National Human Genome Research Institute, Raspberry Pi, Building Web Sites, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 7, 2023


National Human Genome Research Institute: NHGRI makes history of genomics special collections available to the public. “The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has created a new publicly available digital archive and search aid for accessing documents related to the history of genomics.”


The Register: Revamped Raspberry Pi OS boasts Wayland desktop and improved imager tool. “You might have missed it in the excitement over the announcement of the Raspberry Pi 5 at the end of September, but a couple of weeks later, the Raspberry Pi Foundation also updated Raspberry Pi OS. The new release is quite significantly different from previous versions, so we thought we should take it for a spin.”


Hongkiat: 10 Free Platforms to Build Websites and Landing Pages . “With the myriad of tools and platforms available for website creation, it’s easy to find a decent one. However, if you’re aiming for more than just “decent,” the search can be a bit more intensive. Seeking the best in the market requires careful consideration. Value for money and user-friendliness are certainly key factors to consider. Yet, the true essence of a great tool lies in its adaptability, versatility, and its ability to produce a website that is both responsive and optimized for search engines.”


Bloomberg: Google’s 2019 ‘Code Yellow’ Blurred Line Between Search, Ads. “The former head of search at Alphabet Inc.’s Google told colleagues in February 2019 that his team was ‘getting too involved with ads for the good of the product and company,’ according to emails shown at the Justice Department’s landmark antitrust trial against the search giant.”

The Verge: The people who ruined the internet. “As the public begins to believe Google isn’t as useful anymore, what happens to the cottage industry of search engine optimization experts who struck content oil and smeared it all over the web? Well, they find a new way to get rich and keep the party going.” This makes me inexpressibly sad.


TechCrunch: People are turning to Snap Map for firsthand perspectives from Gaza. “Snap didn’t provide TechCrunch with hard data, but confirmed to TechCrunch that since October 7, the company has seen a ‘moderate’ increase in submissions to public Stories from Gaza. The company also said that more people from around the world are viewing content from the region. In the weeks since Israel’s blockade of the territory began, screen recordings of the map, which displays bright red hotspots throughout northern Gaza, have been shared online.”

WIRED: X Banned the Account of a Major Critic. Now He’s Taking It to Court. “Travis Brown, a software developer based in Berlin, alleges his account was first suspended on July 1 this year, several months after his data formed the basis of New York Times and CNN reports claiming that far-right influencers featured prominently among Twitter Blue subscribers, and how thousands of previously banned X accounts, including members of the far-right, were being reinstated on the site.”


Stanford University: What do AI chatbots really mean for students and cheating?. “The launch of ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots has triggered an alarm for many educators, who worry about students using the technology to cheat by passing its writing off as their own. But two Stanford researchers say that concern is misdirected, based on their ongoing research into cheating among U.S. high school students before and after the release of ChatGPT.”

American Library Association: New ALA report: Gen Z & Millennials are visiting the library & prefer print books. “Gen Z and Millennials are using public libraries, both in person and digitally, at higher rates compared to older generations, according to a new report released today by the American Library Association (ALA). Gen Z and Millennials: How They Use Public Libraries and Identify Through Media Use draws on a nationally representative survey to reveal the attitudes and behaviors young Americans have regarding library use and media consumption.”


404 Media: A 104-Year-Old Lost Silent Movie Has Been Found in a Basement. “A 104-year-old silent movie that had been thought lost forever has been found, an organization dedicated to preserving rare and endangered film has announced. The movie, called Sealed Hearts, was released in 1919 and was directed by Ralph Ince, who was prolific during the silent era. It was produced by Lewis Selznick, a giant of silent film, and starred Eugene O’Brien, Robert Edison, and Lucille Lee Stewart.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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