The Best Thing My Psychic Mom Taught Me

I think of my mother (the fortune teller) each time I sit before my screen and begin to write. You have to speak in metaphors, in paradox, in symbolism, I hear her voice. You have to tell a story that will allow the client to experience the truth without you ever having to name it. I write first drafts as if I were turning over tarot cards, too: I scribble single, disjointed paragraphs until the right image of a character emerges.  And I think constantly of Mami’s biggest lesson: Nobody wants the truth, but everyone wants a story.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras writing in BuzzFeed News  

Articles of Interest - Nov 19


Scientists Create Fabric Alternative to Batteries for Wearable Devices  University of Massachusetts

20 Americans Die Each Day Waiting for Organs. Can Pigs Save Them?  New York Times

The Fax Is Not Yet Obsolete: Law and medicine still rely on the device, Maybe they shouldn’t  The Atlantic 

Thin, Flexible new Solar Cells Could Soon Line Your Shirt  Wired 

A scientist’s work linking minds and machines helps a paralyzed woman escape her body  The New Yorker 

What is a Bot?  Wired 


The Data Scientist Tracking America’s White Supremacists  MotherBoard 

The definition of artificial intelligence is constantly evolving, and the term often gets mangled  MIT technology Review

How Facebook uses machine learning to fight ISIS and Al-Qaeda propaganda  MIT Technology Review  

The rare form of machine learning that can spot hackers who have already broken in  MIT Technology Review 

What’s the best way to learn the programming language R? (Preferably, for free)  Quartz

For all their supposed braininess “neural nets don’t appear to work the way human brains do” the limitations of deep learning AI calls for another approach  Wired 

Public Attitudes Toward Computer Algorithms  Pew Research Center 


YouTube uses algorithms that are tailored to advance already popular content and drive viral videos  The Atlantic  

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Bringing Her Instagram Followers into Congress  New York Times 

Instagram Influencers Selling Custom Photo Presets  The Atlantic

Inside the Pricey War to Influence your Instagram Feed  Wired 

Instagram Cracks down on apps that give fake follows and likes  Mashable 


Following the discovery of targeted disinformation campaigns Facebook tried to discredit protesters  New York Times 

6 Takesaways from the Times Investigation  New York Times 

Facebook Messenger rolling out new ‘Unsend’ feature, here’s how to use it  9 to 5 Mac 

Report: Even Facebook Employees Are Bummed About Facebook  Gizmodo 


The Ubiquity of Smartphones, as Captured by Photographers  The Atlantic 

People are Freaking out over the iPhone Curser Trick  Mashable 


You know what? go ahead and use the hotel and airport Wi-Fi: A few years ago you were right not to trust it  Wired 

How Hackers Are Stealing High-Profile Instagram Accounts  The Atlantic 

Your Drone Can Give Cops a Surprising Amount of your Data  Wired 

How to Tell if Your Account Has Been Hacked  Motherboard

Surveillance Kills Freedom by Killing Experimentation Wired 


How Podcasts became a seductive and sometimes slippery mode of storytelling  The New Yorker  

Pandora wants to map the “podcast genome” so it can recommend your next favorite show  Harvard’s Nieman Lab


FCC seems to have ended the practice of releasing its ISP speed-tests, leaving Americans in the dark about what they're paying for  BongBong

Google goes down after major BGP mishap routes traffic through China ArsTechnica


How much have younger viewers bailed on traditional TV? New stats are alarming  USA Today

Justice Department Demands Major TV Broadcasters Stop Sharing Advertising Data Hollywood Reporter


Consumers love smart speakers: They don’t love news on smart speakers (At least not yet)  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

'Under The Wire' Tells The Story Of War Correspondent Marie Colvin's Last Moments  NPR

Newsrooms transform to cover the 21st century  Axios 

New York Times Publisher Touts Future of Digital Journalism  Caixin 

NPR host Terry Gross: 8 tips on How to Talk to People  New York Times


Better Local Journalism, by Local Reporters, Is the Goal of a New Database  New York Times

A new database "aimed at connecting journalists outside the nation’s media hub with editors across the country "for the purpose of reporting on their home regions"  Shoeleather 

Facebook is Launching it’s first Journalism program to fund local journalism in the UK  Mashable 


Media salaries lean higher for writing than video, photo (trend #8)  Axios


The Racial Makeup of NPR’s newsroom  NPR 

Racial and ethnic minorities make up less than 17 percent of newsroom staff  Columbia Journalism Review 

Missing the Story : Diversity in Media  Columbia Journalism Review 


How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars? For better and worse, humans are only improving their ability to deceive themselves with technology  New York Times 

Are Birds Actually Government-Issued Drones? So Says a New Conspiracy Theory Making Waves  Audubon

How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

California's Wildfires Have Spawned a Truly Weird New Conspiracy Theory  Gizmodo

If You Hate the Media, You’re More Likely to be Fooled by a Fake Headline  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

How the public, news sources, and journalists think about news in three communities  News Co. Lab 


Burned to death because of a rumour on WhatsApp  BBC 

Notifications every 2 minutes: This in-depth look at how people really use WhatsApp shows why fighting fake news there is so hard   Harvard’s Nieman Lab


The Importance of Leisure  Becoming (my blog)

Vacation is a poor substitute for leisure  Quartz

The 6 Email Newsletters That Will Help You Build Leadership Skills  Forbes

How to Talk to People You Don’t Agree With, With Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt  LifeHacker

10 paradoxes that will stretch your mind  Big Think 


This bookstore just sold a book that had been on a shelf for nearly 28 years  Mashable 

How to make $6,000 a day writing Instagram quotes — sort of  Vox  

Paul Schrader Says Creating, Writing Is "A Form of Therapy"  Hollywood Reporter


Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year  CNBC 

The Hidden Life of Modal Verbs  Jstor

Personification is Your Friend: the Language of Inanimate Objects  Jstor

27 Beautiful Words Writers Rarely Use But Totally Should BuzzFeed


What Book Changed Your Mind?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Hottest Trend in American Literature Isn’t From the U.S.  The Atlantic

The Bizarro World of Literary Studies  Chronicle of Higher Ed


First woman passes special forces assessment on path to becoming Green Beret  CNN


Hate crimes rose 17 percent last year, according to new FBI data  MSNBC

Drunk man shouts 'Heil Hitler, Heil Trump,' does Nazi salute during Baltimore performance of 'Fiddler on the Roof”  Baltimore Sun 

Fallout continues for white male students at Wisconsin high school accused of giving Nazi salute USA Today 

Dunkin' Donuts owner calls police on woman using free Wi-Fi  Yahoo 

Sam's employee asked to retake photo with 'Black Panther' shirt after member complains  WJLA 

Duke mural honoring synagogue shooting victims defaced with Swastika NBC News


Should the First Amendment apply to Facebook? It’s complicated  Recode 

Free Speech Or Hate Speech: When Does Online Hate Speech Become A Real Threat?  NPR


Reminder: Cutting-and-Pasting Photos from the Internet Is Hazardous to Your Legal Health  Technology & Marketing Law Blog  

Conan O'Brien's Joke Copyright Defense Hits Snag  Hollywood Reporter  


Why Tenth Avenue North Isn't Afraid to Tackle Taboo Subjects In Christian Music  Billboard

State Baptist group boots Kentucky churches for supporting LGBTQ hires  Courier-Journal 

Christian composer Kurt Kaiser, writer of 'Pass It On,' dies at 83  Waco Tribune 

80 Years Since The Catholic University Of America Vocalized Opposition To The Nazis  NPR

Stephen Colbert reveals why he returned to Catholicism after losing his faith  Fox News


Conversion therapy: A debunked practice aimed at "converting" homosexuals  CBS

Keeping Focus on the Family Honest on Reparative Therapy  The Throckmorton Blog  


Rubio cites Bible verse amid recount criticisms: ‘You cannot count what is not there’  The Hill

Trump ‘make the bible great again’ billboards  World Religious News


Mother's hunch helped save a hiker's life on the Pacific Crest Trail  CBS News 

'Batkid' Miles Scott is cancer free 5 years after saving San Francisco  NBC News

9-year-old starts family knitting club to make hats and scarves for those in need  The Week

Blind runner finds love with woman who volunteered to train him for marathon  MSNBC

Mercy nurses give Mega Millions winnings to 2 of their own going through heartbreak  KMOV 

93-Year-Old Woman Is Saved from California Wildfires by Her Friend, the Garbage Collector People


Watch: Stan Lee on "To Tell The Truth" game show in 1970 (14m)  BongBong

7 Female Impressionists Every Art History Lover Should Know  Artsy 


Watch the First Film Adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1910): It's Newly Restored by the Library of Congress  Open Culture


Northern Michigan U. Compensates 4 Who Were Threatened With Punishment for Speaking of Suicide  Chronicle of Higher Ed

No 'Parks & Rec' jokes: Oregon's teen mayor is here to get stuff done  Oregon Live

A professor at UT San Antonio was recorded calling the police on an African American student who had propped her feet up on the seat in front of her  Inside Higher Ed

Generation Z Is The Most Racially And Ethnically Diverse Yet  NPR

Half of the post-millennial generation is non-white  Axios 

The Bridesmaids Are Multiplying: The role is almost entirely symbolic—but it’s only getting more popular  The Atlantic  

How College Caused Me To Read Less (opinion)  Study Breaks 


4 Internships  LA Times 

Summer DC Scholarship Program  DC Internships  

Spring Internships The Student Press Law Center ($490 a week)

Investigative journalism internship  Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.


Stop Complaining About Your Rent and Move to Tulsa:  $10,000, free rent, and other perks to remote workers who move to Tulsa for a year  CityLab 


Fewer office holiday parties this year, a sign of #MeToo liability fears  CBS News

Former Title IX Official Outlines Changes To How Colleges Handle Sexual Assault Cases  NPR 

Sharp Divide Over Trump Administration's Title IX Overhaul  Inside Higher Ed

Dartmouth women sue school over sexual assault, harassment  New York Post 

Ed Dept. Proposes Enhanced Protection For Students Accused Of Sexual Assault  NPR


Guns in America: our relationship with firearms in 5 charts  Wired 

Critics step up bid to stop US school using electric shocks on children  The Guardian


This researcher studied 400,000 knitters and discovered what turns a hobby into a business  Washington Post 

How Stan Lee transformed the comics business  Economist


Why covering the environment is one of the most dangerous beats in journalism  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

How to Stop Using So Much Disposable Plastic  Life Hacker


As social media ‘influencers,’ patients are getting a voice. And pharma is ready to pay up  Stat News 

Medical Advice You Can Trust  The Week

Startup Offers To Sequence Your Genome Free Of Charge, Then Let You Profit From It  NPR

Alcohol is killing more people, and younger. The biggest increases are among women USA Today 

Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy linked to autism diagnosis  Stat News


Junk science promoted by bots and trolls results in North Carolina chickenpox outbreak BoingBoing

School with major chickenpox outbreak has high vaccination exemption rate  USA Today   

3 ethical reasons for vaccinating your children The Conversation


Low-carb diet: does cutting carbs really help keep weight off?  Vox 

There's a Major Change in The Latest US Exercise Guidelines. Here's What You Need to Know  Science Alert 


50 Strange But True Facts About the U.S.  CN Traveler

2019 Fodor’s Travel NO List  San Jose Mercury News 

How Samantha Brown Got Her Start: Women Who Travel Podcast  CN Traveler


Public Perspectives on Food Risks  Pew Research Center 

6 airplane foods you should avoid, according to food safety experts  CNBC


Stop talking to your kids about politics (opinion) The Week

Online or offline? Parents are struggling with their children’s screen time use Evening Standard


30 dogs under 30  The Week 

The 18 Best Dogs in Netflix’s Dogs, Ranked  Vulture 


The Replication Crisis: Can academic psychology be trusted?  BBC

Super recognisers: the people who never forget a face  The Guardian 

The Best Way To Save People From Suicide  Highline 

Facebook Increasingly Reliant on A.I. To Predict Suicide Risk  NPR

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


The Human Brain is a Time Traveler  New York Times

A new study says alcohol changes how the brain creates memories  BigThink


Why the Enlightenment was not the age of reason (opinion)  Aeon

How would you Draw History?  New York Times


Can judging be automated?  Axios 

How to use science fiction to teach tech ethics  BoingBoing


Handing Science Over to the Machines  The Spike 

Correction to climate change study highlights flaws in peer-review process  CBC

Widespread plagiarism detected in many medical journals based in Africa  Nature 

Scholar behind predatory journals exposé says study ‘backfired’  Times Higher Education  

Here Comes ‘The Journal of Controversial Ideas’ -Cue the Outcry  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The more authors, the more retractions  Appam 

Will Blockchain Revolutionize Scholarly Journal Publishing?  Chronicle of Higher Ed


How One University Went From Proposing to Cut 13 Mostly Liberal-Arts Programs to Eliminating Only 6  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Study finds female chairs improve departments' gender diversity and equity  Inside Higher Ed 

A Fifth of Private Colleges Report First-Year Discount Rate of 60 Percent, Moody’s Says  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

What You Need to Know About the Proposed Title IX Regulations  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Hate Crimes on Campuses Are Rising, New FBI Data Show  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Liberty University official accused of attempted murder, abduction  WSLS

Azusa Pacific students file grievances over reinstatement of LGBTQ relationship ban  San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond to close in 2019  Baptist News

Cal Lutheran to hold memorial service for alumnus killed in Thousand Oaks shooting  10New 

David Jang’s Christian University Charged in $35 Million Fraud Scheme  Christianity Today


The Future Of Learning? Well, It's Personal  NPR

A Little Music Before We Begin  Chronicle of Higher Ed

How to Create a Welcoming Culture for Autistic Students  Chronicle of Higher Ed

10 alternatives to PowerPoint PR Daily


Western Kentucky Student Newspaper shakes up camps with report: More than 500 mold reports on campus in past year  College Heights Herald 

Harvard's student newspaper just elected the first black woman president in its 145-year history  CNN 

Post-millennials will be more diverse, higher achieving, and better-educated: 4 takeaways from the latest pew report  Elearning 

The Importance of Leisure

German philosopher Josef Pieper wrote, “We mistake leisure for idleness, and work for creativity." 

In a world of “total work,” there is no space for contemplation or rest. There is no need for people to be in “harmony with themselves” as long as they are employed. To “know thyself” is a secondary concern, and any sort of break from work is merely in the service of doing more work. 

As Pieper put it:

The simple ”break” from work — the kind that lasts an hour, or the kind that lasts a week or longer — is part and parcel of daily working life. It is something that has been built into the whole working process, a part of the schedule. The ”break” is there for the sake of work. It is supposed to provide ”new strength” for ”new work,” as the word ”refreshment” indicates: one is refreshed for work through being refreshed from work. 

Paul Millerd writing in Quartz

Articles of Interest - Nov 12


Study shows that social media limits made people feel less lonely  Engadget 

Advertisers see value in people with as few as 1,000 followers: the nanoinfluencers  New York Times


Why robocalls have taken over your phone  The Verge

The quiet revolution that's making your phone smarter than you at photography  Tech Radar


How Secure Were The Midterm Elections?  NPR

The Best Security and Privacy Tech to keep your Friends Safe  Tech Crunch 


Welcome to the age of the hour-long YouTube video  Wired 

This website lets you make your own emojis  BongBong 


Pew Research Center Says Half Of Adults Use YouTube To Learn New Things  NPR


The New York Times is digitizing more than 5 million photos dating back to the 1800s  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

Apple News’s Radical Approach: Humans Over Machines  New York Times

Conflict Photographer Lynsey Addario on Art, Love, and War  Big Think 

A journalist’s dilemma: wanting to do more to help than tell the story  The Ground Truth Project 

In cities across America, this morning’s newspaper told you there was an election yesterday — but nothing about it  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Following investigation, Houston Chronicle retracts eight stories  Houston Chronicle

Why are some women “news avoiders”? New research suggests one reason has to do with emotional labor  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

The Many Voices of Journalism  Columbia Journalism Review  

The commercial use of FOIA in the service of corporate interests  New York Times

So Many College Students Get News on Snapchat  Mashable 


These news anchors are professional and efficient: They’re also not human  Washington Post 

Free Speech and Journals’ Responsibility in Vaccine Debates  PLOS

The Acosta Video Debate Is the Future of Fake News  Medium 

Don’t want to fall for fake news? don’t be lazy  Wired 

Find Out If You Got Duped By The Internet With This Week's Fake News Quiz  BuzzFeed News 

WhatsApp awards $1 million for misinformation research  Poynter


Dear Journalism Students, You Are NOT The Enemy  Dynamics of Writing

Pepperdine Journalism Student Reacts To Thousand Oaks Shooting  NPR

The student newspaper at the University at Buffalo revealed political donation patterns among university faculty, staff, and councilmembers  Spectrum


Gen-Z employees don’t do email  Fast Company 

Somebody at Hasbro Apparently Thought Monopoly for Millennials was a great idea  Mashable 


The Tyranny of Clock Time Becoming (my blog) 

The Problem With Being Perfect: A trait that’s often seen as good can actually be destructive. Here’s how to combat it The Atlantic

Do We Grow Less Tolerant of Language Change as We Age?  Chronicle of Higher Ed 


How To Become A Great Writer: George Orwell  Medium

Writing advice from author Katie Kitamura  PBS 

30 Words Of Wisdom From Writers, To Inspire You Through The Rest Of NaNoWriMo  Bustle


Arabic has a low profile: Part of the reason is that it is not really a single language at all Economist

Why Do Quarterbacks Say 'Hut Hut Hike?'  Digg

Blasphemy and the Strange World of Linguistic Crimes  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Where Do We Begin? Language Learning and Grammar Chronicle of Higher Ed


The Real Names of 42 Fictional Characters  Mental Floss

Read up with our favorite end-of-year books  Wired   

The Women of Brooklyn’s Well-Read Black Girl Book Club  The Cut


Midterms Were Billed 'The Year Of Women' And Indeed They Were  NPR

The female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court tend to get interrupted more often during oral argument  Bloomberg 

The 2018 Gender Gap Was Huge  FiveThirtyEight 

How the women in charge of programming at CNN are changing the news we see  Fast Company


White man angrily accuses a black teenager of stealing a wallet: The teen and his classmates were doing a project on racism  KDVR

‘We are armed now’: In Kentucky, shootings leave a black church and the white community around it shaken Washington Post

School district investigates boys' apparent Nazi salute taken during prom  NBC-15

Local racist angry at protestors in Orange, Texas  BoingBoing

Key takeaways about Latino voters in the 2018 midterm elections  Pew Research Center  


Is Banning Reporters From The White House Legal? Jim Acosta's Press Pass Suspension Sparked Outrage Bustle

The idea of intellectual property is nonsensical and pernicious   Aeon  


Is The Pentagon Modifying Viruses To Save Crops — Or To Wage Biological Warfare?  NPR

The 7 Craziest Ways CRISPR Is Being Used Right Now  Medium  

Radars, Cameras, and Lidar: How Self-Driving Cars See the Road  Wired  

We Tried Facebook’s New Portal Device (So You Don’t Have To)  New York Times

***BIG DATA & AI  

Machine learning algorithms don’t yet understand things the way humans do — with sometimes disastrous consequences  New York Times

Radio emissions intelligence that has mostly been the domain of militaries/intelligence agencies—But private industry is giving it a shot Wired

Distinguishing between different types of data scientists..which to hire and what they need to succeed Harvard Business Review

The first proof that quantum computers can outstrip conventional technology  Axios 

MIT Survey: B2B marketers enthusiasm—not only for what ML is capable of doing, but also for the ways it will enable them to improve their own performance  MIT Tech Review 


A Christian Radio Network is edging ever closer to becoming the Trump radio network: Sebastian Gorka  Associated Press

Lead Singer for Christian Band Provided Freddy Mercury’s vocals in Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Relevant Magazine 

The Satanic Temple sues Netflix for $150 million for using a statue of a demon god in 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'  CNBC 

Pepperdine Student, Cal Lutheran Grad Among California Shooting Victims  Christianity Today 

Randy Alcorn on Evangelical Sex Scandals: Bad Pastors Just Reappear at New Churches, Repeat Sins Christian Post  

Baptist attitudes about alcohol may be shifting, observers say  The Alabama Baptist

Unification Church Proclaims Christian Era is Over; Next Week Christian Entertainers Open for God’s Daughter  Throckmorton Blog 

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren recovering after emergency surgery  OC Register 


Faith leaders denounce Trump proclamation denying asylum outside border crossings  Religious News Service 

Texas Megachurch pastor calls Democrats 'some kind of religion that is basically godless'  KHOU


Fisherman in New Zealand rescues toddler floating at sea  Associated Press

9 year old designs Virginia county's "I Voted" sticker  CBS News  

Heartwarming Photos of Acts of Kindness  MSNBC  

First-of-its-kind surgery allows child with polio-like illness AFM to walk again  CBS News

Boy Has Dished Out More Than 65,000 Doughnuts To Cops To Say Thank You  MSNBC


Why are tech companies making custom typefaces?  ARUN

Recycled Packing Materials Sculpted Into Elaborate Renaissance Costumes by Suzanne Jongmans  This is Colossal 

The top submissions to Nat Geo's 2018 photography contest  National Geographic  

Why Do Filmmakers Love van Gogh?  New Yorker 

David Hockney's Portrait of an Artist and the priciest works by living artists ever sold at auction  CBC  

The Size of Things: Now with Context: An artist models the universe at 1/190 millionth scale Scholarly Kitchen

A New Online Database, Will Feature Works by 600+ Overlooked Female Artists from the 15th-19th Centuries  Open Culture 

Mary Baldwin shut down an art exhibit after two days when some students said images were racist Inside Higher Ed


Inside the booming business of background music  The Guardian  

BMI tells Trump campaign Rihanna's work has been removed from their license agreement  LA Times 

The Album is in Trouble, and the Music Business Probably Can’t Save it  Rolling Stone

Andrea Bocelli Becomes First Classical Artist to Hit No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart Billboard


Vice Media to cut workforce by up to 15%, consolidate websites  Market Watch


The 50 Greatest Movie Dance Scenes of All Time  Vulture 

Memoir of growing up as the gay son of a conservative Baptist preacher & Attending Christian College has been made into a movie  NPR 


Review of A Private War: A Journalist Puts Her Life on the Line  Chicago Sun-Times 

What Makes a Great Movie About Journalism?  New Republic 


10 Impressive Questions to Ask in a Job Interview  The Cut   


A Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment Faces Novel Penalty: Prospective Students May Read All About It  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Dear Dads: Your Daughters Told Me About Their Assaults. This Is Why They Never Told You (opinion) Washington Post

He Spent Four Days In Jail For Sex Crimes Against A Minor: Prosecutors Want Him In Prison BuzzFeed News

Uber has defined 21 categories of sexual misconduct, from leering to rape Quartz  

How Schools Can Reduce Sexual Violence  NPR


Mass incarceration is a political choice. It can be undone  Economist 

Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns? NPR


Visualizing the World's Tech Giants 2018 by Market Cap  How Much  

To Give a Great Presentation, Distill Your Message to Just 15 Words  INNOVATION 3 Business Models That Could Bring Million-Dollar Cures to Everyone  Harvard Business Review 


The ozone layer appears to be successfully repairing itself BBC

Big Oil claims it's doing its part to combat climate change: A new study finds it's not even close Business Insider


The key to a long life has little to do with ‘good genes’  Wired  

Why Doctors Hate Their Computers  The New Yorker  

Autism Linked to Zinc Deficiency in Childhood  Newsweek

The Mystery of the Havana Syndrome: Unexplained brain injuries afflicted dozens of American diplomats and spies  The New Yorker 

US cigarette smoking rate reaches new low  CNN

Fewer than One in Three Americans Meet New Physical Fitness Guidelines Real Talk 910

Do gut bacteria make a second home in our brains?  Science Mag  

Something Happened to U.S. Drug Costs in the 1990s New York Times


These Men Ate Poison So You Could Have the FDA  Gizmodo  

Do you love or loathe coffee? Your genes may be to blame National Geographic

The Curse of the Honeycrisp Apple  Bloomberg

Every State's Most Important Food Innovation  Thrillist


Digital Media Is 'Like Cocaine' for Babies’ Developing Brains  US News & World Report

Designer Babies Aren’t Futuristic. They’re Already Here  MIT Tech Review 

Many Turn to YouTube for Children's Content, News, How-To Lessons  Pew Research Center

Parents worry more about bullying than anything else  Economist \

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer The Atlantic

The school bully has moved online and is following children home  Economist  


Frequent inbreeding may have caused skeletal abnormalities in early humans  Science Mag

Stem Cells Remember Tissues’ Past Injuries  Quanta Magazine 


What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick? New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect — possibly opening a Pandora’s box for Western medicine  New York Times

Super Empaths Are Real, Says Study  Vice 

Study: young men obsessed with building muscles have higher mental health risks  Big Think 

Americans Can't Escape Long-Disproven Body Stereotypes: People continue to fall back on harmful assumptions about the link between body shape and personality  The Atlantic 

Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success  Big Think 

Veteran Suicide (podcast)  Axios

New theory of human thinking says the brain's navigation system is central to organizing and recalling memories and experiences  CBS News


Sadness Circuit Found In Human Brain  NPR 

How to train your brain to accept change, according to neuroscience NBC News


Is Donald Trump the Andrew Jackson of Our Time?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

We once trusted too much in inevitable progress: We got World War  The Washington Post


The largest database of scientific retractions just went live and makes the process a whole lot easier  HowStuffWorks 

Many Chinese doctorate students can’t graduate until they publish articles in academic journals — a demand that pushes many into corruption Sixth Tone

Scientists struggle with confusing journal guidelines  Nature 

Rash Of Retractions Highlight Flaws In Science, But Also Self-Correction  WGBH 

Why Fake Data When You Can Fake a Scientist?  Medium


How Americans voted on 6 key higher ed ballot measures  Education Dive

The future of work won't be about degrees, it will be about skills  CNBC 

Feds Prod Universities to Address Website Accessibility Complaints  Inside Higher Ed

What the results of the Midterm Elections Mean for Higher Ed  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Florida’s College of the Arts will increase its faculty by over 10 percent  Inside Higher Ed

Universities under investigation for poor website accessibility  Education Dive

The Hottest New Place for University Satellite Campuses: Los Angeles  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Trump Administration Just Reissued Rules Allowing Employers “Religious Or Moral” Exemptions To Covering Birth Control  Buzzfeed News 

After California massacre, sister universities show support for Pepperdine  Chronicle of Higher Ed  


We Need Cutting-Edge Humanities More Than Ever  Pacific Standard

As Humanities Majors Decline, Colleges Try to Hype Up Their Programs  The Atlantic

Employers Want Liberal Arts Grads Inside Higher Ed


5 Teaching Tips From ‘How Humans Learn’  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The ‘Holy Grail’ of Class Discussion  Chronicle of Higher Ed

How Can Schools Better Persuade Students To Show Up For Class? NPR


Invisible police in senior academia  Neurochambers 

Connecticut community college professor put on paid administrative leave for giving Nazi salute Hartford Courant

An academic reported sexual harassment: Her university allegedly retaliated  The Verge



The Tyranny of Clock Time 

Clock time is that linear time by which our life is measured in abstract units appearing on clocks, watches, computers, and calendars. These measuring units tell us the month, the day, the hour, and the second in which we find ourselves, and decide for us how much longer we have to speak, listen, eat, sing, study, pray, sleep, play, or stay. Our lives are dominated by our clocks and watches. In particular, the tyranny of the one-hour slot is enormous. There are visiting hours, therapeutic hours, and even happy hours. Without being fully aware of it, our most intimate emotions are often influenced by the clock. The big wall clocks in hospitals and airports have caused much inner turmoil and many tears. 

Clock time is outer time, time that has a hard merciless objectivity to it. Clock time leads us to wonder how much longer we have to live and whether “real life” has not already passed us by. Clock time makes us disappointed with today and seems to suggest that maybe tomorrow, next week, and next year it will really happen. Clock time keeps saying, Hurry, hurry, time goes fast, maybe you wil miss the real thing! But there is still a chance.. Hurry to get married, find a job, visit a country, read a book, get a degree…Try to take it all in before you run out of time.”

Clock time always makes us depart. It breeds impatience and prevents any compassionate being together. 

Henri Nouwen, Donald McNeill, Douglas Morrison from the book Compassion



Throwing Away your Children’s Art 

When I first tried throwing away my own young children’s art…I felt an ache as I pitched it into the trash. There’s a moment when a child first presents you with her art, holding it out with the last split second of attention she can muster after completing it. That moment contains a burst of pride on both your parts, and a frisson of mutual love. But in the end, your pride lasts longer than the child’s does. Eventually, and soon, it must move on to another venture. Theirs always does, but yours lingers, heartstrings tugged.

It’s the wish to prolong this moment artificially, I think, that motivates the urge to keep and curate your children’s art for posterity. You convince yourself there’s some future where your child will want to return to that moment of pride and love through the act of witnessing the thing she made so long ago.

Don’t fall for it. You’re only trying to make yourself feel better. You’ll never quite be able to tell which moment your children will remember, and it’s not as if you can regulate that memory on their behalf anyway. And besides, childhood is made from a thousand moments just like this. There’s no way to hold on to all of them.

Of course, you shouldn’t throw something away that your kids say they want to keep. But absent that urge, and particularly in the early years before it develops, most children’s art exists to be destroyed. The point of life isn’t to prolong youth, but to have grown up. That requires discarding things along the way, and enjoying the appropriate relief. That’s the kind of activity a parent ought to put their moral and aesthetic weight behind.

Mary Townsend writing in The Atlantic


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Articles of Interest - Nov 5


Apple News will launch a real-time election results hub on November 6  Tech Crunch

How to follow live midterms coverage if you don't have cable  Poynter

Exit polls, election surveys and more: A guide for the 2018 midterms  Pew Research

Election 2018: voting tools, discounted rides, and everything else you need to know to vote The Verge

Loaded With Data and Whiz-Bang Effects, Maps Are the Real Stars of Election-Night TV New York Times

How To Watch The Midterms: An Hour-By-Hour Guide  538

Midterms Speed Read: All You Need to Know About Tuesday's Vote  Bloomberg


File-Sharing Software on State Election Servers Could Expose Them to Intruders  Propublica

Will 'deepfakes' disrupt the midterm election?  Wired 

Exit pollsters make changes after 2016 breakdown  Politico


The Growth of Reddit  QuillBot Blog 

Social media growth is over in the U.S. — which is its most valuable market  Recode

Designing people’s Instagram Stories is now a million-dollar business  Fast Company  

Youtube’s push to counter toxic videos with ‘good’ creators  Wired

Twitter Lost 9 Million Users in the Last Quarter  Fortune  

LinkedIn Is Now Home To Hyperpartisan Political Content, False Memes, And Troll Battles  BuzzFeed News

Liberal Democrats more likely than other groups to be politically active on social media  Pew Research Center 


Influencer marketing is BS  The Next Web

How to Spot Fake Social Media Influencers  Business News Daily 


Facebook revenue, user growth falls short of expectations  CNN

We posed as 100 Senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them  Vice


Inside the lives of full-time fitness Instagrammers Digg

Cristiano Ronaldo Passes Selena Gomez as Most Followed Person on Instagram Bleacher Report

Yes, Everyone on Instagram Is Having More Fun Than You Outside Online


How I Became A Celebrity In China By Losing My Cellphone (video)  BuzzFeed

France Moves To Ban Smartphones In Schools  NPR


The Truth Is Worth It: Perseverance (video)  New York Times

Women Journalists talk about Covering Violence  Women Across Frontiers  

Here’s how much bots drive conversation during news events  Wired  

The “Rebirth” of Local News  The Whole Story


What newsrooms are doing and should be doing on election day  Poynter 

Midterms in the local news void  Columbia Journalism Review  

Gannett steps away from printed election results  Harvard’s Nieman Lab


The New York Times is on pace to earn more than $600 million in digital this year, halfway to its ambitious goal  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Newsroom employees are less diverse than U.S. workers overall  Pew Research


Deepfake-busting apps can spot even a single pixel out of place  MIT Technology Review 

How Online Conspiracy Theories Make Their Way Into The Mainstream  NPR

When conspiracy theories inspire vigilante justice  The Week 

Russia's Fake Viral Videos Are Next Level  Digg  

Twitter Says It Is Ready for the Midterms, but Rogue Accounts Aren’t Letting Up New York Times

A college instructor (in journalism, no less) causes waves with a conspiracy theory  Washington Post


The Four skills of Daring Leadership  Becoming (my blog)

Brené Brown knows what makes a great leader — and most politicians wouldn’t make the cut  Washington Post

Acting like an extrovert has benefits, but not for introverts  Aeon 

My Life Cleanse: One Month Inside L.A.'s Cult of Betterness  GQ

The surprising benefits of coming in second place  BigThink 


Book lovers in England form a human chain to help move their beloved local bookstore  CNN

The Worst Writing Advice in the World  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Antarctica scientist allegedly stabs colleague for spoiling the endings of books  LA Times  

The Power of a Conversation in Writing  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Family pays fine for 84-year-old overdue library book  Shreveport Times


What's the most influential book of the past 20 years?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Growing Up Surrounded by Books Has a Lasting Positive Effect on the Brain, Says a New Scientific Study  Open Culture

12 Angry Women In Literature Who Don't Apologize For Their Rage  Bustle

157 Animated Minimalist Mid-Century Book Covers  Open Culture 


Make your passion project happen: Apply to the Women’s Leadership Accelerator  Journalists

Who Decides Gender?  Economist 

How does research productivity relate to gender? Analyzing gender differences for multiple publication dimensions  Springer 

Why women leave the workforce  Axios 


U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It  New York Times 

I Threw Away My Robert E. Lee Portrait  The Atlantic

Nixon, the Racial Slur, and Me  Chronicle of Higher Ed

‘Are You Actually an M.D.?’: A Black Doctor Is Questioned as She Intervenes on a Delta Flight  New York Times

A US military training manual describes Saudis as having “Negro blood” in their ancestry: The military has a history of offensive material in their documents  Vox

National Geographic’s November cover falls back on a racist cliché  Vox


Anti-Defamation League Report Says Online Anti-Semitism Is A 'Daily Occurrence'  NPR  

Twitter Listed A Trending Topic For "Kill All Jews" After A Brooklyn Synagogue Was Vandalized  BuzzFeed News

How Anti-Semitism Is Tied To White Nationalism  NPR

I live among the neo-Nazis in eastern Germany. And it’s terrifying  The Guardian

He Was Shot In A Hate Crime. It Only Strengthened His Judaism  NPR


Identity Politics: Journalism And Race  NPR

Hispanic voters more engaged in 2018 than in previous midterms  Pew Research 

'Jim Crow's Last Stand' In Louisiana May Fall To Ballot Measure  NPR


US Declines in Internet Freedom  Tech Crunch  

Free speech on campus isn't so free when it's tied up in red tape  Washington Examiner


Appeals court ruling continues decade-long legal battle between Georgia State and 3 publishers over what constitutes "fair use" of course materials  Inside Higher Ed

The Supreme Court won’t take up Net Neutrality Washington Post


Quantum physicists found a new, safer way to navigate  Wired


How machine learning may help in the hunt for the source of mysterious viruses  Stat News 

Machine learning algorithm helps identify which animal species are most likely to be hosts for deadly diseases  Nature 

A deep learning performance cheat sheet: simple and complex tricks that can help you boost your deep learning models accuracy  Towards Data Science  

Can developers work on machine learning along with data scientists? That’s the claim  Your Story 

3 Common Mistakes That Can Derail Your Team’s Predictive Analytics Efforts Harvard Business Review 

A skeptic’s guide to thinking about AI  Fast Company 


Signal has a clever new way to shield your identity  Wired

Have the Midterms Been Hacked? An Election Security Q&A  Bloomberg


The producer's handbook to mixing audio stories   NPR  

Your horror noise background  Horrorli 

GoPro turns to an eagle to show off Hero7’s video stabilization technology  Digital GTrends


The inventor of the web says the internet is broken — but he has a plan to fix it  CNBC

Is an Internet Bill of Rights Necessary?  Information Week 


Donations to library skyrocket after Christian Fundamentalist checks out and burns LGBTQ children's books  Des Moines Register 

U.S. Baptist missionary from Indiana killed in Cameroon: family  Reuters

An illiterate Christian farmhand was sentenced to death for insulting Islam and held in solitary confinement for more than 8 years  NPR 

Supreme Court agrees to hear case challenging huge cross as violation of church and state  The Hill

Ark Encounter has been ‘very busy,’ founder says: Admission numbers show decline 

“Make the Gospel Great Again": Large billboard of Trump & Bible Verse Removed  KMOV  

Megachurch Pastor Sues the authors of a longtime watchdog blog for Libel  Christianity Today 

Why I Heartily Disagree With the Pastor’s Reasons for Suing Bloggers  The Wartburg Watch  

Freddie Mercury’s family faith: The ancient religion of Zoroastrianism (opinion)  Religious News Service

In Japan, gospel music is a big hit—and an evangelistic tool  World Magazine 


Washington state lawmaker pens ‘Biblical Basis for War’: Calls for killing all non-Christian men who don't 'yield'  New York Daily News 

Trump’s evangelical advisers meet with Saudi Crown Prince and discuss Jamal Khashoggi’s murder  Washington Post 

Why this shrinking religious group might be among America’s last “swing voters”  Vox

How will Evangelicals vote in the midterms?  MSNBC 


Indiana Vending Machine Dispenses Clean Clothing and Blankets to People Without Homes  Mental Floss 

A doughnut store owner had to keep working long days and couldn't visit his ailing wife so the neighborhood starting buying out all of his doughnuts  OC Register  

Fisherman jumps on entangled whale's back, cuts it free  SFGate 

A woman saved her husband during cardiac arrest: After he awoke, she gave birth to their son Washington Post


The Art Institute of Chicago now offers full access to 52,000 high-res images of their collection This is Colossal 

Why are CEO photos so weird?  Vox 


Music improves social communication in autistic children  Science Daily

What do Bob Dylan’s drawings reveal about his music?  Economist  


The 100 Greatest Foreign-Language Film  BBC

Aretha Franklin Gospel Film Finally Has a Release Date, 46 Years After It Was Made  New York Times 


Is Radio Destined To Become The Next Blockbuster Video? (opinion)  Hypebot  


False Statistic on Sexual Harassment Spreads  Inside Higher Ed 

A Year Later, Americans Are Deeply Divided Over The #MeToo Movement  NPR

Google employees walk out over sexual harassment scandals  CNN

American business and #MeToo Economist   


Rise of the tribe: Experts predict that the radicalization of Western populations will only get worse  Axios 

Suicide Is Twice as Common as Homicide in the U.S.—and More Often Involves Guns—New Study Says  Fortune  


The Three Words You Should Never Use in a Work Email—And What to Say Instead  TIME

Is Emailing 'Just Checking In' Really That Bad?  Life Hacker 

Amazon has banned more than 5,700 of its top reviewers in the last 2 years as it increasingly cracks down on review abuse  Business Insider 


The poor world and the rich world face different problems with their waste  Economist 

A growing number of entrepreneurs are capitalizing on China’s air pollution crisis by selling bottled air. But who is it actually helping?  The Hustle 

Supreme Court won't block children's climate change lawsuit  CNN

Emerging economies are rapidly adding to the global pile of garbage  Economist

The world's oceans are warming far faster than thought  Axios


Here's How Much Your Work Suffers When You're Sleep Deprived  Curiosity

Cannabidiol is being touted as a magical elixir But maybe it’s just a fix for our anxious times  New York Times

The Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Language of Dieting  The Atlantic

Why do some people get CTE? It may be in their genes  CNN

Three partially paralyzed patients regain control over their leg muscles via precisely timed electrical stimulation to the spinal cord  Nature 

Flu’s success owes much to its genetic mutability  Economist 


Nebraska’s new tourism slogan is "Honestly, it's not for everyone"  Quartzy  

Why some millennials think travel is more important than sex  Vox 

More than 200 British Airways passengers have been trapped in a three-day flight from hell from Orlando to London that was stuck for two days in two different airports  New York Post 

America's 25 most popular national parks  Thrillist


The rise of the 4-letter baby name: The latest baby name trends include short, vowel-centric names  Quartz


A simpler, better way to diagnose mental illness: Patterns of speech may be telltales of particular symptoms  Economist 

5 of the strangest psychology cases in history  BigThink 


A comprehensive 'parts list' of the brain identifies at least 133 different types of brain cells, lays groundwork to catalog their properties and role in brain function  Allen Institute  

Neuroscience Discovers how the Brain experiences Time  Psychology Today 


10 productivity myths  Fast Company

Scared to take time off work? The productivity drive is making victims of us all  The Guardian

11 Time Management Myths That Are Hurting Your Productivity  Forbes


"Spanish flu” probably killed more people than both world wars combined  Economist


Should a self-driving car kill the baby or the grandma? Depends on where you’re from  MIT Technology Review 

Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology and Ethics of A.I.  New York Times


A tool for checking authors’ retraction histories  The Ochsner Journal  

Sloppy Science: According to a new book by Marion Nestle, the unstated goal of most company-sponsored studies is to increase the bottom line  New York Times

More than 30% of about 150 researchers surveyed considered it acceptable to cite a paper that they had not read  Research Integrity and Peer Review

Heart failure study paused over concerns about disputed cell therapy papers  Stat News

How long does it take researchers to stop using the name of a Nazi doctor with a disease named for him?  Springer 

Meet Octopus, a new vision for scientific publishing  Science Mag 

Most Chinese scientists admit writing academic papers just to get promoted, survey finds  South China Morning Post 

A study fails to replicate, but it continues to get referenced as if it had no problems  Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science  

A USC professor is facing accusations of “data fabrication, exaggerating outcomes and fraud  USC student media  

Lethargic Biomedical research results from adopting a doctrine that is incompatible with the principles of creative scientific discovery  Organisms


Public universities less affordable for low-income students and less accessible for members of minority groups  Inside Higher Ed 

Faced with steep budget cuts, several University of Wisconsin System campuses have targeted academic programs to try to save money  Inside Higher Ed

New book renews debate about donor influence: New book outlines how rich donors have become more assertive about how their money should be used  Inside Higher Ed

Savannah State University announces layoffs amid student enrollment decline  Savannah Now

Foxconn’s $100M deal with the University of Wisconsin has students worried  The Verge

This Kentucky college is the latest to split from Kentucky Baptist Convention

Iowa Wesleyan may close at the end of this semester  Inside Higher Ed

Liberty U Sells Student Email Addresses to Campaign The News & Advance  


Self-Directed Learning and Augmented Reality: How to Teach Gen Z  Chronicle of Higher Ed

They may have a reputation for being entitled but one professor found undergrads to be thoughtful and open to creative teaching approaches  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Professors Are the Likeliest Mentors for Students, Except Those Who Aren’t White  Chronicle of Higher Ed  

The latest campus flap over politics and academic freedom started with a fart joke Chronicle of Higher Ed


Millennials running for office in record numbers  MCNBC  

Inside the new industry of teaching you how to be an adult City Lab 


Southwestern College Student Newspaper recognized with national award for holding law enforcement agencies accountable  Student Press Law Center 

Student details his descent into alcoholism and rebirth after rehab  Sparton (student newspaper for Castleton University)

Should student journalists endorse political candidates?  Student Press Law Center 

Right-Wing Hate Groups Are Recruiting Video Gamers NPR

The Four skills of Daring Leadership

One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.

Brené Brown, Dare to Lead 

Self-Control can be Contagious

Not only do you tend to hang out with people like yourself, your friends will influence you toward or away from self-control. Even the people you are forced by circumstances to hang out with (like co-workers) have an influence on your behavior. 

That's the finding of researchers who asked participants to watch people either select carrot sticks or cookies to eat before taking tests related to self-control (not involving cookies and carrots). Participants who watched someone eat cookies before the tests did not do as well as those who had watched someone decide to eat carrots. 

In another test, participants were told to think of a friend with good self-control. This group performed better on a handgrip test (used to measure self-control) than did the participants assigned to think about a friend with weak self-control. Other tests showed similar results. 

Their conclusions: If you surround yourself with people who make wise choices, you are more likely to do the same. You can boost your self-control simply by networking with other people who reinforce positive behavior (or vise versa). And when you show a lack of self-control, you are probably influencing someone else to do the same. 

Details of the study were published by the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 

Stephen Goforth