Engadget: The new Assassin’s Creed educational tour lets you explore the Viking Age

Engadget: The new Assassin’s Creed educational tour lets you explore the Viking Age. “Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours can offer valuable educational insights into historical periods, and that may be particularly true for the latest instalment. Ubisoft has released a Discovery Tour: Viking Age update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that gives you the chance to explore Viking-era England and Norway without the usual conflicts. There’s a new format, however. Rather than go on guided tours and visit exhibits, you assume the roles of four Anglo-Saxon and Viking characters (such as Anglo-Saxon king Alfred the Great and a Viking merchant) as they undertake eight quests that illustrate their daily lives.” You do not have to buy the video game to get the educational tour; a stand-alone version is available for $20.

Google for Creators: Helping creators learn and grow (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Google for Creators: Helping creators learn and grow. “Google for Creators shows how the web can become part of your content mix. A quick quiz on the homepage provides personalized recommendations with topics most relevant to you. So if you’re just getting started, the quiz might recommend that you check out guides for finding a niche or creating a content strategy. Or if you’re a more seasoned creator, you might see recommendations for learning how to grow your audience and make more money.”

BusinessWire: Esri Partners with The Ray to Map Solar Energy Hot Spots (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Esri Partners with The Ray to Map Solar Energy Hot Spots (PRESS RELEASE). “Research published by the Webber Energy Group (WEG) at the University of Texas at Austin, and by The Ray, a nonprofit studying technologies that can transform the transportation sector for a Vision Zero future, documented the efficiency and economic, societal, and environmental benefits of installing solar arrays on interstate right-of-way (ROW) land. The findings revealed that solar panels at these exits could generate up to 36 terawatt hours (TWh) a year—enough to power 12 million passenger electric vehicles—with the value of the energy generated by roadside solar panels estimated at $4 billion per year.”

13 News Now: Virginia launches website to help people stay informed about voting, elections process

13 News Now: Virginia launches website to help people stay informed about voting, elections process . “The Virginia Department of Elections launched a website to help people stay informed about voting and the elections process. The department said the ‘Vote with Confidence’ site has information about when and where people can vote, how Virginia conducts its elections, and key dates and deadlines.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Scrapbooks from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra documenting the Civil Rights Era are now available online

Digital Library of Georgia: Scrapbooks from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra documenting the Civil Rights Era are now available online. “In partnership with the Georgia State University Special Collections and Archives (Music and Broadcasting Collections) the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) has digitized 24 scrapbooks from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Collection dating from 1945-1985 that are now available online as part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Collection.”

State of Delaware: The Delaware Public Archives is Pleased to Announce the Digital Release of The Abram H. Draper Collection

State of Delaware: The Delaware Public Archives is Pleased to Announce the Digital Release of The Abram H. Draper Collection. “The Delaware Public Archives is pleased to announce the digital release of ‘The Abram H. Draper Collection.’ This unique collection consists of 34 pieces of correspondence including letters and poetry from Sergeant Abram H. Draper to his wife Anna M. Wiley Draper during the American Civil War.”

PRNewswire: FAIR Health Launches Interactive Maps Showing State-by-State COVID-19 Hospitalization and Treatment Costs (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: FAIR Health Launches Interactive Maps Showing State-by-State COVID-19 Hospitalization and Treatment Costs (PRESS RELEASE). “Today FAIR Health is launching a set of free, online, interactive maps displaying typical costs for COVID-19 treatment and hospitalization state by state across the nation. Part of FAIR Health’s ‘States by the Numbers’ series, the COVID-19 Medical and Hospitalization Costs by State tool shows average and median costs, both in-network and out-of-network, for three different COVID-19 treatment pathways.”

The Center Square: New website compiles Missouri school test scores, annual student improvement

The Center Square: New website compiles Missouri school test scores, annual student improvement. “Parents and taxpayers can now review Missouri school and district data to evaluate a wide range of performance indicators, including whether students are improving year over year. [The site] by the Show-Me Institute launched last week to make data easily available and in a format understood by the public.”

NASA: Hear Sounds From Mars Captured by NASA’s Perseverance Rover

NASA: Hear Sounds From Mars Captured by NASA’s Perseverance Rover. “Thanks to two microphones aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover, the mission has recorded nearly five hours of Martian wind gusts, rover wheels crunching over gravel, and motors whirring as the spacecraft moves its arm. These sounds allow scientists and engineers to experience the Red Planet in new ways – and everyone is invited to listen in.”

Revealed: more than 120,000 US sites feared to handle harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Revealed: more than 120,000 US sites feared to handle harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals. “The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified more than 120,000 locations around the US where people may be exposed to a class of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ associated with various cancers and other health problems that is a frightening tally four times larger than previously reported, according to data obtained by the Guardian.”

British Library: Antoine de Lonhy and the Saluces Hours

British Library: Antoine de Lonhy and the Saluces Hours . “The Saluces Hours is a manuscript with a complicated genesis. It was produced in Savoy, which in the 15th century was in independent duchy, and today comprises an area of southeast France and northwest Italy. The manuscript was originally begun around the 1440s, several decades before Lonhy’s involvement in the project. In this first stage, the text was probably completed and the process of illuminating the book begun.” Breathtaking! I probably say that half the time for illuminated manuscripts, but it’s always true.