Consensus, Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris, Google, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 4, 2023


SlashGear: This AI Engine Will Find Scientific Research Papers To Answer Your Questions . “This is the greatest strength and the greatest weakness of the web: the most respected experts on a given topic can sound off just as easily as somebody brand new to the world of astrophysics (or anything else), and at times, both can sound equally convincing in doing so. A new AI-powered search engine called Consensus could prove invaluable here, leading readers straight to scientific research papers on the topic in question.”


University of Pittsburgh: Revealing the Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris Photo Archive. “As the Community Archivist of the collection, Charlene Foggie-Barnett is tasked with the highest level of interaction with the populace from which the photos were derived – Pittsburgh’s African American Community. Charlene will present Teenie’s personal history and how it led to his dynamic 40 plus years of professional photojournalism and beloved keeper of true Black History.” April 19, presented over Zoom.


Ars Technica: Google brings “Nearby Share” to Windows, making it easy to transfer files. “Google is bringing Android’s ‘Nearby Share’ feature to the desktop with a new Windows app. Google says the new program will make sharing between Windows and Android easier, letting you send files over in just a few clicks and taps.”

Search Engine Roundtable: Seeing Early Signs Of A Google Search Ranking Algorithm Update. “I am starting to see early signs of a possible Google search ranking algorithm update touching down this morning, April 3rd. The automated tracking tools are not picking it up yet, but I am seeing some chatter from SEOs who are up already checking their traffic.”


Lifehacker: This App Is BeReal but for Music. “Similar to BeReal, when Kiwi’s notification goes off, everyone is supposed to share their last played song. Hopefully you were playing something cool, and not something embarrassing (no shame, since more often than not, Kiwi would probably catch me streaming Weezer yet again). But unlike BeReal’s ‘one photo a day’ mentality, Kiwi encourages you to share other tunes with your friends throughout the day too.” Sadly doesn’t support Tidal, or I would join so fast.

Bluegrass Today: My Name Is Merle documentary debuts at MerleFest ’23. “… the organization is pleased to share that the official MerleFest archives dating back to 1988, which have been donated to the Appalachian State University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, are now available for public viewing. While only selected items are now viewable, the complete archives are being prepared for the online archive.”


Deutsche Welle: Russia blocks Goethe-Institut bank accounts. “The accounts of the German cultural organization Goethe-Institut have been blocked in Russia. Russian Foreign Ministry had previously threatened countermeasures after Germany froze accounts of ‘Russian House’ in Berlin.”

New York Times: A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.. “The Biden administration has been trying to choke off use of hacking tools made by the Israeli firm NSO. It turns out that not every part of the government has gotten the message.”


Oxford Health: Online arts and culture for young people’s mental health – new research programme announced . “The project, known as ORIGIN (Optimising cultural expeRIences for mental health in underrepresented younG people onlINe), is hosted by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, led by researchers from Oxford University and funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)…. The study involves diverse young people aged 16-24 co-designing an online arts and culture intervention aimed at reducing anxiety and depression.”

NewsWise: English language pushes everyone – even AI chatbots – to improve by adding. “A linguistic bias in the English language that leads us to ‘improve’ things by adding to them, rather than taking away, is so common that it is even ingrained in AI chatbots, a new study reveals.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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