articles of interest - July 31


Adobe is finally killing its hated Flash Player  Mashable

First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.  MIT Tech Review

Hackers break into voting machines in minutes at hacking competition  The Hill

Don’t be the co-worker who sends late-night emails. Use this free tool  Poynter


Big names in statistics want to shake up much-maligned P value  Nature

Google launches free course on Deep Learning: the science of teaching computers how to teach themselves  Open Culture

How predictive analytics is being used at LinkedIn  Predictive Analytics World

China plans to Use AI to "gain global economic dominance by 2030"  MIT Technology Review

Bring neural networks to smartphones  Campus Technology

The 10 coolest big data products of 2017 (So Far)  CNN

How computational psychiatry is using Machine Learning, data mining, and AI to revolutionize mental illness  MIT Technology Review


Privacy Isn't Dead. It's More Popular Than Ever  Wired

The Right Social Media Metrics Are Different For Every Business  Ad Exchange

How Facebook overcame its “coolness” problem, won back the kids who fled it for Snapchat, and secured its dominance of social media  Slate

Study of social media retracted when authors can’t provide data  Retraction Watch


The Beginner's Guide to Podcasts  Wired

MS Paint is here to stay  Windows Blog

How To Preserve Your Polaroid Photos  NPR


What Google's New Autoplay Experiment Means for the Future of Search  Wired

Concerned about browsing privacy? Here's how to install Firefox Focus  Tech Republic


Twitter reports $116-million loss and flat user growth; its stock drops 13%  LA Times

Jobs’ ex Buys The Atlantic  Forbes

SESAC scores big win in radio royalty rate dispute  The Tennessean


Fact-Checking Website Snopes Is Fighting To Stay Alive  NPR

InVID Wants to Help Journalists Debunk Fake Videos  PBS Media Shift

How to responsibly mix fiction and journalism  Online News Assoc.

Trump Tests the F-Bomb Policy at The New York Times  The Atlantic

What I learned about journalism at the New York Post  Columbia Journalism Review

That R. Kelly ‘cult’ story almost never ran. Thank Hulk Hogan for that  Washington Post

7 words (and more) you shouldn’t use in medical news  Health News Review


Driving Our Employees Over the EdgeIn an industry that valorizes overwork and toxic coping strategies, we can model something different  Source

News organizations are using Nextdoor to connect with readers block-by-block  Poynter

Fox News And 'New York Times' Clash Over Paper's ISIS Reporting  NPR

White House aide’s tirade tests editors and producers   Associated Press


Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them  Wired

If-then planning is a really powerful way to help you achieve any goal  Becoming (my blog)

One surprising way money can buy happiness, according to scientists  The Washington Post

If you’re 30% through your life, you’re likely 90% through your best relationships  Quartz

Smart People Are More Likely to Stereotype  The Atlantic

What To Tell Kids Instead of "You're So Smart"  Life Hacker


Why I Don’t Ask Students to Write the Thesis Statement First  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Getting Kids Interested In Poetry  NPR

Aiding the Writing-Stalled Professor   Chronicle of Higher Ed

Author discusses her new book of writing advice for academics  Inside Higher Ed

Notorious=famous is not an uncommon mistake and the New York Times made it  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Jane Austen, 200 years on How an unremarkable Englishwoman became a literary juggernaut  Economist

A map of America through 737 favorite books set in each of the 50 states   StoryMaps

Author Jeannette Walls on "The Glass Castle"  CBS News

The Heretical Things Statistics Tell Us About Fiction  The New Yorker


Following uproar, surgery journal retracts paper with male-only pronouns  Retraction Watch

Trump: I consulted the military about the transgender ban. Military: no, you didn’t  Vox

Bloomberg Quicktake: Transgender Legal Rights  Bloomberg

Transformers: Lost Light #8 Features Trans Women Transformers  Bleeding Cool


7 facts about Americans with disabilities  Pew Research


Muslims In The U.S. Face Increased Discrimination, PEW Report Says  NPR

Justin Bieber runs over photographer at church and then lays hands on him, police say   Kansas City Star

Demand for exorcists is soaring in France: The Catholic church has left a big gap in the market  Economist

Most White Evangelicals Don’t Believe Muslims Belong in America  Christianity Today

Hobby Lobby thinks the Bible can save America. Now its museum has to convince its critics  PBS

Lesbian mom asks Christian judge to recuse himself from her divorce case citing his stance against homosexuality  New York Daily News

Why some people are so sure they're right, even when they are not  Science Daily

Outlaw pastor Rob Bell shakes up the Bible Belt  CNN

Outback Steakhouse is a chain of Satan  BongBong

Is mega-pastor getting a $110 Million contract from Lakewood Church?  KHOU

President Trump Nominates Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador  Associated Press


What is the real role of a design portfolio website?  UXdesign

This algorithmic generative art explores the visual beauty of math  BongBong


The sound illusion that makes Dunkirk so intense (video)  YouTube

BMI, ASCAP to Combine Music Databases  Broadcasting and Cable

The Rise and Decline of the “Sellout”  Slate

The Best Band Nobody Can Sign  The Fader


How Did Akira Kurosawa Make Such Powerful & Enduring Films? A Wealth of Video Essays Break Down His Cinematic Genius  Open Culture


30 firms earn half the total profit made by all US public companies  Quartz


Prescription video games may be the future of medicine  The Verge

The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills  New York Times

Doctors Make The Case Against Taking A Full Course Of Antibiotics  NPR

How Scared Should I Be of Macaroni and Cheese?  The Atlantic

How well do you know your body? Take our quiz  Stat

Beware Scam “Clinical Trials” That Ask You to Pay Money for Unproven Therapies  Life Hacker


Don't run biomedical science as a business: Science should abandon its assembly-line mentality and rebuild for quality, not quantity  Nature


England’s Mental Health Experiment: No-Cost Talk Therapy  New York Times

Students say they don't know where to turn for mental health services  Education Dive

Stanford researchers have discovered a simple shift in thinking can make you live longer  Quartz


Philosopher Who Praised Risk Died Trying to Save Children From Drowning  New York Times

James Franco Hosts Philosophy Time, a New Videos Series Created to Help Philosophy Reach a Wider Audience  Open Culture


If you could 'design' your own child, would you?  Washington Post


Science needs an IMDb for authors to promote the idea of “data authorship"  New England Journal of Medicine

 Why published research is untrustworthy  Springer

For the majority of researchers, the role of publishing is not so much to ensure the widest possible dissemination of their findings at the lowest cost, but to build up their standing and their professional portfolio  University Affairs

How training can help fix the research reproducibility crisis: Giving researchers better skills analyzing large datasets  Inside Higher Ed

Group of scientists concerned about reproducibility say a p-value cutoff of 0.05 isn’t strict enough  Science Mag

The One-Percent Club For Top-Cited Papers  Scholarly Kitchen


There are 2.4 million fewer college students than there were five years ago  Hechinger Report

Wake Forest Freshmen Get an ‘Irreverent’ Take on Orientation  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Trump Struggles to Find a Leader for White House Initiative on Black Colleges  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Provost says she was denied due process before removal over conflict of interest with Counseling Center  KBTX

Who Is Betsy DeVos?And how did she get to be head of our schools?  NY Mag

Recent Higher Ed Scandals lay Bare the Murky Moral Waters Leaders must Navigate  Inside Higher Ed


A Series of Modest Steps to Save Christian Higher Education (Step 1: Get rid of as many people who do not teach as possible) (opinion)   Patheos

With more students streaming classes online, Southern Evangelical Seminary plans to sell campus and find smaller facility  Charlotte Observer

The American Association of Christian Counselors Conference Features Court Evangelicals (opinion)  Patheos


New book about promoting success of at-risk students  Inside Higher Ed

Your Syllabus Doesn’t Have to Look Like a Contract  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Who should police free speech on college campuses? Congress wants to know  USA Today


Student-loan forgiveness has halted under Trump   Associated Press

At Harvard, extraordinary court battle between Ph.D. student and prominent researcher grinds on  Science Mag


UNC civil rights center may be barred from litigation, raising questions about the role of law schools and academic freedom  Inside Higher Ed