Planning Considerations for Cyber Incidents, Pennsylvania In-Custody Deaths, Room-Temperature (Non) Superconductivity, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 9, 2023


FEMA: FEMA and CISA Release First-Ever Cyber Incidents Planning Guidance For Emergency Managers. “The new ‘Planning Considerations for Cyber Incidents: Guidance for Emergency Managers’ is a foundational product that provides a roadmap for emergency managers across the nation to plan for swift and effective solutions to address the consequences of a cyber incident.”

Penn Live: How many deaths occurred in your county’s jail? See our database. “The lack of proper reporting by Pa. jails is widespread, resulting in severe undercounting of in-custody deaths in the Commonwealth. PennLive and the Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism spent 6-months investigating in-custody deaths to create the first comprehensive database in Pa. Toggle over any county on this interactive map to see the number of deaths and details about those deaths.”


New York Times: Room-Temperature Superconductor Discovery Is Retracted. “Nature, one of the most prestigious journals in scientific publishing, on Tuesday retracted a high-profile paper it had published in March that claimed the discovery of a superconductor that worked at everyday temperatures.”

Mashable: Elon Musk, meet the Twitter resistance. “A Harris Poll/Ad Age survey in mid-September found that some 69% of U.S. adults still refer to the platform as Twitter. A Chrome extension that scrubs all mentions of X from has more than 100,000 users. All of which raises an interesting question: If Elon Musk is trying to make fetch happen, and fetch doesn’t seem to be happening, and a significant chunk of his users say that fetch is never, ever going to happen … what happens next?”


Gizmodo: Google Promises Its Christmas Game Doesn’t Use Kids to Train AI. “The game opens with an explanation encouraging you to ‘Help Tensor practice its image recognition!’ The description says Tensor is ‘Santa’s Machine Learning robot.’ According to the game, “The more you draw, the smarter Tensor will get,” which will “help Santa be more efficient than ever this holiday season.” In an email, a Google spokesperson said you shouldn’t take that literally.”

WIRED: Where the Hell Is X CEO Linda Yaccarino? . “LINDA YACCARINO HAS been the CEO of X since June, but you’d never know it. Elon Musk, the company’s owner, CTO, and super-user, still remains the gravitational force at its center. In an all-hands meeting last week, the transcript of which was published by The Verge, Musk said almost twice as much as Yaccarino—3,735 words to her 1,833. Yes, we counted. Parts of the all-hands read more as Yaccarino interviewing Musk about his vision for an everything app than as a CEO discussing their own.”


Washington Post: AI fake nudes are booming. It’s ruining real teens’ lives.. “On the top 10 websites that host AI-generated porn photos, fake nudes have ballooned by more than 290 percent since 2018, according to Genevieve Oh, an industry analyst. These sites feature celebrities and political figures such as New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alongside ordinary teenage girls, whose likenesses have been seized by bad actors to incite shame, extort money or live out private fantasies. Victims have little recourse.”

Semafor: Satellite companies are restricting Gaza images. “Key providers of satellite photographs to news organizations and other researchers have begun to restrict imagery of Gaza after a New York Times report on Israeli tank positions based on the images.”


Notre Dame News: ‘Crowding out’ the competition: Study reveals surprising livestream chatting and tipping behavior. “Tips and chats are displayed on a livestream along with a viewer’s identity, so viewers are publicly recognized for those actions, but viewers who ‘like’ a livestream are not acknowledged. Because identities and payments are publicly viewable in livestreams, understanding how they influence broadcasters’ emotional reactions and other viewers’ engagement becomes relevant and meaningful. A new study from the University of Notre Dame examines these exchanges through a popular livestreaming platform in China.” Snake species named Trimeresurus uetzi after Reptile Database creator. “A newly identified species of green pit viper snake has been named in honor of Virginia Commonwealth University professor Peter Uetz, Ph.D. The snake species, found in central and southern Myanmar, was named Trimeresurus uetzi, or Uetz’s pit viper, in honor of his creation of the Reptile Database, a catalog of reptile species and classification that is relied upon by scientists and hobbyists around the world who study reptiles.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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