Hearing Health, Massachusetts Lawyers, Google Docs, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 27, 2023


Hearing Review: Portal Provides Hearing Health Data to Public. ” It has been launched by the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA) to provide a global audience with information on all aspects of hearing health, including hearing loss prevention and rehabilitation, and to support effective policy measures against hearing loss. The centerpiece of the site is a data hub with the latest research, scientific evidence, facts, and figures on the prevalence of hearing loss; its economic impact; and how hearing loss is linked to chronic diseases such as dementia.”

Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly: Data on Mass. bar available in new online tool. “The Massachusetts Lawyers Census provides six dashboards that include demographic, employment, and professional characteristics of lawyers in Massachusetts presented in tables, charts, and a county-level map. The tool also compares Massachusetts’ lawyers with the general population of the commonwealth.”


9to5 Google: Google Docs adding support for line numbers. “After adding support for non-printing characters earlier this year, Google Docs is rolling out line numbers. Commonplace in legal documents, Google Docs will automatically calculate and show numbers next to each line in a document and appear when printed out. This can be set to show on just a specific section, page, or entire documents.”

Chrome Unboxed: Google Tasks officially freed from its side bar prison, can now be used standalone on the web. “In line with Google’s efforts to merge Reminders into Tasks, its web-based Assistant Reminders landing page evolved into a central hub for to-dos saved to your account. Recently, this page has undergone further transformation and now mirrors the aesthetics of the Google Tasks app and sidebar, logo and all!”


CODART: Virtual Couriering: An Alternative for More Sustainable Loans?. “As for any industry, sustainability is a pressing matter for museums and the art world. In a series of features, CODART will explore this topic and what museums and curators can do. For this article, CODART spoke to several people in the field about the overlooked aspects of virtual couriering and other ways in which museums can deal more sustainably with loan traffic.” I didn’t have a good understanding of virtual couriering, but this article from Artnet helped a lot.

New York Times: A Time Capsule of Human Creativity, Stored in the Sky. “Later this year, the Lunar Codex — a vast multimedia archive telling a story of the world’s people through creative arts — will start heading for permanent installation on the moon aboard a series of unmanned rockets. The Lunar Codex is a digitized (or miniaturized) collection of contemporary art, poetry, magazines, music, film, podcasts and books by 30,000 artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers in 157 countries.”


Bleeping Computer: New Nitrogen malware pushed via Google Ads for ransomware attacks. “A new ‘Nitrogen’ initial access malware campaign uses Google and Bing search ads to promote fake software sites that infect unsuspecting users with Cobalt Strike and ransomware payloads.”

ProPublica: Senator Elizabeth Warren Probes Google’s Quest for Soldiers’ Medical Data. “Responding to a ProPublica report, the Massachusetts Democrat has begun investigating Google’s ‘aggressive’ pursuit of a biotechnology archive that could be used to build AI tools. She also faulted the Pentagon for favoring the tech giant.”


Berkeley Engineering: Researchers create open-source platform for Neural Radiance Field development. “Just a few years ago, Berkeley engineers showed us how they could easily turn images into a 3D navigable scene using a technology called Neural Radiance Fields, or NeRF. Now, another team of Berkeley researchers has created a development framework to help speed up NeRF projects and make this technology more accessible to others.”

WIRED: The White House Already Knows How to Make AI Safer. “Legislation is needed to ensure that private companies live up to their commitments. But we should not forget the federal market’s outsize influence on AI practices. As a large employer and user of AI technology, a major customer for AI systems, a regulator, and a source of funding for so many state-level actions, the federal government can make a real difference by changing how it acts, even in the absence of legislation.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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