Articles of Interest - July 16

***TECHNOLOGY

Forget about VR in the living room; this summer it’s on waterslides and in arcades  MIT Tech Review

itty bitty, a new service that lets you share entire web pages encoded in the link itself  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Quantum computing could put a stop to traffic jams  Quartz

Mercedes Will Launch Self-Driving Taxis in California Next Year  Wired 

Walmart patents tech that would allow it to eavesdrop on cashiers  The Guardian

AI could soon clone your voice  Cnet

Microsoft calls on Congress to regulate facial recognition  Engadget

The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks  Economist

***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA  

ESPN to Air Overwatch League Finals as Esports Go Prime Time  Bloomberg 

Report on Local TV and AM/FM radio Revenue  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

Shorter TV Spots Rising On Linear TV  Media Post

Why Sinclair's bid to buy the tribune company might die  Wired 

Independent Media Organization Southerly Launches  The Whole Story

People Don’t Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves  Medium

***JOURNALISM

54 newsrooms, 9 countries, and 9 core ideas: Here’s what two researchers found in a yearlong quest for journalism innovation  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

A Reporter Who Had Her Records Seized Wasn’t On A List Of Subpoenaed Journalists The Justice Department Sent To A Senator  BuzzFeed News 

My Jobs Before Journalism  Twitter 

Why the Craig behind Craigslist gave big bucks to a journalism program  Recode

How We Reported Our Mississippi Bond Story: A Guide to Our Methodology  The Marshall Project 

Latin America’s new media are growing up  Economist 

More questions than answers from DOJ letter about journalist surveillance  Columbia Journalism Review

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM

CNN Reorganizes Business Coverage Under New Site  Media Post

***FAKE NEWS

Susceptibility to fake news is driven more by lazy thinking than partisan bias  PsyPost

How a ‘Cancer Cure’ Video Blasted Bad Science—and Went Viral  Wired

‘Fake News’ Goes Global as Trump, in Britain, Rips the Press  New York Times   

24 Brazilian media organisations band together to fight fake news  International News Media Association 

***SOCIAL MEDIA 

Facebook Opens Its Private Servers to Scientists Studying Fake News  Wired

Social media: Twitter’s surprising revival (sub. requ'd)  The Week 

Media — both on the left and right — are pressing Facebook to define what journalism is  Recode

***PRIVACY 

Who Will Police Police Drones?  Gizmodo 

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Has Some Alarmingly Outdated Views on Privacy: Kavanaugh doesn’t seem to understand today’s technological (opinion)  Slate 

FTC Urged To Stop Facebook From Sharing Data With Researchers  Media Post 

***PRODUCING MEDIA

From Data to Viz, a site that helps you find the right chart for your data  Data-to-Viz

What’s in a Newsletter? At The New York Times, There’s a Secret Sauce  New York Times

***BIG DATA & AI 

How does a flight attendant know your birthday? Big data playing bigger role as airlines personalize service  Chicago Tribune 

Python author steps back from leadership of project  IT wire   

Communicating with Alexa devices using sign language  Abhishek Singh

The seven of the most fundamental Quantum-computing complexity classes  Quanta Magazine 

***PERSONAL GROWTH 

4 things before passing judgment  Becoming (my blog)

How to keep going after a mass shooter kills your husband  Washington Post

A More Or Less Definitive Guide To Showing Up For Friends  BuzzFeed News

The Power of Positive People Are your friendships giving you a boost or bringing you down?  New York Times

Love your frenemy Envy is the dark side of love, but love is the luminous side of envy. Is there a way to harness envy wisely, for growth?  Aeon

***WRITING & READING

Amazon’s Curious Case of the $2,630.52 Used Paperback: Booksellers on the online marketplace are charging thousands for books that normally sell for a few dollars  New York Times  

Long-Time Employees Buy Capitol Hill Books From Its Beloved, Curmudgeonly Owner  DCist

***LANGUAGE

The Linguist Who Helps Undercover Cops Catch Child Predators  The Atlantic

Is ‘You Guys’ Replacing ‘Y’All’ in the South?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Everybody, Parlons Français!  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***LITERATURE

Mary Gaitskill convinced me to care about literature again after my best friend’s death  Slate

Archaeologists Think They’ve Discovered the Oldest Greek Copy of Homer’s Odyssey: 13 Verses on a Clay Tablet  Open Culture

***GENDER   

All Things Ill-Considered: NPR’s Sexist Blunder  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments  New York Times

An alternative to pink & blue: Colors for gender data  Data Wrapper

A baseball player stood on a bucket — and sparked an online debate about masculinity  Washington Post

***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES

The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on black people, probe found  Miami Herald

Justice Department Reopens Investigation Into 1955 Lynching Of Emmett Till  NPR

Asian-Americans Facing Staggering Levels Of Income Inequality In The U.S.  NPR

***FREE SPEECH

Judge Orders Los Angeles Times to Delete Part of Published Article Image  New York Times

Kavanaugh decision that allowed litigation to be used to deter free speech  Hollywood Reporter

Lawrence Journal-World wrong on flag art censorship at University of Kansas (opinion)  The FIRE

YouTube Rolling Out Copyright Match  Plagiarism Today

***LEGAL ISSUES

Where Brett Kavanaugh sits on the ideological spectrum (infographic)  Axios

‘Copyright’s True Purpose Is Dead, It Never Existed’  Torrent Freak

***RELIGION

The Bible is literature for the resistance  Washington Post

Mark Harris is forgetting a lot of what the Bible says about women (opinion)  Charlotte Observer

Two months after a sexual abuse investigation, Southern Baptist missionary found new church  Star-Telegram

Southern Baptist officials knew of sexual abuse allegations 11 years before leader’s arrest  Star-telegram

***RELIGION AND POLITICS

Christian advocates push back against Paula White’s claim that Jesus was different because he never broke the law  Huffington Post

Brett Kavanaugh Is a Troubling Supreme Court Pick for Black Christians  Christianity Today

***GOOD NEWS

25 Everyday Heroes  BuzzFeed

Croatia–England: The Greatest World Cup Fairy Tale  The Atlantic

Abandoned as baby in a cardboard box, man meets biological father after 31 years  ABC News  

Deliveries of kindness in San Diego  CBS News  

Teacher buys school bus, becomes driver so his elementary school students don’t drop out  The New Minute

Warren Buffett Donates $3.4 Billion to Charities in Latest Gift  Bloomberg  

***ART & DESIGN

A new report from the FIRE names colleges across the country that censor artists  The FIRE

7 Basic Design Principles We Forget About  Uxplanet

Why Med Schools Are Requiring Students to Take Art Classes, and How It Makes Med Students Better Doctors  Open Culture

University of Kansas Removes Controversial Flag Art  Inside Higher Ed

An alternative to pink & blue: Colors for gender data  DataWrapper

How one typeface took over movie posters (video)  Vox

***MUSIC

The Gospel According to Kendrick Lamar: Having an intact family “makes a huge difference”   Vanity Fair

Review: John Coltrane’s ‘Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album’  Variety

Can gospel music survive the rise of hip-hop?  The Undefeated

***FILM

I’m Sorry, But the Posters for Mary Queen of Scots Have the Wrong Taglines  Vulture

Stanley Kubrick’s Annotated Copy of Stephen King’s The Shining  Open Culture

Perhaps more surprising than the film's success is the quiet presence of Fred Rogers’ faith in the documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'  Religion News

***JOBS & INTERNSHIPS

Your CV Should Inform. Your Cover Letter Should Persuade  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Personal Business of Being Laid Off  Hazlitt

What It’s Like to Search for Jobs Outside Academe  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT

Two men indicted on accusations of stealing textbooks from campuses  Journal Sentinel  

Experts: University of Kentucky's sexual assault policy may be illegal  Courier-Journal

Sexually assaulted on his campus by student from another university—the accused was found responsible (twice) but no punishment  Inside Higher Ed

This NYPD Officer Reported Sexual Harassment: Then She Was Forced Into Rehab  BuzzFeed News

Ivy League professor accused of harassment says U.S. laws are 'biased against privileged white men'  Daily Mail Online

Baylor settles Title IX suit filed by former student who accused football players of gang rape  Waco Trib

***BUSINESS & FINANCE

What we buy can be used to predict our politics, race or education — sometimes with more than 90 percent accuracy  Washington Post

Visualizing Countries with the Highest Household Wealth  How Much

America's wage crisis no longer looks temporary  Axios

Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry  ABC News

***ENVIRONMENT

Cheap, portable sensors are democratizing air-quality data  Wired

How Laundry Is Reducing America’s Carbon Footprint  The Daily Beast

***TRAVEL

Airline Passenger Groups Outraged Over FAA Ruling On Seat  NPR

This adorable robot wants to make air travel less stressful: It will be launching in select airports this summer  The Verge

***HEALTH

1st Color X-Rays of Human Body Are Bloody Amazing  Live Science 

America’s Shrinking Exercise  USA Today

Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure  NPR

Pushback against immunization laws leaves some California schools vulnerable to outbreaks  LA Times

Summer Heat Waves Can Slow Our Thinking : Shots - Health News  NPR

Hidden From View: The Astonishingly High Administrative Costs of U.S. Health Care  New York Times

***SCIENCE

With Faster, Cheaper, More Precise Technique, Authors Say It’s ‘Off to the Races’ Toward New Cell Therapies  UCSF news release

NASA Discovered Evidence of Life on Mars 40 Years Ago, Then Set It On Fire  Live Science

‘Gene drive’ passes first test in mammals, speeding up inheritance in mice  Science Mag

***PSYCHOLOGY

1 In 4 Teenage Girls Self-Harm, According To A New Survey Of US High School Students  Buzzfeed News

A player misses a shot and his hands immediately go to the top of his head. Why? Psychology has the answer  New York Times

NPR story overstates the benefits of ‘Safety Planning Intervention’  Health News Review

***NEUROSCIENCE  

New research shows our brains place more weight on vision than hearing in identifying the source of a sound. But why?  Daily Jstor 

Memories Can Be Altered in Mice. Are Humans Next?  National Geographic  

***PRODUCTIVITY

The best tools to unclog your overflowing email  Poynter

Want to increase efficiency at work? 15 minutes of daily exercise will help  Economic Times

***HISTORY

New Web Site Showcases 700,000 Artifacts Dug Up from the Canals of Amsterdam, Some Dating Back to 4300 BC  Open Culture 

People Still Believe These 10 Myths About the Spanish Flu  Live Science

The Healing Buzz of “Drunk History” (opinion)  The New Yorker

***RESEARCH

Kim Kardashian pairs up with an MIT post-doc to publish a scientific paper  Retraction Watch

$33,000 Academic Journal Articles That Almost No One Reads  Forbes

Science journals end open-access trial with Gates Foundation  Nature

An example of researchers revisiting their own work and openly changing their minds  Discover Magazine

Peer Review and Implicit Bias: Is Double-blind Peer Review Better? (opinion)  IEAM Blog

A Major Industry-Funded Alcohol Study Was Compromised: How Many Others Are Out There Undark

Capitalism: Ruining science? In academia, the “imperative manifests itself in visible ways: publish or perish, funding or famine”  Jacobin Magazine

Contrary to common belief, randomised controlled trials inevitably produce biased results  London School of Economics & Political Science

***RESEARCH MISCONDUCT 

Academics who raised concerns about research misconduct at University College, London are threatened with lawsuit  The BMJ

We need more investigations into research misconduct: The UK needs a new Watchdog group  (opinion)  The Guardian 

Retraction Watch Co-founder talks about Research Misconduct  iScience Mag 

***HIGHER ED

Private Colleges in Peril: crucial challenges that small colleges face in fighting for their financial survival  Education Next 

How 'The Efficiency Paradox' Gets EdTech Right: Why education is expensive, and why technology will not be the solution (opinion)  Inside Higher Ed 

What Illinois higher education could be  Chicago Tribune 

ICE contracts bring in millions for U.S. colleges  The Outline 

Students outraged after 2 Bay Area colleges announce they're closing  KRON-4 

Canvas Surpasses Blackboard Learn in US Market Share  E-Literate 

One Public-College President Made $4 Million Last Year: Now His University Wants It Back  Chronicle of Higher Ed  

#MeToo at an Evangelical Institution: Many are frustrated that the university ignored complaints for 14 years  Inside Higher Ed

***TEACHING

Do Voice Assistant Devices Have a Place in the Classroom?  EdSurge

How One College Used Student Comments to Identify Its Best Professors  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***STUDENT MEDIA  

A Skeptic, a Student Newspaper, and a #MeToo Dilemma  Undark 

The print edition of a Missouri university's magazine has been canceled. Editors say it's retaliation and censorship  Student Press Law Center 

As local newsrooms shrink, college journalists fill in the gap  Poynter 

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

Assistant professor parts ways with UA after drug, sex assault accusation  Tuscon.com  

In Defense of Not Publishing  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

***STUDENT LIFE

Money, not grades, more likely to get in the way of a college education  CNBC 

Why aren’t millennials buying houses?  Curbed

New York court chastises University at Buffalo in ruling for student in due process case  The FIRE 

articles of interest - July 9

***JOURNALISM

New Jersey poised to invest $5 million into local journalism  CNN

In 2018, coherence is bad journalism, bordering on malpractice: Here’s how to do better  Harvard Nieman Lab

As America celebrates freedom, remember blood has been spilled to ensure that you have a free press (opinion)  Miami Herald 

Myanmar court files secrets act charges against Reuters reporters  Reuters

Journalist arrested by ICE claims he was targeted for his work  The Hill 

TL;DR: Tools for covering ICE  Columbia Journalism Review 

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM

The New York Times Mostly Skips Ad Agencies With An In-House 20-Person Ad-Buying Team  Digiday 

***FAKE NEWS

On WeChat, rogue fact-checkers are tackling the app's fake news problem  Poynter

I never said that! High-tech deception of ‘deepfake’ videos  Washington Post

YouTube aims to crack down on fake news, support journalism  Associated Press

 ***SOCIAL MEDIA 

The Guardian finds less polished video works better on Instagram Stories  Digiday

Facebook’s Political Rule Blocks Ads for Bush’s Beans, Singers Named Clinton  Bloomberg

***MOBILE 

These are the top iPhone apps of all time  Tech Crunch 

How to Unlock Your Phone for Overseas Travel  New York Times

***PRIVACY 

How to Check App Permissions on iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS  Wired

Google Sued For Allowing Developers To Access Gmail Messages  Media Post

Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras  New York Times

Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 and blocks passcode cracking tools used by police  The Verge

Facebook’s Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms  New York Times

Ten Reasons Why California’s New Data Protection Law is Unworkable, Burdensome, and Possibly Unconstitutional (opinion)  Technology & Marketing Law Blog

***PRODUCING MEDIA

Tool for journalists: Mural, for creating an engaging storytelling experience  Journalism.co

An AI system for editing music in videos  MIT 

***TECHNOLOGY

Implanting diamonds with flaws offers key technology for quantum communications  ScienceDaily 

***BIG DATA & AI 

Giving voice to the data creators—listening to the engineers can be productive  Simply Statistics

A beginner’s guide to AI: Neural networks  The Next Web

A SQL query cheat sheet  KD Nuggets  

***PERSONAL GROWTH 

Being Unmasked as an Imposter  Becoming (my blog)

Welcome to the highly probable world of improbability  Wired

***WRITING & READING

A professor said he had no talent as a writer: for the next 20 years, he sent the professor a copy of everything he published  Washington Post

Trump Uses Random Uppercase Letters, but Should You?  New York Times

Was writing invented for accounting and administration or did it evolve from religious movements, sorcery and dreams?  Aeon

A New York Times obituary writer takes a crack at her own epitaph  New York Times

***LANGUAGE

Iceland fights to protect its native tongue from Siri  Ozy  

Readers Respond: How has language shaped your world?  Los Angeles Times

***LITERATURE

Swedes plan an alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature  Irish Times

Tolstoy behind bars: Why U-Va. students are reading Russian literature in a prison  Washington Post 

The Triumph and Tragedy of Oscar Wilde  Chronicle of Higher Ed

10 movies secretly based on famous works of literature  Film School Rejects

***GENDER   

Some good news for working women  Washington Post  

The Push For A Gender-Neutral Siri  NPR

***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES

He is a Member of a Violent White Supremacist Group; So Why is He Working for a Defense Contractor with a Security Clearance?  PBS

Digging into the debate about diversity in entertainment journalism  LA Times

***FREE SPEECH

Principal refuses to allow first black valedictorian to give speech, so Rochester mayor intervenes  CBS News

University of Illinois seeks to dismiss free speech lawsuit against student reporters  WQAD

***LEGAL ISSUES

Movie-Makers in DC Using Cops to Prevent People from Taking Photos on Public Streets near the building Housing the Original US Constitution which Bans Such Activity  Michael Koretzky

Post Office Ordered to Pay $3.5 Million for Statue of Liberty Photo Mistake  Petapixel

***RELIGION

Episcopal Church debates gendered language for God  Seattle Times

Gay Christian singer reveals she underwent a traumatic exorcism as she praises UK plan to ban conversion therapy  Daily Mail

Facebook Removes a Gospel Group’s Music Video Image  New York Times

'In God We Trust' motto required in Tennessee schools this year  WKRN

Philippines Deports American Methodist Missionary Over 'Political Activity'  New York Times

New complaint filed against Tacoma megachurch pastor cites multiple instances of sexual misconduct  The News Tribune

Jimmy Carter's latest book, 'Faith,' leads this week's roundup of spiritual books  Chicago Tribune

***RELIGION AND POLITICS

Messiah College Professor: White evangelicals fear the future and yearn for the past, Of course Trump is their hero (opinion)  USA Today

Supreme Court's Religious Makeup Evolves As Members Change  NPR

The story behind potential Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s little-known Catholic group, People of Praise  Washington Post

***GOOD NEWS

After defeat, Japan's World Cup team leaves behind a spotlessly clean locker room and a 'thank you' note  CNN

Girl with cerebral palsy saves 1-year-old brother from drowning  New-6  

How 4 teens from Southern California are helping kids with problems from homelessness to bullying  Orange County Register

3-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Is Flower Girl In Bone Marrow Donor’s Wedding  Dothan Eagle

Phoenix-area dog goes viral after saving owner from rattlesnake bite  KTAR-TV

***ART & DESIGN

Find the Address of Your Home on Pangaea: Open Source Project Lets You Explore the Ancient Land Masses of Our Planet  Open Culture

The Strong Campaign Identity created for the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  UnderConstruction

Behold the Art-o-Mat: Vintage Cigarette Vending Machines Get Repurposed & Dispense Works of Art  Open Culture

The 2018 Underwater Photographs Of The Year Are Just Insanely Beautiful  Digg

Nearly 1,000 Paintings & Drawings by Vincent van Gogh Now Digitized and Put Online  Open Culture

All the Roman Roads of Italy, Visualized as a Modern Subway Map  Open Culture

***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA  

Radio formats in the first half of 2018  Nielsen

***SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT

GOP Congressman accused of turning blind eye to sexual abuse as Ohio State wrestling coach  NBC

A man raped me, another tried to. They were not animals. They were men. Don't excuse them or pretend they're something else.  The Guardian

***SOCIAL ISSUES

Americans are socializing less and playing more games  Quartz

***BUSINESS & FINANCE

Why it matters: 23% of Americans have no emergency savings  Axios

***ENVIRONMENT

Hawaii moves to ban sale of sunscreens with coral-harming chemicals  CBS News

The source of the mysterious ozone-killing emissions is confirmed: China  Quartz

***HEALTH

Michigan Hospital sues over Facebook post and picketing  Traverse City Record-Eagle

Sources: EPA blocks warnings on cancer-causing chemical identified in formaldehyde study  Politico

U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials  New York Times

Americans are closely divided over value of medical treatments, but most agree costs are a big problem  Pew Research

***FAMILY

By 2-to-1, Americans Say Boys Easier to Raise Than Girls  Gallup

What Families Need To Know About Screen Time This Summer  NPR

***TRAVEL

50 Strange But True Facts About the U.S.  Condé Nast Traveler

50 States, 50 Dishes: America’s Favorite Foods and Where to Get Them  Condé Nast Traveler

***SCIENCE

Physics prof urges scientists to take studies of UFOs seriously  The Conversation 

German Scientists Photograph Formation Of A Planet  NPR

Scientists Rarely Admit Mistakes: A New Project Wants to Change That  Undark

***PSYCHOLOGY

‘Conversion therapy’ for gays would be sharply limited under California bill  Chronicle of Higher Ed

British Government To Ban Conversion Therapy  NPR

An Animated Intro to Anna Freud: The Psychoanalyst (and Daughter of Sigmund) Who Theorized Denial, Projection & Other Defense Mechanisms for Our Egos  Open Culture

Language Is Key to Easing the Stigma of Mental Illness  Psychology Today

***PHILOSOPHY

Why We Should Require All Students to Take 2 Philosophy Courses  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***HISTORY

Anne Frank's family tried in vain to flee to the US  CNN

Why Are There Palm Trees in Los Angeles?  Atlas Obscura

Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War  Wired

***ETHICS

The practice of conducting ethically dubious research in foreign countries is under fresh scrutiny.  Nature

Apparently it’s fine to defend colonialism, but not to defend genocide  The Conversation

***RESEARCH

A study as to whether one’s political preferences are manifested in the hand used while cleansing one’s posterior (a predatory journal sting)  Crimson Publisher\s

Self-citations as strategic response to the use of metrics for career decisions  Science Direct

Ten considerations for open peer review  F1000 Research

Spotting an open-access predatory journal is no easy task  The Fish Site

Beware those scientific studies -- most are wrong, researcher warns  AFP

***HIGHER ED

The future of college education: Students for life, computer advisers and campuses everywhere Washington Post

The $5 million effort to bring a flotilla of conservative tenured professors to Chapman University  (opinion)  Orange County Register 

China tightens party control of foreign university ventures  Financial Times

Getting Student Power Into the Voting Booth  New York Times

L.A. Trade-Tech administrators received $157,000 for work they failed to justify, investigation finds  LA Times

He Called Older Employees ‘Dead Wood.’ Two Sued for Age Discrimination  New York Times

Maryland basketball subpoenaed in college basketball corruption probe  Washington Post

George Mason University Foundation is not subject to public records laws, judge rules Washington Post

***TEACHING

How To Think Visually Using Visual Analogies (Infographic)  Adioma

Coding schools are offering free classes in exchange for a percentage of future income. But at what cost?  The Atlantic 

Detroit's Right to Literacy Case and U.S. School Reform  The Atlantic

***STUDENT LIFE

The 20 college majors with highest and lowest average student debt  Detroit Free Press

More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit  Hechinger Report 

***JOBS & INTERNSHIPS

How to Write a Thank-You Email After a Job Interview: Examples, Dos, and Don’ts  The Cut

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

State Supreme Court sides with professor in academic freedom case – he wrote a blog post in criticizing a graduate-student instructor  Journal Sentinel

New university rules encourage scientists to avoid air travel  Wired

When Your Course Suddenly Needs an Overhaul  Chronicle of Higher Ed

What’s Obvious to Academics but Not to the Public? Scholars Are Happy to Say  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

A University of Central Florida professor was arrested after allegedly stalking a student for months  Orlando Weekly 

This Professor Made Up a Job Offer From Another University. Now He Faces a Criminal Charge Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Being Unmasked as an Imposter

As you might expect, failure isn’t all that popular an activity. And yet, not everyone reacts to it by breaking out in hives. While many of the people (in a recent study) hated tasks that they didn’t do well, some people thrived under the challenge. They positively relished things they weren’t very good at—for precisely the reason that they should have: when they were failing, they were learning.  

For growth people, challenges are an opportunity to deepen their talents, but for “fixed” people, they are just a dipstick that measures how high your ability level is. Finding out that you’re not as good as you thought is not an opportunity to improve; it’s a signal that you should maybe look into a less demanding career, like mopping floors.    

This fear of being unmasked as the incompetent you “really” are is so common that it actually has a clinical name: impostor syndrome. A shocking number of successful people (particularly women), believe that they haven’t really earned their spots, and are at risk of being unmasked as frauds at any moment. Many people deliberately seek out easy tests where they can shine, rather than tackling harder material that isn’t as comfortable.

Megan Mcardle writing in the Atlantic

Giving yourself time to play

Play has a positive impact on creativity because— in addition to helping us both mind-wander and diversify— it stimulates positive emotion, which research shows leads to greater insight and better problem solving. Barbara Fredrickson of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, found that positive emotions increase our cognitive resources by expanding our visual attention. When we feel good, we gain the ability to pay attention to a wider range of experiences. We see the big picture rather than getting bogged down in the details. In other words, if you feel stuck in a rut or you can’t think yourself out of a problem or don’t see a way out of a situation, play may be a way of getting “unstuck” and coming up with innovative ideas.

Just as joy and fun can make you more creative, creativity in turn enhances your well- being. The more creative you become, the more joy you invite into your life. Nikola Tesla wrote, “I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success. . . . Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”

By naturally tapping into your inner creativity, you reconnect with the joy you had as a child playing. You engage in a positive feedback loop that continues to replenish you with joy and creativity. It makes for an adult life rich with delight and inventiveness.

Stanford psychologist Emma Seppälä writing in the Washington Post

Articles of Interest - July 2

***TECHNOLOGY

Harvard scientists develop material that can change its surface shape at the microscale on the fly  Harvard

Is the Solution to the Data Storage Crunch your DNA?  Wired

Satellites could show airplanes faster long-haul routes in mid-air  Quartz 

Google opens its human-sounding Duplex AI to public testing  CNET 

How roboticists are copying nature to make fantastical machines  Wired

Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up: more detailed maps built from its own data for the first time  Tech Crunch 

***TECHNOLOGY: FACIAL RECOGNITION 

Orlando Airport Will Be First in the U.S. to Scan Faces of All International Passengers  Conde Nash Traveler 

Facial Recognition Software is Not Ready for use by Law Enforcement  Tech Crunch 

This Japanese AI security camera shows the future of surveillance will be automated  The Verge

 ***SOCIAL MEDIA 

The data behind winning Instagram captions  News Whip 

How Instagram Is Eating The World  Forbes

Only 'Influencers' Can Take Photos at This LA Mural and People Are Pissed  Vice

***FACEBOOK

Slate Traffic Plummets as a result of FB’s retreat from the news business  Slate 

Facebook is stepping back from its plan to bring the internet to the world via giant drones Quartz 

Facebook bug randomly unblocked some users from people’s block lists  The Verge

Facebook is buying UK’s Bloomsbury AI: It’s all about fighting fake News  Tech Crunch 

***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA  

In both the U.S. and China, more people say they’ll watch matches via live video online than via terrestrial, cable, or satellite television  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Quartz sale doesn’t give digital media players much to cheer about  Columbia Journalism Review  

***JOURNALISM

How can design processes help your newsroom?  Medium

Post dismisses reporter for lax attribution in ‘aggregated’ news stories  Washington Post

News outlets join forces to track down children separated from their parents by the U.S.  Poynter 

Advertising is not journalism  Union-Tribune 

Small-town American newspapers are surprisingly resilient  Economist

Why LinkedIn wants to make original journalism  The Drum 

***THE VALUE OF JOURNALISM

How we know journalism is good for democracy  Local News Lab 

Can journalists counteract hatred toward the press? It starts with explaining what we do  Poynter 

The Importance Of Local Journalism  NPR 

***JOURNALISM: THE CAPITAL GAZETTE SHOOTING  

Dave Barry: My heart aches for Capital Gazette shooting victims  Miami Herald

The war against the press comes to the local newsroom  Columbia Journalism Review

More than 350 org. and individuals sign condemnation of mass murder at the Capital Gazette and negative environment for journalists  The Student Press Law Center

Trump says Maryland shooting 'filled our hearts with grief'  CNN

Trump’s press attacks didn’t cause the Annapolis tragedy: But there is a connection  Washington Post

Former Capital Gazette reporter grieves colleagues who died in Annapolis shooting  Delaware Online 

An act of violence against one journalist is an attack on all of us  Union-Tribune

Trump won’t Lower Flag for Cap Gaz Shooting as he has for Other Mass Shootings  Mashable      

***JOURNALISM: SAFETY 

The Newsroom Is No Longer a Safe Place  Politico

How Rare Are Attacks On Journalists?  NPR

Defend Yourself AND the News Provides: practical advice for turbulent times  RTDNA

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM

2018 Research: Women and people of color in local TV and radio news   RTDNA

***TEACHING JOURNALISM 

How VR in Journalism Education Keeps Learners Abreast With a Rocky Media Landscape  eLearning Inside 

***FAKE NEWS

Rapidly expanding fact-checking movement faces growing pains  Washington Post

Adobe is using machine learning to make it easier to spot Photoshopped images  The Verge

A Web Tool That Lets People Choose Their Own ‘Sources of Truth’  The Atlantic

Americans may appreciate knowing when a news story is suspect, but more than a third will share that story anyway  Knight Foundation 

***FAKE NEWS OUTSIDE THE U.S.

A guide to anti-misinformation actions around the world  Poynter 

Fake news, rumour and censorship in the Middle Kingdom  Monday Note

***BIG DATA & AI 

One day AI programs may need therapists—seriously  Axios 

Ways to think about machine learning and avoid some of the misconceptions out there  Ben Evans Blog

How Quantum Computing Works and Why It’s Important  Medium

Is the Solution to the Data Storage Crunch your DNA?  Wired 

How to Execute R and Python in SQL Server with Machine Learning Services  Data Science Central 

The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in 8 U.S. Cities are central to an NSA spying initiative that has for years monitored billions of emails, phone calls, and online chats  The Intercept 

***THE INTERNET

How to fix what has gone wrong with the internet  Economist 

Our Online Behavior is a Design Problem  Medium  

The story of the internet is all about layers  How the internet lost its decentralised innocence Economist 

Ecommerce Website Redesign: A Technical SEO Checklist  Search Engine Journal

Stopping the internet from getting too concentrated will be a slog, but the alternative would be worse  Economist

Make Wikipedia Even Better  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***PERSONAL GROWTH 

Malcolm Gladwell's 12 Rules for Life  Revisionist History Podcast  Revisionist History

Why are Russians so stingy with their smiles?  The Conversation

Being rational all the time isn’t going to do you any favors  Quartz

***GRAMMAR

That Adverb in Melania Trump’s jacket  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***WRITING & READING

Instead of abandoning print, the 119-year-old MIT Technology Review is doubling down on it  Harvard's Nieman Lab

How the Self-Publishing Industry Changed, Between My First and Second Novels  LongReads

***LANGUAGE

Koko Is Dead, but the Myth of Her Linguistic Skills Lives On  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Switzerland’s Mysterious Fourth Language  BBC

***LITERATURE

Translators' group brings international literature to Chicago  Chicago Tribune

‘Frankenstein’ Author Mary Shelley on Creativity'  Brain Pickings

Book clinic: which literature would inspire a men’s prison reading group?  The Guardian

Why aren't schools teaching black literature?  Baltimore Sun

Capturing the voice of a brilliant, unorthodox teacher of literature  Economist

Clean, Well-Spoken: Hemingway’s Cuban Spanish  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The 39 best health and science books to read this summer  Stat News

Discover What to Read Next With This 'Instagram for Books'  Life Hacker

***GENDER   

‘Tormented and traumatized’: Rage toward women fuels mass shooters  Washington Post

Women in public-facing journalism jobs are exhausted by harassment  Poynter 

Researchers preferentially collaborate with same-gendered colleagues across the life sciences  BioRx

The midterm elections are shaping up to have a giant gender gap  Vox

***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES

The Elevation of Anti-Semitic Pseudoscience  Undark

Race-Conscious Admissions Returns to the Spotlight  Chronicle of Higher Ed

New data shows US hate crimes continued to rise in 2017  The Conversation

White supremacist propaganda is inundating college campuses, civil rights group says  Washington Post

***FREE SPEECH

The invincibly ignorant and the intellectual huckster have every right to express their opinions, but their right to free speech is not the right to an audience  New York Times

Is That Opinion Hate Speech? Here’s A Checklist To Find Out  Daily Infographic

***LEGAL ISSUES

Campus Lawyers’ Deepest Fear: the Protest or Tweet That Spins Into a Free-Speech Crisis Chronicle of Higher Ed

***PRIVACY

California passes strictest online privacy law in the country  CNN

Here are 5 key details in California’s new privacy law  Fast Company

At this Chinese school, Big Brother was watching students — and charting every smile or frown  LA Times

Here's why the NSA just deleted all of the calls and texts it collected since 2015  Tech Republic

***RELIGION

How Antebellum Christians Justified Slavery  Daily Jstor

One of Hillsong's latest hits sparks debate on evolution   Christianity Today

5 facts about Episcopalians  Pew Research Center

Archdiocese of Washington apologizes after Maryland family kicked out of funeral  Fox-5

***MEGACHURCHES

Willow Creek leaders issue public apologies for mishandling allegations  Chicago Tribune

Mega church pastor resigns after investigation into 'inappropriate conduct'  Fox-9 

Pastor of Tacoma megachurch dismissed over accusations of inappropriate behavior  Q13 Fox

***RELIGION OUTSIDE THE U.S.

In El Salvador, Becoming An Evangelical Is A Way Out Of A Gang  NPR

5 facts about religion in India  Pew Research Center

Christian Group Surprises Pride Crowd, Apologizes For Anti-LGBTQ Views  Huffington Post  

***RELIGION AND POLITICS

The “Star-Spangled Banner” in church? Some Christians are questioning the mix of patriotism and God  Washington Post

Supreme Court ruling may pave way for more faith-based pregnancy centers  The Hill

***GOOD NEWS

"Hello Kitty" bullet train to debut in Japan  CBS

Joyful parade fulfills two wishes for 107 year old: When asked what she wanted for her birthday, Myda Lewis said "I want people to be happy"  Stillwater News Press

***ART & DESIGN

Here's What 49 Iconic Disney Characters Would Probably Look Like IRL  BuzzFeed

Duchamp's famous urinal sculpture was actually created by Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven  BoingBoing

Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest  The Atlantic

Bookstore photo series perfectly juxtaposes patrons with book covers  BoingBoing

***TRAVEL

National Trust’s List of 11 Most Endangered Places includes Route 66, Mount Vernon  Curbed

19 of the Most Beautiful Streets in the World  Architectural Digest

17 Mistakes Tourists Make When Visiting NYC For The First Time  BuzzFeed  

***FILM

10 Great First Movies For Your Kids  Fatherly

A Montage of Dance Moments from Almost 300 Feature Films  Open Culture

***HARASSMENT & ASSAULT

While Reporting At The World Cup, Female Journalists Are Sexually Harassed  NPR

How Colleges and Organizations Can Stop the Cycle of Faculty Sexual Abuse  Chronicle of Higher Ed

6 women on how they deal with sexism and discrimination at work  Fast Company

***HARASSMENT & ASSAULT ON CAMPUS

How a Student Used Title IX to Force Her College to Change Its Response to Cases of Sexual Assault  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Texas History prof accused of inappropriate behavior and using his social-justice standing to divert the narrative  Stephenville Empire-Tribune

How Colleges and Organizations Can Stop the Cycle of Faculty Sexual Abuse  Chronicle of Higher Ed

A Star Scientist From The Max Planck Society Allegedly Harassed And Bullied Her Colleagues  BuzzFeed News

Acclaimed UC Irvine geneticist who gave millions to the campus resigns due to sexual harassment  LA Times

***CRIME ON CAMPUS

Police officer who fatally shot Antwon Rose II left his campus job after his testimony and evidence didn’t add up  Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Man Killed By Armed Portland State University Officers Had Valid Concealed Carry Permit When He Died  OPB

***SOCIAL ISSUES

Scientists can track the spread of opioids in sewers. But do cities want to know what lies below?  Stat News

***BUSINESS & FINANCE

How Old Are Successful Tech Entrepreneurs? Older than you think  Northwestern

Republican tax law hits churches Some nonprofits could start paying taxes for the first time  Politico

Why Startups Are Thriving Outside Silicon Valley  Aspenideas

Can LinkedIn finally kill the business card with new mobile app QR codes?  Tech Republic

I spent 2 days on a bus with a billionaire and a celebrity author while they toured America to invest $150 million in local business  Business Insider

How regulators can prevent excessive concentration online  Economist

30 Fake Business Blog Posts Someone Should Have Written Already  Medium

***ENVIRONMENT

Rising seas: 'Florida is about to be wiped off the map'  The Guardian

How can climate policy stay on top of a growing mountain of data?  The Guardian

Hawaii Bans Common Sunscreens To Protect Coral Reefs  NPR

***HEALTH

Hundreds of new genes may underlie intelligence—but also autism and depression  Science Mag

Modified polio vaccine extends lives in U.S. brain cancer study  Reuters

Marketing firm Exactis leaked a personal info database with 340 million records  Wired

With Funding Scarce, HealthNewsReview.org Hurtles Toward Closure  Undark

Seemingly Healthy Food For Kids That Have Shocking Amounts of Sugar  Daily Infographic

***HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY

Amazon could radically change how you get prescriptions  CNN

Kids of millennials may never know a doctor visit without AI  Tech Republic

***FAMILY

Helicopter parenting is bad for children  The Times

U.S. women are postponing motherhood, but not as much as those in most other developed nations  Pew Research Center

America's work-life balance isn't so great  Axios

***SCIENCE

The first-ever interstellar object observed traveling through Earth's solar system confirmed to be a comet, but does not exhibit usual dust trails  Science Mag

***PSYCHOLOGY

The surprising thing the 'marshmallow test' reveals about kids in an instant-gratification world  LA Times

Live Nation rigged an entire concert to measure the biometrics of music fans  Fast Company

One day AI programs may need therapists  Axios

A big collaboration is trying to understand diseases of the psyche  Economist

The Famous Break Up of Sigmund Freud & Carl Jung (video)  Open Culture

New Jersey to Suspend Prominent Psychologist for Failing to Protect Patient Privacy  Pro Propublica

Psychologists Looked In The Mirror … And Saw A Bunch Of Liberals Here’s how this might affect their research  FiveThirtyEight

Campus mental health forums pay off, study shows  Ed Dive

***NEUROSCIENCE  

Why your brain never runs out of problems to find  The Conversation

The eye's structure holds information about the health of the mind: It is a window to the brain  Economist

One sentence with 7 meanings unlocks a mystery of human speech  Wired

***PHILOSOPHY

What’s the point of philosophy? A new philosophy paper says there isn’t one  Quartz

***PRODUCTIVITY

The best tools and tech to create a podcast in 2018  Poynter

***RESEARCH RETRACTIONS

CDC retracts finding that farmers have the highest suicide rate in the country  New Food Economy

Scientists Rarely Admit Mistakes: A New Project Wants to Change That  Undark  

***RESEARCH REPLICATION

Statistical Rituals: The Replication Delusion and How We Got There  Sage Journalism

Improving analysis and reporting of incomplete data will make reproducibility and replicability efforts easier (abstract)  Social Science & Medicine

Can We Science Our Way out of the Reproducibility Crisis?  PLOS

***RESEARCH

CrossFit’s strident spokesperson (and Liberty U grad) Russell Berger was winning a war against junk science — until his anti-LGBT bigotry got him fired  Buzzfeed News

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Google Scholar  Cambridge University Press

Some science journals that claim to peer review papers do not do so  Economist

African scientists launch their own preprint server  Nature

Sports science journal has just banned a flawed statistical method  FiveThirtyEight

Philip Zimbardo defends the Stanford Prison Experiment, his most famous work  Vox

How Dennis Wall became the ‘bad boy’ of autism research  Spectrum News

***HIGHER ED

A  College Considers Taking the ‘Liberal’ Out of ‘Liberal Education’  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Defining and Delivering on Quality in Higher Education  Medium 

What Does Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Mean for Higher Education?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Western Illinois Will Lay Off 24 Faculty Members, Including 7 With Tenure  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Notre Dame students sue school, White House over birth control policy  Reuters

AD: Baylor regents displayed racism, preferred misleading report on rape scandal  Waco Tribune

***HUMANITIES & STEM

Digital Humanities and the Child Separation Crisis  Wired 

Why it's so hard to diversify STEM fields  California Sunday 

***TEACHING

What Podcasts Can Teach Us About Teaching  Chronicle of Higher Ed

University develops rubric to certify students' soft skills  Ed Dive 

***ACADEMIC LIFE 

No More Chili Pepper: RateMyProfessors Ditches ‘Hotness’ Ratings  Chronicle of Higher Ed

In Nigeria, a battle against academic plagiarism heats up  Science Magazine  

Why the Supreme Court Ruling on Unions Could Be Good for Adjuncts  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Second of 3 Dartmouth professors under criminal probe quits  Union Leader 

Was a Renowned Literary Theorist Also a Spy?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Liberty University professor arrested and charged with online sexual exploitation of a minor  News Advance

***STUDENT MEDIA  

How is college radio faring in the streaming era?  Economist

In California, journalists lean on student reporters for education coverage  Columbia Journalism Review

Student photojournalist who sued to retain copyright for his work is vindicated  Student Press Law Center

Student journalist investigates lack of sexual misconduct records for teachers  Columbia Journalism Review

***STUDENT LIFE

Should Working Learners Get a Tax Break?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Why Teen Employment Numbers Are Down  NPR 

The Rise of College ‘Grade Forgiveness’  The Atlantic 

The share of teens with summer jobs has plunged since 2000, and the type of work they do has shifted  Pew Research Center 

As A Mental Health Crisis Sweeps Across Colleges, Students Step Up To Fix It  Huffington Post

California Will Be Fourth State to Sue Navient Over Student Loans   New York Times

The view you adopt for yourself 

For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value. How does this happen? How can a simple belief have the power to transform your psychology and, as a result, your life? 

Believing that your qualities are carved in stone — the fixed mindset — creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. If you have only a certain amount of intelligence, a certain personality, and a certain moral character — well, then you’d better prove that you have a healthy dose of them. It simply wouldn’t do to look or feel deficient in these most basic characteristics.

I’ve seen so many people with this one consuming goal of proving themselves — in the classroom, in their careers, and in their relationships. Every situation calls for a confirmation of their intelligence, personality, or character. Every situation is evaluated: Will I succeed or fail? Will I look smart or dumb? Will I be accepted or rejected? Will I feel like a winner or a loser? . . .

There’s another mindset in which these traits are not simply a hand you’re dealt and have to live with, always trying to convince yourself and others that you have a royal flush when you’re secretly worried it’s a pair of tens. In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way — in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments — everyone can change and grow through application and experience.

Do people with this mindset believe that anyone can be anything, that anyone with proper motivation or education can become Einstein or Beethoven? No, but they believe that a person’s true potential is unknown (and unknowable); that it’s impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil, and training.

Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

The origins of our anger

Problems of anger begin as seed thoughts of self-pity, discouragement, jealousy, or some other negative thought. One’s thought life is the key ingredient in behavioral and emotional control; therefore thoughts prior to and during times of anger are important. Thoughts give emotional feelings prolonged existence and strength, and lead interpretation to vague emotions.

When anger feelings begin, people should “listen” to themselves think. Their minds are constantly making value judgments, decisions, and comparisons. Therefore, there always exists the opportunity to intercept anger by changing these thoughts.

Gary Collins, Counseling and Anger