Colorado Air Quality, Google Bard, DPReview, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 22, 2023


Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment: State health department increases transparency with new, interactive air quality records map. “The state health department’s Air Pollution Control Division has launched a new, interactive online map to search for air quality records. The map provides access to thousands of digital air quality records for stationary sources of air pollution.”


The Verge: Google’s Bard chatbot doesn’t love me — but it’s still pretty weird. “As far as I can tell, it’s also a noticeably worse tool than Bing, at least when it comes to surfacing useful information from around the internet. Bard is wrong a lot. And when it’s right, it’s often in the dullest way possible. Bard wrote me a heck of a Taylor Swift-style breakup song about dumping my cat, but it’s not much of a productivity tool. And it’s definitely not a search engine.”

Ars Technica: Amazon layoffs will shut down camera review site after 25 years. “Amazon has plans to lay off at least 27,000 workers this year, including 9,000 that were announced in an internal email Monday morning. One unexpected casualty: Digital Photography Review, also known as DPReview, is losing its entire editorial staff, and the site will stop publishing on April 10.”


GamesRadar: YouTuber’s wild $20k quest to preserve the Nintendo eShop could be the only legal way to save game history, and that sucks. “Over the past year, YouTuber Jirard ‘The Completionist’ Khalil spent $22,791 and uncountable hours purchasing and downloading every single game on the Wii U and 3DS eShop ahead of the shutdown of those two services later this month. This is an absurd quest that no one should ever undertake. But according to video game historians, it could also be the only legal path to preserving any of these games in the years to come.”

Coconuts Bangkok: Thai politicos urged to prioritize digital rights in run-up to election. “Thailand’s next general election date is now set, and digital rights advocates have called on its political parties to prioritize digital rights and freedom of expression. EngageMedia, a nonprofit promoting digital rights in Southeast Asia, has released a four-point agenda that identifies policies to protect digital rights and ensure access to information.”


Motherboard: On-the-Run Hacker Who Allegedly Breached Federal Cop Database Arrested in Florida. “Nicholas Ceraolo, who faces years in prison for allegedly accessing a U.S. federal law enforcement database and other crimes, was still at large when authorities announced the charges against him.”

ProPublica: Nepal Wants a Sacred Necklace Returned. But a Major Museum Still Keeps It on Display.. “Questions about the origins and ownership of some Asian artifacts in a key collection at the Art Institute of Chicago have cast doubt on the museum’s commitment to keeping its galleries free of stolen antiquities.”

Rolling Stone: Intel Bulletins Warn of Surge in Violent Threats Over Trump Arrest. “THE U.S. CAPITOL Police and other law enforcement agencies are reporting a surge in online threats of violence in the run-up to a possible arrest of Donald Trump, according to three government intelligence bulletins obtained by Rolling Stone and interviews with senior officials.”


National Library of Medicine: Data Science Tools Will Speed Rare Disease Solutions. “Data-driven innovations are unlocking answers about rare diseases—as well as more common diseases—faster than ever before, and that’s why data science is so important to NCATS’ vision of more treatments for all people more quickly. One of our key strategies is to leverage or connect existing data in new and meaningful ways. This year’s Rare Disease Day at NIH event highlighted several ways NCATS is applying this approach to help address the public health challenge of rare diseases.”

University of Oxford: Viewing self-harm images on the internet and in social media usually causes harm, according to new review. “The evidence, reviewed by researchers from Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, indicates that viewing such images usually causes harm, though the findings also highlighted the complexity of the issue.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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