Arizona State University: Zombie narratives can chew through complex topics. “Four-day conference bridging science and the arts explores zombification to engage in potentially frightening aspects of the future.” Weird headline, fascinating article.
Arizona State University: Fighting fake photos, one social stream at a time. “In 1855, an English photographer named Roger Fenton traveled to Crimea to document the war there. British troops dubbed one spot on the Sevastopol peninsula the ‘valley of death’ because it was under constant shelling. Fenton photographed the spot, a shallow defile littered with cannonballs. The photo (above), titled ‘Valley of the Shadow of Death,’ became famous as one of the first and most well-known images of war. The problem is it’s faked.”
Arizona State University: Meet EyeTell, the next threat to touch-screen passwords. “If you’re smart, you change your passwords every six months and avoid using ‘password123’ to secure your information. That should be enough to protect you, right? It might not be, say Arizona State University researchers trying to stay on top of the latest cybersecurity threats.”
Arizona State University: ASU Online biology course is first to offer virtual-reality lab in Google partnership. “Students in general biology classes usually don’t get to take blood samples from people, but an online class at Arizona State University not only lets students draw blood, they also can manipulate DNA — all in virtual reality. Thirty students in the general biology course under way now are using virtual-reality headsets to complete their lab requirement as part of a new partnership among ASU Online, Google and Labster. In total, 140 pairs of headsets will be available for students to borrow for the next round of classes starting in October.”
Arizona State University: In the future, you will be forever. “A Hollywood director fired for comments tweeted a decade ago. Memorialized accounts on Facebook, where your entire history exists forever and your contacts can continue posting after you’re gone. Photos from that college Halloween party that continue to surface in your Google results. This is what digital immortality looks like now. In the future, it may be more elaborate, and could even involve some type of simulacrum of you interacting with people.”
Arizona State University: Crowdfunding success relies on friendly networks, ASU research finds. “Four years ago this summer, a phenomenon hit social media when millions of people participated in the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” raising more than $115 million for charity. An Arizona State University professor has published a research paper looking at these kinds of social-media crowdsourcing phenomena and why they’re so successful.”
Arizona State University: Marking 100 years of Grand Canyon National Park history. “For the first time ever, thousands of high-quality archival materials — photographs, documents and correspondence — chronicling the early history of the Grand Canyon National Park (1890–1940) have been made digitally available to the public through a partnership between Arizona State University Library, Cline Library of Northern Arizona University, and the Grand Canyon National Park.”