Nature: A deep learning approach to fight illicit trafficking of antiquities using artefact instance classification

Nature: A deep learning approach to fight illicit trafficking of antiquities using artefact instance classification. “We approach the task of detecting the illicit movement of cultural heritage from a machine learning perspective by presenting a framework for detecting a known artefact in a new and unseen image. To this end, we explore the machine learning problem of instance classification for large archaeological images datasets, i.e. where each individual object (instance) is itself a class that all of the multiple images of that object belongs.”

Europeana Pro: New project at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin explores crowdsourcing for the Anthropocene

Europeana Pro: New project at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin explores crowdsourcing for the Anthropocene . “In 2021, Europeana’s Research Grants Programme awarded funding for innovative projects exploring crowdsourcing and research. What did the winners achieve? We hear from Ulrike Sturm, Scientific Officer Innovation for Nature and Society at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, who spoke on behalf of the project team.”

Editorial: Open the NYC 9/11 files: The city must release its archives on air quality during the rescue and recovery efforts (New York Daily News)

New York Daily News: Editorial: Open the NYC 9/11 files: The city must release its archives on air quality during the rescue and recovery efforts. “Lawyers for the City of New York are sitting on a hidden library of documents about the environmental and health hazards from Ground Zero dating back to 2001 that must be published. Survivors and responders want to know what the city knew, and Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney have been pressing for years for City Hall to release the archive.”

Laptop: Google results for ‘Eragon’ author showed borderline porn — I’m officially fed up with the search engine

Laptop: Google results for ‘Eragon’ author showed borderline porn — I’m officially fed up with the search engine . “…over the course of the last two weeks, my trust in Google has waned. It’s not uncommon to find issues with the company’s services every once in a while, but with the way these inconveniences have been stacking up recently, I’m baffled by how awful Google has been for me lately. This piece will highlight the issues I’ve had with Google’s search engine, which has frequently offered borderline offensive search results when looking up otherwise innocuous queries.”

NASA: How to Follow Webb’s Next Steps

NASA: How to Follow Webb’s Next Steps. “Now that NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope’s first images and data are out, you might be wondering: What comes next? The observatory has a packed schedule of science programs looking at all kinds of cosmic phenomena, like planets, stars, galaxies, black holes, and more. Webb will revolutionize our understanding of the universe — but first, researchers need time to analyze data and make sure that they understand what they’re seeing.”

TechCrunch: Google’s ‘quantum supremacy’ usurped by researchers using ordinary supercomputer

TechCrunch: Google’s ‘quantum supremacy’ usurped by researchers using ordinary supercomputer. “To be clear, no one is saying Google lied or misrepresented its work — the painstaking and groundbreaking research that led to the quantum supremacy announcement in 2019 is still hugely important. But if this new paper is correct, the classical versus quantum computing competition is still anybody’s game. You can read the full story of how Google took quantum from theory to reality in the original article, but here’s the very short version. Quantum computers like Sycamore are not better than classical computers at anything yet, with the possible exception of one task: simulating a quantum computer.”

Dezeen: Gluon “using 3D data to save” the Nakagin Capsule Tower

Dezeen: Gluon “using 3D data to save” the Nakagin Capsule Tower. “Japanese digital consultancy Gluon is combining data from laser scanning with 20,000 photographs to create an augmented reality model of the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo, which is currently being demolished. Named the 3D Digital Archive Project, the team aims to use digital technology to create an extremely accurate virtual model of the metabolist residential block designed by Kisho Kurokawa.”

The Conversation: Why it’s important to think about social media use as a form of dissociation, rather than addiction

The Conversation: Why it’s important to think about social media use as a form of dissociation, rather than addiction. “What if, instead of people becoming ‘addicted’ to social media – as users often characterize their excessive engagement – they’re actually dissociating, or becoming so engaged that they lose track of time? I’ve researched people’s social media use for four years as a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington, and my collaborators and I decided to design a study to test this theory.”

Stanford News: Stanford-based initiative WastewaterSCAN will monitor wastewater for COVID-19, monkeypox, influenza A, and RSV genetic markers to help guide public health responses

Stanford News: Stanford-based initiative WastewaterSCAN will monitor wastewater for COVID-19, monkeypox, influenza A, and RSV genetic markers to help guide public health responses. “Researchers at Stanford University and Emory University have launched a nationwide initiative to monitor monkeypox, COVID-19, and other infectious diseases in communities by measuring viral genetic material in wastewater. The effort will also provide health officials and the public with free, high-quality data, which is critical to informing public health decision making.”

Yale Insights: Is Elon Musk Right about the Bot Problem on Twitter?

Yale Insights: Is Elon Musk Right about the Bot Problem on Twitter?. “When he announced that he was buying Twitter, Elon Musk said his goals included ‘defeating the spam bots.’ Two months later, he withdrew his offer, claiming that the company had failed to make data on bots available to him. We asked Prof. Tauhid Zaman, who has studied the impact of bots, how much they skew the experience of Twitter users.”