Wartime Testimonies of Czech and Slovak Roma, Hilbert Museum of California Art, Brave, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 5, 2023


BRNO Daily: New Online Database Presents Wartime Testimonies of Czech and Slovak Roma. “The stories of Roma survivors from the Czech and Slovak Republics about their experience during World War II are now available on Svedectvi Romu, an online database launched today, symbolically, on International Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, the Czech Academy of Sciences has announced. The website will eventually contain around 250 testimonies, with both Czech and English versions of the database.”

Chapman University: View Hilbert Museum Collections Online with eMuseum. “The Hilbert Museum of California Art has made it easier than ever to view their world-class collection of art, wherever and whenever you are. The entire museum collection — over 1,200 pieces of California scene painting, American illustration, animation art and more donated to Chapman University by Mark and Janet Hilbert — can now be viewed 24/7 as part of the eMuseum online platform.”


The Verge: Brave releases its own privacy-preserving image and video search. “Brave, best known for its privacy-focused web browser, is adding image and video search to Brave Search that now relies on the company’s own private index instead of Bing or Google.”


Search Engine Land: Google fixing bug that shows 5 ads on top of SERPs. ” The search engine is showing five sponsored posts at the top of SERPs, when there should only be four, for some queries.” When I tell you how hard I laughed.

ZDNet: Done with Twitter? Here are the best alternatives . “As Twitter — or, as it’s now been rebranded by owner Elon Musk, X — continues to be plagued by controversy, many people are looking for a new online home. The good news of course is there are many other social networks. The bad news is none of them are complete Twitter replacements.”


Colorado Politics: Bureau of Land Management’s do-over search for environmental records satisfied law, court says. “Two years after she ordered the Bureau of Land Management to redo its search for documents in response to an environmental group’s open records request, a federal judge now agrees the agency largely complied with the order. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix originally found BLM did not fulfill its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act and had conducted a subpar search.”

Engadget: Google is making it easier to remove your private information from Search. “Google has announced several updates to Search aimed at making it easier for people to control information about them that appears in results. The company released a tool last year to help people take down search results containing their phone number, home address or email. Now, the company has updated the ‘results about you’ tool to make it more effective.”


CNBC: Elon Musk tweets and Twitter bots drove up price of FTX-listed altcoins, research finds. “Rampant bots on Twitter helped to pump up the price of cryptocurrency, including coins traded by insiders at FTX hedge fund Alameda Research before its collapse, according to a new study from the Network Contagion Research Institute published Wednesday.”

Hagerty Media: The last Jaguar V-8 will live forever—in a library. “It won’t be long before every Jaguar will be powered by near-silent electricity, but the brand’s most glorious gas-guzzling legacy is to be saved forever—or at least the sound of it is. Jaguar has recorded the roar of the very last F-Type 75 R and submitted it to the British Library in London to be stored where it will ‘enable people worldwide—and for all time—to enjoy the sounds of the last combustion-engine Jaguar sports car.'”


University of Texas at Austin: Water-Purifying Cup Makes Drinkable Water From Creeks and Streams. “[D. Emma Fan’s] latest project is a mug-sized device that can quickly clean water using a small jolt of electricity to fish out bacterial cells. In lab experiments, the device was able to remove 99.997% of E. coli bacteria from 2- to 3-ounce samples taken from Waller Creek in Austin in approximately 20 minutes, with the capacity to do more.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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