Articles of Interest - Week of Jan 14

***2018

Our Favorite Facts of 2018  New York Times 

Top 18 Data Visualizations of 2018  How Much 

2018's top 7 libraries and packages for data science and AI  Heartbeat 

The 2018 Storyhunter Staff Pick Awards  Story Hunter 

The biggest science stories of 2018: From the edge of the solar system to crises on Earth  Washington Post  

List of visualization best-of-year lists, 2018  FlowingData

The best and worst of 2018, in 85 lists  Inside Hook 

***2019

50 Things Turning 50 in 2019  Mental Floss 

Tech trends 2019: 'The end of truth as we know it?' BBC

***BIG DATA & AI 

60 minutes looks at how one man is advancing artificial intelligence  CBS News  

Understanding Generative Adversarial Networks and what makes them interesting  Toward Data Science 

Scenarios have been discovered in which it is impossible to prove whether or not a machine-learning algorithm could solve a particular problem  Nature Magazine 

 ***SOCIAL MEDIA 

Is having the most popular photo on Instagram worth anything? Will someone cash in on the payout potential of that Kardashian-smashing egg?  Recode

Inside Facebook's 'cult-like' workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time  CNBC 

***SOCIAL MEDIA & POLITICS  

Newly elected congressmember AOC offers older colleagues a master class in social media Wired   

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has more Twitter power than media, establishment  Axios  

***JOURNALISM

Facebook says it will invest $300 Million in Local News TechCrunch

Reporter Attacked While Broadcasting Live  CBS Sacramento  

The newspaper that #MeToo missed At Las Vegas Review-Journal, allegations of misconduct were met with little change  Columbia Journalism Review

***FAKE NEWS

Democrats Targeted Roy Moore With Fake Campaign  US News 

'Fake News' Results In Real Jail Time For Ohio Woman  Tech Dirt 

Who was most likely to share fake news in 2016? Seniors  Washington Post 

Oft-quoted paper on spread of fake news turns out to be…fake news  Retraction Watch

Scarlett Johansson says fighting deepfake porn is 'fruitless': new form of harassment with little legal recourse  Engadget 

***PRIVACY & SECURITY 

Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone  T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data  Motherboard  

America’s Electric Grid Has a Vulnerable Back Door—and Russia Walked Through It (sub. req’ed) Wall Street Journal  

Hacks Are Getting So Common That Companies Are Turning To 'Cyber Insurance'  NPR 

Previously secret CIA report documents spear attack against surveillance plane  ArsTechnica

***INTERNET 

The 20 Most Popular Websites, Charted From 1998 To 2018  Digg

Google Reveals How It Approaches SEO  Media Post 

Numerous Government Sites' HTTPS Certificates Expire Amid Shutdown  DailyDot  

The Rise and Demise of RSS  Motherboard 

***WRITING & READING

Indie bookstores flourish in an Amazon world  Axios 

How To Start Reading Poetry If You Have No Idea Where To Begin  Bustle  

Is Skim Reading the New Normal?  Psychology Today 

***LANGUAGE 

YouGov survey: British sarcasm 'lost on Americans'  BBC  

Learn Spanish Through Pop Music Using This App  Life Hacker

***LITERATURE 

Physiological essay on Gulliver’s Travels: a correction after three centuries  Springer  

Long-lost Jane Austen family photo album discovered on eBay  Fox News

***GENDER 

Men in the US have More daily leisure Time than Women The Atlantic  

An analysis of dental plaque illuminates the forgotten history of female scribes  The Atlantic

***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES

What A Case Of Mistaken Identity Tells Us About Race In America  NPR

The father of DNA says he still believes in a link between race, intelligence. His lab just stripped him of his titles Washington Post 

***LEGAL ISSUES 

Despite Losing Its Copyright Case, The State Of Georgia Still Trying To Stop People From Posting Its Laws  Tech Dirt 

Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims win legal victory against InfoWars, Alex Jones  ABC News

New York Times Moves To Dismiss Joe Arpaio's Defamation Lawsuit By Pointing Out It's Impossible To Defame Him  Tech Dirt

Cops Can't Force People to Unlock Their Phones With Biometrics, Court Rules  Gizomdo 

***CRIME

How true-crime podcasts find clues the police miss  BBC 

Groveland Four pardoned by Florida clemency board  Miami Herald   

***PERSONAL GROWTH 

Adulting Burnout  Becoming (my blog)

'Affective Presence': How You Make Other People Feel  The Atlantic

Physics explains why time passes faster as you age  Quartz

***RELIGION

Conservative Evangelicals Attempt to Disentangle Their Faith from Trumpism  New Yorker 

One year after the American Bible Society issued an ultimatum, almost 20 percent of its staff has quit  Philadelphia Inquirer

Did the U.S. Supreme Court Rule That Oaths Not Taken on the Bible Are ‘Illegal’?  Snopes 

***RELIGION AND POLITICS

Texas Republicans Will Vote on Whether to Remove Muslim-American From GOP Position Because of His Religion  Newsweek  

Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill  NBC News 

Megachurch pastor with ties to George W. Bush indicted on $3.5 million fraud  ABC News

***GOOD NEWS

11-year-old saves man almost twice his size from drowning  KARE TV 

The 90-Year-Old Doper Is Not A Doper At All: The Carl Grove Case  FloBikes

 Lost teddy bear gets luxury five-star hotel break in Hawaii  CNN

***GOOD NEWS WITH ANIMALS 

Through her lemonade stand, Texas girl raises thousands for animal rescues  The Week  

Stranger drives 2,300 miles to reunite boy recovering from surgery with his dog  CBS News 

Stray Dog Adopted By Gas Station Rushes To The Rescue During Armed Robbery  The Dodo

***ART & DESIGN

Panoramic Photographs by Peter Li Bring an Otherworldly Perspective to the Architectural Symmetry of Churches  This is Colossal 

Graphic designer recreates vintage maps, adding stunning 3-D elevation  Scott Reinhard  

The Getty Digital Archive Expands to 135,000 Free Images: Download High Resolution Scans of Paintings, Sculptures, Photographs & Much Much More  Open Culture 

How science and tech left an imprint on 3 iconic paintings  Wired 

***MUSIC 

Nina Simone's 'Lovely, Precious Dream' For Black Children  NPR

Independent Music Publicists Grapple With a Shrinking Media Landscape  Billboard

 Old, meet new: Sony introduces a wireless turntable for vinyl records  Ars Technica 

***FILM 

Scientists Have Determined the Most Influential Film of All Time  Curiosity

***SOCIAL ISSUES 

How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor  New York Times  

The Weight I Carry What it’s like to be too big in America  The Atlantic

Pet opioid prescriptions have soared, Penn study finds. But who’s really using the meds?  Philadelphia Inquirer 

Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road  NPR

***SOCIAL ISSUES: THE WALL 

The Wall – Interactive map exploring U.S.-Mexico border  USA Today  

How Americans see illegal immigration, the border wall and political compromise  Pew Research Center

***BUSINESS & FINANCE

Over 300 small-business loans a day aren’t happening because of the shutdown  Washington Post

***ENVIRONMENT

The Era Of Easy Recycling May Be Coming To An End  FiveThirtyEight

5 key environmental impacts of the government shutdown  National Geographic

***HEALTH

Hopkins Researchers ID New Biomarker for Colorectal Cancers  Hopkins Medicine

Health Rankings by State  America’s Health Rankings

Excessive body fat around the middle linked to smaller brain, study says  CNN

Biggest jump in drug overdoses was among middle-aged women  NBC News 

Most Health and Wellness Advice From Instagram Influencers Is Wrong  The Atlantic

Artificial Sweeteners, Not Good, Not Bad  New York Times

***TRAVEL

52 Places to Go in 2019  New York Times

University of California tells students not to use WeChat, WhatsApp in China  CNN

***FOOD 

Nutella  Quartz  

One in 10 Adults Have a Food Allergy: Many More Say They Have One  New York Times 

Vietnamese restaurant 'Pho Keene Great' under fire for name  KWCH 

FDA says most food inspections halted amid shutdown  The Hill

***FAMILY 

Dad makes app that forces teens to reply to text   news.com.au 

***PSYCHOLOGY  

The Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces Quantam Magazine

Denver passes conversion therapy ban  The Denver Channel

The Science of Dreaming  Long Reads  

Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past  The Conversation 

***PHILOSOPHY

Bertrand Russell's 10 Commandments for Living in a Healthy Democracy  Open Culture

***PRODUCTIVITY & EMAIL 

Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email Because my inbox will always be waiting for me, but my children will not New York Times 

Don’t Reply to Your Emails The case for inbox infinity  The Atlantic

Dread Opening Your Inbox? There's A New Approach To Embracing All Those Emails  NPR

***RESEARCH  

U.S. Officials Warn Health Researchers: China May Be Trying to Steal Your Data  New York Times

China censors British academic publisher  Ekklesia 

Taiwanese biochemist cleared of corruption  Nature 

***HIGHER ED

Small-college presidents work to adapt to a changing market  Inside Higher Ed 

Why U.S. universities are shutting down China-funded Confucius Institutes  Washington Post  

The Resilience of Religion in American Higher Education’  Inside Higher Ed

Religious Colleges Praise Proposed Protections for Their Mission  Bloomberg  

Lawsuit goes to trial over whether retired president is owed by a Baptist school  Inside Higher Ed

***HUMANITIES & STEM

Don’t Teach Your Kid to Code: Teach Them to Communicate  Medium  

 Why We Need the Humanities in the Sciences Patheos

***TEACHING

Professors Worry About the Cost of Textbooks, but Free Alternatives Pose Their Own Problems Chronicle of Higher Education 

Learning Styles: Educators v Scientists  Inside Higher Ed

Empathetic Syllabi Review Exercise  Faculty Focus

***STUDENT LIFE

Millions of College Students Are Going Hungry  The Atlantic  

Renting College Textbooks Can Be An Even Bigger Ripoff Than Buying Them Huffington Post

Managing Teenage Acne  New York Times

A Northwestern Student Took Her Own Life. Is a Sorority to Blame?  The Atlantic

Why some colleges don't rely on SAT or ACT scores Springfield

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

Chicago State to pay $650K in faculty blog lawsuit  Associated Press

Proceedings Start Against ‘Sokal Squared’ Hoax Professor  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Printing Delays Present ‘New Normal’ for Academic  Inside Higher Ed 

UW-Oshkosh professor sues to prevent records about plagiarism investigation from being released to newspaper  Wisconsin State Journal

64 lecturers at Ugandan University miss research grants over plagiarism  Daily Monitor

Adulting Burnout

“The modern Millennial, for the most part, views adulthood as a series of actions, as opposed to a state of being,” an article in Elite Daily explains. “Adulting therefore becomes a verb.” “To adult” is to complete your to-do list — but everything goes on the list, and the list never ends.  

That’s one of the most ineffable and frustrating expressions of burnout: It takes things that should be enjoyable and flattens them into a list of tasks, intermingled with other obligations that should either be easily or dutifully completed. The end result is that everything, from wedding celebrations to registering to vote, becomes tinged with resentment and anxiety and avoidance.  

To describe millennial burnout accurately is to acknowledge the multiplicity of our lived reality — that we’re not just high school graduates, or parents, or knowledge workers, but all of the above — while recognizing our status quo. We’re deeply in debt, working more hours and more jobs for less pay and less security, struggling to achieve the same standards of living as our parents, operating in psychological and physical precariousness, all while being told that if we just work harder, meritocracy will prevail, and we’ll begin thriving. The carrot dangling in front of us is the dream that the to-do list will end, or at least become far more manageable.

Anne Helen Petersen writing in BuzzFeed News

Straight A’s won’t matter in real life

When I was in college, I obsessed over getting straight A’s, said Adam Grant. Now that I’m a professor, “I watch in dismay” when I see students joining the same “cult of perfectionism.” They think straight A’s will provide entrée to elite graduate schools and prestigious careers. The evidence, however, says otherwise. Research across industries shows that while there’s a modest correlation between grades and job performance the first year out of college, after a few years, the difference is “trivial.” Why? “Getting straight A’s requires conformity. Having an influential career demands originality.” While straight-A students are locked in their dorm rooms or library pursuing “meaningless perfection,” their peers are developing skills that aren’t captured by grades: “creativity, leadership, and teamwork skills and social, emotional, and political intelligence.” Real career success doesn’t come from “finding the right solution to a problem—it’s more about finding the right problem to solve.” In high school Steve Jobs pulled a 2.65 GPA, J.K. Rowling had a C average at Exeter, and Martin Luther King Jr. managed only one A in four years at Morehouse College. This tells us that “underachieving in school can prepare you to overachieve in life.”

Adam Grant writing in The New York Times (as quoted in The Week Magazine

Tuesday Tech Tools: Publishing Platforms

Want to start a blog, create a portfolio site, or start a website for your business? Many of the sites below are free. Play around with a few of them and see which one clicks for you.

About Me
Quickly create an attractive profile page. A digital card/personal description site that is highly searchable and smartly designed. Sort of a social media business card. Free. Video introduction here.

beBee
Collaborative platform.

Blogger
Free blog platform with gentle learning curve for beginners Run by Google, so it integrates with Google products well. Lacks many plugins to improve functionality. Limited design options.

Clippings Me
Showcase your work as a journalist, blogger or writer.  Add online and print clippings, link to your social media sites, and customize your portfolio. Free. Demo.

Contently
Tools for creating and showcasing storytelling content of writers. Connects publishers (both news organizations and PR folks at businesses with journalists, then takes a 15% transition fee. Designed to help freelancers find work. Takes care of the paperwork aspect (invoicing and payments) for businesses hiring freelancers. Free.

Ghost (formerly Roon)
Open source, free blogging platform. Simple to use, custom domains. Focused on making beautiful content rather than options like plug-ins and SEO tools.

Joomla
Lots of possible complexity.  Deep level navigation, sections in sections, categories etc.

Live Blog
Live Blog is a liveblogging platform for journalists for posting from a phone or tablet.

LiveJournal
Blogging platform owned by Russians (where the servers are located). Lost subscribers after banning political posts and other topics. Ads are shown except for paid accounts.

Marquee
Publishing platform focused on presentation.

Medium
Created by Twitter co-founders to support good writing. Clean design and easy-to-use interface. For those who want to write but don’t want to maintain a blog or website. Intended to be a place where smart people plant their thoughts.  Share a draft of a post with friends who can make comments as marginal notes (rather than at the end of a post). Free, but Twitter account is required. No custom domains or customization.  

Newsbound
Visual-storytelling platform that can combine photos, graphics, animations and text into a slideshow. Considered part of explainer journalism, the company behind the site can be hired to create pieces. 

Postach.io
Publishing platform limited to Evernote (popular note-taking platform). Custom domains, but limited themes. Pulls your thoughts from Evernote into the blog.  Free for basic service, $4.99 a month for advanced options.

Postagon
Blogging platform. Custom domains, writing-oriented, comfortable setup. Limited customization. $5 a month.   

Posthaven
Custom domains, tagging. Weak on themes.$5 a month.

Pressfolios
Especially designed for highlighting the kinds of things a journalist would want to highlight in order to show what they've done. The links to past content are prominent. There’s also an area for listing skills and a detailed biography. Instead of just linking to your stories (which can be taken down) Pressfolios creates a backup version. Lacks social media integration. Free but $12 each month for a pro version. Samples: One: The Atlantic, GQ freelancer, Two: NY Times freelancer, Three: Rolling Stone contributor

Scribble Live
Live-streaming. Create, curate and publish content to provide real time coverage and storytelling. Fee.

Seelio
The portfolio network for student builders and doers.

Silvrback
Blogging platform. Establish your own brand with a custom domain. Nice archive and bio pages. $29.99 a year special. 14 day free trial.

Sitey
A do-it-yourself publishing platform, sames as WebsiteBuilder.com, SiteBuilder.com and Sitelio.com. Some reviewers, such as this one,  say there are many consumer complaints related to billing.

SquareSpace
Inexpensive and easy way to build a website or blog. WordPress has more flexible design and functionality (no plugins with Square Space), but not everyone will want so many extras. More focused on content than coding. Nice templates and tools for businesses. 14-day free trial. $8--$24 a month includes hosting.

Storify (no longer available)
Social media aggregate. Publish elements - photos, tweets, videos together. Free.

Svbtle
Writing platform. Minimalist interface. Encourages reader response. Must apply for membership.

Tumblr*
This social platform allows users to see posts from all of the blogs they follow in a single stream. Sort of Twitter, but with full text and more images. You can populate your stream with content by others simply by clicking the "like" and "reblog" buttons. Easy to use. Limited customization. Best for photography, art. Free.

Weebly
Simple website creation. Possibly the most easy-to-use with a useful drop and drag function. Limited customization. Free (with footer ad) but more options with paid subscription from $8-$38 monthly.

Wix
Drag and drop website builder using visually impressive layouts. Active customer support but hard to move away. Student example here. Free but a paid account is needed to unlock some features you would expect to be free. $5-$20 a month for a paid account.

WordPress.com 
WP-dot-com is free and easy to use. The dot-org version is not.  WP-dot-com includes hosting and a domain name (yourdomain.wordpress.com) but your own domain name is only $15 more.  Basic customization available (themes, colors, layout and fonts).  Limited monetization and plugin options.

WordPress.org*
The most often used software for publishing on line.  Pick your own domain name, host wherever you like, and add plugins as you like. Steeper learning curve that WP-dot-com.

Find more tools here.

Articles of Interest - Jan 7

***TECHNOLOGY

An introduction to Quantum Computing  IBM

Ranking the Top 100 Technological Advances  Gizmodo 

Physicists’ measurement is first of its kind and could provide a stepping stone to practical quantum computing   MIT 

***BIG DATA & AI  

Artificial intelligence turns brain activity into speech  Science Mag 

A brief explanation of automated machine learning, why it’s needed and where it’s going  KD Nuggets 

This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task  Tech Crunch 

The Most Amazing Artificial Intelligence Milestones So Far  Forbes 

Never mind killer robots—here are six real AI dangers to watch out for in 2019  MIT Tech Review

***SOCIAL MEDIA 

What Facebook knows about you  Axios

Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst  Associated Press

The Bird Box Effect: How Memes Drive Users to Netflix  The Ringer   

Link between social media and depression stronger in teen girls than boys, study says  CNN

How to Delete Your Online Accounts but Keep Your Data  Life Hacker 

How Facebook is Fueling The French Populist Rage  Monday Note 

***JOURNALISM 

7 tips on health care reporting from POLITICO’s Joanne Kenen  Journalists Resource

A journalist exposes the systemic failures that led to his wife’s death  Columbia Journalism Review  

How Google-backed MediaWise is teaching teens media literacy  Digiday

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM 

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press receives $1 million grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc  Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Dallas Morning News lays off 20 newsroom employees  Poynter 

A fresh look at the rise of nonprofit journalism — and the issues that remain  Poynter

***FAKE NEWS

How to recognize fake AI-generated images  Medium 

Inside Trump’s fake news recidivism  Axios 

2019: A year when fake news gets intimate and everyone disagrees on everything  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

***PRIVACY & SECURITY 

L.A. is suing IBM for illegally gathering and selling user data through its Weather Channel app  Los Angeles Times

DNA Testing? You Might Want to Wait for More Legal Protection  Bloomberg

***PRODUCING MEDIA

9 Types of Visual Storytelling on Mobile  Global Investigative Journalism Network

***INTERNET

How Much of the Internet Is Fake?  New York Magazine 

Half the world will be online in 2019: But getting people connected is not an unalloyed blessing  Economist 

***PERSONAL GROWTH  

The people inside the machine   Becoming (my blog)

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success   The Week

Are you a Digital Hoarder?  BBC

***WRITING & READING

The Rise of the Exclamation point  Quartz 

Ways schools and colleges could do a better job of teaching writing  Inside Higher Ed 

11,000 Digitized Books From 1923 Are Now Available Online at the Internet Archive  Open Culture       

Does It Pay to Be a Writer? A new study found that most authors’ incomes are below the poverty line  New York Times

***LANGUAGE

The Most Searched Words Of 2018  Dictionary.com

Top words teens use to describe 2018: exhausting, chaotic, meh  Survey Monkey 

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning  Wired 

How a Word Enters the Dictionary: A Quick Primer  Open Culture 

***LITERATURE

Getting Students to Study Literature  Inside Higher Ed

How Hollywood Gets the Publishing Industry Wrong  New York Times

An Illustrated and Interactive Dante's Inferno: Explore a New Digital Companion to the Great 14th-Century Epic Poem  Open Culture

***GENDER   

Women are being honored for their excellent journalism  Tampa Bay  

7 Ways to Improve Coverage of Women’s Sports  Harvard’s Nieman Reports 

***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES

Landmark settlement requires harasser to denounce white supremacy and apologize to the first black female student body president at American University Inside Higher Ed

 ***LEGAL ISSUES  

How copyright law is often used to squash free expression on the internet: The legal issues behind the AOC Dancing Video  Wired 

Content Just Entered The Public Domain  Kotaku

Ed Sheeran Going To Trial Over 'Thinking Out Loud' Plagiarism Allegations  Forbes  

F-Bombs Coming to Supreme Court for Review of Government Ban on Scandalous Trademarks Hollywood Reporter 

2018 Advertising Lawsuits  Technology & Marketing Law Blog 

2018 Trademark Lawsuits  Technology & Marketing Law Blog 

2018 Copyright Lawsuits  Technology & Marketing Law Blog 

***CRIME  

5 facts about crime in the U.S. Pew Research Center

***RELIGION

Thomas Keating died on October 25th: The pioneer of modern contemplative prayer was 95  Economist 

Evangelicals Seek Detente With Mideast Muslim Leaders As Critics Doubt Motives  NPR 

The 7 People Christians Trust More Than Their Pastors  Christianity Today    

Teen self-injects verses from the Bible and the Koran that have been transposed into DNA  BongBong

***RELIGION AND POLITICS 

Jerry Falwell Jr. can’t imagine Trump ‘doing anything that’s not good for the country’  Washington Post 

The New Congress: Fewer Christians But Still Religious  NPR

***GOOD NEWS

Granddaughter Records A Song Her Grandpa Wrote Decades Earlier (video) 

Minnesota doctor makes a blanket for every baby he delivers  Star Tribune 

A Pop-Up Japanese Cafe With Robot Servers Remotely Controlled by People With Disabilities (video)

This choir features singers with dementia Washington Post  

11-year-old boy pulls a drowning man from the bottom of a pool and saves his life CNN

The tattoo artist who erases racist and gang-related ink for free PS Mag

***ART & DESIGN

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2018  FlowingData

Design Ethics and the Limits of the Ethical Designer  Viget 

How Does Photography Affect You? We Tried to Find Out  Wired 

***MUSIC 

Sacred choral music touches on deep religious, moral and political questions Economist

Mongolian Heavy Metal Band Gets Millions Of YouTube Views   NPR

Star Spangled Banner sounds Russian when played in a minor key  (video)

***BUSINESS & FINANCE

How to Document Your Personal Possessions in Case of Emergency  LifeHacker  

What a Student Loan 'Bubble' Bursting Might Look Like  Vice

***ENVIRONMENT 

Humanity Has Managed to Change Places We’ve Barely Even Visited  Atlas Obscura 

5 New Year's resolutions that can help the environment in 2019  Mashable  

***HEALTH 

The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable  Vox

The Dangerous Allure of Breech Birth at Home – and a Problematic New Paper  PLOS

Is It A Nasty Cold Or The Flu?  NPR  

2019 Health Trends  Axios

Artificial intelligence can detect Alzheimer’s in brain scans six years before a diagnosis  Fast Company 

***TRAVEL

Why It Makes Sense That Airlines Overbook (video)  Cheddar

State Department warns Americans traveling in China to use 'increased caution'  Politico

***FOOD

Cops grieve 'Krispy Kreme Doughnuts' lost in NYE truck fire: 'No words'  Fox News 

The Big Food Trends In 2019  Forbes 

***PARENTING  

The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting  New York Times

The art and science of parenting  The Economist  

Cultivating empathy in my children, from a neuroscience perspective  Washington Post

***ANIMALS  

Gradually, nervously, courts are granting rights to animals  Economist  

How one boy has helped save over a thousand shelter dogs  NBC News 

Shelter volunteer's family secretly adopts her favorite dog  Stillwater News Press

***SCIENCE

Scientists Have 'Hacked Photosynthesis' In Search Of More Productive Crops  NPR

Space and time could be a quantum error-correcting code  Wired

The Year in Physics: The field of fundamental physics is experiencing both a period of confusion and an openness to new ideas  Quantam Magazine 

***PSYCHOLOGY 

Can Alexa and Facebook predict the end of your relationship?  Vox  

 Your Ideal Therapist Might Not Be Human  Outside Online 

Psychologists reluctant to own up to research mistakes  Times Higher Ed  

Freud versus Jung: a bitter feud over the meaning of sex  Big Think 

***NEUROSCIENCE  

What the subjects covered in high and medium impact factor journals in neuroscience tell us  Biorxiv

Exploring How Neuroscience Can Affect a Marketing Strategy  AdWeek

***PHILOSOPHY

The Problem of Free Will (video)  Wireless Philosophy 

Philosopher Bertrand Russell’s Indispensable Advice on ‘How (Not) to Grow Old’   My Modern Met 

Wittgenstein and religion  Aeon

***PRODUCTIVITY 

Best Productivity Apps for Mac  Software How 

12 expert tips to make 2019 your most productive year yet  Fast Company 

***RESEARCH 

The quest to topple science-stymying academic paywalls  Wired  

A worrisome source of Research Bias: Researchers seeking to fund and publish their work, and advance their academic careers  New York Times 

Scams using fake reviews to facilitate publications  The Asian Journal of Andrology 

Amateurism still flourishing in scientific journals  BMJ 

The Costs of Reproducibility  Science Direct 

The methodological flaws that have roiled psychology were also lurking in sports science  FiveThirtyEight  

What to do when you read a paper and it’s full of errors and the author won’t share the data or be open about the analysis?  Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science 

Questionable authorship practices are endemic to biomedical research  Springer

The Double-bind Theory of Scholarly Publishing Scholarly Kitchen

***RESEARCH RETRACTIONS

No retraction for a Fifth of 200 publications with misconduct  Sage 

Citation of Retracted Articles in Engineering: A Study of the Web of Science Database  Taylor & Francis Online 

***HIGHER ED 

Overhauling Rules for Higher Ed Inside Higher Ed

Bennett College Needs To Raise $5 Million Or It May Lose Accreditation  NPR

Why does it feel good to see someone fail?  The Conversation 

Does It Matter Where You Go To College? The Answer: It Depends  NPR

Some Calif. community colleges skip free college because of required participation in federal loan program Inside Higher Ed 

That Video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Actually Has a Lot to Do With Higher Ed Chronicle of Higher Ed

Christian College President Gets Impromptu Selfie with Newlyweds Justin and Hailey Bieber  CBN

***HUMANITIES

Machine learning can offer new tools, fresh insights for the humanities  ArsTechnica 

What the Numbers Can Tell Us About Humanities Ph.D. Careers  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***TEACHING

How One College Made Its Gen-Ed Program Feel More Relevant  Chronicle of Higher Ed

It's time to teach kids how to read charts  Quartz

 ***STUDENT LIFE

Students at Notre Dame have launched a campaign that has inspired others around the country to ask their institutions to block explicit content  Inside Higher Ed

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation  BuzzFeed News 

Teen vaping: Is it really a gateway to cigarette smoking?  Journalist’s Resources  

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

Marquette Law School professor suspended over student relationship  JS Online

 How 'Rule Makers, Rule Breakers' Might Explain the Academic / IT Divide  Inside Higher Ed

 

The people inside the machine

In 1770 a chess-playing robot, built by a Hungarian inventor, caused a sensation across Europe. The Mechanical Turk was capable of beating even the best players at chess. 

It eventually transpired that there was a human chess player cleverly concealed in its innards. The apparently intelligent machine depended on a person hidden inside. 

It turns out that something very similar is happening today. Just like the Turk, modern artificial-intelligence (AI) systems rely on help from unseen humans. 

Pretty much everything you do online creates a trail of data that can be used for making systems smarter. As Google, Facebook and others operate their enormous smart machines, we are all helping to power them. A clockwork chess robot from the 1770s thus foreshadowed both the modern debate about artificial intelligence – and a key aspect of making the technology work. The internet is a giant Mechanical Turk: whether we know it or not, we have all become the people inside the machine

Tom Standage writing in 1843 Magazine 

Why We All Take the Same Travel Photos

I knew it was silly to join the crowd of tourists clicking away at the Mona Lisa when I visited the Louvre a couple years ago—geotagging has made it all too clear how unoriginal those photos are. But I did it anyway, elbowing through a sea of smartphones and selfie sticks for a tourist-free shot at the front. The visit just didn’t feel complete without it. But why?

Photographing something is a way of possessing it—at least, that's what the critic Susan Sontag argued in her 1977 classic, On Photography. “To collect photographs is to collect the world," she wrote. It confirms your connection to places and objects once distant and remote, making the world slightly smaller and less alienating.

Ironically, though, "collecting the world" might mean also losing it. “A way of certifying experience, taking photographs is also a way of refusing it—by limiting experience to a search for the photogenic, by converting experience into an image, a souvenir,” Sontag wrote.

Laura Mallonee writing in Wired 

Articles of Interest - Dec 31

***2019 PREDICTIONS 

Predictions for Journalism in 2019  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

PR predictions for 2019: 11 industry pros weigh in  MuckRack 

The 9 big design trends of 2019  Fast Company  

Search Batten Down the Hatches for 2019 – A Media Storm Is Coming  The Wrap

Seven New Year’s resolutions for Big Tech in 2019  MIT Technology Review

Why 2019 might finally bring a national privacy law for the US  Yahoo Finance

***TECHNOLOGY 

6 of the most amazing things that were 3D-printed in 2018  MIT Technology Review

The Best Technology Guides of 2018  Life Hacker

The 10 most intriguing inventions of 2018  MIT Technology Review 

The Smartest Tech Products of 2018  Tech News World 

***BIG DATA & AI  

A data scientist has figured out the main character in 'Friends'   Comic Sands

Hacker news book suggestions  Toward Data Science

What’s frustrating about machine learning is that the algorithms can’t tell us why they work—so we don’t know if they can be trusted  New York Times 

Why Python is the real programming language of data science, not R  Tech Republic 

There are no killer robots yet—but regulators must respond to AI in 2019—no need to invent a whole new set of AI rules. Better to simply adapt and reinforce existing ones  Economist 

Why Is AI-Generated Music Still so Bad?  MotherBoard 

The Year in Math and Computer Science  Quanta Magazine 

***SOCIAL MEDIA  

The Government Has an Instagram Problem Social media connects us to our officials, but much of what they say will be lost to history  Medium 

Death by selfie  1843 Magazine 

How to Fix Your Facebook News Feed  Wired 

Instagram got rid of the scrolling feed for some users and people freaked out  Recode

10 New Year's resolutions that will make your online life a little better  Mashable 

***PRIVACY & SECURITY 

Your data was probably stolen in cyberattack in 2018 – and you should care  USA Today  

Use the Holidays to Explain Online Privacy and Security Settings to Your Family  Life Hacker  

Data Privacy Scandals and Public Policy Picking Up Speed: 2018 in Review  Electronic Frontier Foundation

***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA  

Merger of two glossy magazine printers adds to media upheaval  New York Post

We Detox from Chartbeat  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

***JOURNALISM

Confessions of a journalism contest judge (opinion)  Journo Terrorist 

The Gap Between Journalism and Research is too Wide  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

My advice for aspiring explainer journalists  Vox 

Mobile Alerts Considered Standalone Platform In Newsrooms  Media Post

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM 

18 lessons for the news business from 2018  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

Cyberattack Prevents Distribution Of Major U.S. Newspapers  Deadline

Newsrooms Need to Build Trust with their Journalists not just with the Audience  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

***FAKE NEWS

How Much of the Internet Is Fake?  New York Magazine 

These Are 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook In 2018  BuzzFeed News

‘Fake news’ and school uniforms: Our most popular research roundups in 2018  Journalists Resource

I’ve reported on misinformation for more than a year: Here’s what I’ve learned  Poynter  

Fake news is everywhere: Even in places that were once legitimate  BigThink   

(Mis)informed podcast: Is fact-checking the best way to fight misinformation?  Poynter   

Is this photo real? AI gets better at faking images  Wired  

***PERSONAL GROWTH 

 What Makes People Susceptible to Fake News  Becoming (my blog)

Just Admit It, You’re in a Bad Mood  The Cut 

People adopt made-up social rules to be part of a group  Ars Technica            

An Anthropologist Investigates How We Think About How We Think  New Yorker 

The Effect Of Sleep On Happiness  Tracking Happiness 

Five Easy Ways To Boost Your Mental Health In 2019  Forbes  

***WRITING & READING

The best Facts I learned from Books in 2018  New Yorker 

Unplugged: what I learned by logging off and reading 12 books in a week  The Guardian 

***LANGUAGE

It’s time to put Woke to Sleep (opinion)  NPR 

University wants to ‘banish’ Trump’s favorite word in 2019  Mashable

***POETRY 

Poetry Twitter Erupts over a Plagiarist in Their Midst  Vulture 

10 Poets On Their Favorite Poetry Collections Of 2018  BuzzFeed News 

***GENDER   

What happens to religious professionals when they stop believing in God  Vice 

Nearly a quarter of Americans support gender equality at work or at home, but not both Chicago Tribune

***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES

A millionaire paid Jews to move to a small town in Alabama: Now, a couple struggle with their choice Washington Post  

911 calls on black people were one of 2018’s biggest stories about race  Vox

***LEGAL ISSUES 

Real Estate Appraisals and Copyrighting Facts  Technology & Marketing Law Blog

Athletes Don’t Own Their Tattoos and That’s a Problem for Video Game Developers  New York Times 

15 of Our Favorite Long(er)reads of 2018  The Fashion Law Blog 

Best and Worst Internet Laws  Technology & Marketing Law Blog 

***OF INTEREST TO EVANGELICALS

Religion Considered Important to 72% of Americans  Gallup

A Utah man gave his mother a portrait of Obi-Wan Kenobi for Christmas and she hung it on her wall thinking it was Jesus  This is Insider 

What happens to religious professionals when they stop believing in God  Vice  

The Varieties of American Evangelicalism  Center for Religion and Civic Culture

Facebook temporarily banned evangelist Franklin Graham from site  The Hill

***GOOD NEWS

Dad books 6 flights on Christmas Eve to spend time with flight attendant daughter  USA Today

 Child uses Boy Scout skills to save mom's life  San Diego Reader 

Mollie Tibbetts' mother listened as Trump used her slain daughter to rail against illegal immigration: Then she took a different path  The Washington Post

Teachers operate school food pantries twice a week  Fox 13

Social Worker Led Frugal Life To Leave Nearly $11 Million To Children's Charities  NPR

***ART & DESIGN

22 artists transform unsightly grain silo into the world's largest outdoor mural (video)  You Tube

Of the trillion photos taken in 2018, which were the most memorable?  The Conversation

***MUSIC  

A rocker’s guide to management A look at the friendship and business sides of big rock bands  1843 Magazine 

Why Is Everyone Rapping Offbeat? (video)  YouTube 

***FILM

Best Movies 2018: 'A Star Is Born' to Fill the 'Star Wars' Void  Wired 

***CRIME

When the Calendar Requires the Release of Insanity Defendants in Oregon, Harm Often Follows  ProPublica 

 Convicted of Murder in Texas, Declared Innocent Thanks to ‘Junk Science’ Review Texas Monthly

We mapped 150,000 shootings. Here’s what we found  The Trace 

New Calif. Law Requires Documents On Police Shootings Be Made Public  NPR

***STUDENT LIFE

Millennials Are Keeping Family Holiday Cards Alive  The Atlantic

He Drew His School Mascot — and ICE Labeled Him a Gang Member  ProPublica

***JOBS

Morning show producer  KFMB Radio, San Diego  

Growth and Strategy Intern (Spring 2019), VICE Media, Beverly Hills

It's Time to Rethink How You Find a Mentor at Work  Glamour 

***INTERNSHIPS/PROGRAMS 

Internship (Summer 2019)  San Diego Padres   

Summer Journalism Program Princeton

Business journalism diversity program  Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley

Podcast internship (Remote or Los Angeles)  Neon Hum Media

***BORDER STORIES 

Disturbing Video Shows Immigrant Children Being Slapped, Pushed, And Dragged In Arizona Detention Facility  BuzzFeed News 

A Woman Facing Deportation Says She Was Denied Justice Because She Speaks An Indigenous Language  BuzzFeed News

***BUSINESS & FINANCE

If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave your Job will Not be Your Own  ProPublica

The Likelihood Of You Becoming A Millionaire  Daily Infographic 

***HEALTH

Elevated iron is at the center of a web of disease stretching from cancer to diabetes  Nautil.us 

Could Exercising In Frigid Temperatures Make Us Healthier?  NPR

***PARENTING

Want to raise a child genius? A study running for 45 years has suggestions  BigThink 

Author Of 'The New Childhood' Advises Parents: Don't Panic About Screen Time  NPR

The Way American Parents Think About Chores Is Bizarre  The Atlantic

***SCIENCE 

More science than you think is retracted. Even more should be (opinion)  Washington Post

10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”  Vox

The Real Fake News: Top Scientific Retractions of 2018  Live Science 

***NEUROSCIENCE   

This Is Your Brain on Hate Researchers are studying how extreme ideology may rewire people  Vice  

The Must-Read Brain Books Of 2018  Forbes

***PRODUCTIVITY

How I got my attention back  Wired

Why People Wait 10 Days to Do Something That Takes 10 Minutes: Chores are the worst  The Atlantic

***RESEARCH  

Taking a Closer Look at the Legal Aspects of Peer Review and Predatory Journals  Drug & Device Law Blog 

Dubious and Fraudulent Activities in Sports Nutrition  Journal Human Kinetics

The Retraction Watch Database has launched: Here’s what you need to know  Ahrecs

***HIGHER ED 

Temple Will Pay $5.5M to Settle Suits Over False Rankings Data  Inside Higher Ed

Ten education stories we’ll be reading in 2019  AEI 

***TEACHING 

Wolfram Alpha Is Making It Extremely Easy for Students to Cheat  Wired 

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

Former student charged with threatening Mercer professor  WRDW

What Makes People Susceptible to Fake News

Susceptibility to fake news is driven more by lazy thinking than by partisan bias. Which on one hand sounds—let's be honest—pretty bad. But it also implies that getting people to be more discerning isn't a lost cause. Changing people's ideologies, which are closely bound to their sense of identity and self, is notoriously difficult. Getting people to think more critically about what they're reading could be a lot easier, by comparison.

Then again, maybe not. 

Anyone who has sat and stared vacantly at their phone while thumb-thumb-thumbing to refresh their Twitter feed, or closed out of Instagram only to re-open it reflexively, has experienced firsthand what it means to browse in such a brain-dead, ouroboric state. Default settings like push notifications, autoplaying videos, algorithmic news feeds—they all cater to humans' inclination to consume things passively instead of actively, to be swept up by momentum rather than resist it. 

This isn't baseless philosophizing; most folks just tend not to use social media to engage critically with whatever news, video, or sound bite is flying past. As one recent study shows, most people browse Twitter and Facebook to unwind and defrag—hardly the mindset you want to adopt when engaging in cognitively demanding tasks.

David Rand—a behavioral scientist at MIT—says he has experiments in the works that investigate whether nudging people to think about the concept of accuracy can make them more discerning about what they believe and share. In the meantime, he suggests confronting fake news espoused by other people not necessarily by lambasting it as fake, but by casually bringing up the notion of truthfulness in a non-political context. You know: just planting the seed. It won't be enough to turn the tide of misinformation. But if our susceptibility to fake news really does boil down to intellectual laziness, it could make for a good start.

Robbie Gonzalez writing in Wired Magazine 

Grappling for Knowledge

According to a 1995 study, a sample of Japanese eighth graders spent 44 percent of their class time inventing, thinking, and actively struggling with underlying concepts. The study’s sample of American students, on the other hand, spend less than one percent of their time in that state.  

“The Japanese want their kids to struggle,” said Jim Stigler, the UCLA professor who oversaw the study and who co-wrote The Teaching Gapwith James Hiebert. “Sometimes the (Japanese) teacher will purposely give the wrong answer so the kids can grapple with the theory. American teachers, though, worked like waiters. Whenever there was a struggle, they wanted to move past it, make sure the class kept gliding along. But you don't learn by gliding.”

Daniel Coyle, The Talent Code

Crashing through Barriers

Why do you think did Matthew started his Gospel with a boring list of so-and-so begat so-and-so? Consider just the women mentioned in this genealogy. There are four of them before you get to Mary. Matthew introduces their glorious Messiah.. as descending from two harlots, one born out of incest and an adulterous. And they are the only four ladies mentioned in the genealogy other than Mary.  

He came crashing through the barriers that said “You have to be born spiritual out of the ‘right kind’ of people.” 

And today, he comes crashing through barriers you’ve erected too. The barriers that place God in a nice comfortable corner where you can keep and eye on him. He breaks down those excuses that say “God, you can’t use me. You can’t love me. I’m a sinner.”

God built a monument to grace on that genealogy. That’s why you shouldn’t shy away from admitting your past for what it was. It can be a monument to God’s grace in our lives. That’s when God can use us the most- when we realize who we are were we come from and how much are lives are dependent on God grace. On receiving it and giving it to others. 

Don’t hide from the past and pretend it didn’t happen. By admitting who we are, acknowledging how God completely changes us, he is able to bring us further than he could otherwise and use us more.. just like those people in the genealogy.  

You stack up a row of harlots and liars and murderers and cheaters and what do you have?  You have Jesus. That’s the way God works.  

Stephen Goforth