Cannabis Concentrates Research, Google, Twitter, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 14, 2023


University of Colorado: New Interactive Evidence-Based Mapping Tool Gives Policymakers More Insight into Highly Concentrated Cannabis Products. “After conducting the first scoping review of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have developed an evidence based interactive mapping tool to assist policymakers as they consider regulating the concentration of THC in cannabis products and as more potent products move into the marketplace…. The map includes 452 studies that meets three criteria: studies involving humans; highly concentrated cannabis exposure; and any health outcomes regardless of whether they were classified as beneficial or adverse.”


Search Engine Land: Google says major changes coming to search rankings. “Google’s Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, has reportedly said that major changes are coming to Google’s search rankings in the future. This comes from a talk Sullivan gave at an event last Friday, where he was quoted as saying that these ‘major changes’ are coming and that some may need to ‘buckle up.'”

TechCrunch: Elon Musk says X is changing its algorithm to highlight smaller accounts. “The company formerly known as Twitter is preparing to roll out a ‘major update’ to its algorithm, according to a recent post by X owner Elon Musk. While today the app’s For You feed surfaces popular and trending posts from its broader network alongside highlights from those you follow, the new algorithm will surface posts from smaller accounts, Musk said.”


MakeUseOf: How to Create a Resume Using Google Slides . “Aside from using Google Slides to create presentations, you can also use it to create resumes. Google Slides’ drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to create custom layouts and perfectly position any text, images, and videos you want to add. So, let’s take a look at the easiest and fastest way to get this done.”


Poynter: International Fact-Checking Network awards $1 million to 20 groups to expand fact-checking operations. “Twenty groups have been awarded a total of $1 million in grants to help grow the capacity and sustainability of fact-checkers to fight misinformation around the world, the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute announced Monday.”


Bloomberg: Google Sues Scammers Over Fake Bard AI Chatbot That Downloads Malware. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google is suing five unidentified scammers who tricked people looking for Google’s artificial intelligence chatbot Bard into downloading malware onto their computers.”

Firstpost: Nepal bans TikTok, implements new regulations for social media platforms. “Nepal banned TikTok citing concerns over the app’s adverse impact on social harmony. Nepal is also setting some ground rules for social media platforms in the country, with a major. The government emphasised the need for these platforms to have representatives in Nepal to address user concerns.”


Journal of Geek Studies: My neighbor Linnaeus: The influence of Studio Ghibli in zoological nomenclature . “It is undeniable that over the years, Ghibli has become a worldwide phenomenon. But its influence has not been limited to entertainment. We can also find traces of it in science, particularly in the one in charge of identifying, classifying, and naming species: taxonomy. In this contribution, I compile the animal species whose scientific names have been inspired by Studio Ghibli, as well as the stories behind the choice of those names.”

BBC: Why are fewer women using AI than men?. “While 54% of men now use AI in either their professional or personal lives, this falls to just 35% of women, according to a survey earlier this year. What are the reasons for this apparent AI gender gap, and should it be a concern?”


LiveScience: From arsenic to urine, archaeologists find odd artifacts on museum shelves. “In a study published Oct. 19 in Advances in Archaeological Practice, University of Idaho archaeologist Mark S. Warner and his colleague, chemist Ray von Wandruszka, summarized the 15 years they have spent identifying and testing noxious substances from archaeological artifacts. Their hunt for the grossest objects lurking in museums began when a large excavation of the 19th-century town of Sandpoint in northern Idaho in 2008 uncovered sealed glass bottles with mysterious contents among the other nearly 600,000 artifacts.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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