Articles of Interest - July 16


Forget about VR in the living room; this summer it’s on waterslides and in arcades  MIT Tech Review

itty bitty, a new service that lets you share entire web pages encoded in the link itself  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Quantum computing could put a stop to traffic jams  Quartz

Mercedes Will Launch Self-Driving Taxis in California Next Year  Wired 

Walmart patents tech that would allow it to eavesdrop on cashiers  The Guardian

AI could soon clone your voice  Cnet

Microsoft calls on Congress to regulate facial recognition  Engadget

The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks  Economist


ESPN to Air Overwatch League Finals as Esports Go Prime Time  Bloomberg 

Report on Local TV and AM/FM radio Revenue  Harvard’s Nieman Lab 

Shorter TV Spots Rising On Linear TV  Media Post

Why Sinclair's bid to buy the tribune company might die  Wired 

Independent Media Organization Southerly Launches  The Whole Story

People Don’t Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves  Medium


54 newsrooms, 9 countries, and 9 core ideas: Here’s what two researchers found in a yearlong quest for journalism innovation  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

A Reporter Who Had Her Records Seized Wasn’t On A List Of Subpoenaed Journalists The Justice Department Sent To A Senator  BuzzFeed News 

My Jobs Before Journalism  Twitter 

Why the Craig behind Craigslist gave big bucks to a journalism program  Recode

How We Reported Our Mississippi Bond Story: A Guide to Our Methodology  The Marshall Project 

Latin America’s new media are growing up  Economist 

More questions than answers from DOJ letter about journalist surveillance  Columbia Journalism Review


CNN Reorganizes Business Coverage Under New Site  Media Post


Susceptibility to fake news is driven more by lazy thinking than partisan bias  PsyPost

How a ‘Cancer Cure’ Video Blasted Bad Science—and Went Viral  Wired

‘Fake News’ Goes Global as Trump, in Britain, Rips the Press  New York Times   

24 Brazilian media organisations band together to fight fake news  International News Media Association 


Facebook Opens Its Private Servers to Scientists Studying Fake News  Wired

Social media: Twitter’s surprising revival (sub. requ'd)  The Week 

Media — both on the left and right — are pressing Facebook to define what journalism is  Recode


Who Will Police Police Drones?  Gizmodo 

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Has Some Alarmingly Outdated Views on Privacy: Kavanaugh doesn’t seem to understand today’s technological (opinion)  Slate 

FTC Urged To Stop Facebook From Sharing Data With Researchers  Media Post 


From Data to Viz, a site that helps you find the right chart for your data  Data-to-Viz

What’s in a Newsletter? At The New York Times, There’s a Secret Sauce  New York Times


How does a flight attendant know your birthday? Big data playing bigger role as airlines personalize service  Chicago Tribune 

Python author steps back from leadership of project  IT wire   

Communicating with Alexa devices using sign language  Abhishek Singh

The seven of the most fundamental Quantum-computing complexity classes  Quanta Magazine 


4 things before passing judgment  Becoming (my blog)

How to keep going after a mass shooter kills your husband  Washington Post

A More Or Less Definitive Guide To Showing Up For Friends  BuzzFeed News

The Power of Positive People Are your friendships giving you a boost or bringing you down?  New York Times

Love your frenemy Envy is the dark side of love, but love is the luminous side of envy. Is there a way to harness envy wisely, for growth?  Aeon


Amazon’s Curious Case of the $2,630.52 Used Paperback: Booksellers on the online marketplace are charging thousands for books that normally sell for a few dollars  New York Times  

Long-Time Employees Buy Capitol Hill Books From Its Beloved, Curmudgeonly Owner  DCist


The Linguist Who Helps Undercover Cops Catch Child Predators  The Atlantic

Is ‘You Guys’ Replacing ‘Y’All’ in the South?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Everybody, Parlons Français!  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Mary Gaitskill convinced me to care about literature again after my best friend’s death  Slate

Archaeologists Think They’ve Discovered the Oldest Greek Copy of Homer’s Odyssey: 13 Verses on a Clay Tablet  Open Culture


All Things Ill-Considered: NPR’s Sexist Blunder  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments  New York Times

An alternative to pink & blue: Colors for gender data  Data Wrapper

A baseball player stood on a bucket — and sparked an online debate about masculinity  Washington Post


The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on black people, probe found  Miami Herald

Justice Department Reopens Investigation Into 1955 Lynching Of Emmett Till  NPR

Asian-Americans Facing Staggering Levels Of Income Inequality In The U.S.  NPR


Judge Orders Los Angeles Times to Delete Part of Published Article Image  New York Times

Kavanaugh decision that allowed litigation to be used to deter free speech  Hollywood Reporter

Lawrence Journal-World wrong on flag art censorship at University of Kansas (opinion)  The FIRE

YouTube Rolling Out Copyright Match  Plagiarism Today


Where Brett Kavanaugh sits on the ideological spectrum (infographic)  Axios

‘Copyright’s True Purpose Is Dead, It Never Existed’  Torrent Freak


The Bible is literature for the resistance  Washington Post

Mark Harris is forgetting a lot of what the Bible says about women (opinion)  Charlotte Observer

Two months after a sexual abuse investigation, Southern Baptist missionary found new church  Star-Telegram

Southern Baptist officials knew of sexual abuse allegations 11 years before leader’s arrest  Star-telegram


Christian advocates push back against Paula White’s claim that Jesus was different because he never broke the law  Huffington Post

Brett Kavanaugh Is a Troubling Supreme Court Pick for Black Christians  Christianity Today


25 Everyday Heroes  BuzzFeed

Croatia–England: The Greatest World Cup Fairy Tale  The Atlantic

Abandoned as baby in a cardboard box, man meets biological father after 31 years  ABC News  

Deliveries of kindness in San Diego  CBS News  

Teacher buys school bus, becomes driver so his elementary school students don’t drop out  The New Minute

Warren Buffett Donates $3.4 Billion to Charities in Latest Gift  Bloomberg  


A new report from the FIRE names colleges across the country that censor artists  The FIRE

7 Basic Design Principles We Forget About  Uxplanet

Why Med Schools Are Requiring Students to Take Art Classes, and How It Makes Med Students Better Doctors  Open Culture

University of Kansas Removes Controversial Flag Art  Inside Higher Ed

An alternative to pink & blue: Colors for gender data  DataWrapper

How one typeface took over movie posters (video)  Vox


The Gospel According to Kendrick Lamar: Having an intact family “makes a huge difference”   Vanity Fair

Review: John Coltrane’s ‘Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album’  Variety

Can gospel music survive the rise of hip-hop?  The Undefeated


I’m Sorry, But the Posters for Mary Queen of Scots Have the Wrong Taglines  Vulture

Stanley Kubrick’s Annotated Copy of Stephen King’s The Shining  Open Culture

Perhaps more surprising than the film's success is the quiet presence of Fred Rogers’ faith in the documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'  Religion News


Your CV Should Inform. Your Cover Letter Should Persuade  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Personal Business of Being Laid Off  Hazlitt

What It’s Like to Search for Jobs Outside Academe  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Two men indicted on accusations of stealing textbooks from campuses  Journal Sentinel  

Experts: University of Kentucky's sexual assault policy may be illegal  Courier-Journal

Sexually assaulted on his campus by student from another university—the accused was found responsible (twice) but no punishment  Inside Higher Ed

This NYPD Officer Reported Sexual Harassment: Then She Was Forced Into Rehab  BuzzFeed News

Ivy League professor accused of harassment says U.S. laws are 'biased against privileged white men'  Daily Mail Online

Baylor settles Title IX suit filed by former student who accused football players of gang rape  Waco Trib


What we buy can be used to predict our politics, race or education — sometimes with more than 90 percent accuracy  Washington Post

Visualizing Countries with the Highest Household Wealth  How Much

America's wage crisis no longer looks temporary  Axios

Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry  ABC News


Cheap, portable sensors are democratizing air-quality data  Wired

How Laundry Is Reducing America’s Carbon Footprint  The Daily Beast


Airline Passenger Groups Outraged Over FAA Ruling On Seat  NPR

This adorable robot wants to make air travel less stressful: It will be launching in select airports this summer  The Verge


1st Color X-Rays of Human Body Are Bloody Amazing  Live Science 

America’s Shrinking Exercise  USA Today

Worried About Dementia? You Might Want to Check Your Blood Pressure  NPR

Pushback against immunization laws leaves some California schools vulnerable to outbreaks  LA Times

Summer Heat Waves Can Slow Our Thinking : Shots - Health News  NPR

Hidden From View: The Astonishingly High Administrative Costs of U.S. Health Care  New York Times


With Faster, Cheaper, More Precise Technique, Authors Say It’s ‘Off to the Races’ Toward New Cell Therapies  UCSF news release

NASA Discovered Evidence of Life on Mars 40 Years Ago, Then Set It On Fire  Live Science

‘Gene drive’ passes first test in mammals, speeding up inheritance in mice  Science Mag


1 In 4 Teenage Girls Self-Harm, According To A New Survey Of US High School Students  Buzzfeed News

A player misses a shot and his hands immediately go to the top of his head. Why? Psychology has the answer  New York Times

NPR story overstates the benefits of ‘Safety Planning Intervention’  Health News Review


New research shows our brains place more weight on vision than hearing in identifying the source of a sound. But why?  Daily Jstor 

Memories Can Be Altered in Mice. Are Humans Next?  National Geographic  


The best tools to unclog your overflowing email  Poynter

Want to increase efficiency at work? 15 minutes of daily exercise will help  Economic Times


New Web Site Showcases 700,000 Artifacts Dug Up from the Canals of Amsterdam, Some Dating Back to 4300 BC  Open Culture 

People Still Believe These 10 Myths About the Spanish Flu  Live Science

The Healing Buzz of “Drunk History” (opinion)  The New Yorker


Kim Kardashian pairs up with an MIT post-doc to publish a scientific paper  Retraction Watch

$33,000 Academic Journal Articles That Almost No One Reads  Forbes

Science journals end open-access trial with Gates Foundation  Nature

An example of researchers revisiting their own work and openly changing their minds  Discover Magazine

Peer Review and Implicit Bias: Is Double-blind Peer Review Better? (opinion)  IEAM Blog

A Major Industry-Funded Alcohol Study Was Compromised: How Many Others Are Out There Undark

Capitalism: Ruining science? In academia, the “imperative manifests itself in visible ways: publish or perish, funding or famine”  Jacobin Magazine

Contrary to common belief, randomised controlled trials inevitably produce biased results  London School of Economics & Political Science


Academics who raised concerns about research misconduct at University College, London are threatened with lawsuit  The BMJ

We need more investigations into research misconduct: The UK needs a new Watchdog group  (opinion)  The Guardian 

Retraction Watch Co-founder talks about Research Misconduct  iScience Mag 


Private Colleges in Peril: crucial challenges that small colleges face in fighting for their financial survival  Education Next 

How 'The Efficiency Paradox' Gets EdTech Right: Why education is expensive, and why technology will not be the solution (opinion)  Inside Higher Ed 

What Illinois higher education could be  Chicago Tribune 

ICE contracts bring in millions for U.S. colleges  The Outline 

Students outraged after 2 Bay Area colleges announce they're closing  KRON-4 

Canvas Surpasses Blackboard Learn in US Market Share  E-Literate 

One Public-College President Made $4 Million Last Year: Now His University Wants It Back  Chronicle of Higher Ed  

#MeToo at an Evangelical Institution: Many are frustrated that the university ignored complaints for 14 years  Inside Higher Ed


Do Voice Assistant Devices Have a Place in the Classroom?  EdSurge

How One College Used Student Comments to Identify Its Best Professors  Chronicle of Higher Ed


A Skeptic, a Student Newspaper, and a #MeToo Dilemma  Undark 

The print edition of a Missouri university's magazine has been canceled. Editors say it's retaliation and censorship  Student Press Law Center 

As local newsrooms shrink, college journalists fill in the gap  Poynter 


Assistant professor parts ways with UA after drug, sex assault accusation  

In Defense of Not Publishing  Chronicle of Higher Ed 


Money, not grades, more likely to get in the way of a college education  CNBC 

Why aren’t millennials buying houses?  Curbed

New York court chastises University at Buffalo in ruling for student in due process case  The FIRE