The Conversation: Rivers can suddenly change course – scientists used 50 years of satellite images to learn where and how it happens

The Conversation: Rivers can suddenly change course – scientists used 50 years of satellite images to learn where and how it happens. “Throughout history, important cities around the world have flourished along river banks. But rivers can also be destructive forces. They routinely flood, and on rare occasions, they can abruptly shift pathways. These ‘channel-jumping’ events, which are called avulsions, have caused some of the deadliest floods in human history…. In a newly published study, I worked with colleagues to map the global distribution of avulsions on river fans and deltas. We used satellite images of over 100 rivers from 1973 to the present, providing a half-century of bird’s-eye views of global river evolution.”

BuzzFeed News: Male Fashion Influencers Are Saving Basic Men Everywhere

BuzzFeed News: Male Fashion Influencers Are Saving Basic Men Everywhere. “There’s a growing niche of TikTok guys who show their peers how to elevate their style. Take Ethan Glenn. Glenn posts his outfits, hauls, and sponcon for an audience of over 300,000. This isn’t groundbreaking content. But considering that a whopping 84% of influencers doing sponcon on Instagram are women, it’s noteworthy that more guys are finally getting in the game. After years of women running the fashion show online, it turns out that men want to be influenced too.”

From Russia with money: Silicon Valley distances itself from oligarchs (Washington Post)

Washington Post: From Russia with money: Silicon Valley distances itself from oligarchs. “A Putin youth leader-turned-investor once touted connections to wealthy Russians. Now she denies knowing ‘anyone.’”

The Register: Facebook fined peanuts after Giphy staff quit and firm didn’t tell UK competition regulators

The Register: Facebook fined peanuts after Giphy staff quit and firm didn’t tell UK competition regulators. “The latest £1.5m ($2.03m) fine was imposed after three key staffers left Giphy. The CMA had imposed a legal order on Facebook owner Meta (2021 profit: $39bn) forcing the US giant to reveal if any ‘staff in positions of executive or managerial responsibility and/or whose performance affects the viability of the business’ resigned.”

Global News: Ottawa declares state of emergency amid trucker convoy protest

Global News: Ottawa declares state of emergency amid trucker convoy protest. “The City of Ottawa declared a state of emergency on Sunday after over a week of trucker convoy demonstrations in the nation’s capital against COVID-19 restrictions. Mayor Jim Watson made the announcement in a press release issued late Sunday afternoon.”

Mashable: Digital map of Rio’s biggest favela is reintegrating vital public services

Mashable: Digital map of Rio’s biggest favela is reintegrating vital public services. “From infrastructure to healthcare, Rio de Janeiro’s favelas have remained largely excluded from vital public services. Starting in Rocinha, Rio’s biggest favela, a new digital map hopes to change that. Ran by MIT Senseable City Lab, ‘Favelas 4D’ uses 3D laser scanning technology to digital map the maze-like area.”

1,809 known Tibetan political prisoners in Chinese prisons: TCHRD (Phayul)

Phayul: 1,809 known Tibetan political prisoners in Chinese prisons: TCHRD. “The Dharamshala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) launched a new online database with information on 5,518 Tibetan political prisoners compiled since 1990. The initiative is in collaboration with Geneva-based HURIDOCS’ (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems) application Uwazi. Researcher Tenzin Dawa, said 3,067 prisoners have been released whereas 1,809 people are still currently detained in Chinese prisons.”

New York Times: Michael Steinhardt, Billionaire, Surrenders $70 Million in Stolen Relics

New York Times: Michael Steinhardt, Billionaire, Surrenders $70 Million in Stolen Relics. “Michael H. Steinhardt, the billionaire hedge fund pioneer and one of New York’s most prolific antiquities collectors, has surrendered 180 stolen objects valued at $70 million and been barred for life from acquiring any other relics, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said in a statement Monday.”

New York Times: A Tech Whistle-Blower Helps Others Speak Out

New York Times: A Tech Whistle-Blower Helps Others Speak Out. “Since last year, Ms. [Ifeoma] Ozoma, 29, a former employee of Pinterest, Facebook and Google, has emerged as a central figure among tech whistle-blowers. The Yale-educated daughter of Nigerian immigrants, she has supported and mentored tech workers who needed help speaking out, pushed for more legal protections for those employees and urged tech companies and their shareholders to change their whistle-blower policies.”

5 best free photo layout apps (Mashable)

Mashable: 5 best free photo layout apps . “Photo layout apps, which can help you quickly and easily create attractive photo collages and montages, are an absolute godsend for those of us who aren’t conveniently blessed with mad Photoshop skills. After testing dozens of them, we can now bring you, in alphabetical order, the five best free photo layout apps out there.”

University of Barcelona: A Virtual Museum for the 21st century

University of Barcelona: A Virtual Museum for the 21st century. “The new Virtual Museum of the UB (MVUB), which incorporates new software improving the previous one, opened this Monday, November 15. Four new collections have been added to the seventeen that it had until now, in a new, more modern interface that improves its usability. New features have also been added: virtual exhibitions by theme, and access to the virtual tour of the Historic Building in Catalan, Spanish and English.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google, Snap and Dozens Of Tech Companies Coordinate New Diversity Push

BNN Bloomberg: Google, Snap and Dozens Of Tech Companies Coordinate New Diversity Push. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Twitter Inc., Snap Inc. and about two dozen other major technology companies are banding together to focus on improving workplace diversity and strengthening the pipeline of underrepresented workers in Silicon Valley.”

Inside the Games: IMMAF launches athletes database and alumni records page

Inside the Games: IMMAF launches athletes database and alumni records page. “The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) has launched two interactive databases featuring the organisation’s current athletes and alumni. The Athletes Database features approximately 2,200 IMMAF fighters across senior, junior and youth categories and lists the accolades of all medallists.”

The End Of An Archive: NCAR Powers Off HPSS (UCAR)

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: The End Of An Archive: NCAR Powers Off HPSS. “After more than 10 years in service as a long-term repository for curated data archives and modeling data, NCAR [National Center for Atmospheric Research]’s High-Performance Storage System (HPSS) was officially retired on October 1, 2021. The tape archive made its debut in March 2011 as a follow-on to the 25-year-old NCAR Mass Storage System (MSS). During the transition from MSS, some 70 million files – approximately 12 petabytes of data – were migrated into HPSS. At its peak in early 2020, the volume of data archived in HPSS had grown to more than 93 petabytes and 300 million files.”

Chemical & Engineering News: EU releases database of toxic chemicals in products

Chemical & Engineering News: EU releases database of toxic chemicals in products. “The new database contains information provided by about 6,000 companies, which are required to notify [European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)] if they market products that contain ‘substances of very high concern’ at concentrations of more than 0.1% by weight. Lead compounds, found in products such as batteries, automotive parts, and crystalware, are the most common substances in the database.”