5-Meters-Per-Pixel Mars, Wisconsin Highway Maps, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, April 6, 2023

Convert a street address to a location-based Twitter search.


Caltech: Scientists Unveil a 5.7 Terapixel Global Image of Mars. “The mosaicked image—comprising more than 5.7 trillion pixels (5.7 terapixels)—was generated at the Murray Lab by merging 110,000 individual images taken by the Context Camera (CTX) aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). It covers 99.5 percent of the surface of Mars between 88° South and 88° North.”

Wisconsin Department of Transportation: Explore transportation history with WisDOT’s online highway map archive. “The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) today released an online archive of Wisconsin’s Official State Highway Map over the past 100 years. The first edition of the state highway map was printed in 1918 for public distribution. Since then, Wisconsin residents and visitors reference the highway maps to reach their destination or simply explore the wonders across the state.”

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: College launches climate change digital archive. “The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (‘the College’) has launched a climate change digital archive, which documents the experiences of healthcare workers on the impact of climate change on health.”


The Verge: Google is trying to make sure apps let you delete your account. “The company is adding a data deletion requirement to the Play Store’s rules. The requirement should make it easier to delete an account regardless of whether you’ve gotten rid of the app.”

Android Police: Google Drive kills controversial file limit just weeks after it was discovered. “In an attempt to optimize its server infrastructure, Google silently introduced a controversial file creation limit of five million items. While this number is likely only reached by a small percentage of the total user base, it’s an unexpected limitation that some of those paying for Google One’s higher tiers found themselves in, with backlash quickly hitting Google.”


Hamilton Spectator: Suspended by Google, a Hamilton-area arborist is learning a ‘scary’ business lesson. “Springtime for Westwood Tree Care is generally filled with the roar of chainsaws and wood chippers. This season, however, a series of digital hiccups led to the suspension of Westwood’s Google profile — a move that decimated business for a month.”

CBS News: Twitter labels NPR as “state-affiliated media . “National Public Radio has been labeled as ‘U.S. state-affiliated media’ on Twitter, marking the public radio outlet’s account with the same icon placed on outlets like Russia’s state-owned news agency TASS or China’s New China News Agency, the official state news agency of the People’s Republic of China.”


SwissInfo: Google, Facebook and others to face tougher regulations. “The Swiss government plans new legislation to make big online platforms like Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter more transparent and give users more rights.”

Politico: Disconnected: Eurocrats go unlisted in EU phone book. “Under a new policy, the European Commission has removed the names of lower-level staff from the EU WhoisWho directory. The online database used to have email addresses and phone numbers for officials up and down the ranks of the EU executive. But that apparently made them too easy prey for those seeking to influence EU policy. So now only their bosses — heads of unit and above — will be included in the public-facing directory.”


Harvard Business Review: Research: How People Feel About Paying for Social Media. “Regardless of intent, users are now faced with subscription fees to social media apps that they have become accustomed to using for free. That begs the question: What do users expect from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat in the newly reconstructed social media ecosystem that is anchored by subscription fees?”

Cornell University: Study uncovers social cost of using AI in conversations. “In addition to greater efficiency and positivity, the group found that when participants think their partner is using more AI-suggested responses, they perceive that partner as less cooperative, and feel less affiliation toward them.”

University at Buffalo: Study explores how QAnon went from fringe to mainstream on Twitter. “QAnon’s journey from a fringe phenomenon in 2017 to a mainstream presence on Twitter represents an evolution that arrived by tapping into an interconnected media system, according to a recently published paper by a University at Buffalo communication researcher.” Good morning, Internet…

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