Articles of Interest - March 25


How “Baby Shark” was manufactured in a Korean toddler entertainment factory  Vice 

Nexstar to Sell 19 TV Stations for $1.32 Billion  Hollywood Reporter 


Google News Initiative launches new fact checking tools, supporting more subscription models 9to5Google 

18 journalists on how—or whether—they use tape recorders  Columbia Journalism Review***FAKE NEWS 

Conspiracy Theories Can’t Be Stopped  FiveThirtyEight  

WhatsApp wants to label viral forwards to rein in fake news – but it’ll have to do more  The Next Web

How OpenAI's Fake News Warnings Triggered Actual Fake News  PC Mag


Instagram Is Full of Conspiracy Theories and Extremism  The Atlantic

China’s new social media craze: Paying random people to shower you with over-the-top compliments  CNBC 

Facebook is hiring 22 people for its secretive blockchain division The Next Web   


Education and Science Giant Elsevier Left Users’ Passwords Exposed Online  Mother Board 

Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims  Associated Press

Help may be on the way for those suffering from “password hell”  Wall Street Journal (sub. req.’d)

Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees  Associated Press ***TECHNOLOGY

Better Living Through Crispr: Growing Human Organs in Pigs  Wired  

Everything Apple announced at its ‘show time’ event  TechCrunch 


Big data got us here, but small data will get us the rest of the way  Axios

Stanford University launches the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence  Stanford

CERN discovery of a tiny effect in particles indicating a difference in the way matter and antimatter behave—one that physicists have been hunting for decades  Nature    

How Walmart uses graphics processing units for better demand forecasting  Datanami



No one was paying attention  Becoming (my blog)

24 Common Cognitive Biases: A Visual List of the Psychological Systems Errors That Keep Us From Thinking Rationally  Open Culture 


Author of grammar guide traces language love to cookie sign (video)  MSNBC 


The rise of robot authors: is the writing on the wall for human novelists?  The Guardian 

Why Do Wite-Out and Liquid Paper Still Exist?  The Atlantic


16-Year-Old Swedish Environmental Activist, Has Been Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Mental Floss

The man bringing dead languages back to life  BBC  


How 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' Became a Classic  The Atlantic

Meet 10 Emerging Writers Who Just Won the 2019 Whiting Award  The Cut


U.S. Mathematician Becomes First Woman To Win Abel Prize, 'Math's Nobel'  NPR

Sports-Bra Outrage And a Fight Over Everyday Sexism  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Journal Issues Revised Version of Controversial Paper That Questioned Why Some Teens Identify as Transgender  Chronicle of Higher Ed

A Transgender Student Said He's Being Barred From Running For Prom King  Buzzfeed News

The narrowing, but persistent, gender gap in pay  Pew Research Center 


Why white nationalist terrorism is a global threat: The Christchurch killer acted alone but followed a terrifying trend  Economist 

Supreme Court Justices Seem Incredulous At Repeated Racial Bias In Jury Selection  NPR

A study of nearly 100 million traffic stops: black drivers are 20% more likely to get pulled over  CNN

50 Years Ago Students Shut Down This College To Demand Ethnic Studies Courses  NPR

A third of the convictions overturned because of DNA involved witnesses who identified the wrong person who was of another race  New York Times 

Laila Lalami: ‘White supremacists target Muslims but the threat isn't taken as seriously as other forms of terror’  The Guardian 


UC Berkeley in spotlight as Trump expected to issue campus free-speech order  San Francisco Chronicle 

Trump’s Free-Speech Order Could Have Been Harsher: Higher-Ed Leaders Still Don’t Approve Chronicle of Higher Ed

A student was briefly suspended for social media posts, angering many on campus: He believes his rhetoric was judged as a threat, unfairly, because he is Muslim  Inside Higher Ed 


An academic who helped a company gather data on millions of Facebook users is suing for defamation New York Times 

A coalition of 41 media organizations is urging a court to uphold a decision dismissing a professor’s defamation lawsuit  Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 

Jeanine Pirro Beats Defamation Lawsuit From Black Lives Matter Activist  Hollywood Reporter 


Here are the stories about police misconduct uncovered so far by a new media partnership LA Times

Pregnant Behind Bars: What We Do And Don't Know About Pregnancy And Incarceration NPR


800 scientists say it’s time to abandon “statistical significance” P-values and “statistical significance” are widely misunderstood: Here’s what they actually mean  Vox 

The Guardian view on statistics in sciences: gaming the (un)known (opinion)  The Guardian 


Templeton Prize winner believes science, spirituality are complementary  The Boston Pilot 

Evidence of improper voting raises questions about Methodist gay clergy vote  Religion News

Did John MacArthur visit the Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated just hours after it happened?  Throckmorton Blog 

‘Nones’ now as big as evangelicals, Catholics in the US  Religious News Service  


4 facts about religion in New Zealand  Pew Research Center

China Tells Christianity To Be More Chinese  Christianity Today


The baffling argument that ‘Islam is not a religion’  Washington Post 

Evangelicals and Muslims see similarities in faiths and favor closer ties, survey says Religious News Service


LifeWay to Close All 170 Christian Stores  Christianity Today  

Christian financial planner praised by Robert Jeffress facing Ponzi scheme charges  Religious News Service 


395 Catholic priests, church staff accused of sex misconduct in new  Chicago Sun Times

Pope Francis wants psychological testing to prevent problem priests. But can it really do that? Washington Post 

West Virginia sues Catholic diocese, alleging it knowingly employed pedophiles The Hill


Christian group drops lawsuit over Austin's LGBT protections  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Google resists pressure to pull LGBT "conversion therapy" app  Axios

Michigan will no longer fund adoption agencies that deny LGBT parents  Washington Post 


Secrecy surrounding briefing for ‘faith-based media’ raises eyebrows  MSNBC 


Man with Down Syndrome honored for working at same McDonald's for 27 years  11 Alive

104-year-old woman arrested  BBC 

Blind runner, guide dog trio makes history in NYC Half Marathon  CNN

Twelve-year-old Former intensive care patient returns to play guitar for newborns  Health Maters  

Former wounded warrior is spending his retirement volunteering at Walter Reed  The Week 

Man gifts car to stranger during trade-in at El Cajon dealership  10 News

Woman Who Was Smallest Baby Born in Texas Now Works at Same Hospital  People 

Dad's Adopted Daughter Turns Out to Be Perfect Kidney Donor Match  Inside Edition 


The very mathematical history of a perfect color combination  Wired

Sean Adams's The Designer's Dictionary of Type explains famous fonts  Fast Company 

9 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World  BuzzFeed News

Web Design Trends of 2019 [Infographic]  SocialMediaToday


The Oral History of the Les Paul  Guitar 

Why music affects your productivity  Quartz 

What Will Happen When Machines Write Songs Just as Well as Your Favorite Musician?  Mother Jones

The Case for Why Captain Beefheart's Awful Sounding Album, Trout Mask Replica, Is a True Masterpiece  Open Culture 

In Times of Crisis, We Need Classical Music What will we lose if Bach and Beethoven disappear from our schools and concert halls?  The Walrus


How ‘God’s Not Dead’ Perpetuated the Modern Evangelical Victim Narrative (opinion) Relevant Magazine 


USC's Student Newspaper Published A Brutal Editorial About The Cheating Scandal  LAist 


Poll: 74% of parents admit to making appointments for their adult children  KTVU 

New data shows more than half of young people in America don't have a romantic partner  Washington Post 


How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games  Nautil 

Google Unveils Plan for Video Games Streaming Service Hollywood Reporter


Writers for love & sex short fiction platform of Slide Stories  

Freelance reporters with an interest in state/local policy based in West Coast or Midwest

Freelance pitches on Asian American / Pacific Islander issues  Hyphen Magazine  

Emergent science and technology story pitches  Futurism

Freelance pitches  The North Star

Four paid fellowships  Mother Jones  

Freelance writer (night+weekend Gizmodo (remote) 


US government uses several black-site shelters to detain immigrant children  Reveal

California Wildfire Survivors Say They’re Living In Dire Conditions And There’s Little Help Buzzfeed News 

Canada’s becoming a tech hub thanks to Donald Trump immigration policies  Reddit

Border Patrol Detained a 9-Year-Old U.S. Citizen for Over a Day on Her Way to School  NBC-7

Wellbeing Inequality May Tell Us More About Life Than Income  Gallup


The lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are aiming at Realtors and their 6% fee  MarketWatch

Google, Facebook Scammed For More Than $100 Million In Fake Invoices  Media Post

Boeing is doing crisis management all wrong – here’s what a company needs to do to restore the public’s trust  The Conversation


16-Year-Old Swedish Environmental Activist, Has Been Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Mental Floss

Shocking autopsy photos show toll of plastic waste on dead whale  The Guardian

Adidas Sold 1 Million Eco-Friendly Shoes Made from Ocean Plastic, Plans 11 Million More  The Epoch Times  

Finland is offering free trips to people in need of happiness lessons  Tree Hugger 

West Virginia industry group successfully argues the state doesn’t need new clean-water standards because the obese population can tolerate higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals  Sustainability Times 

The insect apocalypse is not here but there are reasons for concern  Economist


Daily Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks No Longer Recommended  NBC4 Washington

My Friend’s Cancer Taught Me About a Hole in Our Health System  New York Times


What anti-vaxxers are actually afraid of (it's not all about autism): A new study from the University of Pittsburgh details how the anti-vaxx movement has divided and grown  BigThink

Her son died. And then anti-vaxers attacked her CNN  

Why the Washington measles outbreak is mostly affecting one specific group Box

Measles Rages in Brooklyn as Some Yeshivas Defy Vaccine Rule  The Daily Beast

One Doctor Is Responsible for a Third of All Medical Vaccine Exemptions in San Diego  Voice of San Diego 

Kentucky Gov. says he intentionally exposed kids to chicken pox instead of giving them vaccine  ABC News 

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

Why anti-vaxxer mobs go after pro-vaccine doctors online — and what to do about it  Mashable 


Celery was once as sexy as kale  Quartz 


Forget helicopter parents, snowplow parents are killing kids' life skills  USA Today

How parents feel about – and manage – their teens’ online behavior and screen time Pew Research Center


The 10 Most Popular Puppy Names of 2019  Mental Floss

Man jumps shirtless into frozen Irvington, New York, lake to rescue stranded dogs 


Philosophy of Biology: Philosophical bias is the one bias that science cannot avoid  eLife 

Scientists find new evidence that humans may be sensitive to the Earth’s magnetic field; quick changes caused as much as 60% drop in alpha brain waves  Cal Tech 

Public confidence in scientists has remained stable for decades  Pew Research Center


Psychiatry’s Incurable Hubris The biology of mental illness is still a mystery, but practitioners don’t want to admit it  The Atlantic 

Here’s A Breakdown Of The 6 Core Emotions We Feel  Daily Infographic

How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception and Meaning  Quantam


People don't become 'adults' until their 30s, says neuroscientist  BBC 

Neuroscience proves Nietzsche right: some people are wired to be more spontaneous than others  The Conversation 


Oxford's Free Course Critical Reasoning For Beginners Teaches You to Think Like a Philosopher  Open Culture

Philosophers and neuroscientists join forces to see whether science can solve the mystery of free will  Science Mag  


Moral technology Self-driving cars don’t drink and medical AIs are never overtired. Given our obvious flaws, what can humans still do best? Aeon

Microsoft will be adding AI ethics to its standard checklist for product release  Geekwire   


Peer reviewed studies soon to be replaced by CAPS LOCK  The Science Post  

University of Illinois at Chicago Missed Warning Signs of Research Going Awry, Letters Show  ProPublica 

Error vs. Fraud in Research  Medium 

We need to relearn how to play nice in peer review  University Affairs    

Five Article-Writing Mistakes and How to Fix Them  The Professor is in

Are Papers with Open Data More Credible?  International Conference on Information  Springer 

Duke University to Pay $112.5 Million to Settle Claims of Research Misconduct  New York Times


The Deeper Education Issue Under the College Bribery Scandal  Wired

The Growing Crisis of Guns on Campus  The New Republic


The Humanities and the Future Scientific American Blog Network

What majoring in the humanities can teach us  The Independent Florida Alligator


Hitler was a ‘good leader,’ guest speaker tells N.J. students. School says it won’t happen again

Many Professors Want to Change Their Teaching but Don’t. One University Found Out Why  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Trigger Warnings May Not Do Much, Early Studies Suggest  New York Times


Eight academics who were implicated in allegations of plagiarism at the North West University have been found guilty after an investigation by the university  City Press 

It is “up to scientists to free themselves…from the tyranny of academic publishers by refusing to perform free peer-reviews for them  PeerJ  

Professor in Prostitution Sting Says He Was Doing 'Research'   KAAL-TV

Did Utah professor confess to viewing child porn to class?  Desert News


No one was paying attention

Hazel Motes walked along down town close to the store fronts but not looking in them. The black sky was underpinned with long silver streaks that looked like scaffolding and depth on depth behind it were thousands of stars that all seemed to be moving very slowly as if they were about some vast construction work that involved the whole universe and would take all time to complete. No one was paying attention to the sky. The stores…stayed open on Thursday nights so that people could have an extra opportunity to see what was for sale.

Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood

(Born March 25, 1925)

Plenty of reason for doubt, anger and sadness

All of us — whatever our natural serotonin level — look around us and see plenty of reason for doubt, anger and sadness. A child dies, a woman is abused, a schoolyard becomes a killing field, a typhoon sweeps away the innocent. If we knew or felt the whole of human suffering, we would drown in despair. By all objective evidence, we are arrogant animals, headed for the extinction that is the way of all things. We imagine that we are like gods, and still drop dead like flies on the windowsill.

The answer to the temptation of nihilism is not an argument — though philosophy can clear away a lot of intellectual foolishness. It is the experience of transcendence we cannot explain, or explain away. It is the fragments of love and meaning that arrive out of the blue — in beauty that leaves a lump in your throat, in the peace and ordered complexity of nature, in the shadow and shimmer of a cathedral, in the unexplained wonder of existence itself. 

Michael Gerson, published in the Washington Post 

Look for the helpers

When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."  To this day, especially in times of "disaster" I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people.  – Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers, born March 20, 1928)

Articles of Interest - March 18


Why Trump, in the era of fake news, is fueling journalism majors  Roll Call

Fox News’ Shep Smith: 'History will poorly reflect' on journalists 'who intentionally misinform' The Hill

How the Seattle Times used a breaking news approach on enterprise reporting  Better News

NYTimes Reporter Gets Bogus Defamation Lawsuit Dismissed As Judge Philosophizes About SLAPP Suits  Tech Dirt


The New York Times Is Planning to Experiment With Blockchain Publishing  Coindesk 

Decline in readers, ads leads hundreds of newspapers to fold  Associated Press

Facebook enters the news desert battle, trying to find enough local news for its Today In feature  Nieman Lab 


Google is reportedly shutting down its in-house VR film studio  Tech Crunch 

Denver will allow smartphone voting for thousands of people  Denver Post

You will soon be able to pay your subway fare with your face in China  South China Morning Post


No, scientists didn’t just “reverse time” with a quantum computer  MIT Tech Review  

The NSA makes open source its cybersecurity tool Ghidra  Wired

Some scientists are arguing that the latest techniques in machine learning and AI represent a fundamentally new way of doing science  Quanta Magazine 

How Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Medicine  New York Times


Twitter reveals big changes to conversations and new camera features  NBC News  

Can Too Much Time Online Make You Depressed?  NPR

'Distracted boyfriend' couple star in Hungary pro-family ads  BBC 

The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is Google Docs  The Atlantic  


Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Look—and Move—Exactly Like You  Wired  

Facebook's sloppy data-sharing deals might be criminal  Wired


Facial recognition's 'dirty little secret': Millions of online photos scraped without consent  NBC News

Scientific American: The Internet Knows You Better Than Your Spouse Does  Scientific American

Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo Now on Chrome as a Default Search Option  Digital Trends

Facebook faces fresh questions over when it knew of data harvesting  The Guardian  


What Google Knows About You  Axios 

Google Quietly Adds Search Engine Privacy Option To Chrome - Here's How To Enable It  Forbes


Calendars might be the next great online publishing tool  Poynter 


At age 30, World Wide Web is 'not the web we wanted'  ABC News

50 Years of the Internet: What we Learned & Where we are going next  Tech Crunch  


The Value of Community  Becoming (my blog) 

Sorry to bother you, but do you say “sorry” too much? What to say instead  Ted Ideas


Publisher withdraws Derek Thomas’ Acts commentary due to plagiarism by the Presbyterian Pastor  World Magazine

Public demand apology from artist at center of plagiarism scandal  Global Times


Mistakes are the engine of language’s evolution  Economist 

How ‘F’ Sounds Might Break a Fundamental Rule of Linguistics The Atlantic

The fact that people can use “literally” about things that can’t possibly be factual may literally make your blood boil Daily Jstor


Why should you read Sylvia Plath? (video)  TED-Ed  

When William Faulkner Set the World Record for Writing the Longest Sentence in Literature: Read the 1,288-Word Sentence from Absalom, Absalom!  Open Culture

So many arguments are given against Shakespeare being gay – yet his sonnets contain their own message, that love is love (opinion)  Aeon


If "Guys" Is Problematic, "Ya'll" Is Problematic Too  The Stranger

The share of women in legislatures around the world is growing, but they are still underrepresented  Pew Research Center


Black editor steps down from Alabama newspaper that called for KKK to ‘ride again’

Mastermind Behind College Admission Scam Reportedly Faked Ethnicity of Students On Applications  BET  


Court: Flipping the bird to cop is free speech  Washington Post

How Businesses Are Testing the Limits of Free Speech  Wharton 


Timbs v. Indiana: Supreme Court on Policing for Profit  The Atlantic 

Who Owns a Meme? A legal battle over Fortnite raises many questions without clear answers  One Zero 

'Star Trek'/Dr. Seuss Mashup Deemed Copyright Fair Use by Judge  Hollywood Reporter

Two Examples of How Courts Interpret Emojis  Technology & Marketing Law Blog  


Tweet Containing Question Mark Isn’t Defamatory  Technology & Marketing Law Blog   

Tennessee high court rules for reporter in defamation suit  ABC News

Nicholas Sandmann’s legal case against CNN is basically “MAGA”  Slate 


Public regularly denied access to police officer videos  Associated Press 

AI is being used to predict crime and send people to jail, but it could be just as biased as humans CNBC 


The Gospel Coalition, pastor CJ Mahoney and Sexual Abuse (opinion)  Medium

Teen suspended after posting Bible verses around school, district says there's more to the story  WLWT  

Survey: Faith groups maintain widespread support for LGBT protection laws  National Catholic Reporter 

Inside Denver's International Church of Cannabis  Cosmopolitan  

Giant underwater Jesus draws hundreds to frozen Lake Michigan  Fox News

Belief in aliens could be America’s next religion  The Outline 


China official says West using Christianity to undermine country  Reuters

Meet Romania's very internet-savvy witch community  Wired


Bible signed by Trump fetches $325 on eBay  Fox News 

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability suspends Chicago-area megachurch Religious News Service 

ECFA appears to lack meaningful oversight of members’ financies (opinion)  The Throckmorton Blog


People Leaving Flowers at Mosques After Christchurch Attack  TIME 

Sikhs In New Zealand Are Helping Victims Of Shooting With Free Langars  StoryPick 


Evangelical approval of Trump remains high, but other religious groups are less supportive  Pew Research Center


Egg Boy' to donate money raised for him towards victims of Christchurch attack  New Zealand Herald 

New Jersey teen overcomes homelessness, gets accepted to 17 colleges  CNN

The "Trashtag Challenge" Is A Wonderful Viral Trend That Has People Picking Up Trash Everywhere  BuzzFeed News  

You got this!’: Mom who beat stage 4 pancreatic cancer writes open letter to Alex Trebek  FOX-8

Chess Champion 8 year old Homeless Refugee  New York Times


Loose cow ends up at Chick-fil-a following police chase  Tribune Media Wire 

Sons prank dad with giant billboard for birthday, prompting calls from around the world  FOX 4 Kansas City 

50 years after graduation, University of Michigan alum receives congratulatory telegram Michigan Live 

Vermont town elects goat named Lincoln as its honorary mayor  Associated Press  

Slovenian woman's hand sawn off 'in insurance fraud'  BBC News


If Your Favorite Typefaces Were Celebrities  Medium  

Healing the Healers: Art among physicians  Forbes 


Tom Odell: “I couldn’t make the music I make today without having learned music theory” Music Radar

The BBC cutting Late Junction is a blow for experimental music  The Guardian 


Senate easily approves bill giving sex abuse victims more time to sue  Politico  

Gallup Survey: ewer men say sexual harassment in the workplace is major problem The Hill

Women in Economics Report Rampant Sexual Assault and Bias New York Times


The College Scam Is Exposing All the Legal Ways Rich People Game Society  VICE  

11 death penalty states haven’t used it in a decade or more  Pew Research Center

What the college admissions scandal reveals about the psychology of wealth in America  Vox


Americans Are Going Bankrupt From Getting Sick Doctors’ bills play a role in 60 percent of personal-bankruptcy filings The Atlantic


A relatively painless guide to cutting plastic out of your life  Fast Company  

Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn't Want It?  NPR 


Being a couch potato 'bad for the memory of over-50s'  BBC 

How to Negotiate Down Your Hospital Bills  The Atlantic

Brain wave stimulation may improve Alzheimer’s symptoms  MIT News 

Electronic Health Records' Side Effects: Fraud, Burnout And Headaches  NPR 

Unvaccinated student is suing for ban during a chicken pox outbreak – Says he refuses to get vaccinated because of his Christian faith  BongBong


See Photos of This Year's California Super Bloom  Travel + Leisure

25 Healthy Travel Airplane Snacks to Keep In Your Carry-On  Women’s Day 


Good enough to eat? The toxic truth about modern food The Guardian

The Most Popular Pie in Every State  ChowHound 


How Parents Are Robbing Their Children of Adulthood  New York Times

Parents Are Only Happy with Kids When They Can Afford Them  Fatherly


How People Meet Their Partners  FlowingData 

Why millennials are writing contracts for their relationships  Washington Post


A Couple Created Good Boy, A Line Of Beer Your Dog Can Drink  Delish  

Barking drones used on farms instead of sheep dogs  Radio NZ

Snoop The Dog Is Loving Life In New Home After Being Abandoned  LADbible

Georgetown’s Kitten Lounge makes the cat cafe around the corner seem like old mews  The Washington Post  

Viral cat videos and the man who watches thousands of them  BBC 


Science tends to be presented as a firmly established epistemological method: but it isn't  Medium 

Brain wave stimulation may improve Alzheimer’s symptoms  MIT News


Why Do People Believe in Pseudoscience?  Gizmodo  

Study: One in Six U.S. Children Has a Mental Illness  American Assoc of Family Physicians 


Forgetting Uses More Brain Power Than Remembering  UT News 

Can a Neuroscience Video Game Treat ADHD?  Ed Surge 


Moratorium On Gene-Edited Babies Urged By Leading Geneticists  NPR

An unpleasant scientific practice called ethics dumping where Rich-world scientists conduct questionable experiments in poor countries  Economist

The seven moral rules that supposedly unite humanity  Quartz  

The Larger Lie Beyond the College Admissions Bribery Case  TIME


University College Dublin issues apology after computer science students were sent email asking to help develop sex consent app  The 

Continued Citation of Retracted Radiation Oncology Literature—Do We Have a Problem?  Int Journal of Radiation Oncology

Even the head of $6M liver study doesn’t know what’s going on at San Diego VA  Inewsource

How to write a good scientific paper  Brunel University London  The Journal  

Improving the peer review process: a proposed market system  Scientometrics 

Should journals become more like content curators? ResearchResearch

Ten myths around open scholarly publishing  PeerJ 

The systemic problem behind the rise of retractions   Perspectives on Behavior Science  


Celebrities among 50 charged in college admissions scam for unworthy kids, prosecutors say  Vice

College Access And Inequality  NPR 

The U. of Southern California Is on the Rise. Why Is It a Hotbed of Scandal?  Chronicle of Higher Ed 


Azusa Pacific University lifts LGBTQ relationship ban (again)  San Gabriel Valley Tribune 

PCUSA’s only seminary in Western US to become part of nonsectarian Calif University  Christian Post


Research scholars to air problems with using 'grit' at school  The Hechinger Report


Students At UCLA Weigh In On College Admissions Scandal With 'Daily Bruin' Editorial  NPR


No One Asks the Top CEOs Where They Went to College  Bloomberg 

Orange County, Calif., School District Responds To Students' Offensive Social Media  NPR

Millennials really are special, data show Washington Post


Popular alternative-academic career platform owned by foundation behind the admissions scheme  Inside Higher Ed

FBI: Former assistant planned to kill professor with ax  Associated Press

Adjunct faculty at Elon University vote to unionize Greensboro

The Value of Community

I used to think that community was as simple as having friends who bring a lasagna when things fall apart and champagne when things go well. Who pick up your kids from school when you can’t. But I think community is also an insurance policy against life’s cruelty; a kind of immunity against loss and disappointment and rage. My community will be here for my family if I cannot be. And if I die, my kids will be surrounded people who know and love them, quirks and warts and oddities and all.   

Jenny Anderson writing in Quartz

A Successful Team needs Cohesive Personalities

A useful way to think about teams with the right mix of skills and personalities is to consider the two roles every person plays in a working group: a functional role, based on their formal position and technical skill, and a psychological role, based on the kind of person they are. Too often, organizations focus merely on the functional role and hope that good team performance somehow follows. This is why even the most expensive professional sports teams often fail to perform according to the individual talents of each player: There is no psychological synergy. A more effective approach focuses as much on people’s personalities as on their skills.

Dave Winsborough and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic writing in Harvard Business Review  

Articles of Interest - March 11


How Voice Computing will Transform our lives: The search for a perfect answer to an inquiry  Wired

People were once terrified of travelling in lifts without operators. Makers of driverless cars should take note 1843 Magazine

Where Alexa Gets its Information  Wired  

Kick the keyboard: other ways to get text onto your screen  Wired


The US Government Will Be Scanning Your Face At 20 Top Airports, Documents Show BuzzFeed News

How Taylor Swift showed us the scary future of facial recognition—surveillance at concerts is just the beginning The Guardian


How Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Medicine  New York Times

Why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions  The Guardian  

Maneuvering satellites using solar panels  Economist 

Using AI so that software analyzes scripted film footage and splices together edits for would-be filmmakers  Wired

Neural networks use an "activation atlas" to teach themselves how to identify images  Wired

Why data science teams need generalists not specialists Harvard Business Review

A new system that reads millions of tweets for mentions of software security vulnerabilities can tell systems administrators what bugs they really need to patch  Wired

McAfee: Keep an eye on the humans pulling the levers, not the AIs  Artificial Intelligence News

AI-powered apps could make us more creative—or less human  Wired 

Japanese startup develops artificial intelligence software that hunts for potential shoplifters with suspicious body language  Bloomberg

Quantum physics could protect the grid from hackers—maybe  Wired 


Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates Through a Secret Database  NBC 7  

How We Mapped More Than 100 Years Of Wildfire History  Open News

As newspapers close, role of government watchdog disappears  Associated Press

The importance of FOIA reporting at a national level  MuckRock 

The Daily Quiz That Teaches Journalists How to Geolocate Images  Global Investigative Journalism Network 

How they did it: Reporters uncovered Trump hush payments to two women  Journalist’s Resource  


NBC News Streaming Service To Launch In May  Media Post  


On Amazon, a Qanon conspiracy book climbs the charts — with an algorithmic push  NBC News

Memes, doxxing and doctored content: Understanding the tactics of disinformation for brands Digiday 

Finding Facts in a world of fakes  Wired

What Facebook is Getting Wrong in the Fight Against Fake News  Vice 


The Special Curse of Living on Instagram's Favorite Street City Lab

A beginner’s guide to using TikTok  Wired

Millions of Ugandans quit internet services as social media tax takes effect  The Guardian

The Queen is now on Instagram Engadget 

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You  Wired     

Is digital minimalism the answer to our distracted lives?  Fast Company  

Russians are shunning state-controlled TV for YouTube  Economist


Mark Zuckerberg reportedly has an escape hatch in his office in case of emergency BGR

Mark Zuckerberg says he’ll reorient the company toward encryption and privacy Washington Post  

Facebook's latest feature lets you leave 'Tributes' on accounts whose owner has passed away Mashable

After taking them down, Facebook restores Elizabeth Warren ads calling for breakup of Facebook  BoingBoing  


7 key findings about mobile phone and social media use in emerging economies  Pew Research Center

How Mobile Phones Represent Your Social Network  Science Trends 


WordPress accounted for 90 percent of all hacked CMS sites in 2018 ZdNet

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says  New York Times

The fourth attempt in 45 years turns on how federal law will supersede state laws  Economist

Inside the mass invasion of your privacy  Axios


Shouldn’t we all have seamless micropayments through the internet by now?  Wired  

Vladimir Putin wants to stifle the internet  Economist


Diversity’s connection to Creativity  Becoming (my blog)

Why Partisanship Changes How People React To Noncontroversial Statements  NPR

Our Culture of Contempt The problem in America today is not incivility or intolerance. It’s something far worse  New York Times


Major survey: Profs worry about discrimination but aren't prepared to deal with classroom conflicts over diversity  Inside Higher Ed

The growth mindset problem A generation of schoolchildren is being exhorted to believe in their brain’s elasticity. Does it really help them learn?  Aeon


What to look for in a usage and grammar guide  Economist 

Applications are open for the toughest job in grammar  Quartz


In SF’s Mission Bay, the surprise — and draw for writing center — is the kids  SF Chronicle

Teaching Great Writing One Sentence at a Time  New York Times


Why a Plagiarism-Detection Company Is Now a Billion-Dollar Business  Chronicle of Higher Education

Girl, Get Some Footnotes: Rachel Hollis, Hustle, and Plagiarism Problems  Christianity Today  

Former Indiana University South Bend employees embroiled in lawsuit alleging plagiarism South Bend Tribune

Top Chinese officials, including former vice-president, plagiarised university theses  The Straits Times


People speak to express themselves rather than to propound facts  Economist 

Poetry slams are helping to revitalise the Basque language  Economist


Artificial Intelligence Identifies the Six Main Arcs in Storytelling: Welcome to the Brave New World of Literary Criticism  Open Culture 

House that ‘inspired’ Wuthering Heights on sale for more than £1m  The Independent

Tolkien’s drawings reveal a wizard at work  1843 Magazine


Where are the Women’s Teams? Trump ignores women’s champions in White House Sports Ceremonies  Washington Post

Gender bias in peer review – opening up the black box  London School of Economics & Political Science  

8 notable women in Christian history  Christian Post  

Gender differences in peer review outcomes and manuscript impact at six journals of ecology and evolution  Wiley Online Library   

Eight statistics about gender inequality for International Women’s Day  Quartz  

A small step for women Progress in the boardroom is only a start Economist


Can I play that? (video) Saturday Night Live

A Professor Has Long Used a Racial Slur in Class to Teach Free-Speech Law. No More, He Says Chronicle of Higher Education


Florida sixth-grader arrested in Pledge of Allegiance dispute will not be prosecuted CNN

Why the ACLU defends white nationalists' free speech  CBS News

The Inextricable Link Between Modern Free Speech Law and the Civil Rights Movement  Electronic Frontier Foundation  


Supreme Court Requires Completed Copyright Registration Before Filing Suit  Technology & Marketing Law Blog 

'Fortnite' Legal Dance Battles Paused Following Supreme Court Ruling  Hollywood Reporter


A new method of DNA Testing could solve more Shootings  Wired 

A transgender wing seeks to resolve a clash of prisoners’ rights Economist


6 in 10 Protestant churches are plateaued or declining in attendance  Lifeway Research

Girl, stop reading: How an evangelical self-help guru fuels America’s happiness dilemma (opinion)  Washington Examiner 

How Americans' drinking habits vary by their religion  Pew Research Center  

An Instagram-worthy Bible aimed at millennials  Washington Post 

Lamb of God frontman organizes ‘kazoo champagne counter-party’ during planned hate group picketing WTVR 

Cult leader claims to be able to cure cancer with breast massages and BURPS  Daily Star  

What Is Hell? It Depends on Who You Ask  The Walrus  

17 Signs That You’d Qualify as a Witch in the 1600s (video)  Mental Floss


The politicisation of white evangelical Christianity is hurting it  Economist

America’s porous wall between church and state A Supreme Court case could make the holes bigger  Economist 


The 30m Muslims living in Europe and America are gradually becoming integrated  Economist 

Western governments want to have more influence on Muslim practice with their own borders  Economist 


Father-daughter duo completes rowing trip across Atlantic Ocean  CBC

Teen saves for years to surprise friend with new wheelchair  WTOC

Trainer with autism opens gym specifically for clients with autism  WTSP    

Air Canada pilot orders 23 pizzas to Halifax-bound plane stranded on tarmac  CBC  

Dad opened doughnut shop in Texas, but nobody showed up: His son’s tweet changed that  The Wichita Eagle 


Woman Wins $10,000 For Reading Fine Print  NPR

'Florida Man Night,' where one law will be broken per inning, is actually coming to a minor league ballpark  CBS Sports  


Finalists From Smithsonian Magazine's 2018 Photo Contest  The Atlantic 

Van Gogh’s Ugliest Masterpiece: A Break Down of His Late, Great Painting, The Night Café (video)  Nerdwriter1 

The Secrets of the World's Greatest Art Thief  GQ 


Movies You Missed: 'A Face In The Crowd'  NPR


The video game subscription wars are on Axios 


Elite Daily is taking personal essay pitches about sexual assault

JSTOR Daily is accepting pitches for its Spring 2019 edition  

Electric Lit is seeking pitches about books that shifted your opinion  

Curiosity Magazine is taking your pitches  

The Bold Italic is seeking freelance contributors outside of the Bay Area

Road Grays magazine is looking for nonfiction stories that use baseball as a lens to see the world


The hipster effect: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same MIT Technology Review

Most Sinful States in America  Wallet Hub

The Least Politically Prejudiced Place in America The Atlantic

The scandal-ridden industry of migrant child shelters Axios


One of the world’s biggest video games developers is going after the cheaters  1843 Magazine

A new book explains how managers are challenged by changing customer behaviour  Economist

The popularity of employee surveys  Economist

Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With How Much They Work? Americans’ devotion to their jobs actually hasn’t changed that much  Slate 


A Light Installation in a Scottish Coastal Town Vividly Shows Future Sea Level Rise Kottke

A Popular Benefit of Houseplants Is a Myth  The Atlantic


Climate change and population growth are making the world’s water woes more urgent Economist 

Poisoned and over-exploited, many rivers are in a parlous state  Economist

Disputes over water will be an increasing source of international tension  Economist

Manufactured water can supplement the natural stuff, but never replace it  Economist

The best way to solve the world’s water woes is to use less of it  Economist


FDA Confirms Asbestos in Makeup Sold at Claire's  Mental Floss

Arkansas puts work requirements on Medicaid  Economist 

Sleep or Die: Neuroscientist Matthew Walker Explains How Sleep Can Restore or Imperil Our Health  Open Culture 

Generic Humalog Insulin: A New Option, 'Not A Panacea' NPR 

New study reveals wide variations in how well or poorly people age Health Data 

8 Scientific Benefits of Napping  Mental Floss 


MMR vaccine does not cause autism, another study confirms CNN

Wisconsin man criminally charged for allegedly breaking measles quarantine to go to gym  NBC News 

The Real Horror of the Anti-Vaxxers This isn’t just a public health crisis. It’s a public sanity one New York Times


Researchers pinpoint specific brain signals linked to autism Science Daily

Robots and End of Life Care  Economist


United States citizens will need a visa to visit Europe starting in 2021 CNN


“Wellness Beers” are a thing now—Here’s what you need to know  Bon Appetit

15 Cool Facts About Frozen Food  Mental Floss

For your mouth only: welcome to the era of personalised food 1843 Magazine  

The Rise of fast-casual “Food Platforms”  Wired


New fears rise about kids online  Axios

How to keep parents from fleeing STEM careers  Wired 

Teaching Kids To Control Their Anger  NPR


Michigan State study: Dogs' personality traits are shaped by their owners  Detroit Free Press

Cat Saves Florida Family From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning  CBS Miami


The periodic table is 150 years old this week: Its creation is a perfect illustration of how science progresses  Economist

Genetic tests reveal that the ancestry of some cancer cell lines is misclassified  Chemical & Engineering News


FDA allows treatment of depression with club drug’s cousin  Associated Press 

The Prevalence of Marginally Significant Results in Psychology Over Time  Sage Publication


The Cringe-Inducing Humor of The Office Explained with Philosophical Theories of Mind  Open Culture 

35 Brilliant Women from the History of Philosophy  Medium 


Microsoft’s Excel app lets you enter data to spreadsheet directly from a photo

7 years ago, Google set out to find what makes the 'perfect' team — and what they found shocked other researchers  CNBC


A 25-year battle to improve the image of McDonald’s Do you want ethics with that? Economist


China database lists 'breedready' status of 1.8 million women  The Guardian

China recruits Westerners to sell its “democracy” Economist

China banned millions of people with poor social credit from transportation in 2018 The Verge

Planet Money Corrects Misconceptions About China's Economy  NPR

China’s formerly white-hot tech sector is in the doldrums Economist


Peer-review experiments tracked in online repository  Nature 

Pro-payday lending research given to CFPB had curious beginning  Washington Post

NIH letters asking about undisclosed foreign ties rattle U.S. universities  Science Magazine   


Another Small New England College Closes  Inside Higher Ed 

Higher education: Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum  SFGate

Dean resigns over school's choice to not allow Chick-Fil-A  ABC-13

CEOs tell Trump they are hiring more Americans without college degrees  Yahoo Finance

Hackers Broke Into Admissions Databases at 3 Colleges — and Then Offered to Sell Applicants Their Files Chronicle of Higher Education

The Humanities at Community Colleges  Inside Higher Ed


Christian college professor defends school after conservative commentator calls it a 'university no one has heard of' on Twitter   Des Moines Register

Liberty University Invites Ocasio-Cortez To Speak  Daily Wire

Oklahoma Christian works to right a wrong against black students 50 years ago  News-OK 

Evangelical Christian University Blocks Pro-Life Speaker Star Parker from Appearing on Campus  CBN

The Master’s University Still on Academic Probation, President Transition Required by End of 2019  Warren Throckmorton’s Blog 

Methodist Colleges and Seminaries React to Sexual Orientation Vote  Inside Higher Ed


Why NYT’s Theodore Kim ticked off a squillion journalism folks with his list of Amazing J-Schools—and why you shouldn’t care about it at all (opinion)  Dynamics of Writing  

Student Newspapers stolen after story about former Catholic university professor accused of child abuse by diocese  Student Press Law Center 


Drugs, sex and alcohol are losing their appeal for American teens  Axios

Millennials care about job titles so much they’ll take a pay cut for them Quartz

Portland State student died from Ambien prescribed by student health center, $25 million lawsuit says Oregon Live  

The high cost of college textbooks, explained  Vox  

Millennials buried in debt can't buy into American Dream Detroit Free Press

High school student accepted to 39 colleges, offered $1.6M in scholarships CBS News


Wisconsin professor has been charged with sexual assault  Jstor online

By proclaiming the gospel of human progress, Steven Pinker has made a lot of enemies:  “The nastiest academic responses I have seen come from humanities professors” Chronicle of Higher Ed  

Why Florida is Struggling to Fill more than 2000 Teaching Positions  Washington Post  

KU engineering professor suspended from class after telling student to ‘learn English’  Lawrence Journal-World  

Diversity’s connection to Creativity

When people are exposed to a more diverse group of people, their brains are forced to process complex and unexpected information. The more people do this, the better they become at producing complex and unexpected information themselves. This trains us to look more readily look beyond the obvious - precisely the hallmark of creative thinking. 

Researchers have also found that creating and enjoying the arts can help us see things from a new perspective, by putting ourselves in a character's shoes. They can also create a feeling of connectedness and general kindness.

Opening ourselves to new experiences can seem hard to do, but it can help us cross divides and nurture new and inclusive friendships.

Julie Van de Vyver & Richard Crisp writing in BBC News 

Work & the Project of Living

Americans have forgotten an old-fashioned goal of working: It’s about buying free time. The vast majority of workers are happier when they spend more hours with family, friends, and partners, according to research conducted by Ashley Whillans, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School. In one study, she concluded that the happiest young workers were those who said around the time of their college graduation that they preferred careers that gave them time away from the office to focus on their relationships and their hobbies.

How quaint that sounds. But it’s the same perspective that inspired the economist John Maynard Keynes to predict in 1930 that Americans would eventually have five-day weekends, rather than five-day weeks. It is the belief—the faith, even—that work is not life’s product, but its currency. What we choose to buy with it is the ultimate project of living.

Derek Thompson writing in The Atlantic