Zombie Movies, Distance Learning, Google, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 2, 2023


New-to-me, and I’m sorry I didn’t discover it before Halloween: Don’t Open. Zombies Inside.. “A College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of English and Latinx literature, [Maia] Gil’Adí is the founder of The Zombie Archive, an online labor of love where she is building a detailed timeline of zombies on the big screen, from 1932’s White Zombie, with Bela Lugosi, through 2014, year of the immortal cinematic classic Zombeavers.”


Georgia State University: Inaugural Online Conference Brings Together Top Distance Learning Educators Inaugural Online Conference Brings Together Top Distance Learning Educators. “To cultivate methods to create a stronger sense of ‘belonging’ and engagement for students, Georgia State Perimeter College’s Office of Online Initiatives is presenting its first ‘unDistance Learning Conference’ Nov. 6 – 10. The conference is a hybrid event, with virtual presentations from nationally known experts Monday through Thursday, and an in-person workshop with group sessions on Friday. The conference aligns with National Distance Learning Week and is free and open to all educators.”


Search Engine Journal: Google Launches New Search Tools To Help With Math & Science. “Google is rolling out new capabilities to Search and Lens that will assist in solving complex math and science problems. These new tools provide step-by-step explanations, solutions, and interactive 3D models to aid visual learning for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects.”

TechCrunch: X is launching two new subscription tiers, including a ‘Premium+’ ad-free plan. “X, formerly known as Twitter, is introducing two new tiers for its subscription offering in order to bring in additional revenue. The social media giant is adding a new Premium+ tier that costs $16 per month and offers the ‘largest reply boost’ and removes ads from the For You and Following feeds. The tier also comes with revenue-sharing, along with access to other creator tools.”


Hongkiat: 10 Best Tools to Create Online Quizzes and Polls. “Online quizzes and polls serve a variety of purposes. They can engage your audience, gather opinions, and collect valuable data to enhance your business operations. A plethora of free tools exists online to help you design these interactive elements effortlessly. These tools offer a wide range of features, from basic to advanced. In this article, we’ll explore ten excellent tools for creating online quizzes and polls. These tools can be integrated into your website or used in your content marketing strategies.”


National Library of Wales: The Diversity Project of the Dictionary of Welsh Biography. “Thanks to new funding through the Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan, the Dictionary of Welsh Biography (DWB) is undertaking a new project to enhance the quality and range of its contents. Over this year and the next, the Diversity Project will particularly focus on ethnicity and gender equality in newly commissioned articles to improve the representation of Wales’s diverse history.”

Business Insider: Google Brain cofounder says Big Tech companies are lying about the risks of AI wiping out humanity because they want to dominate the market. “A leading AI expert and Google Brain cofounder said Big Tech companies were stoking fears about the technology’s risks to shut down competition. Google Brain was a deep-learning AI research team that merged with the DeepMind division earlier this year. Andrew Ng, an adjunct professor at Stanford University who taught OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, told The Australian Financial Review that the biggest tech companies hoped to trigger strict regulation with the ‘bad idea that AI could make us go extinct.'”


Ukrainska Pravda: Ukraine’s Territorial Defence Forces create new unit to inspect cultural monuments in combat areas. “The press service for Ukraine’s Territorial Defence Forces (part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine) has reported that a new unit comprising both military personnel and civilians has been created to take care of the preservation of cultural heritage as part of a pilot project.”


German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research: How social media can contribute to species conservation. “With the increasing use of social media and the widespread availability of high-quality digital cameras, new opportunities are arising. Nature photographers worldwide are sharing their biodiversity observations on social media, which has huge potential. A research team has used the South Asian country of Bangladesh as an example to investigate what contribution Facebook data can make to biodiversity monitoring and, ultimately, to assessing potential protected areas.”

New York Times: School Cellphone Bans Are Trending. Do They Work?. “A recent report from UNESCO, the United Nations’ educational and cultural agency, found that nearly one in four countries now has laws or policies banning or restricting student cellphone use in schools. Such bans typically make exceptions for students with disabilities and for educational uses approved by teachers. Even so, the smartphone crackdowns are contentious.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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