New Jersey Coastal Restoration, Ukraine Cultural Heritage, YouTube, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, September 10, 2023


State of New Jersey: DEP Launches Online Mapping Tool To Target And Coordinate Coastal Resilience Projects. “The Coastal Ecological Restoration and Adaptation Planning Tool (CERAP Tool), provides the locations of at-risk areas, coastal resource restoration sites, and other data that will greatly assist in the targeting, development and coordination of projects needed to adapt communities to rising sea levels, increased flooding and more severe storms associated with climate change.”


UNESCO: Ukraine: 20 cultural properties receive enhanced protection by UNESCO’s Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention . “Today, the UNESCO Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict held an extraordinary meeting to strengthen the protection of cultural heritage in Ukraine, including the granting of provisional enhanced protection to 20 cultural properties as well as deciding the training of Ukrainian security forces and judiciary personnel on heritage protection.”

Lifehacker: YouTube Lets You Sort Videos By Color Now, for Some Reason. “YouTube now lets you sort your home page by color, so only videos predominately featuring the chosen hue will appear. The company doesn’t offer you a color wheel to choose from, either. Instead, we get three colors: red, green, and blue.” This apparently is a mobile-only feature.


Hongkiat: 15 Best Note-taking Mobile Apps to Organize Your Thoughts (2023). “Note-taking apps make it a convenient and easy way to jot down thoughts, ideas, and reminders right on your mobile device. In today’s fast-paced world, having a tool that allows for quick and organized note-taking can be a game-changer. Whether you’re a student juggling multiple assignments, a professional managing complex projects, or someone who simply wants to keep track of daily tasks and personal reflections, the right app can make all the difference.”


USC Marshall: Crowdfunding is a Boon for Many Projects, but Why Doesn’t it Work as Well for Social Impact Initiatives?. “In new research, published in Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, the team, including USC Marshall School of Business Professor Jill Kickul, identified strategies to incentivize individuals to more readily contribute to social impact projects through crowdfunding. As part of this work, the team sought to better understand what motivates individuals to contribute to social impact work in the first place.”

Poynter: How a YouTube channel about farming transitioned to misinformation about doomsday prepping. “Nearly every week, [Patrick] Humphrey posts new videos that stoke fear of impending disaster or claim that a catastrophe has already happened, a tactic linked to doomsday prepping that has rapidly increased his audience. As of late August, he had more than 91,000 YouTube subscribers, a significant increase from the 6,000-subscriber milestone he celebrated just one year ago.”

Engadget: The AI-generated fake Drake and The Weeknd track is ‘not eligible’ for a Grammy. “Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. is setting the record straight. After Variety reported earlier this week that an AI-generated track echoing the voices of Drake and The Weeknd would be considered for a Grammy Award, Mason is insisting that’s not the case. The track, Heart on My Sleeve, was created and submitted for consideration by someone using the pseudonym ‘Ghostwriter.’ The song features lyrics written by Ghostwriter but imitates the voices of the rappers without consent.”


Reuters: Court eases curbs on Biden administration’s contacts with social media firms. “A federal appeals court on Friday ruled the White House, the FBI and top health officials may not ‘coerce or significantly encourage’ social-media companies to remove content the Biden administration considers misinformation, including about COVID-19. But the three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals narrowed much of an injunction issued by a Louisiana judge that restricted Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration from communicating with social-media companies.”

WTTW: Police Oversight Board Votes to Permanently Scrap New Chicago Gang Database. “Nearly four and a half years after the city’s watchdog warned the police department’s gang databases were riddled with errors, ripe for abuse and disproportionately targeted Black and Latino Chicagoans, an interim commission overseeing the Chicago Police Department voted to scrap plans to launch a new system.”

The Guardian: Elon Musk ‘committed evil’ with Starlink order, says Ukrainian official. “A senior Ukrainian official has accused Elon Musk of ‘committing evil’ after a new biography revealed details about how the business magnate ordered his Starlink satellite communications network to be turned off near the Crimean coast last year to hobble a Ukrainian drone attack on Russian warships”


Stanford University: Stanford Ethicists Developing Guidelines for the Safe Inclusion of Pediatric Data in AI-Driven Medical Research. “…the international SPIRIT-AI and CONSORT-AI initiative has recently established guidelines for AI and machine learning in medical research. These frameworks, however, have not outlined specific considerations for pediatric populations. Children present uniquely complex data quandaries for AI, especially regarding consent and equity.”

Newswise: AI more accurately identifies patients with advanced lung cancer that respond to immunotherapy and helps doctors select treatments. “Treatment planning for lung cancer can often be complex due to variations in assessing immune biomarkers. In a new study, Yale Cancer Center researchers at Yale School of Medicine used artificial intelligence (AI) tools and digital pathology to improve the accuracy of this process.” Good morning, Internet…

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