Hawaii Jobs Portal, Alaskan Native Americans, MIT Press, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, August 27, 2023


State of Hawaii: DLIR News Release: State Activates Disaster Recovery Jobs Portal. “The Hawaiʻi State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced the availability of a disaster recovery jobs portal for Maui to help workers and businesses impacted by the wildfires. The portal provides access to all currently available jobs on Maui as maintained by the DLIR.”

Anchorage Daily News: New state database shows circumstances around disappearances of hundreds of Indigenous people in Alaska. “A new state database reveals for the first time the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of hundreds of Alaska Native people considered missing in Alaska. The Department of Public Safety calls the Missing Indigenous Persons Report, released earlier this week, a first-of-its-kind effort to publicly release data on Alaska Native and American Indian people missing in Alaska. The data includes whether police believe the disappearance was related to criminal activity or not.”


MIT Press: MIT Press’s Direct to Open (D2O) achieves second year goal, opens access to eighty-two new books in 2023 . “With 322 participating libraries and new consortium agreements, the D2O publishing model has now opened access to more than 160 scholarly monographs and edited collections.”

TechCrunch: Google TV adds 25 more free channels, NFL Sunday Ticket integration. “Google TV is once again expanding its free live TV lineup. In April, the company announced the Google TV service was growing to include over 800 live TV channels, including those from Tubi, Plex, Haystack and others. Today, the company says it’s adding 25 more free channels to the lineup, which can be watched without having to install any additional apps or needing to sign in.”


Mashable: Trump evidently didn’t sell Mar-a-Lago. “Did Donald Trump quietly sell off his Mar-a-Lago estate for hundreds of millions of dollars just a few short weeks before being booked in Georgia for trying to steal the 2020 presidential election? While many media outlets ran with the story, the claim is entirely based on a false record posted to Zillow. It appears to not be true.”

BBC: BBC announces Creator Lab, a brand new talent scheme for Social Media Content Creators, in collaboration with TikTok . “Announced at the Edinburgh TV Festival 2023, the BBC will be collaborating with TikTok for the first year of Creator Lab on this brand new scheme which aims to give 100 social and digital creators, who have an interest in pursuing a career in television, the opportunity to take part in a development programme…”

The Real Deal: Celeb names rise in brick-and-mortar retail game . “Celebrities are translating their brands’ e-commerce success to deals for physical retail spaces. Stores for brands connected to big names account for more than 300,000 square feet of retail space nationally, according to JLL data reported by the Commercial Observer.”


Bloomberg: GOP Stumbles in Suit Claiming Google Censors Donation Emails. “A Republican National Committee lawsuit accusing Google of routing emails to Gmail users’ spam folders was tossed out by a judge who said the internet giant fairly concluded they were unwanted messages.”

FedScoop: National Archives discloses planned AI uses for record management. “In its 2023 AI use case inventory, the agency charged with managing U.S. government documents disclosed it wants to use an AI-based system to autofill metadata for its archival documents. Similar to some other agencies, the National Archives also disclosed its interest in using the technology to help respond to FOIA requests. While NARA shared these planned applications, it did not include any current, operational use cases of AI.”

US Department of Justice: Tornado Cash Founders Charged with Money Laundering and Sanctions Violations. “According to the indictment, unsealed today in the Southern District of New York, Roman Storm, 34, of Auburn, Washington, and Roman Semenov, 49, of Russia, created, operated, and promoted Tornado Cash, a cryptocurrency mixer that facilitated more than $1 billion in money laundering transactions, and laundered hundreds of millions of dollars for the Lazarus Group, the sanctioned North Korean cybercrime organization. Storm was arrested today in the state of Washington and will be presented later today in the Western District of Washington.”


Harvard Gazette: The eye as we’ve never seen it. “In a culmination of more than a decade of research, Harvard scientists have completed a detailed analysis that could not only light the way to better, more targeted gene therapies for blindness, but also inspire a new appreciation for the vast complexity of human vision. The team, led by neurobiologist Joshua Sanes, has authored a complete catalog of the nearly 160 cell types found across all the structures of the human eye, as well as an inventory of the genes each cell type expresses.”

University of Kentucky: Herculaneum scrolls: A 20-year journey to read the unreadable. “Restoring an ancient library from the ashes of Mount Vesuvius is now closer to a reality. To highlight the progress, this is the first in a four-video series featuring Brent Seales, University of Kentucky Alumni Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering and his Digital Restoration Initiative team.” Good morning, Internet…

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