Eternal Sunset, Oral Histories of Korea, Data-Driven Animation for Science Communication, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, November 18, 2023


PetaPixel: This Website Lets You Watch Sunsets From All Across The World. “Michael Turvey came up with the novel website called ‘Eternal Sunset’ which generates non-stop twilight hours for people to enjoy. Utilizing live webcams across the globe that broadcast on YouTube, viewers can see the sun setting on the Dubai Marina, St. Petersburg in Russia, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.”

Colby College: Learning From a Living History. “Oral histories that [Emily] Kwen and other students collected this spring have become the inaugural iteration of Voices from the Peninsula: Oral Histories of Korea, a project that is archived through Digital Commons @ Colby, an online repository administered by the Colby College Libraries.”

UC Santa Cruz: New open access course – data-driven animation for science communication. “The Teaching & Learning Center at UC Santa Cruz is delighted to announce that Dr. Jessica Kendall-Bar has created an open access version of her Data-Driven Animation for Science Communication course, which is now freely available on the Coursera platform.”


Insider: They survived the Holocaust. Then the online trolls came for them. . “Business Insider talked to three survivors and their families, and the granddaughter of a fourth survivor who died in 2022, who are committed to detailing their lives during the Holocaust on TikTok. While they’ve counteracted the toxic denialism that flourishes on the app, they’re also worried their stories will die with them.”

Fast Company: Inside Marques Brownlee’s tech review studio: The YouTube star on gadgets, growth, and staying chill. “Located in a rehabbed shipyard that’s also home to a helicopter-tour service and numerous logistics companies, Brownlee’s 7,000-square-foot facility is filled with high-end production gear. Some of the products he’s reviewed recently for his audience, which includes 17.7 million subscribers, are still hanging around—such as a shiny red casket, which he featured in a video after impulsively deciding to review every product pitched to him for a month. (The video got more than 5 million views.)”

The Verge: IBM pulls X ads as Elon Musk endorses white pride. “The nonprofit Media Matters drew attention to those statements and noted that IBM, Apple, Comcast, and other companies all had ads placed next to pro-Nazi and pro-Hitler content (not posted by Musk) on X. IBM told the Financial Times and confirmed to The Verge that ‘IBM has zero tolerance for hate speech and discrimination and we have immediately suspended all advertising on X while we investigate this entirely unacceptable situation.'”


NHK World Radio Japan: Tokyo doctor to sue Google over ‘harmful’ Maps app reviews. “NHK has learned that a doctor in Tokyo is preparing to sue Google. The physician says the US IT giant has refused to delete harmful reviews of their clinic from its Maps application. Google Maps allows users to post reviews about facilities and locations and rate them. It is said to be the most popular map application in Japan.”

The Independent: South Korea exposes huge Chinese disinformation campaign involving 38 news websites. “South Korea’s intelligence agency said it has identified 38 Korean-language news websites that are suspected of being run by Chinese companies with some allegedly spreading pro-China and anti-US content.”

New Voice of Ukraine: UNESCO removes Russia from its executive board. “Russia was ousted from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board on Nov. 15, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported via Twitter.”


Johns Hopkins University: Johns Hopkins Students Use AI To Predict Baseball’s MVPs. “Their tool employs a historical model that weighs the relative importance of eight statistical categories to determine which players have the best chance to take home MLB’s top awards.”

Purdue University Research News: AI knows the score — and it could help instrumentalists make beautiful music. “This project will develop and integrate techniques from computer vision, natural language processing and audio analysis to create two AI-enabled tools for string music performers. The first tool, the Evaluator, aims to improve individual practice and performance by analyzing audio and video of a musician, then comparing it to digitized music scores and a database of video performances…. The second tool, the Companion, is intended to play the part of absent instruments in an ensemble by using audio analysis of performances to match tempo and style of the musicians.”


NASA: NASA Telescope Data Becomes Music You Can Play. “Since 2020, the “sonification” project at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Center has translated the digital data taken by telescopes into notes and sounds. This process allows the listener to experience the data through the sense of hearing instead of seeing it as images, a more common way to present astronomical data. A new phase of the sonification project takes the data into different territory. Working with composer Sophie Kastner, the team has developed versions of the data that can be played by musicians.” Good morning, Internet…

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