Articles of Interest - Nov 19


Scientists Create Fabric Alternative to Batteries for Wearable Devices  University of Massachusetts

20 Americans Die Each Day Waiting for Organs. Can Pigs Save Them?  New York Times

The Fax Is Not Yet Obsolete: Law and medicine still rely on the device, Maybe they shouldn’t  The Atlantic 

Thin, Flexible new Solar Cells Could Soon Line Your Shirt  Wired 

A scientist’s work linking minds and machines helps a paralyzed woman escape her body  The New Yorker 

What is a Bot?  Wired 


The Data Scientist Tracking America’s White Supremacists  MotherBoard 

The definition of artificial intelligence is constantly evolving, and the term often gets mangled  MIT technology Review

How Facebook uses machine learning to fight ISIS and Al-Qaeda propaganda  MIT Technology Review  

The rare form of machine learning that can spot hackers who have already broken in  MIT Technology Review 

What’s the best way to learn the programming language R? (Preferably, for free)  Quartz

For all their supposed braininess “neural nets don’t appear to work the way human brains do” the limitations of deep learning AI calls for another approach  Wired 

Public Attitudes Toward Computer Algorithms  Pew Research Center 


YouTube uses algorithms that are tailored to advance already popular content and drive viral videos  The Atlantic  

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Bringing Her Instagram Followers into Congress  New York Times 

Instagram Influencers Selling Custom Photo Presets  The Atlantic

Inside the Pricey War to Influence your Instagram Feed  Wired 

Instagram Cracks down on apps that give fake follows and likes  Mashable 


Following the discovery of targeted disinformation campaigns Facebook tried to discredit protesters  New York Times 

6 Takesaways from the Times Investigation  New York Times 

Facebook Messenger rolling out new ‘Unsend’ feature, here’s how to use it  9 to 5 Mac 

Report: Even Facebook Employees Are Bummed About Facebook  Gizmodo 


The Ubiquity of Smartphones, as Captured by Photographers  The Atlantic 

People are Freaking out over the iPhone Curser Trick  Mashable 


You know what? go ahead and use the hotel and airport Wi-Fi: A few years ago you were right not to trust it  Wired 

How Hackers Are Stealing High-Profile Instagram Accounts  The Atlantic 

Your Drone Can Give Cops a Surprising Amount of your Data  Wired 

How to Tell if Your Account Has Been Hacked  Motherboard

Surveillance Kills Freedom by Killing Experimentation Wired 


How Podcasts became a seductive and sometimes slippery mode of storytelling  The New Yorker  

Pandora wants to map the “podcast genome” so it can recommend your next favorite show  Harvard’s Nieman Lab


FCC seems to have ended the practice of releasing its ISP speed-tests, leaving Americans in the dark about what they're paying for  BongBong

Google goes down after major BGP mishap routes traffic through China ArsTechnica


How much have younger viewers bailed on traditional TV? New stats are alarming  USA Today

Justice Department Demands Major TV Broadcasters Stop Sharing Advertising Data Hollywood Reporter


Consumers love smart speakers: They don’t love news on smart speakers (At least not yet)  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

'Under The Wire' Tells The Story Of War Correspondent Marie Colvin's Last Moments  NPR

Newsrooms transform to cover the 21st century  Axios 

New York Times Publisher Touts Future of Digital Journalism  Caixin 

NPR host Terry Gross: 8 tips on How to Talk to People  New York Times


Better Local Journalism, by Local Reporters, Is the Goal of a New Database  New York Times

A new database "aimed at connecting journalists outside the nation’s media hub with editors across the country "for the purpose of reporting on their home regions"  Shoeleather 

Facebook is Launching it’s first Journalism program to fund local journalism in the UK  Mashable 


Media salaries lean higher for writing than video, photo (trend #8)  Axios


The Racial Makeup of NPR’s newsroom  NPR 

Racial and ethnic minorities make up less than 17 percent of newsroom staff  Columbia Journalism Review 

Missing the Story : Diversity in Media  Columbia Journalism Review 


How Will We Outsmart A.I. Liars? For better and worse, humans are only improving their ability to deceive themselves with technology  New York Times 

Are Birds Actually Government-Issued Drones? So Says a New Conspiracy Theory Making Waves  Audubon

How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

California's Wildfires Have Spawned a Truly Weird New Conspiracy Theory  Gizmodo

If You Hate the Media, You’re More Likely to be Fooled by a Fake Headline  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

How the public, news sources, and journalists think about news in three communities  News Co. Lab 


Burned to death because of a rumour on WhatsApp  BBC 

Notifications every 2 minutes: This in-depth look at how people really use WhatsApp shows why fighting fake news there is so hard   Harvard’s Nieman Lab


The Importance of Leisure  Becoming (my blog)

Vacation is a poor substitute for leisure  Quartz

The 6 Email Newsletters That Will Help You Build Leadership Skills  Forbes

How to Talk to People You Don’t Agree With, With Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt  LifeHacker

10 paradoxes that will stretch your mind  Big Think 


This bookstore just sold a book that had been on a shelf for nearly 28 years  Mashable 

How to make $6,000 a day writing Instagram quotes — sort of  Vox  

Paul Schrader Says Creating, Writing Is "A Form of Therapy"  Hollywood Reporter


Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year  CNBC 

The Hidden Life of Modal Verbs  Jstor

Personification is Your Friend: the Language of Inanimate Objects  Jstor

27 Beautiful Words Writers Rarely Use But Totally Should BuzzFeed


What Book Changed Your Mind?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Hottest Trend in American Literature Isn’t From the U.S.  The Atlantic

The Bizarro World of Literary Studies  Chronicle of Higher Ed


First woman passes special forces assessment on path to becoming Green Beret  CNN


Hate crimes rose 17 percent last year, according to new FBI data  MSNBC

Drunk man shouts 'Heil Hitler, Heil Trump,' does Nazi salute during Baltimore performance of 'Fiddler on the Roof”  Baltimore Sun 

Fallout continues for white male students at Wisconsin high school accused of giving Nazi salute USA Today 

Dunkin' Donuts owner calls police on woman using free Wi-Fi  Yahoo 

Sam's employee asked to retake photo with 'Black Panther' shirt after member complains  WJLA 

Duke mural honoring synagogue shooting victims defaced with Swastika NBC News


Should the First Amendment apply to Facebook? It’s complicated  Recode 

Free Speech Or Hate Speech: When Does Online Hate Speech Become A Real Threat?  NPR


Reminder: Cutting-and-Pasting Photos from the Internet Is Hazardous to Your Legal Health  Technology & Marketing Law Blog  

Conan O'Brien's Joke Copyright Defense Hits Snag  Hollywood Reporter  


Why Tenth Avenue North Isn't Afraid to Tackle Taboo Subjects In Christian Music  Billboard

State Baptist group boots Kentucky churches for supporting LGBTQ hires  Courier-Journal 

Christian composer Kurt Kaiser, writer of 'Pass It On,' dies at 83  Waco Tribune 

80 Years Since The Catholic University Of America Vocalized Opposition To The Nazis  NPR

Stephen Colbert reveals why he returned to Catholicism after losing his faith  Fox News


Conversion therapy: A debunked practice aimed at "converting" homosexuals  CBS

Keeping Focus on the Family Honest on Reparative Therapy  The Throckmorton Blog  


Rubio cites Bible verse amid recount criticisms: ‘You cannot count what is not there’  The Hill

Trump ‘make the bible great again’ billboards  World Religious News


Mother's hunch helped save a hiker's life on the Pacific Crest Trail  CBS News 

'Batkid' Miles Scott is cancer free 5 years after saving San Francisco  NBC News

9-year-old starts family knitting club to make hats and scarves for those in need  The Week

Blind runner finds love with woman who volunteered to train him for marathon  MSNBC

Mercy nurses give Mega Millions winnings to 2 of their own going through heartbreak  KMOV 

93-Year-Old Woman Is Saved from California Wildfires by Her Friend, the Garbage Collector People


Watch: Stan Lee on "To Tell The Truth" game show in 1970 (14m)  BongBong

7 Female Impressionists Every Art History Lover Should Know  Artsy 


Watch the First Film Adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1910): It's Newly Restored by the Library of Congress  Open Culture


Northern Michigan U. Compensates 4 Who Were Threatened With Punishment for Speaking of Suicide  Chronicle of Higher Ed

No 'Parks & Rec' jokes: Oregon's teen mayor is here to get stuff done  Oregon Live

A professor at UT San Antonio was recorded calling the police on an African American student who had propped her feet up on the seat in front of her  Inside Higher Ed

Generation Z Is The Most Racially And Ethnically Diverse Yet  NPR

Half of the post-millennial generation is non-white  Axios 

The Bridesmaids Are Multiplying: The role is almost entirely symbolic—but it’s only getting more popular  The Atlantic  

How College Caused Me To Read Less (opinion)  Study Breaks 


4 Internships  LA Times 

Summer DC Scholarship Program  DC Internships  

Spring Internships The Student Press Law Center ($490 a week)

Investigative journalism internship  Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.


Stop Complaining About Your Rent and Move to Tulsa:  $10,000, free rent, and other perks to remote workers who move to Tulsa for a year  CityLab 


Fewer office holiday parties this year, a sign of #MeToo liability fears  CBS News

Former Title IX Official Outlines Changes To How Colleges Handle Sexual Assault Cases  NPR 

Sharp Divide Over Trump Administration's Title IX Overhaul  Inside Higher Ed

Dartmouth women sue school over sexual assault, harassment  New York Post 

Ed Dept. Proposes Enhanced Protection For Students Accused Of Sexual Assault  NPR


Guns in America: our relationship with firearms in 5 charts  Wired 

Critics step up bid to stop US school using electric shocks on children  The Guardian


This researcher studied 400,000 knitters and discovered what turns a hobby into a business  Washington Post 

How Stan Lee transformed the comics business  Economist


Why covering the environment is one of the most dangerous beats in journalism  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

How to Stop Using So Much Disposable Plastic  Life Hacker


As social media ‘influencers,’ patients are getting a voice. And pharma is ready to pay up  Stat News 

Medical Advice You Can Trust  The Week

Startup Offers To Sequence Your Genome Free Of Charge, Then Let You Profit From It  NPR

Alcohol is killing more people, and younger. The biggest increases are among women USA Today 

Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy linked to autism diagnosis  Stat News


Junk science promoted by bots and trolls results in North Carolina chickenpox outbreak BoingBoing

School with major chickenpox outbreak has high vaccination exemption rate  USA Today   

3 ethical reasons for vaccinating your children The Conversation


Low-carb diet: does cutting carbs really help keep weight off?  Vox 

There's a Major Change in The Latest US Exercise Guidelines. Here's What You Need to Know  Science Alert 


50 Strange But True Facts About the U.S.  CN Traveler

2019 Fodor’s Travel NO List  San Jose Mercury News 

How Samantha Brown Got Her Start: Women Who Travel Podcast  CN Traveler


Public Perspectives on Food Risks  Pew Research Center 

6 airplane foods you should avoid, according to food safety experts  CNBC


Stop talking to your kids about politics (opinion) The Week

Online or offline? Parents are struggling with their children’s screen time use Evening Standard


30 dogs under 30  The Week 

The 18 Best Dogs in Netflix’s Dogs, Ranked  Vulture 


The Replication Crisis: Can academic psychology be trusted?  BBC

Super recognisers: the people who never forget a face  The Guardian 

The Best Way To Save People From Suicide  Highline 

Facebook Increasingly Reliant on A.I. To Predict Suicide Risk  NPR

Freud versus Jung: a bitter feud over the meaning of sex  Aeon 


The Human Brain is a Time Traveler  New York Times

A new study says alcohol changes how the brain creates memories  BigThink


Why the Enlightenment was not the age of reason (opinion)  Aeon

How would you Draw History?  New York Times


Can judging be automated?  Axios 

How to use science fiction to teach tech ethics  BoingBoing


Handing Science Over to the Machines  The Spike 

Correction to climate change study highlights flaws in peer-review process  CBC

Widespread plagiarism detected in many medical journals based in Africa  Nature 

Scholar behind predatory journals exposé says study ‘backfired’  Times Higher Education  

Here Comes ‘The Journal of Controversial Ideas’ -Cue the Outcry  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The more authors, the more retractions  Appam 

Will Blockchain Revolutionize Scholarly Journal Publishing?  Chronicle of Higher Ed


How One University Went From Proposing to Cut 13 Mostly Liberal-Arts Programs to Eliminating Only 6  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Study finds female chairs improve departments' gender diversity and equity  Inside Higher Ed 

A Fifth of Private Colleges Report First-Year Discount Rate of 60 Percent, Moody’s Says  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

What You Need to Know About the Proposed Title IX Regulations  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Hate Crimes on Campuses Are Rising, New FBI Data Show  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Liberty University official accused of attempted murder, abduction  WSLS

Azusa Pacific students file grievances over reinstatement of LGBTQ relationship ban  San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond to close in 2019  Baptist News

Cal Lutheran to hold memorial service for alumnus killed in Thousand Oaks shooting  10New 

David Jang’s Christian University Charged in $35 Million Fraud Scheme  Christianity Today


The Future Of Learning? Well, It's Personal  NPR

A Little Music Before We Begin  Chronicle of Higher Ed

How to Create a Welcoming Culture for Autistic Students  Chronicle of Higher Ed

10 alternatives to PowerPoint PR Daily


Western Kentucky Student Newspaper shakes up camps with report: More than 500 mold reports on campus in past year  College Heights Herald 

Harvard's student newspaper just elected the first black woman president in its 145-year history  CNN 

Post-millennials will be more diverse, higher achieving, and better-educated: 4 takeaways from the latest pew report  Elearning