Open Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, California Plants, Nest Hub Max, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 21, 2023


MIT Press: The MIT Press announces the Open Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, a paradigm shift in open access reference works. “For over a generation, the MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences has been an essential resource for researchers and students of cognitive science and neuroscience. Today, the MIT Press proudly announces its intellectual successor—the Open Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science (OECS), a dynamic and openly accessible web reference poised to guide the next generation of exploration. Thanks to generous funding from James S. McDonnell Foundation and the Allen Institute for AI, the first set of articles will be published in 2024.”

California Department of Natural Resources: DWR Collaborates With UC Davis to Expand Plant Database for Landscape Community. “The Water Use Classification of Landscape Species database offers water use data for more than 3,500 plants and helps users find the perfect plants for their water needs. Using the Water Use Classification of Landscape Species database, users can search for plants by region, water requirement, and plant type.”


9to5 Google: Nest Hub Max ending Google Meet and Zoom support in September. “Video calling was originally pitched as a key feature of the Nest Hub Max, but Google Meet and Zoom are dropping support at the end of September.”

Online Journalism Blog: The third edition of the Online Journalism Handbook is now out!. “A new, third, edition of the Online Journalism Handbook is now out. A comprehensive update to the 2017 second edition, it sees the addition of a new chapter on writing for email and chat.”


MakeUseOf: 8 Vintage iPhone Film Camera Apps Worth Using . “For many of us, the blemishes and imperfections that come with shooting film are a distant memory. While the fundamentals of shutter speed and aperture settings persist, the process of shooting and sharing an image has changed massively. It makes sense, then, that a subset of vintage camera apps exists designed to recreate the experience of shooting film. So, let’s look at some of the best iPhone film camera apps.”


Jakarta Globe: National Museum that Houses Pre-Historic Artifacts Ravaged by Fire. “The National Museum in Jakarta, housing hundreds of thousands of ancient artifacts, including prehistoric treasures, suffered a devastating fire on Saturday evening, resulting in substantial damage and the potential loss of national treasures. While the exact scope of the losses remains unknown, police have reported that at least four major rooms of the museum were completely destroyed by the fire.”


The Japan News: Google, X Among Six Search, Social Media Operators Subject to Japan’s New Government Regulations to Protect Personal Data. “Google LLC and X Corp., which operates the service formerly known as Twitter, are among the six companies whose services will be subject to regulation by the Japanese government from as soon as October. A council of the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry released its report Tuesday saying that it is appropriate to designate the six companies, with the aim of strengthening the protection of users’ personal information.”

The Register: Scattered Spider traps 100+ victims in its web as it moves into ransomware. “Scattered Spider, the crew behind at least one of the recent Las Vegas casino IT security breaches, has already hit some 100 organizations during its so-far brief tenure in the cybercrime scene, according to Mandiant. Further, as also witnessed in the ongoing MGM Resorts network outage, the gang, known for its social-engineering-based attacks, is now throwing data-stealing ransomware at victims, too.”


University of Wisconsin-Madison: Machine learning analysis of research citations highlights importance of federal funding for basic scientific research. “Biomedical research aimed at improving human health is particularly reliant on publicly funded basic science, according to a new analysis boosted by artificial intelligence.”


Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Lahaina’s 150-year-old banyan tree has sprouted green leaves. “The 150-year-old banyan tree in Lahaina is showing signs of life more than a month after its leaves were singed by fire. Clusters of green leaves have since grown from the iconic tree’s branches, as well as on the ground beneath it at Lahaina’s courthouse square.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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