Deutsche Welle: Far-right trolls active on social media before German election: research. “Right-wing internet trolls sought to influence Germany’s federal election in September by setting up dozens of fake YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts to help them manipulate the online political debate, two studies released on Tuesday revealed. One study, published by several German public broadcasters and the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, revealed how some 5,000 users on the ‘Reconquista Germanica’ (Germany’s recapture) platform planned their social media campaigns.”
Securing Industry: Database can distinguish gutter oil from edible oil. “Chinese researchers have established a ‘spectral database’ that can be used to determine counterfeit cooking oil and gutter oil, a new paper reveals. Writing in the journal Food Chemistry, the researchers said the emergence of gutter oils – used or waste cooking oil collected from sources such as restaurant fryers, grease traps, slaughterhouse waste and sewage from sewer drains and relabelled as normal edible oil – has the potential to cause health problems and there is growing concern over the practice.” I didn’t know the term gutter oil, and now that I do I’m really glad I’ve had breakfast already. here’s a story from The Star in Malaysia..
Seeker: AI Earthquake Tracker Is Inspired by Speech Recognition Technology. “The state of Oklahoma has witnessed a stunning rise in the frequency of earthquakes, which has been linked to an increase in the use of fracking technology in the oil and gas sector. Starting in 2009, the annual number of quakes measuring above magnitude 3.0 in the state exploded from fewer than three to as many as 903 in 2015. Now, all this seismic activity has prompted scientists to develop a new tool for tracking it — drawing on speech recognition technology.”
Phys .org: Researchers find tweeting in cities lower than expected. “Studying data from Twitter, University of Illinois researchers found that less people tweet per capita from larger cities than in smaller ones, indicating an unexpected trend that has implications in understanding urban pace of life. They identified that while there are less people tweeting, there are a group of people who tweet prolifically. This suggests there is a concentrated core of more active users that may serve as information broadcasters for larger cities.”
Politico: Facebook’s next project: American inequality. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is quietly cracking open his company’s vast trove of user data for a study on economic inequality in the U.S. — the latest sign of his efforts to reckon with divisions in American society that the social network is accused of making worse.”
My Sunshine Coast: ‘Doctor Google’ could help curb melanoma. “Scientists have found a surprising link between internet searches about melanoma and the number of officially confirmed cases. A team from the University of the Sunshine Coast, QUT and Cancer Council Queensland compared Queensland internet search data on Google with officially diagnosed cancers from the Queensland Council Registry.”
Science Daily: Is social media to blame for poor grades? . “Do teenagers who frequent Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites perform worse academically? Scientists from Germany have looked into these worries.”