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NASA Images, Herbicide Injury, Google, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, March 29, 2017researchbuzz

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:31:33 +0000

NEW RESOURCES New from NASA, and I hope you have a spare couple hundred hours: NASA Unveils New Searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library for the Public. “NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files by keyword and metadata searches from NASA.gov. The NASA Image and Video Library website consolidates imagery spread across more than 60 collections into one searchable location. ASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images, videos and audio files from across the agency’s many missions in aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, human spaceflight, and more. Users now can embed content in their own sites and choose from multiple resolutions to download. The website also displays the metadata associated with images.” University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture: Online database can help ag professionals, homeowners diagnose herbicide injury to plants. “Agriculture professionals and homeowners now have an online reference if they suspect their plants have sustained injury from herbicides. The new Herbicide Injury Database… contains more than 1,000 images collected across two decades showing and cross-referencing herbicides and the types of damage to [...](image)


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Missouri Summer School, Facebook Stories, Twitter, More: Wednesday Buzz, March 29, 2017researchbuzz

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:47:58 +0000

NEW RESOURCES Students in Missouri will have more options for summer school (PRESS RELEASE). “This summer, Missouri students will have access to more summer school courses than ever through the Missouri Online Summer Institute (MOSI), a tuition- free online program open to students in grades 7 – 12. Over one hundred online courses are being offered this year, including career-oriented electives and Advanced Placement® courses. MOSI is a program of the Grandview R-2 school district.” TWEAKS AND UPDATES The Verge: Facebook launches stories to complete its all-out assault on Snapchat. “Facebook is rolling out ephemeral stories and messaging in its mobile apps today, bringing the popular format for sharing photos and videos to more than 1.65 billion people a day.” Techdirt: Twitter Reports On Government Agencies Using ‘Report Tweet’ Function To Block Terrorism-Related Content. “For the last six months of 2016, Twitter received reports on nearly 6,000 accounts from a total of 716 reports by government agencies. The numbers aren’t broken down any further than that, so there’s no telling which governments are utilizing this reporting system most. All Twitter is reporting is that less than 2% of account suspensions are the result of government reports and that it’s refused [...](image)


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Michelin Tires, iOS, Google Algorithm, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, March 28, 2017researchbuzz

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:27:50 +0000

NEW RESOURCES Now available: a digital archive for the Michelin factory at Stroke in England. Yeah, the tire company. It looks like it’s still in progress. “Iconic photographs showcasing tyre manufacturer Michelin’s rich history have been ‘rolled out’ following the launch of an impressive online archive. And former workers and customers are all being invited to share their memories as the resource continues to expand. The Michelin Archive website has been created to showcase key moments in time documented for the ages since the firm opened its factory in Stoke in 1927.” TWEAKS AND UPDATES Apple iOS 10.3 is now available. “iOS 10.3 brings in Apple’s new file system, so we recommend saving everything before you update. The new file system is incompatible with the old, so if you don’t save, some things could be permanently lost.” Just thinking about upgrading my iOS gives me a horrible headache. SEO Roundtable: Google Fred Algorithm Confirmed & Cites Overall Quality Issues. “As you know, we finally received real confirmation this past Friday on the March 7th/8th update named the Google Fred update, which I believed targeted low value content sites. John Mueller actually spoke about the issue in his Webmaster hangout on [...](image)


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Pay Phones, Beer Nutrition, World War I, More: Tuesday Buzz, March 28, 2017researchbuzz

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:13:26 +0000

NEW RESOURCES New-to-me but apparently around for a while: an online database of pay phones. “By the 1990s there were nearly three million pay phones in America. But now just a small fraction remain. Mark Thomas keeps track of the ones that are left. He created the Payphone Project, an online database of pay phones from around the world.” Now available: a database of beer nutrients. “Using a robust analytical testing program, the [Brewers Association] has built a database that reflects average nutritional value of nine lesser nutrients (total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, dietary fiber, sugars, and protein). This database, which currently has 41 styles as defined by the BA Beer Style Guidelines, will expand over time as more analytical testing is conducted.” TWEAKS AND UPDATES World War I Social Media Day is April 11. “Museums, archives, and other educational institutions around the world will share a day of social media activity focused on World War I history. Follow these institutions on social media and you’ll discover interesting content almost every single day. But on April 11, experts and educators will be online to answer questions, test your knowledge in pop quizzes, and take [...](image)


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EU News, Astronomy Images, Facebook Messages, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, March 27, 2017researchbuzz

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:15:36 +0000

NEW RESOURCES Latin American Herald Tribune: Epa Launches New Multimedia News Service for Europe’s Citizens and Media. “The European Pressphoto Agency (epa) launched on Saturday a new information tool targeted at European citizens and media, focusing on world news with an emphasis on events happening in Europe. Epa, which brings together nine news agencies from across Europe including Spain’s EFE, said in a statement that its new portal aimed to offer members of the public direct access to current events through the media.” Thanks to Matt S. for bringing this to my attention, from the Smithsonian: Citizen Scientists Will Bring Zombie Astrophotos Back to Life With “Astronomy Rewind”. “A new citizen-science project will rescue tens of thousands of potentially valuable cosmic images that are mostly dead to science and bring them fully back to life. Called “Astronomy Rewind,” the effort, which launched March 22, will take photographs, radio maps, and other telescopic images that have been scanned from the pages of dusty old journals and place them in context in digital sky atlases and catalogs. Anyone will then be able to find them online and compare them with modern electronic data from ground- and space-based telescopes, making possible new studies [...](image)


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Minecraft Mods, Curtis Institute of Music, Facebook, More: Monday Buzz, March 27, 2017researchbuzz

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:10:25 +0000

NEW RESOURCES MultiMC has started an archive of mods for old versions of Minecraft. “We’ll be doing this by providing a website which agregates links to the official downloads for mods which are still available from their official sources. For mods which are no longer available, we will provide our own download links.” There is very little here at the moment, but it’s new. In development: a digital archive for the Curtis Institute of Music (PRESS RELEASE). “The Curtis Institute of Music has recordings dating back to 1924, including original broadcasts from the National Broadcasting Company, as well as the recordings of its current and former students, many of whom have gone on to become successful contemporary performance musicians and composers, such as Leonard Bernstein, Jennifer Higdon and George Walker. The Institute also holds copies of its founder’s correspondence, including a letter from Helen Keller, and a special collection of sheet music. In addition, Curtis is digitally preserving the institutional records related to running the school.” TWEAKS AND UPDATES The Next Web: Facebook to test a GIF button for comments. “For all the viral videos and memes shared on Facebook, the social network has been surprisingly cold towards the GIF, [...](image)


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California Doctors, Argentina Laws, Ubuntu, More: Sunday Buzz, March 26, 2017researchbuzz

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:09:21 +0000

NEW RESOURCES A new Web site provides ratings on over 10,000 doctors in California. “The California Healthcare Performance Information System (CHPI) has launched a new website… a free resource for consumers to search ratings on more than 10,000 physicians across California. Each physician received a rating of one to four stars on measures in their area of specialty…. Data on more than 10 million patients was analyzed to create the ratings, which measure how well physicians and practice sites provided recommended medical tests and procedures for patients with certain healthcare conditions.” Buenos Aires Herald: New website shines light on legacy of dictatorship-era legislation. “A new website, Las Leyes de la Dictadura (‘Laws of the dictatorship’), that launched this week has pulled back the curtain on dictatorship-era legislation, indicating how the legacy of those dark years shapes today’s country. The site … investigates the over 417 laws created, designed and passed under the country’s last military dictatorship (1976-1983) and was launched this week to coincide with today’s 41th anniversary of the 1976 coup d’état.” Site is in Spanish but Google Translate works reasonably well. Don’t be discouraged when the text at the top doesn’t change – it’s an image, looks like. [...](image)


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Open Access Publishing, Google Talk, Etsy, More: Saturday Buzz, March 25, 2017researchbuzz

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:01:19 +0000

TWEAKS AND UPDATES UC-Berkeley: Berkeley commits to accelerating universal open access, signs the OA2020 Expression of Interest. “The University Library at UC Berkeley took a major step today in its commitment to achieving universal open access for scholarly journal literature by signing the OA2020 Expression of Interest, in collaboration with UC Davis and UC San Francisco. OA2020 is an international movement, led by the Max Planck Digital Library in Munich, to convert the entire corpus of scholarly journal literature to open access by the year 2020. Open access promotes free, immediate access to research articles and the rights to use these articles to advance knowledge worldwide. OA2020 is a framework to achieve open access, and one solution for the rising costs of subscription journals and the need for reduced barriers in accessing and reusing information.” TechCrunch: The days of Google Talk are over. “The days of Google Talk are quickly coming to an end. As the company announced today, the messaging service that allowed Gmail users to talk to each other since it launched in 2005, will now be completely retired.” Etsy has released a transparency report. It appears to mostly concern intellectual property violations, from the statistics. “The Transparency [...](image)


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Antique Eyeglasses, Kosher Recipes, YouTube Advertising, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, March 24, 2017researchbuzz

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:49:24 +0000

NEW RESOURCES Did you know there’s an online museum devoted to antique eyeglasses? “Over the years, the site has become an online museum and encyclopedia on visual aid. It features thousands of images of spectacles that date as far back as the 13th century. [Dr. David] Fleishman also posts related news, art, and history regularly.” Thanks to Esther S., who is always on the case, for this pointer to a new collection of kosher recipes (PRESS RELEASE). “Kosher.com simplifies your search for just the right kosher recipe – be it gluten-free, Syrian-style or low calorie, you’ll find thousands upon thousands of kosher recipes under one umbrella site. They’ve been collected, archived and digitized from your favorite cookbooks, magazines, kosher chefs and more, some that were printed long-ago to current favorites, plus original recipes exclusive to kosher.com.” TWEAKS AND UPDATES Bloomberg Quint: YouTube Hate Videos Snare Ikea Ads as Google Crisis Spreads. “Major advertisers across Europe and Asia are still appearing alongside extremist YouTube videos days after technology giant Google said it was taking steps to protect its clients from inadvertently supporting hate.” CNET: No network? No problem for Google Docs on Firefox. “If you use Google’s G Suite apps and [...](image)


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New Zealand Water, Facebook Ads, Instagram, More: Friday Buzz, March 23, 2017researchbuzz

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:42:21 +0000

NEW RESOURCES New Zealand has a new resource for monitoring drought conditions. “Called The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI), it is an easy-to-use, colour coded map that defines the scientifically observed drought status of every New Zealand district. The NZDI is modelled on similar indexes used around the world, displaying the dryness of each district in five categories: dry, very dry, extremely dry, drought and severe drought. Each category is colour coded from yellow for dry, through to dark red for severe drought.” TWEAKS AND UPDATES Very interesting! From Marketing Land: How to track Facebook’s ratio of ads to organic posts in your desktop news feed. “Some time this year, Facebook will max out the number of ads it can squeeze into people’s news feeds. But how many ads is Facebook already inserting? To get a better idea, I’ve built an extension for Google’s Chrome browser, called Facebook Ad Spotter, that tracks the number of ads and organic posts appearing in Facebook’s desktop news feed.” WIRED: Instagram Has Two-Factor Authentication Now, So Turn It On. “While Instagram had made two-factor available to a select group of users previously, the extra layer of protection is now available to all, meaning you, [...](image)


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