Wildfoods4Wildlife, AsianWeek Newspaper, Decarbonizing Massachusetts, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 22, 2023


Found via Google Alerts: From the Getting Started page: “The purpose of this website is to assist permitted wildlife rehabilitators to acquire wild plant foods to feed to their wildlife patients by linking up with volunteer plant foragers. We hope to help beginner plant enthusiasts and foragers collect appropriate fruits, seeds, greens and nuts that are eaten by the Virginia wildlife that are commonly treated in rehabilitation.”

San Francisco Standard: AsianWeek, San Francisco’s Pioneering Asian American Newspaper, Has Been Reborn Online. “On Tuesday night, after years working on digitalization, the Fangs—a locally prominent family of politicos who formerly owned the San Francisco Examiner—held an event to launch an online database that includes AsianWeek’s three decades of content, searchable by article keywords, bylines, issue dates and even images.”

State of Massachusetts: DCR Launches New Online Mapping Tool Highlighting Agency’s Decarbonization Initiatives. “In celebration of Climate Week, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today launched a new interactive online map displaying the agency’s decarbonization efforts. The Decarbonization Initiatives Map illustrates the sustainable and equitable practices, strategies, and initiatives DCR is implementing at its properties across the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”


New York Times: Google’s Bard Just Got More Powerful. It’s Still Erratic.. “I put the upgraded Bard through its paces on Tuesday, hoping to discover a powerful A.I. assistant with new and improved abilities. What I found was a bit of a mess. In my testing, Bard succeeded at some simpler tasks, such as summarizing an email. But it also told me about emails that weren’t in my inbox, gave me bad travel advice and fell flat on harder analytical tasks.”

Philly Voice: Mütter Museum asks the public to weigh in on ethical battle over displaying human remains. “Philadelphia’s shrine to unusual medical history is in the midst of a culture war between devoted supporters and change-minded leaders who want to review the site’s practices.”


Hongkiat: 10+ Free Logo Makers and Logo Generators (Best of) . “While initiating a business, most people consider hiring an expert graphic designer to craft a logo. Although this is a good approach, it can be quite expensive. If you’re running a small to medium-sized business or a startup, you might want to consider using an online logo-making tool. These tools can help you develop a simple, yet effective, logo without burning a hole in your pocket.”


Motherboard: Google Flat-Out Refuses to Bargain With Workers, Prompting YouTube Music Strike. “YouTube Music contract workers went on strike on Wednesday morning because of Google’s refusal to bargain with the union representing the workers. Google, YouTube’s parent company, claims that because the workers are employed through a third-party contractor it has no obligation to meet them at the table, according to an email from a law firm representing Google seen by Motherboard.”


ABC News: Google sued for negligence after man drove off collapsed bridge while following map directions. “Philip Paxson, a medical device salesman and father of two, drowned Sept. 30, 2022, after his Jeep Gladiator plunged into Snow Creek in Hickory, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Wake County Superior Court. Paxson was driving home from his daughter’s ninth birthday party through an unfamiliar neighborhood when Google Maps allegedly directed him to cross a bridge that had collapsed nine years prior and was never repaired.”

Associated Press: Australia tells dating apps to improve safety standards to protect users from sexual violence. ” Australia’s government said Monday the online dating industry must improve safety standards or be forced to make changes through legislation, responding to research that says three-in-four Australian users suffer some form of sexual violence through the platforms.”


McGill University: Assessing unintended consequences in AI-based neurosurgical training. “A new study from the Neurosurgical Simulation and Artificial Intelligence Learning Centre at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) of McGill University… shows that human instruction is still necessary to detect and compensate for unintended, and sometimes negative, changes in neurosurgeon behaviour after virtual reality AI training.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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