Articles of Interest - Dec 18


Robots that Look like Animals (video)

Google Glass, Oculus, HoloLens: The Race for Augmented Reality Glasses Starts Now  Wired

CRISPR gene editing moved into humans in 2017Debates about when and how to use the tool in humans take on new urgency  Science News

In China, a Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society  Wired

AIM, aka AOL Instant Messenger, dead at 20  NY Daily News

Video games could fall foul of anti-gambling laws  Economist


A quantum communications satellite: The Chinese really beat us on this one  Science News

Google leads in the race to dominate artificial intelligence: Tech giants are investing billions in a transformative technology  Economist

Five programming languages with hidden flaws vulnerable to hackers  Tech Republic 

AI hedge funds embrace machine learning  Economist

What if AI doesn’t need big data to learn but the machines teach themselves using synthetic data or in virtual environments?  Forbes

What if AI doesn’t need big data to learn but the machines teach themselves using synthetic data or in virtual environments?  Economist

AI fairness: some mental frameworks to think about how to address a growing number of unintended consequences and controversies system developers could never have predicted  Medium

As storytellers increasingly realize the value of AI, and as these tools become more readily available, we could see a major change in the way video stories are created  Mckinsey

What technologies will shape the coming 12 months. Spoiler: executives say they all are connected by artificial intelligence  CMS Wire


The top 10 memes of 2017, according to Google  Daily Dot

Worker rushes back to burning factory in China for phone  Daily Mail

Former Facebook exec won't let own kids use social media, says it's 'destroying how society works'  Fox News

Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?  Facebook Newsroom

Facebook's Partnership With Fact-Checkers Gets Off To A Rocky Start  NPR

How much news makes it into people’s Facebook feeds? Our experiment suggests not much  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Facebook news feed changes could affect your business's post engagement  Tech Republic 


Voice assistants used by 46% of Americans, mostly on smartphones  Pew Research Center

Are digital distractions harming labour productivity? The evidence is mixed; it seems clear, however, that they are making us unhappier  Economist


Descript gets $5M to make sound editing like a Word document  Tech Crunch

Don’t Compromise Your Ethics When Telling Stories in VR  Medium


Five Times the Internet Was Actually Fun in 2017  New York Times

How a dorm room Minecraft scam brought down the internet  Wired

How many people in your neighborhood have access to high-speed internet? This map shows big differences depending on where you live  Recode

Gmail Quietly Offers New Unsubscribe Feature  Media Post


Public colleges limiting journalist access  Columbia Journalism Review

New York Times D.C. bureau adds fact-checker  Politico

Goodbye to Storify  Chronicle of Higher

Longform video leads the way  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

How do you use an Anonymous Source?  Washington Post

Show a little vulnerability  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

The 10 Best Journalism Movies  Washington Post

Not fake news, just plain wrong: Top media corrections of 2017  Poynter

Record number of journalists jailed  Committee to Protect Journalism

Jealousy List 2017  Bloomberg


An insider’s account of the booming business where ads want to be journalism, sort of  Traffic

WikiLeaks recognised as a 'media organisation' by UK tribunal  The Guardian

Pope Begs Journalists To Avoid 'Sins Of Communication' : The Two-Way  NPR

Newspaper Advertising Costs & How to Succeed on a Budget  Fit Small Business

New owner to retire iconic Time Inc. name  New York Post


The Numbers Behind Fake News  Daily Infographic

‘False News’ Is Safer Than ‘Fake’  Chronicle of Higher

Yes, the Truth Still Matters  New York Times

Pope Francis: fake and sensationalised news 'a very serious sin'  The Guardian

Google News To Delist Publications That Intentionally Mislead Readers, Mask Country Of Origin  Media Post


'The Atlantic' Rebuilds Paywall For 2018  Media Post


The Importance of Making Mistakes  Becoming (my blog)

The Batman Effect: Dressing up as a superhero might actually give your kid grit  Quartz

Why It Feels So Good to Cancel Plans Last Minute, and How to Stop  Life Hacker

For Veterans, a Path to Healing 'Moral Injury'  New York Times

Why We Pull Away From Those We Love The Most  Digg


This Is The Daily Stormer's Playbook: A leaked style guide reveals they’re Nazis about grammar  Huffington Post

The Fine Line Between Errors and Dialect Differences  Chronicle of Higher


Poetry's Not Dead, And Here Are Books To Help Appreciate It  NPR

The Weaponization of Plagiarism  Plagiarism Today

For baby’s brain to benefit, read the right books at the right time  The Conversation

20 Words and Phrases for Better Essays  Daily Infographic


Oxford's word of the year is a less obvious, more obscure choice  Mashable

Beyond “I can’t even”  Chronicle of Higher


Researchers had an AI bot write a new Harry Potter chapter and it was terrifying  The Guardian

You can thank Facebook, Hulu, and Instagram for some of the year’s bestselling books  Quartz

Three Books That Capture America In Poetry  NPR


The Growing Partisan Divide Over Feminism  The Atlantic

42% of US working women have faced gender discrimination on the job  Pew Research Center

At ESPN, the problem for women runs deep  Boston Globe


Court Decision Could Force Changes To ATF's Undercover Operations  NPR


Slovenian magazine apologizes to US first lady Melania Trump  Associated Press

Scandalous Trademarks No Longer Taboo, Court Rules  Hollywood Reporter


R.C. Sproul, theologian and religious broadcaster, dies at 78  USA Today 

5 facts about Christmas in America  Pew Research  

Suit: Ernest Angely's Megachurch Swindled Mentally Ill Woman out of more than 300K   CBS Chicago

How A Priest Convinced Robert Mugabe To Step Down  NPR

Christian Club Sues University After Being Booted off Campus  Iowa City Press-Citizen

Ernest Angley's church and TV station being sued for defaulting on $3.6 million loan  Akron Beacon Journal

In the early ‘90s, Scientology tried to dictate to the FBI what information could be released about them through FOIA  MuckRock  


This Evangelical Leader Denounced Trump. Then the Death Threats Started  Politico

Religious Bias Is Distorting American Foreign Policy (opinion)  The Atlantic

An Evangelical Evaluation Of Trump's First Year  NPR

After Trump and Moore, some evangelicals are finding their own label too toxic to use  Washington Post


Guerrilla Public Service Redux  99 Percent

Better design helps differentiate opinion and news  Harvard’s Nieman Lab


Nielsen 360 Study Finds Consumers Love Streaming Music, But Radio Still Strong  Billboard

Algorithm is a dancer: Is YouTube starting to determine vinyl reissues?  The Vinyl Factory

U2 on 2017's 'Swing to Extremism' and Why Unity Is As Important As Resistance  Billboard

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. will pay almost 41% more for the music it plays on its satellite-radio service starting next year  Fox Business News

Thelonious Monk’s 25 Tips for Musicians (1960)  Open Culture

In a new podcast, our host explores the craft of writing about music  Poynter


How The Post Became the Hottest Screenplay in Hollywood  Vanity Fair

James Earl Jones Didn't Believe Darth Vader Was Luke's Father  Hollywood Reporter

Movies You Missed: 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'  NPR


Resources for combating sexual harassment in the newsroom  Society of Professional Journalists

There Is No Moral Relativity in Sexual Harassment (opinion)  Chronicle of Higher

Women and Power in the Workplace  New York Times

Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support 'Zero Tolerance' On Sexual Harassment  NPR

Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report: The Two-Way  NPR

How you can use public records to cover campus sexual assault  Student Press Law Center

When harassment drives women out of journalism  Vox

Gender discrimination comes in many forms for today’s working women  Pew Research

We Got Government Data On 20 Years Of Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims: These Charts Break It Down  BuzzFeed 


Down Syndrome Families Divided Over Abortion Ban  NPR

Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say  BBC


How healthy is your state? The disparities are stark  Stat News 

3-D printed microfibers could provide structure for artificially grown body part  Penn State

The Future of Genomic medicine  The Naked Scientist

'Why am I so tired?' The 10 most-Googled health questions in 2017  CNN

Why New Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Lead to Harm  New York Times

CDC director tells staff ‘there are no banned words,’ while not refuting report  Stat News

You (and most of the millions of holiday travelers you encounter) are washing your hands wrong  The Conversation


The world is drowning in ever-growing mounds of garbage  Washington Post

Each U.S. Family Trashes 400 iPhones’ Worth of E-Waste a Year  National Geographic


CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity  Washington Post


Older Adults' Forgetfulness Tied To Faulty Brain Rhythms In Sleep : Shots - Health News  NPR


Offbeat brain rhythms during sleep make older adults forget  UC Berkeley

Even Small Amounts of Alcohol Impair Memory: Drinking moderately might still be affecting your brain, even if you never black out  The Atlantic


Pickle: A Philosophy and Ethics Podcast for Kids  WNYC

God's Answer to Nietzsche, the Philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard  BigThink


Read the “Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down” Letter That Albert Einstein Sent to Marie Curie During a Time of Personal Crisis (1911)  Open Culture


How many papers really end up without a single citation  Nature

Strong evidence of bias against research from low income countries  BMJ blog

Predatory publishing can no longer be called … a fly in the chardonnay of scholars  Scholarly Kitchen

Humans Run Experiments, a Robot Writes the Paper: The future of automated scientific writing is upon us  Slate


The Political Divide Over Higher Education in America  Gallup Poll

Baking Common Sense into the FERPA Cake: How to Meaningfully Protect Student Rights and the Public Interest  Notre Dame Journal of Legislation

With an Employee Facing Deportation, Wesleyan’s President Speaks Out  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump contraception rule  Washington Post

Arkansas Baptist president fired over 'lack of transparency' to board, college says  Arkansas Online

Great-grandson of Rhema Bible Church founder (the late Kenneth Hagin) receives 8-year sentence in drive-by shooting  Tulsa World

Students combat human trafficking Northwest Nazarene


Automatic Course Syllabus Maker  Chronicle of Higher

Peer instruction and polling changes teaching  Chronicle of Higher

When Students Aren’t as Prepared as They Look on Paper  Chronicle of Higher


Ph.D.s Are Still Writing Poorly, Part 2  Chronicle of Higher


The College Student Who Decoded the Data Hidden in Inca Knots  Atlas Obscura