Jason Brodeur (R-Lake Mary) wants bloggers who write about Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and other members of the Florida executive cabinet or legislature to register with the state or face fines.”


New York University: Virtual Reality Boxing Game Effective in Reducing Stress, Improving Cognitive Function in Adolescents, New Study Finds. “In a head-to-head between virtual reality boxing and a YouTube-guided boxing exercise, VR boxing takes the win in reducing stress and improving cognitive function among adolescents, shows a new study of high school students.”

Scientific Data: Ten lessons for data sharing with a data commons . “A data commons is a cloud-based data platform with a governance structure that allows a community to manage, analyze and share its data. Data commons provide a research community with the ability to manage and analyze large datasets using the elastic scalability provided by cloud computing and to share data securely and compliantly, and, in this way, accelerate the pace of research. Over the past decade, a number of data commons have been developed and we discuss some of the lessons learned from this effort.” Good morning, Internet…

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