Anthony van Dyck, England Building Stones, Military Deployments to Climate Disasters, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, June 7, 2023


CODART: Louvre’s Van Dyck Collection Published as Multi-format Catalogue Raisonné. “The Musée du Louvre has published a French-language catalogue raisonné of its collection of paintings by Anthony van Dyck in four simultaneous formats: a print book, an online book (web-based), an e-book (ePub) and a PDF; the three digital formats are all available free of charge.” Google Translate handles the site just fine.

The Construction Index: New database reveals sources for the building stones of England. “The Building Stones Database for England is described as the first online searchable tool bringing together information on all the different types of stone that have been used in the buildings of England over the centuries. Users can browse the geological map, search by postcode, address or place name. Or they can look for a specific building stone and representative buildings or structures made with each stone type.”

Scientific American: New Tool Tracks Military Deployments to Climate Disasters. “U.S. troops have long provided assistance to disaster victims. But there’s little public information about when, where and how those deployments occur. The nonpartisan Center for Climate and Security will try to fill that void with a new web-based data tool that allows internet users to track military deployments — nationally and internationally — in response to hurricanes, floods, wildfires, heat waves and other climate-related disasters.”


Bleeping Computer: New tool scans iPhones for ‘Triangulation’ malware infection. “Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has released a tool to detect if Apple iPhones and other iOS devices are infected with a new ‘Triangulation’ malware. This malware was discovered by Kaspersky on its own network, reporting that it has infected multiple iOS devices across its premises worldwide since at least 2019.”

Make: Read This Before 3D Scanning In A Museum. “Scanning in museums is the perfect challenge for the photogrammetry hobbyist. Not all museums have in-house scanning programs, but it’s important to archive and share these objects with people all over the world. You can help make it happen.”


The Verge: Major Reddit communities will go dark to protest threat to third-party apps. “Some of Reddit’s biggest communities including r/videos, r/reactiongifs, r/earthporn, and r/lifeprotips are planning to set themselves to private on June 12th over new pricing for third-party app developers to access the site’s APIs. Setting a subreddit to private, aka ‘going dark,’ will mean that the communities taking part will be inaccessible by the wider public while the planned 48-hour protest is taking place.”

Mountain View Voice: Google reportedly cuts office space in Mountain View, Sunnyvale by more than a million square feet. “Google is downsizing its office space in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, reportedly leaving behind more than a million square feet across multiple addresses. The company confirmed that the tech giant is ‘ending leases for a number of unoccupied spaces,’ but wouldn’t share the exact locations.”


WTVO: Illinois Google users to receive $95 payments in privacy settlement. “Illinois Google users who filed as part of a class action lawsuit can expect to see payments of about $95 each. The Chicago Tribune reported more than 687,000 current and former Illinois residents are eligible for the payment.”

Reuters: Texas wins round against Google as antitrust lawsuit returned to Lone Star state . “Texas won the latest round in its antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet’s Google on Monday as a U.S. judicial panel ordered the case returned to federal court in Texas. At Google’s request the lawsuit had been moved in August 2021 to a federal court in New York, where other advertising technology cases were being heard.”


BBC Science Focus: Breakthrough AI could soon generate whole 3D worlds from 2D videos . “In the latest push of never-ending artificial intelligence projects announced this year, software giant NVIDIA has unveiled a program capable of creating full 3D replicas of objects based solely on 2D video footage. Called Neuralangelo (a blend of neural and Michelangelo), the software can generate lifelike virtual replicas of buildings, sculptures, complicated structures, and a wide array of other intricate 3D models.”

Queen Mary University of London: Social media posts can be used to track individuals’ income and economic inequalities. “Researchers from Queen Mary University of London analysed 2.6 million posts on popular social media network Nextdoor and accurately predicted individuals’ income by solely examining the posts they’ve published.”

University of Toronto: Research shows decision-making AI could be made more accurate when judging humans. “Much of the scholarship in this area presumes that calibrating AI behaviour to human conventions requires value-neutral, observational data from which AI can best reason toward sound normative conclusions. But the new research suggests that labels explicitly reflecting value judgments, rather than the facts used to reach those judgments, might yield ML models that assess rule adherence and rule violation in a manner that humans would deem acceptable.” Good morning, Internet…

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