A one-way ticket to a toxic relationship

Many people are addicted to the ups and downs of romantic love. They are in it for the feels, so to speak. And when the feels run out, so do they. Many people get into a relationship as a way to compensate for something they lack or hate within themselves. This is a one-way ticket to a toxic relationship because it makes your love conditional — you will love your partner as long as they help you feel better about yourself. You will give to them as long as they give to you. You will make them happy as long as they make you happy.  This conditionality prevents any true, deep-level intimacy from emerging and chains the relationship to the bucking throes of each person’s internal dramas.

Mark Manson

Moral Hypocrisy

It pays to be wary of those who are the quickest and loudest in condemning the moral failings of others – the chances are that moral preachers are as guilty themselves, but take a far lighter view of their own transgressions. In one study, researchers found that people rated the exact same selfish behaviour (giving themselves the quicker and easier of two experimental tasks on offer) as being far less fair when perpetuated by others. Similarly, there is a long-studied phenomenon known as actor-observer asymmetry, which in part describes our tendency to attribute other people’s bad deeds, such as our partner’s infidelities, to their character, while attributing the same deeds performed by ourselves to the situation at hand. These self-serving double standards could even explain the common feeling that incivility is on the increase – recent research shows that we view the same acts of rudeness far more harshly when they are committed by strangers than by our friends or ourselves.

Christian Jarrett writing in The British Psychological Society’s Research Digest

Articles of Interest - Feb 11


Scientists connect a human brain and 'rat cyborg' brain together  CNET

The Fortnite Marshmello event represents something different by many orders of magnitude Wired

The future of lawn care? This Dallas company's robots mow the yard for you WFAA


15 Instagram Feeds That Help Make the World More Wondrous  Atlas Obscura

How Many Hashtags Should I Use On Instagram In 2019? This Is What The Experts Recommend  Bustle

An early Facebook investor throws up his hands: We’ve been ‘Zucked’  Washington Post

Twitter discloses daily active user count for first time  Axios 

Snapchat, no longer bleeding users, tests Android app redesign  Mashable


How does photography (& taking selfies) affect you? We tried to find out (video)  Wired

All 230 New Emojis for 2019 (video)  Emojipedia 


Mass. legislator proposes government commission to examine journalism industry  Boston Globe  

The Rise of the Robot Reporter  New York Times

Craigslist founder donates $15 million for journalism ethics San Francisco Gate

Former 'NYT' Executive Editor Jill Abramson Responds To Plagiarism Allegations  NPR 

Did A Robot Write This? How AI Is Impacting Journalism  Forbes

Lessons for Journalists from conflict mediation training   The Whole Story 


Which platforms are driving more traffic to news websites?  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Amid Layoffs, McClatchy News CEO Got a $900,000 Bonus in 2017  Miami New Times

The alternative to your dying local paper is written by one person, a robot, and you  Recode

This TV News Anchor Says Her Boss Called Her Natural Hair Too "Unprofessional" For Broadcast  Buzzfeed News 


Facebook adds new fact-checking partner  Axios

Study: Americans care less about the source of a particular news story, than whether the headline aligns with their political view  SSRN 

Peering under the hood of fake-news detectors  MIT Technology Review


Extension will detect your unsafe passwords  Wired 

Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls  Motherboard

Many Popular iPhone Apps Secretly Record your Screen  Tech Crunch


Is it time for every publisher to “pivot to podcasts”?  What’s News in Publishing 

LinkedIn  Debuts LinkedIn Live, a new video broadcast  Service  Tech Crunch 


Each State’s Most-Googled Relationship Question  Century Link Quote  

What happens when you try to live without the big five (Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple) Subtraction 

Russia Is Considering An Experiment To Disconnect From The Internet  NPR


MIT Tech: machine learning is now witnessing a downfall  Analytics Insights

Startups help companies track their competition with spy satellites  Seattle Times

Python code completion gets an assist from machine learning—the system is designed to go beyond the conventional auto-suggest algorithms found in IDEs  Infoworld

Top 10 Machine Learning Programming Languages  Analytics Insights


Do you understand a thing or only its definition?  Becoming (my blog) 

How To Sound Smart  CollegeHumor  

3 simple habits that can protect your brain from cognitive decline  Fast Company  


The Atlas of Endangered Alphabets: A Free Online Atlas That Helps Preserve Writing Systems That May Soon Disappear  Open Culture

A Patron Returned a Book to a Maryland Library Nearly 75 Years After It Was Due Mental Floss


A College Lost Its Languages One by One. Can 3 Professors Save Spanish?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Entertainment Studios Will Launch Spanish-Language Weather Channel In 2020  Deadline


T.S.Eliot's Cat  The Daily Star

J.D. Salinger’s Family To Publish Trove Of Secret Works  The Guardian

McDonald’s Happy Meals Now Come With Roald Dahl Books Instead of Toys in New Zealand  Mental Floss

Welcome to the Bold and Blocky Instagram Era of Book Covers  Vulture

The 50 Best One-Star Amazon Reviews of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury  Literary Hub      


Rules for who can compete as a female athlete are based on a flawed scientific foundation,” and a paper behind them should be retracted, says a new study  Springer  

Over a Third of Generation Z Knows a Non-Binary Person  The Daily Beast 


When school dress codes depend on the color of your skin  Washington Post

A class of Black 6th grade students recreated famous book covers for Black History Month  Hello Giggles

Black Farmers Once Comprised 14% Of America's Farmers. Today, It's Less Than 2%. What Happened?  Digg

The Conversation the Press Isn’t Having: Even when people of color do very American things, they still aren’t seen as being members of American culture (opinion)  The Atlantic


Photos of blackface, KKK robes and nooses lurk alongside portraits in old college yearbooks  Washington Post

VCU and predecessors yearbooks show racist imagery as late as 1989, students held “Slave Sale” fundraiser  Commonwealth Times (VCU student newspaper)

More Anger Over Blackface Yearbook Photos   Inside Higher Ed

About a third of Americans say blackface in a Halloween costume is acceptable at least sometimes  Pew Research Center  

The complicated, always racist history of blackface  Vox


Boy, 10, takes knee during pledge of allegiance at NC city council meeting  WMCA-TV  

Michigan RAs told not to remove racist or other offensive language from dormitory doors: Officials say they can't suppress free expression  Inside Higher Ed

When Colleges Confine Free Speech to a ‘Zone,’ It Isn’t Free  ACLU 


Wave of concussion lawsuits to test NCAA's liability  Associated Press

Too Many Graduates at some Law Schools Fail to pass the Bar  USA Today

What’s New With Emoji Law?  Technology & Marketing Law Blog 


Why Thieves Target Gun Stores  The New Yorker  

Cab driver prevents 87-year-old grandmother from sending thousands of dollars in gift cards to scammer pretending to be her grandson locked up in jail Boston CBS

Scammer threatens Elderly Couple: Discovers on way to prison one is Ex-CIA and the other a former FBI director  WHNT  


For $20, Wildlife Images will put your ex's name on a salmon and feed it to a bear KTVL

Man Wanted By Police for Selling Fake Super Bowl Tickets to His Own Family (He made nearly $1 million)  Fatherly 


How highly religious Americans view evolution depends on how they’re asked about it  Pew Research Center 

Chris Pratt, Justin Bieber, and the rise of the “cool” Christian celebrity  Vox 

Cross washed ashore in FL may have floated from NC memorial  Miami Herald 

The Church With the $6 Billion Portfolio  New York Times

Half of Millennial Christians Say It’s Wrong to Evangelize  Christianity Today 


The life and death of John Chau, the man who tried to convert his killers  The Guardian 

Russia sentences a Jehovah's Witness to 6 years in a penal colony: Human rights groups call the charges a farce  CNN


United Methodists face vote on LGBTQ issues. Will it rip the church apart?  Chicago Tribune

Win for Christian Group at Iowa: Judge says university cannot deny recognition because of antigay rules  Inside Higher Ed


Trump emerges as an unexpected champion in the White House for evangelicals  ABC News

When Christian Evangelicals Loved Socialism  Jstor


Five-year-old quadruple amputee set to take on half-marathon after losing all four limbs to meningitis  SWNS 

My disabled son’s amazing gaming life in the World of Warcraft  BBC

When a Newton family welcomed a baby who is deaf, 20 neighbors learned sign language  Boston Globe

Father organises heavy metal festival for his music-loving son Mason, who has cerebral palsy  My Good Planet  

Two hundred strangers attended Holocaust survivor’s funeral  Washington Post

This 92-year-old Wayne firefighter has been battling blazes since WWII  NorthJersey.com 

Snowball fight! Hundreds show up for epic battle at Tacoma park  Q-13


How artists with disabilities are re-imagining art and tech  Immerse 

The Secret Lives of Color  99% Invisible

10 Insights on the State of Visual Storytelling in 2019  Aetka


How Focus Music Hacks Your Brain  Cheddar  

How To Find The Right Musical Instrument For You  Infographic 


11 Facts About Blazing Saddles on Its 45th Anniversary  Metal Floss 

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘High Flying Bird’ and the Rise of iPhone Films  The Ringer


20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms  Houston Chronicle 

New Tribes Missions Covered up sexual abuse, say missionary kids  NBC News

Leavenworth judge blames children in Kansas sex abuse case  The Kansas City Star


Why You Should Work Less and Spend More Time on Hobbies  Harvard Business Review 

How much you'll need to retire at 55 in every state Digg


Ultimate Guide To Teen Slang For Parents  Daily Infographic 


The magnetic field near the Arctic is acting weird  The Verge

Are We Watching the End of the Monarch Butterfly?  New York Times


Higher education won't prevent mental decline, study finds  NBC News  

Five-year survival rates for nearly all cancers are on the rise  Our World in Data

How it feels to be obese  The Atlantic 

FDA sends warning letters to 17 companies for 'illegally selling' products claiming to treat Alzheimer's  CNBC  

Hospital Mergers Improve Health? Evidence Shows the Opposite  New York Times


Why measles is back, in five charts  Popular Science

Coming of Age Unvaccinated The number of parents seeking exemptions from having their children vaccinated is rising in several states  Undark 

Hundreds rally to preserve right not to vaccinate children amid measles outbreak  WCTV

Measles outbreaks are everywhere: Here's what you need to know  Popular Science


New disease surveillance tool helps detect any human virus  Broad Institute 

Self-charging pacemakers are powered by patients' heartbeats  Engadget  

First dexterous hand prosthesis implanted  Chalmers

First-ever in-body gene editing of a live patient  Associated Press

Defying Parents, A Teen Decides To Get Vaccinated  NPR 


Travel Tips from a Guy Who Travels Kinda Often  Subtraction

5 best trips for solo travelers  CNN 

Southwest's Plan to Launch Flights to Hawaii Could Start a Fare War to the Aloha State  Fortune


8 Foods You've Been Eating All Wrong  Metal Floss 

Incorrect things We Believed About Food 25 Years Ago (video)

Map Shows the Most Popular Girl Scout Cookie in Each State Fatherly


Colorado Runner Kills Mountain Lion In Self-Defense  NPR  

Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition  The Atlantic


19 Common Things Science Hasn’t Figured Out  Mental Floss

Harvard's top astronomer says an alien ship may be among us Boston.com 

For Darwin Day, 6 facts about the evolution debate  Pew Research Center 


Why keeping secrets may be damaging your mental health  Scientific American   

The myth of Ted Bundy as a charming guy  The Outline

How to Talk to a Friend Struggling With Their Mental Health  Life Hacker  

Laughter is a uniquely human – and collective – activity  Aeon


Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life  The Week

3 philosophers set up a booth on a street corner – here’s what people asked The Conversation


The deadly race to the South Pole (video)


Call for retraction of 400 scientific papers amid fears organs came from Chinese prisoners  The Guardian

Reflections on Citation Mania ACS Energy Letters  ACS 

NIH asks federal watchdog to investigate 12 allegations related to foreign influence of biomedical research  Science Magazine 

What is the single major threat to research integrity?” Experts weigh in  Clinical Chemistry


Large donation to a small community college changes the outlook on fund-raising by two-year institutions  Inside Higher Ed

Most evangelical college students appreciate LGBT people even if trustees don’t (opinion) Religious News Service


Can larger liberal arts colleges learn from the successes and missteps of small art schools?  Inside Higher Ed 

As STEM majors soar at UW, interest in humanities shrinks — a potentially costly loss  Seattle Times


Should You Allow Laptops in Class? Here’s What the Latest Study Adds to That Debate  Chronicle of Higher Ed  

College professor tells students that family deaths CANNOT be used as an excuse to miss an exam - and advises them to drop his class if they think a relative MIGHT die that semester  Daily Mail

Do Racial Epithets Have Any Place in the Classroom? A Professor’s Suspension Fuels That Debate Chronicle of Higher Ed  


Towson University police warn of a woman on the loose, looking for a date for her son  Baltimore Sun 

Teens don't use Facebook, but they can't escape it, either  Wired 

Colleges tracking online interaction  NEWS-5

Here’s Why So Many Americans Feel Cheated By Their Student Loans  BuzzFeed News

The Silly Stereotypes That Elite-College Students Have About Other Campuses  The Atlantic

The Sexualized Messages Dress Codes are Sending to Students  Pudding

Tuition or food? How college kids use food pantries to help food insecurity  USA Today


Tenure is again at risk in Iowa  Inside Higher Ed

Why left and right both get the meaning of academic freedom wrong  Washington Post


Do you understand a thing or only its definition?

We take other men’s knowledge and opinions upon trust; which is an idle and superficial learning. We must make them our own. We are just like a man who, needing fire, went to a neighbor’s house to fetch it, and finding a very good one there, sat down to warm himself without remembering to carry any back home. What good does it do us to have our belly full of meat if it is not digested, if it is not transformed into us, if it does not nourish and support us?


Assume They’re Wrong

From military predictions to technological predictions to sports predictions, when experts foretell the future, it’s always safest to assume they’re wrong. 

Because they are deeply knowledgeable in a particular field, experts are more prone than others to view the world through a too-narrow lens, assuming that the current trends they understand so well are indicators of what is to come. Their expertise reinforces their confidence in their own analysis, blinding them to contrary data or disconfirming evidence. 

As you listen to their smart, persuasive, credible prophecies, just remember: Most of them, most of the time, will be wrong. (You can take my word for it. After all, I’m an expert.)

Jeff Jacoby is a columnist for The Boston Globe 

Tuesday Tech Tools: Learning to Code

Want to learn some coding? Here are some places to start:

Code Cademy
Learn coding for Free.

The Code Player



Google Code Playground
An advanced educational tool to show code examples of Google Javascript APIs.

Hands on Programming with R (free book)


Kaggle Data Sets

Khan Academy

Learn Python the Hard Way

MIT OpenCourseWare

Mozilla Developer Network 

R for Data Science (free book)

Stack Overflow*
One of the most popular programming problem-solving sites. Ask your coding questions as you learn or find chunks of code.


Tuturals on web design, coding, business, etc.  Students sign up for annual subscriptions.


W3Schools Online Web Tutorials
Learn HTML, CSS, etc.

Find more tools here

Articles of Interest - Feb 4


The Newseum was a grand tribute to the power of journalism: Here’s how it failed  The Washington Post

Immigrant rights attorneys and journalists denied entry into Mexico  Los Angeles Times

The Six Forms of Media Bias  New York Times 

News story lifespan charts  FlowingData

Asked To Ignore Racism: 4 Reporters Tell Their Stories  Huffington Post  


Loss of newspapers contributes to political polarization  Associated Press

How R&D works at the BBC & The New York Times   Global Editors Network  


NSA confirms everything is a conspiracy, conspiracy theorists not convinced  The Science Post

Fake news sites are simply changing their domain name to get around Facebook fact-checkers Mashable 

Snopes says nope to Facebook’s money and leaves fact-checking program  The Verge  

Snopes and AP stop fact checking for Facebook  TechCrunch

A shockingly large majority of health news shared on Facebook is fake or misleading  Fact Company 

The Deep Roots of Fake News: A new history of the United States traces mass media’s destabilizing effects back to the nation’s birth  Scientific American 

How analyzing patterns helps students spot deceptive media  The Conversation 

Veterans of the News Business Are Now Fighting Fakes  New York Times

Individually, people aren’t great at judging news sources. En masse, they’re almost the same as professional fact-checkers  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 


Flickr will start deleting your photos soon  Daily Dot

The real problem with posting about your kids online (opinion)   The Conversation 


Facebook has been paying teens $20 a month for total access to their phone activity  The Verge

Does Facebook Really Know How Many Fake Accounts It Has?  New York Times

Facebook's plan: One messaging service to rule them all  Axios 

Facebook: Where Friendships Go to Never Quite Die  The Atlantic

10 facts about Americans and Facebook  Pew Research Center 


Meet the Creator of the Egg That Broke Instagram  New York Times  

Instagram to blur self-harm images after Molly Russell's suicide BongBonG 


Americans got 26.3B robocalls 2018; many don't answer the phone  Twin Cities 


Inside the UAE’s secret hacking team of American mercenaries  Reuters

A handy list of ways Facebook has tried to sneakily gather data about you The Next Web  

News outlets' email security gap  Axios 


Study shows we're spending an insane amount of time online  The Next Web 

It’s time to ditch Google Analytics  Fact Company

Digital trends 2019: Every single stat you need to know about the internet  The Next Web


Saying no to 1000 things  Becoming (my blog)

What old story about yourself are you still believing? Here’s how to find it and change It TED ideas

The Dunning-Kruger effect, and how to fight it, explained by psychologist David Dunning  Vox

The kind of monuments that make Americans feel good about ourselves can also prevent us from reckoning properly with our history PS Mag


Ariana Grande’s new tattoo has a hilarious misspelling  Mashable 

Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer New York Times


How to write effectively for international journals  Nature 

Should plagiarism be a bar to presidency? (sub req’ed)  Times Higher Ed 

The changing ways Americans read books  Axios 

Three Writing Rules to Disregard  The Paris Review 


What happens in our brain when we learn languages?  Science Focus

Evolution of the alphabet  FlowingData


Book Written by Detainee via WhatsApp Gets a Top Prize  New York Times

 3 Award-Winning Latina Authors Are Symbols Of Hope For Next Generation Of Writers  NPR

A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions The New Yorker


Women act more like men when they have to ask women for money  Quartz

New Study: Largest U.S. Churches Are Unclear on Women's Leadership  Sojourners 

Nevada Reaches Major Milestone As First State With Majority Of Women In Legislature  NPR


James Watson and the insidiousness of scientific racism  Wired 

Football and the NFL Are Facing White Flight  The Atlantic 

Magazine censored, editor dropped for covering Henry Ford’s anti-semitic newspaper  Columbia Journalism Review


Mobs target journalists and Turkey hands jail sentences to 28 academics  IFEX

Eddie Money's Decision to Fire Drummer Was Expression of Free Speech, Court Rules  Hollywood Reporter

Federal Judge Bizarre claim: Boycotts Aren't Protected Speech TechDirt


A look at how unfair the courts can be for those who can't afford fairness  New York Times

Michael Jackson & R. Kelly Documentaries Tough to Stop Due to First Amendment  Billboard

How O.G. Streetwear Brand FUCT Took a Free Speech Case All the Way to the Supreme Court  GQ 

Fiji Water's Golden Globes Photobomber Sues Company Over Cardboard Cutouts  Hollywood Reporter 

The large-scale and potentially extremely illegal social media marketing efforts for the Fyre Fest The Fashion Law Blog 


10 Visualizations About Criminal Justice  Global Investigative Journalism Network  


Researchers demonstrate flexible, inexpensive materials that can convert ambient Wi-Fi signals into electricity   MIT Tech Review 


A look at the main tools text preprocessing & steps involved—including normalization tokenization stemming lemmatization chunking etc.  Medium  

We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next: the era of deep learning is coming to an end  MIT Tech Review  


Are religious people happier, healthier? Our new global study explores this question  Pew Research Center 

How A Long-Lost Guitar Was A Lesson In Grace And Forgiveness  NPR

World Vision ousted from Pakistan  The Alabama Baptist  

SoCal Megachurch pastor Commits Suicide  Christian Post  

Interfaith panel reflects on the state of faith-based higher education  Deseret News  

Hail Satan? puts the fun in Satanic fundamentalism: docu covers The Satanic Temple’s grassroots activism  The Verge  

Avril Lavigne crosses over to Christian music with latest Top 5 single  Aleteia

Religion makes Americans give  Philanthropy

HarperCollins Christian Publishing found guilty of fraud, breach of contract Nashville Post

Students at Sundance see Film Through the eyes of faith Religious News


Man saves woman's life by giving her CPR — a skill he picked up from watching The Office  Tucson.com 

Good Samaritans rescue woman and infant son after SUV crashes into pond  WMBF-TV 


The women running for president are breaking the rules of branding  Fact Company

A funky dictionary with daily used terms in the digital agencies around the world  Fakeit 

The National Parks’ iconic typeface has never been digitized–until now  Fact Company


Take this test to figure out how tone-deaf you are  The Verge

 Get Free Ambient Work Music With Flow State LifeHacker


15 Movies We Loved at Sundance  Vulture


BuzzFeed Paid the Teen Making Its Top Quizzes in Free Swag  The Cut

Coming to a TV near you: personalized ads  Axios 


5 simple things Jimmy Breslin did as a reporter and writer that can make student journalists great, too  Dynamics of Writing


19 Things Your Parents Told You That Turned Out To Be Total BS  BuzzFeed

In Growing ‘Wild West’ of Campus Esports, Programs Rush to Lure the Best Players  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Are millennials lazy? Studies suggest otherwise  King-5 


Yale hires investigator after claims of sexual misconduct against former professor  New Haven Register 

Michigan State Faulted For Handling Of Sexual Abuse Cases  NPR

Priest Responds To Child Sex Abuse Accusations Within Church  NPR


These Maps Reveal the Secret World of Modern Slavery  How Much 


America Needs More Young Workers to Support Aging Population  Bloomberg

A worldwide, winner-takes-all race to rule tech  Axios

Visualizing how prices have changed over the past 20 years  How Much 

Student loan debt crushes senior citizens  Axios 


The natural products that could replace plastic  BBC 

Climate change is altering the color of the oceans  Quartz 


America’s Epidemic of Vaccine Exemptions  New Republic 

We have far less control over our weight than we might wish to think   IFL Science

Sleep loss heightens pain sensitivity, dulls brain’s painkilling response  Berekley

Cereal companies created a myth about the first meal of the day: Researchers keep debunking it  Vox

Extra body fat may be shrinking your brain  Fatherly 

Teens with anti-vax parents seek out Reddit's help to get secretly vaccinated Salon


14 Tips for Raising Generous Kids  Red Tricycle 


Children with autism may not cave to peer pressure like Non-autistic Children  IFL Science 

What Happens When Autism Becomes a Literary Device? New York Times  


Woman runs final 19 miles of marathon while cradling a lost puppy  Runner’s World 

Iran bans dogs from riding in cars and public walks in Tehran  CNN 

People Form Human Chain To Rescue Dog From Canal  The Dodo

Animal rights group sues UC Davis, demanding videos of alleged abuse of monkeys  San Francisco Chronicle

Dad Saves Dog’s Fav Toy Daily Mail 


Judge says Tampa conversion therapy ban violates First Amendment free-speech rights  Washington Post  

Women's Brains Age More Slowly Than Men's  NPR


The Case for Professors of Stupidity  Nautil  

How Did Famous Philosophers Promote Racism In America?  Houston Public Media 

How Accurate Is The Good Place's Philosophy?  Marie Claire

Monty Python's Best Philosophy Sketches  Open Culture


Multiply time by asking 4 questions about the stuff on your to-do list  TED ideas


After issuing dozens of corrections to high-profile book, historian shuts down his blog  Retraction Watch 

You Can Now Look At The Faces Of Some Of Britain's Earliest Inhabitants  IFL Science

What Popular Histories Often Get Wrong About the Underground Railroad  History News Network


Three Identical Strangers’: The high cost of experimentation without ethics  Washington Post

British army permitted shooting of civilians in Iraq and  Afghanistan Middle East Eye  


What should JPSP have done with Bem’s ESP paper, back in 2010?  Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference and Social Science  Columbia  

Is Journal Peer-Review Now Just a Game? Milton Packer wonders if the time has come for instant replay  MedPage Today

Intellectual Conflicts of Interest Pose Hidden Dangers to Scientific Accuracy  OncLive 

A proposal to achieve universal access to scientific and medical research via funder preprint mandates  Plan U  

The journal impact factor: Is it better than coin flipping?  Science Direct

Is there a best day for submitting an article for publication?  The London School of Economics & Political Science 


New efforts on campus focus on ways to capture what students learn outside class -- and how to communicate it to employers  Inside Higher Ed

Litigation Is Likely For New Title IX Guidelines NPR

Education by State  Wallethub 

When Colleges Seek Diversity Through Photoshop  Inside Higher Ed


How to Get Grant Money in the Humanities and Social Sciences’  Inside Higher Ed 

View that liberal arts majors face lower earning potential is a myth  Daily Camera

The Decline of Historical Thinking (and the history major)  The New Yorker


Christian College Professor is suspended for using the N-word while discussing a James Baldwin essay  Inside Higher Ed

Christian university denies approving ‘F*** Donald Trump’ theme of convocation  The College Fix  

Pelosi praises evangelicals in address to Christian college presidents  Christian Post 

Christian university blocks Ben Shapiro from speaking  The Hill

Christian School Under Fire for Allowing Blackface During School Presentation   Fox 40


Are You Assigning Too Much Reading? Or Just Too Much Boring Reading?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

How One Professor Learned to Stop Worrying and Drop the Deadline  Chronicle of Higher Ed


University bans journalism professor from campus; university alert alleges meth use, access to guns  Spokesman  

Ex-Dentistry Professor Suing USC, Alleges Firing Linked to Complaint Against Supervisor Changing Grades  City News Service

University Will Pay Nearly $700,000 in Settlement With Former Provost after she was accused of plagiarism  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Saying "no" to 1,000 things

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying "no" to 1,000 things.

Steve Jobs 

Digital Hoarding

I have a confession: there are 20,577 unread emails in my inbox, 31,803 photos on my phone and 18 browser tabs currently open on my laptop. Digital clutter has invaded my life and I have no idea what to do with it.

Emerging research on digital hoarding – a reluctance to get rid of the digital clutter we accumulate through our work and personal lives – suggests that it can make us feel just as stressed and overwhelmed as physical clutter. Not to mention the cybersecurity problems it can cause for individuals and businesses and the way it makes finding that one email you need sometimes seem impossible.

Instead of berating ourselves for having too many unread emails or taking too many selfies, perhaps we’d be better off setting aside time to regain control of our digital clutter – one virtual photo album at a time.

Kelly Oakes writing for the BBC 

Articles of Interest - Jan 28


12 of the Best Social Media Analytics Tools (and How They Can Help Your Business)  Social Media Today 

3 brands that use social media snark effectively (and deliciously)  PR Daily 

Tinder agrees to settle age discrimination lawsuit  TechCrunch 

We Followed YouTube’s Recommendation Algorithm Down  The Rabbit Hole


10 Influencers under 10  Ad Age  

2-year-old Instagrammers make more than you  Fast Company 

Is It Time to Regulate Social Media Influencers? (opinion)  New York Magazine 


Facebook knowingly duped game-playing kids and their parents out of money  Reveal News  

Facebook plans to let Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp users message each other: All apps will support end-to-end encryption  The Verge

Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools — Including Ours  Propublica  


Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This  New York Times

Get Ready for Weird Phones  Wired 

FaceTime bug lets you hear or see through someone else’s iPhone, even if they haven’t answered  BongBong 


How to download Photoshop free or with Creative Cloud  Creative Bloq


How Innovative Newsrooms Are Using Artificial Intelligence  Global Investigative Journalism Network 

I'm glad I didn't give up on journalism" (L.A. Times' Kimi Yoshino)  Poynter

Iowa House denying press credentials to influential blogger  Associated Press 

4chan trolls flood laid off HuffPost, BuzzFeed reporters with death threats  NBC News

Crafted storytelling vs raw content  Journalism.co 

It doesn’t take a ton of nasty comments to sink a reader’s perception of a news site  Harvard’s Neiman Lab 

ProPublica makes corrections to a story about Oregon’s courts  ProPublica  

2019 Edelman Trust Barometer  Edelman  


Media industry loses about 1,000 jobs as layoffs hit news organizations  CNN

The Economist launches daily news podcast with 8 staffers  Digiday

What The Latest Layoffs Mean For Digital Journalism  NPR  

Johns Hopkins University is buying the building that houses the Newseum which will move  Washington Post

Cancel in protest? Or stay with a local newspaper that’s being strip-mined for profits? Washington Post


Why Camera Angles And Bias Support Different Opinions  NP 

YouTube says it will crack down on recommending conspiracy videos  CNN

Just 1% of Twitter users exposed to 80% of fake news during the 2016 U.S. election  Venture Beat 

Medical News: What Can You Trust? can you know when studies are based on solid science?  Bottom Line Inc

Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election  Science Mag 

Do people fall for fake news because they’re partisan or because they’re lazy? Researchers are divided  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

4 ways to know when a conspiracy theory is almost surely false Big Think  

The man who helps the internet make fake news  Columbia Journalism Review

***BIG DATA & AI  

We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next: the era of deep learning is coming to an end  MIT Tech Review

Google’s DeepMind AI Is So Good It’s Beating Pro Gamers  High Snobiety

Meet the scientists who are training AI to diagnose mental illness  The Verge

10 influential data scientists and why you should follow them  Tech Beacon 


10 Year Challenge: How Popular Websites Have Changed  Arun 

Google Urged the U.S. to Limit Protection For Activist Workers  Bloomberg

Google putting money, machine learning into Wikipedia  Wired 

Meet the man behind a third of what's on Wikipedia  CBS News  


Three new editing features in Gmail  ZDnet 

Google Tests Dynamic Email In Android App  Media Post

How to Spend Way Less Time on Email Every Day  Harvard Business Review 


Routine and Ritual  Becoming (my blog)

There's little evidence that digital detoxes improve mental health  Quartz


The Most Redundant Words to Delete From Your Writing  Medium 

Students Want to Write Well; We Don’t Let Them (review of Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities)  LA Review of Books 

'The New Childhood' makes case that video games, social media are good for kids  USA Today


Colleges Lose a ‘Stunning’ 651 Foreign-Language Programs in 3 Years  Chronicle of Higher Education 

Learning a language means failure, embarrassment and the enrichment of your life  LA Times


‘Keats is dead...’: How young women are changing the rules of poetry  The Guardian

 A dazzling array of works from 1923 are now available freely to scholars, artists and writers, opening up new possibilities for teaching and publishing  Inside Higher Ed  

15 Classic Titles If They Were Written As Clickbait  Medium 

Why should you read “Fahrenheit 451”?   TEDx


India women: First female climbs sacred mountain  BBC 

Gender Gap most pronounced for publications in top journals  London School of Economics and Political Science 

This Mom Became The First Woman To Win A 268-Mile Race And Did It While Pumping Breast Milk For Her Baby  BuzzFeed News 

Why it’s much easier for men to get into the Ivy League than women  New York Post 

Masculinity And U.S. Extremism: What Makes Young Men Vulnerable To Toxic Ideologies  NPR 

Transgender pronouns provide challenge, opportunity in workplace San Francisco Chronicle  

Ms., Mr. or Mx.? Nonbinary teachers embrace gender-neutral honorific  NBC News 

UAE's gender equality awards won entirely by men  The Guardian  

Americans’ views on masculinity differ by party, gender and race  Pew Research Center 


Tips for finding and pitching stories with a race-focused angle  The Ground Truth Product

Amazon’s facial analysis tech often mistakes dark-skinned women for men, study shows  Vox


State judge declares Iowa's "fetal heartbeat" abortion ban unconstitutional  Reuters  

Supreme Court won’t hear a lawsuit over defamatory Yelp reviews  The Verge 

Expert witness wins billions—and makes enemies—as he fights companies over public health  Science Mag

A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for her medical negligence has won a legal action to remove Google search results  The Guardian 

What Happens to the Billions of Dollars of Counterfeits Seized Every Year?  The Fashion Law Blog

Parody Washington Post Leads To Bogus Legal Threat, And A Reminder Of An Old Internet Lawsuit  TechDirt 

An Analysis of Title I and Title III of The Music Modernization Act  Technology & Marketing Law Review


Austin police order deeper investigation after audit finds misclassified cleared rape cases Reveal News

Police Are Failing To Catch Most Shooters In Many Big Cities: Often, They Shoot Again BuzzFeed News 

Emergency Blue-Light Phones Are a Symbol of Safety. Is Symbolism Worth Thousands?  Chronicle of Higher Education 

Shoot Someone In A Major US City, And Odds Are You'll Get Away With It: the percentage of shooters who escape justice has soared   BuzzFeed News

How police departments make millions by seizing property  The Greenville News


After 24 Years, Scholar Completes 3,000-Page Translation Of The Hebrew Bible  NPR

Pilots killed in Monday crash dedicated lives to Christian missions  Times Reporter


Provoked By Trump, The Religious Left Is Finding Its Voice  NPR

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quotes the Bible after Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she should leave climate change up to God  Business Insider 

Trump administration grants waiver to agency that works only with Christian families  Washington Post

Like Americans overall, U.S. Catholics are sharply divided by party  Pew Research Center 

Why Trump is tweeting about studying the Bible  Vox 


This girls basketball team lost 102-2, has no wins, yet keeps taking the court  Tampa Bay  

Golden retriever saves owner by leading an ambulance to him  New York Post 

Hingham teacher gets emotional surprise in viral video Patriot Ledger 

66 Years On, Minn. Navy Medic Reunites With Baby Saved From Ash Can In Seoul  WCCO 

Couple working on home for charity finds hidden bag of money hidden and give it to the nonprofit  Fox 9 

Buddhist wins $670,000 in poker tournament, gives it to charity  New York Post

Local Chick-fil-A opens Sunday for special needs boy  WKRG 

Three-year-old boy missing in woods for two days says friendly bear kept him safe  The Guardian

When a boy called 911 after tough day at school, Lafayette dispatcher was there to help  JC online    


The winners of the 7th annual Ocean Art Photo competition  New Atlas  

Kamala Harris’s Logo Is a Disaster: Here’s Why  The Bulwark  

Design Checklist for the Perfect Charts  UX Planet  

How Color Affects our Perceptions of Art and Brands  Medium 


Fender's new acoustic guitar has a million different voices  Wired 

The Most Sampled Loop in Music History  Great Big Story  

Spotify data shows how music preferences change with latitude  Ars Technica

Every Place in Beatles Lyrics, Mapped  Vanity Fair

The History of the Quirky Music Typewriter: Vintage Technologies for Printing Musical Notation  Open Culture  

A Brief History of Rock Musicians Who Went Electronic  Vulture

An Interactive Visualization of Every Line in Hamilton  Pudding 


How can you prepare for the future of work? The answer is not “learn to code”  Recode

Oscar Mayer on the hunt for its next Wienermobile driver  Fox 45


Summer 2019 Journalism + Communications Academic Internship Program Washington, DC.

ProPublica is giving away 20 scholarships to help students attend journalism conferences 


Campus police told multiple times of student harassment: They did little—and he murdered her  Inside Higher Ed 


Majority of Americans Support High-Skilled Immigration   Pew Research Center

They Left Food and Water for Migrants in the Desert – Now They Might Go to Prison Washington Post 

World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%  The Guardian 

Former MS-13 Member Who Secretly Helped Police Is Deported: the teenager who cooperated with authorities only to be jailed with those he informed on ProPublica


PR firm played a key role in Covington Catholic controversy  Courier-Journal  

Gay valedictorian banned from speaking at Covington graduation 'not surprised' by D.C. controversy  NBC News 


Alabama Church Gives $16,500 In Grocery Gift Cards To Furloughed Federal Workers  Huffington Post 

This is what happens when you try to sue your boss: Millions of American workers have signed away their legal rights without knowing they’ll be in for Abritration Hell  Bloomberg 

These are the 10 best freelance gigs and side hustles in 2019  Fast Company


Most Americans say weather disasters shifted their views on climate change  PBS  

Civil penalties for polluters dropped dramatically in Trump’s first two years, analysis shows Washington Post 

Activists want to carve Trump’s face into glacier to show climate change is real   Metro.co  

The New Language of Climate Change  Politico  


The Cost of Giving Birth in the U.S.  Scientific American Blog Network

The Mental Image of a Loved One Can Keep Down Blood Pressure  Psychology Today

Washington is under a state of emergency as measles cases rise  CNN

He wanted to see his cancer from the inside. With virtual reality, he can  Stat News

This autism dad has a warning for anti-vaxxers  Vox 


Scientists may have found a way to kill cancer cells without chemotherapy BigThink

Germs in Your Gut Are Talking to Your Brain. Scientists Want to Know What They’re Saying  New York Times 


The most special thing about squirrels may be that though we live in such close proximity to them, it turns out we hardly know them at all  Quartz

Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression  Associated Press

Watchdog: Animal deaths, including suffocation, at Boston-area lab  Boston Herald

Vet Tech Warns Pet Parents After Dog Ingests Meth, THC at Dog Beach  NBC San Diego 


New Netflix Show 'Brainchild' Makes Science Fun For Kids  NPR

A 500-Year-Long Science Experiment Started In 2014  The Atlantic   


Faking it: how selfie dysmorphia is driving people to seek surgery  The Guardian

Got Anger? Try Naming It To Tame It  NPR 

Art Thief Gives A Picture-Perfect Illustration Of The Bystander Effect  Digg 

200 cognitive biases rule our everyday thinking  Big Think 


Brain researchers warn that lack of sleep is a public health crisis  New Haven Register    

How a Periodic Table of Brains Could Revolutionize Neuroscience Gizmodo


Need a New Self-Help Guru? Try Aristotle  New York Times

Søren Kierkegaard On the Perils of Procrastination  Philosophy Now 

Philosophy must be useful For Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle, much of philosophy was mere nonsense: Then came Frank Ramsey’s pragmatic alternative  Aeon


You can’t be productive without routines and rituals. Here’s why  Fast Company

These are the most stressed out cities in America  Zippia 

A Nobel Prize-winning psychologist explains why we’re always wrong about how long tasks take  Quartz


The short history of global living conditions and why it matters that we know it  Our World in Data

30 Years After Explosion, Challenger Engineer Still Blames Himself  NPR

Historians talk about Walls  Rolling Stone  

The History of the phrase “Witch hunt!”  Vox 


Reuters article highlights ethical issues with native advertising Columbia Journalism Review

‘Sinning against Science Itself’ Adolf Friedrich Nolde’s 1799 Code of Good Research Practice Researchet 


Should Journal Editors be treated as 'Human Subjects'?  Some People think so (opinion)  Inside Higher Ed

University’s investigation of a researcher who published hoax papers misses the point of ethical oversight (opinion; sub. req’ed)  Times Higher Ed 

The humanities do not need a replication drive  CWTS 

How a ‘low-key’ study needed 89 professionals to approve it and how we can do better   BMC

The Open Data Explosion: Scientists are working to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs of sharing  The Scientist 

Indian academics lead the world in publishing in fake journals – tarring the whole education sector  Scroll.in

Dear Editor (An Authors' Wish List to Medical Journal Editors)  Nature Microbiology


Want to Learn How the World Sees Your College? Look on YouTube  Chronicle of Higher Education 

College administrators are figuring out how electronic cigarettes, which are exploding in popularity, fit into their antismoking policies  Inside Higher Ed 


Yes, Your Syllabus Is Way Too Long  Chronicle of Higher Ed

When Online Trolls Show Up in Class, Should Professors Be Able to Ban Them?  Chronicle of Higher Ed 


University overhauls its system for faculty evaluation to de-emphasize quantitative metrics Inside Higher Ed

College fires professor accused of giving Nazi salute  Associated Press  

Website offers ‘complete PhD service’ for £36K (sub. req’ed)  Times Higher Ed

Professor says criticism led to closure of program she heads  Associated Press 

Duke professor warns Chinese students: Speak English on campus or face ‘unintended consequences’  Washington Post  

Ave Maria University calls the loan of a former professor who sued the university, possibly forcing him, his wife and their nine children from their home  Inside Higher Ed


Student Newspaper at Drexel University to cease print publication  College Media Matters 

A High School Allegedly Banned Students From Covering A Classmate’s Arrest  BuzzFeed News


Making a Gap Year More Than an Overseas Vacation  Chronicle of Higher Education

Six college experiences that make students confident job seekers  Gallup  

Student files lawsuit over alleged plagiarism against UC Board of Regents  Daily Cal

The Fleecing of Millennials  New York Times 

Routine and Ritual

While routine aims to make the chaos of everyday life more containable and controllable, ritual aims to imbue the mundane with an element of the magical. The structure of routine comforts us, and the specialness of ritual vitalizes us. A full life calls for both — too much control, and we become mummified; too little excitement and pleasurable discombobulation, and we become numb. After all, to be overly bobulated is to be dead inside — to doom oneself to a life devoid of the glorious and ennobling messiness of the human experience.

Maria Popova writing in Brain Pickings