Food Facts, Equine Science Books, Spooky Skeletons, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 20, 2023


European Food Information Council: New Food Facts community to empower media and scientists to fight food misinformation together. “In a bid to enhance the quality of food-related reporting and counter misinformation on food EUFIC is launching its online community Food Facts during the Global Media and Information Literacy Week. The initiative aims to provide a platform for the exchange of information between media and experts with insights in the realm of healthy and sustainable nutrition, including topics that frequently appear in the news such as sugar, fats, food additives (such as sweeteners), processed food, obesity or diabetes.”

International Federation for Equestrian Sports: The horse at the core of an innovative partnership between the FEI and France’s University of Caen. “La Bibliothèque Mondiale du Cheval (World Horse Library) is an innovative digital library combining the resources of public and private libraries around the world on the subject of the horse. The Library currently has an inventory of over 15,000 books with over a quarter that have been digitalised and is constantly being enriched by the addition of new works.”

University of Missouri: No Bones About It: An exhibit of spooky skeletons. “You’ll get a chance to look at works like Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica libri septim (Of the construction of the human body in seven books), where you’ll be able to see how the human body works as Vesalius takes you through the bones of the human body in great detail, and Philip-Étienne Lafosse’s Cours d’hippiatrique (Lesson in hippiatry) which displays the anatomy of horses in great detail. Our dances of the dead from the 15th century onwards show skeletons imitating living people (or should we say, living people imitating skeletons?).”


The Verge: Microsoft hires former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. “Altman was fired from OpenAI on Friday, after the board said it ‘no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI.’ After a weekend of negotiations to potentially bring Altman back to OpenAI, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that both Sam Altman and Greg Brockman will be joining to lead Microsoft’s new advanced AI research team.”

ProPublica: ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer Gets Email Alerts and Other Major Improvements. “We’ve added email alerts, overhauled our search, created better document pages, added charts and much more.”


The Hindu: Servants of Knowledge to digitally archive Motilal Banarsidass’ out-of-copyright books. “Servants of Knowledge and Public Resource… are set to take up digital archiving of some of the publications of Motilal Banarsidass, a 120-year-old Delhi-based publisher. Motilal Banarsidass recently arrived at an agreement with Public Resource and Servants of Knowledge to create a free and open archive of all its out-of-copyright books or old books that will not be republished.”

AFP: News anchors targeted by deepfake scammers on Facebook. “In a Facebook video viewed by thousands, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer appears to hawk a diabetes drug. In another, ‘CBS Mornings’ host Gayle King seems to endorse weight loss products. But the clips are doctored — the latest in a rash of deepfakes that hijack images of trusted news personalities in spurious ads, undermining confidence in the news media. Similar social media posts in recent months have targeted Fox News personality Jesse Watters, CBC host Ian Hanomansing and BBC stars Matthew Amroliwala and Sally Bundock.”


New York Times: The White House May Condemn Musk, but the Government Is Addicted to Him. “The White House denounced Elon Musk on Friday for ‘abhorrent promotion of antisemitic and racist hate,’ for his endorsement of what an administration spokesman called a ‘hideous lie’ about Jews. All of which might make one think the Biden administration was going to try to pull back from doing business with the world’s richest person. Except that, in recent weeks, the U.S. government has become more dependent on him than ever…”


North Carolina State University: What Is Open Science? An Intro, Common Misconceptions and Advice . “In January, the United States government declared 2023 the Year of Open Science. At NC State University’s Center for Geospatial Analytics, our researchers have been doing open science for years. Yet, misconceptions about the term remain among the scientific community. What exactly is meant by ‘open science’? And how can a scientist be sure their (and others’) research is as ‘open’ as they think it is?”

Library of Congress: Introducing the LC Labs Artificial Intelligence Planning Framework. “LC Labs has been developing a planning framework to support the responsible exploration and potential adoption of AI at the Library. At a high level, the framework includes three planning phases: 1) Understand 2) Experiment and 3) Implement, each supports the evaluation of three elements of ML: 1) Data; 2) Models; and 3) People. We’ve developed a set of worksheets, questionnaires, and workshops to engage stakeholders and staff and identify priorities for future AI enhancements and services. The mechanisms, tools, collaborations, and artifacts together form the AI Planning Framework.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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