Royal Society Scientific Publishing, Nottinghamshire Archaeology, U.S. Department of Energy, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, April 25, 2023


Royal Society: Years in the making. “As with the small sample originally contained in the pilot, the whopping 30,000 manuscripts now included in Science in the Making relate to the long history of scientific publishing at the Royal Society.”

Nottinghamshire City Council: New website heralded ‘An Aladdin’s cave for archaeologists, researchers and students’, launched in Notts. ” The new website… provides access to an expansive database of heritage sites, earthworks, historic buildings, and archaeological finds that that make up the rich and varied historic environment of the county. Features from the 25,000 data entries range from single chance finds, such as Roman coins, to large sites such as WWII airfields.”

US Department of Energy: DOE Launches New Consumer Energy Savings Hub. “The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today launched the Energy Savings Hub — an online one-stop shop for American families and consumers to access the savings tools that President Biden’s Investing in America agenda has made available to drastically cut energy costs.”


Washington Post: Twitter users #BlockTheBlue as ‘verified’ accounts take on new meaning. “Shortly after the #BlockTheBlue hashtag took off, Twitter on Friday suspended the @BlockTheBlue account. Musk supporters have meanwhile called on Twitter users to ‘pay the eight,’ referring to the $8 monthly fee to get a check mark through the Twitter Blue subscription. Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.”

Ukrinform: $100B needed to rebuild cultural infrastructure of Ukraine – deputy minister . “As a result of the Russian war against Ukraine, 1,373 cultural institutions and more than 550 cultural monuments have been damaged or destroyed to date. Their reconstruction will require about $100 billion.”

TechCrunch: Google Authenticator can now sync 2FA codes to the cloud. “As of today, Google Authenticator will now sync any one-time two-factor authentication (2FA) codes that it generates to users’ Google Accounts. Previously, one-time Authenticator codes were stored locally, on a single device, meaning losing that device often meant losing the ability to sign in to any service set up with Authenticator’s 2FA.”


CBS Bay Area: Fake Twitter video of looted Walmart store triggers fear in Fairfield. “A video has gone viral in a tweet that says is a looting incident at a Walmart in Fairfield. As it turns out, it was a fake tweet but the damage had already been done. As soon as the Fairfield Police Department found out about the tweet, it sent out a response on social media right away saying it was untrue. The problem was by that point, the tweet had gone viral, sending panic into the community.”

The Guardian: The digital graveyard: BuzzFeed News joins sites hanging on in eerie afterlife. “Bosses promised to keep the BuzzFeed News site online as an archive, which means, like so many other failed online projects, whatever happened to be on the homepage that day will now be frozen in time forever. In this case: a feature on the history of Midge, Barbie’s pregnant sidekick, an explainer on what to do after ‘overdosing’ on weed and a review of Le Creuset’s new ‘shallot’ cookware shade, which called the color ‘the trend child of millennial pink and Alison Roman’s shallot pasta’.”

University of Houston: Arte Público Press Receives $500K Grant to Improve Digital Access to US Latino Culture. “The program aims to locate, preserve and disseminate the written legacy of Latinos in the United States from the Colonial Period to 1980 through this long-term program. The grant will be used to improve the infrastructure of Recovery’s digital archives for recovered US Latino collections in conjunction with the US Latino Digital Humanities Center (USLDH).”


D Magazine: A Creepy New Food Blog is Using a Houston Chef’s Identity to Write Texas Restaurant Reviews. “The Pass and Provisions’ restaurant reviews—more than 150, all in the form of numbered listicles and all published since mid-March—appear to be written by artificial intelligence. That’s why its glowing writeup of The Heritage Table suggests that diners ‘step foot to city of Frisco in Texas’ to try its ‘common American foods.’ Worse, the review website deceptively appropriates the name of a Houston restaurant that closed in 2019, as well as the name of the restaurant’s owner, to conceal the identity of whoever is publishing these reviews.”


CNBC: Social media raises bank run risk, fueled Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse, paper says. “After the sudden end of Silicon Valley Bank in March, market participants were quick to point out the role social media played in the velocity of its failure. Now, about six weeks later, a working paper co-authored by a group of university professors digs deeper into the cause and effect of social media in the case of SVB, arguing that greater exposure to social media amplifies bank run risk and warning that other banks could face similar risks.”

Bloomberg: The Future of AI Relies on a High School Teacher’s Free Database. “In front of a suburban house on the outskirts of the northern Germany city of Hamburg, a single word — ‘LAION’ — is scrawled in pencil across a mailbox. It’s the only indication that the home belongs to the person behind a massive data gathering effort central to the artificial intelligence boom that has seized the world’s attention.” Good morning, Internet…

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