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Dataset containing detailed purchase histories from 5027 US Amazon.com consumers

Data is Plural: “The MIT Media Lab’s Alex Berke et al. have compiled “a first-of-its-kind dataset containing detailed purchase histories from 5027 U.S. Amazon.com consumers, spanning 2018 through 2022, with more than 1.8 million purchases […] crowdsourced through an online survey and shared with participants’ informed consent.” The published data include “order date, product code, title, price, quantity, and shipping address state,” and are “linked to survey data with information about participants’ demographics, lifestyle, and health.” The researchers found that a stratified subsample of the data demonstrated “expected seasonal trends and strong relationships to other public datasets.” [h/t Data Science Community Newsletter]

Five ways criminals are using AI

MIT Technology News: “Artificial intelligence has brought a big boost in productivity—to the criminal underworld.  Generative AI provides a new, powerful tool kit that allows malicious actors to work far more efficiently and internationally than ever before, says Vincenzo Ciancaglini, a senior threat researcher at the security company Trend Micro.  Most criminals are “not living… Continue Reading

Big Oil Reality Check: Oil and Gas Companies Failing on Climate

“Oil Change International released our Big Oil Reality Check report today in collaboration with over 200 organizations worldwide. The report assesses the climate pledges and plans of eight international oil and gas companies – Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, TotalEnergies, BP, Eni, Equinor, and ConocoPhillips – against 10 criteria representing the bare minimum for aligning with the… Continue Reading

How food affects the mind, as well as the body

The Economist [no paywall]: “…With mental-health disorders rising, a growing number of scientists are investigating how food or nutritional supplements affect the mind. Brains, being the most complex and energy-demanding of the body’s organs, almost certainly have their own specialised, nutritional needs. Welcome, then, to the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry. An adult human brain,… Continue Reading

Pay researchers to spot errors in published papers

Nature – Borrowing the idea of ‘bug bounties’ from the technology industry could provide a systematic way to detect and correct the errors that litter the scientific literature. “In 2023, Google awarded a total of US$10 million to researchers who found vulnerabilities in its products. Why? Because allowing errors to go undetected could be much… Continue Reading

New Online Dashboard to Track Global Steel and Aluminum Scrap Metal Trade

“The International Trade Administration has unveiled a new supply chain monitor, known as the Global Scrap Monitor, for tracking steel and aluminum scrap trade flows around the world. This online dashboard provides data on global aluminum and steel scrap trade flows from the top importing/exporting markets, allowing domestic industry stakeholders and consumers to better understand… Continue Reading

After I learned this easy email trick the clutter vanished from my inbox

ZDNET: “Is your inbox overflowing with ads, newsletters, and social media updates? You don’t need complex rules or multiple accounts to get things under control. Just the magic of one feature that’s built into most email solutions…The magic of email aliases. An alias is an alternate email address that’s linked to your main account. Messages… Continue Reading