Steamboat Photography, New Jersey Reproductive Health, South Carolina School Spending, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, October 28, 2023


Government of South Dakota: Henry J. King Steamboat Photographs Added to South Dakota Digital Archives. “A historic collection of photographs documenting steamboat traffic on the Missouri River has been added to the state of South Dakota’s digital archives. The Henry J. King collection of photographs and postcards was donated to Brule County in 1961 by Mr. and Mrs. Blakely King in memory of Mr. King’s grandfather, Captain Henry J. King. Captain King was a Missouri River boatman in the early days of Chamberlain.”

Government of New Jersey: Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Launching a New Online Portal to Provide Access to Critical Reproductive Health Care Information . ” Governor Phil Murphy today signed a bill (S-3275/A-4829) alongside members of his Administration, legislators, advocates, and public officials to launch a brand new website – the Reproductive Health Information Hub accessible at – providing critical information on reproductive rights, access, and health care coverage across New Jersey.”

WRDW: South Carolina launches tool to shed light on school spending. “State leaders unveiled the new dashboard Wednesday at the State House. It allows viewers to see statewide data – like how money is being spent in all districts and where those dollars are coming from. It also offers district-by-district looks and comparisons between districts on data like average teacher salaries, money in their rainy-day funds and how their revenue per student correlates to test scores.”


Space .com: Watch the partial lunar eclipse of the Full Hunter’s Moon on Oct. 28 with these free livestreams. “If you’re out of the path of the eclipse or are unable to get outside to watch it, you’re in luck: You can watch it here at, thanks to one of the livestreams we’ve assembled to let you watch the partial lunar eclipse on Oct. 28 from the comfort of your own mobile device or computer.”


Futurist: Banks That Lent Elon Musk Money To Buy Twitter Are Totally Screwed Now. “The mercurial CEO had to borrow a whopping $13 billion from seven banks to scrounge together the asking price of $44 billion almost exactly a year ago. Those banks still haven’t recovered from the ensuing chaos, the Wall Street Journal reports…. The numbers are staggering: the seven banks, which include Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and Barclays, are bracing themselves to take a hit of at least 15 percent, per the report, amounting to a loss of around $2 billion — a devastating bet on the world’s richest man that has seemingly backfired spectacularly.”


WIRED: Elon Musk Mocked Ukraine, and Russian Trolls Went Wild. “Since Elon Musk spent $44 billion on Twitter (now X) last year, the billionaire has been determined to wipe out bots and spammy accounts. Things haven’t gone smoothly. Amid the chaos, in recent weeks Russian trolls have jumped on one of Musk’s own posts and used it to push pro-Kremlin messaging, a new analysis shows.”

CNN: Fake placenames with anti-Israel messages flood Google Maps’ depiction of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. “When Google Maps users navigated to the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt on Tuesday, they might have seen placenames that included, ‘F**k Israel,’ and ‘May god curse Israel’s Jerusalem.’ Cyber activists appeared to have targeted the service to post anti-Israel messages, likely by taking advantage of a feature on Google Maps that allows people to create and contribute information about businesses and landmarks that appear on the service.”


CISA: CISA, HHS Release Collaborative Cybersecurity Healthcare Toolkit . “Today, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) co-hosted a roundtable discussion on the cybersecurity challenges that the U.S. healthcare and public health (HPH) sector system faces, and how government and industry can work together to close the gaps in resources and cyber capabilities. Ahead of the roundtable, CISA and HHS released a cybersecurity tool kit that includes resources tailored for the healthcare and public health sector.”

Reuters: EU’s Breton confirms investigations into three tech platforms, including X. “EU industry chief Thierry Breton has launched investigations into three tech platforms over content moderation decisions, including Elon Musk’s X. Under the bloc’s wide-sweeping Digital Services Act, very large tech platforms and search engines must do more to tackle illegal content and risks to public security, and to protect their services against manipulative techniques.”


North Carolina State University: Using AI to Solve Fundamental Issues in Nuclear Physics. “Understanding the behavior of nucleons impacts many branches of physics, ranging from fundamental questions to applied nuclear science. But the numbers and types of calculations required to make accurate predictions about the behavior of nucleons can require massive amounts of computing power. Enter the STREAMLINE project. STREAMLINE, which stands for SmarT Reduction and Emulation Applying Machine Learning In Nuclear Environments is a multi-institutional collaboration aimed at solving the nuclear many-body problem by using machine learning, or AI.”

The Conversation: In times of war, digital activism has power. Here’s how to engage responsibly. “Eyewitness accounts, verified facts and culturally sensitive reporting are competing with misinformation, political propaganda and irresponsible journalism. This information warfare has real-world consequences. Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli protests organised through social media have drawn tens of thousands of people onto the streets, despite anti-protest measures adopted in some countries.”

David Strom: The decline of online shopping. “So what has happened to online storefronts in the past 25 or so years? In the quest to make everyone able to buy just about anything, they have become unusable. Menus are inscrutable, choices confound, and delivery mechanisms are so plentiful that they can paralyze consumers.” Good morning, Internet…

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