Articles of Interest - Sept. 24


Twitter’s livestreaming video app Periscope launches audio-only broadcasts  Mashable

The Deliberate Awfulness of Social Media  New Yorker 

Judging connectedness of American communities, based on Facebook friendships  FlowingData  

Survey: Teens prefer texting to talking  NBC News

Snapchat Lets you Take a Photo of an object to buy it on Amazon  Tech Crunch 


John Oliver: Why a Toilet is better than Facebook  TIME

Facebook is testing its dating service. here’s how it’s different from tinder Wired

Content Moderator Sues Facebook, Says Job Gave Her PTSD  Motherboard

Why Instagram’s founders are resigning: independence from Facebook weakened  Tech Crunch


Nearly half of all cellphone calls will be scams by 2019, says new study  Cnet 

Multimedia story on how Rio residents are using apps to steer clear of violence and shootings during their commutes  The Globe and Mail

Evernote and the folly of forever apps  Axios


Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu shot this short film entirely on an iphone xs max  Wired

Is the podcast bubble bursting?  Columbia Journalism Review  


The man caught shaving on a train in a viral video mocked online, was actually coming from a homeless shelter  Associated Press 

Google at 20: how two 'obnoxious' students changed the internet  The Guardian


Get ready for atomic radio  MIT Technology Review  

Technology Helps Motorists Maneuver In A Natural Disaster  NPR

A stretchy stick-on patch can take blood pressure readings from deep inside your body  MIT Technology Review 

Nobody Was Going To Solve These Cold Cases. Then Came The DNA Crime Solvers  BuzzFeed News 


Sirius XM to buy Pandora for $3.5 billion in stock  Yahoo Finance


How to buy into journalism’s blockchain future  Nieman Lab  

Revealed: The Justice Dept's secret rules for targeting journalists with FISA court orders  Freedom of the Press Foundation 

The New York Times is asking readers to help it cover election misinformation  Poynter  

Media Manipulation, Strategic Amplification, and Responsible Journalism  Points  


This fake news generator is a head-turning troll machine  Daily Dot

***BIG DATA & AI  

Brain scientists dive into deep neural networks: new tools for comparing data collected from living brains with readouts from computational models  Science 

The mathematical formula you use every day without realizing it   ABC (Australia) 

Can Neural Networks Design The Detector Of A Future Particle Collider?  Science 

Can you guess which of these paintings was not made by a human?  Quartz 

Reimagining of Schrödinger’s cat "breaks quantum mechanics—stumping physicists" -the textbook interpretation of quantum theory creating contradictory pictures of reality  Nature

An add-on module helps AI systems to fill in the gaps between video frames—it could be used to help robots better understand what’s going on around them  MIT Tech Review 


47 Fake News Signals  Becoming (my blog)

Live Like I’m a Plus-One to My Own Life  The Cut 

The 5 types of mentors you need in your life  TED

Why Your Brain is Wired for Pessimism—and What You Can Do to Be More Optimistic  GQ


Pompeo cracks down, on improper use, of commas at State Department  CNN


Fifty Writing Tools: Quick List  Poynter

How Can Profs Support Students Who Come In With Poor Writing Skills? Ed Surge


Making Its Way Into American English: ‘Browned Off’  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Nonsense About Universal Translation, Strictly for the Gullible  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Why should you read Edgar Allan Poe?  Scott Peeples/Ted Ed

Hear Dylan Thomas Recite His Classic Poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”  Open Culture

From Trump to Tolstoy: What's Bringing Computer Science and Literature Together  EdSurge 


What draws women to a religion that says men should be in charge? Baptist women in a summer seminary program struggled to reconcile their theology with their ambitions  Washington Post 

The person running your favorite football team’s twitter is probably a woman  The Verge 

Men Get the First, Last and Every Other Word on Earnings Calls  Bloomberg


The New York Times’ breakdown of the record number of women running in the midterms and how many are likely to win  New York Times

Men, women differ over some qualities they see as essential for political and business leadership  Pew Research Center 

Women Are Increasingly Doubtful That Voters Are Ready to Elect Them  New York Times


Huge peer-review study reveals lack of women and non-Westerners  Nature  

When a Chief Diversity Officer Is Not Enough  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue  Associated Press

DJ sues over firing for transgender comment  Toronto Sun


Let's Talk About the N-Word Project: Over 300 Georgia Southern community members voice their opinions on the N-word  The George-Annie

Big Donor’s Facebook Photos of 2 Black Students Unsettle Ole Miss  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Black Patients Miss Out On Promising Cancer Drugs  Propublica 


Departing Employee Required to Transfer Social Media Accounts–Hyperheal Hyperbarics v. Shapiro  Tech & Marketing Law Blog 

The digital age could make the statute of limitations for sex crimes a relic of the past  Market Watch  

Twitter Isn’t Liable for Impersonation Account–Dehen v. Doe  Tech & Marketing Law Blog


I Stopped Believing In God After Pastoring A Megachurch  BuzzFeedVideo

The world's most spiritual countries  Wayfairer Travel 

How Meditation Can Change Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Buddhist Practice  Open Culture

Elmbrook resignations are the latest to rock evangelical Christian churches  Journal Sentinel


Non-Christian refugees shut out of Trump's America  Axios

What CS Lewis would say about Brett Kavanaugh (opinion)  The Week


7-Year-Old Sings National Anthem At MLS Game, And Holy Moly This Is Something Else Digg

She helped save his life. 28 years later, he turns up in her preemie ward — as a doctor  Mercury News 

Baltimore Orioles become first professional sports team to wear Braille jerseys  MLB   

D.C. students grow vegetables to feed the homeless  WTOP 

Caterer turns officiant after wedding official breaks leg  WLWT

Man makes it his mission to clean up 1 million cigarette butts  Washington Post

Iowa man has handed out Hershey chocolate bars every week for 10 years  MSNBC

Hero siblings lift overturned SUV from roadside ditch, save couple and baby  Fox 13


This Image of the Total Eclipse Is Being Called “History’s Most Amazing Photo”  My Modern Met

Here's A Font That Lets You Cheat On Your Term Papers  BuzzFeed News

Meet the very wealthy, very private couple behind Washington's most original museum  Washington Post

Cal State Long Beach’s response to anti-police brutality exhibit and firing of director raise questions about artistic freedom  The Fire


The Voice Behind One Of Hip-Hop's Most Famous Hooks  NPR  

US Senate unanimously passes Music Modernization Act which streamlines music licensing process for artists, song producers  The Verge 

The History of the Guitar & Guitar Legends: From 1929 to 1979  Open Culture

"Bonehemian Rhapsody" 28-Trombone Collaboration  Christopher Bill

An 11-Year-Old Taiwanese Ukelele Prodigy  Kottke 

The Electric History Of Guitar Distortion In Music  Digg 


Dogs are dying after groomings at PetSmart and families are left wondering why


With an investigation Golf Digest helped open, an Erie County court vacated Dixon's murder conviction after he had already served 27 years in jail  Golf Digest 

College Mascot Accidentally Shoots Himself In Groin With T-Shirt Cannon  Digg


Retire, Bitch: The Never-ending Showdown Between Baby Boomers and Millennials  The Ringer

Study: Since The 1970s, Drug Overdoses Have Grown Exponentially  NPR

The Constitution Is Threatened by Tribalism  The Atlantic   


How much money you actually take home on a $100,000 salary, mapped by which city you live in  HowMuch

Amazon becoming 3rd-biggest digital ad platform  Axios 

'I'm getting ripped off': A look inside Ticketmaster's price-hiking bag of tricks  CBC News


On Waste Plastics at Sea, She Finds Unique Microbial Multitudes Quanta Magazine


Those airport security bins carry more germs than the toilet  Washington Post

How hospitals protect high prices  Axios

How a Weight Loss Company Lured People Into Paying to Join a Non-Existent Study  Snopes

In 1960, about a half-million teens took a test: Now it could predict whether they get Alzheimer’s  Washington Post


At Least 68 People Are Nearly Blind After A Botched Drug Was Injected Into Their Eyeballs exposing a shadowy industry selling drugs with little oversight  BuzzFeed News  

The Most Promising Migraine Drug in Years Is Being Held Hostage by Our Healthcare Dystopia SplinterNews


2018’s Most Fun Cities in America  Wallet Hub 


Cheese Tea Could Be the New Bubble Tea — If Americans Get Over the Name  Eater

Walmart, Sam's Club to put food products on blockchain Business Insider


Baby Walkers Are So Dangerous They Need To Be Banned, According To Pediatricians  BuzzFeed News

Stay-at-home moms and dads account for about one-in-five U.S. parents Pew Research


Greetings From Vulcan? Planet Discovered Orbiting the Star of Spock's Homeworld in "Star Trek"  Popular Mechanics

Reimagining of Schrödinger’s cat breaks quantum mechanics — and stumps physicists  Nature  


Study of electrical signals in brain suggests it may be hardwired for laziness  UBC

Getting Over Your Ex: Can Brain Science Help Heartbreak?  A controversial therapy technique called neurofeedback  NPR  

Does our environment affect the genes in our brains?  Science Daily


This interactive to help you decide whether to take on a personal project  Sound I Do it?     

How to solve complex problems (by not focusing on them)  Fast Company


When Televisions Were Radioactive  The Atlantic

The Most Influential Parasite in History Mental Floss


Tim Wu says the future of humanity depends on design ethics  Fast Company


Economics Gets It Wrong Because Research Is Hard to Replicate  Bloomberg

Reboot undergraduate courses for reproducibility  Nature  

Publish or perish: How to burst the bubble of scientific publication inflation?  European Science  

Meet the “journalologists” using scientific methods to study publishing  Science Mag  

Scientific misconduct is more than falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism – and harder to identify   ASH Clinical News 


College rankings need more focus on graduation rates of low-income students  Washington Post 

It’s Time for Colleges to Stop Overlooking Hispanic Adults  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

You Can’t Work Your Way Through College Anymore  Mel Magazine  

The enduring legacy of 'Animal House' at Oregon  ESPN

U. of Pennsylvania Says It Will Be First Ivy to Offer Online Bachelor’s Degree  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Enemies of the People? Is the work of a scholarly publisher really differs from that of journalists? (opinion)  Inside Higher Ed

‘Fun is outlawed in America.’ MO university president criticized for beer bong swig  Miami Herald


The steep rise in enrollments at for-profit colleges during the Great Recession  Axios

Texas A&M Research Foundation Pays $750,000 to Settle Claims Alleging Improper Charges to Federal Grants  Justice 


Settlement reached in lawsuit filed over Wheaton College football hazing incident  Chicago Tribune 

Azusa Pacific Removes Ban on LGBTQ+ Relationships, Creates Program for Students  ZU news


Texas plans remove Helen Keller from the state's social studies curriculum  The Washington Post

Lawnmower parents are the new helicopter parents  Weare Teachers   

How Notre Dame Rethought Its Core Curriculum  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Model for Student Success (sub. requ'd)  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Christine Blasey Ford is a Pepperdine alumna and a former professor: The school’s student Newspaper reported on the local angle  Pepperdine-Graphic   

450 issues of The OU Daily stolen — writer thinks it's attempted censorship of front page sexual harassment story  Student Press Law Center 


Student's Essay Snafu Is Really One for the Books  TIME 

Florida student accused of trying to steal airliner dragged off plane  CBS News

Harvard Law Students Say School Should Reconsider Brett Kavanaugh's Teaching Job  HuffPost

Education Department warns that students on financial aid are being targeted in phishing attacks  Washington Post

The secret life of teen scooter outlaws  The Verge

Motorcycles no longer signify youth and rebellion- The median age had risen to 47  The New York Times 


How binge-drinking in college affects the brain  Daily Mail 

Marijuana use is now as common among baby boomers as it is among teens, federal data shows  Washington Post 


Advocates Brace As DeVos Preps Policies On Campus Sexual Misconduct  NPR

Court backs suspension of Valencia College student in sexual harassment case  Orlando Sentinel

Why They Didn’t Report: Trump’s Challenge to Kavanaugh Accuser Provokes Stories of Campus Assault  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Board games for adjunct professors  McSweeney’s  

Warning Signs That You and Your Campus Are a Bad Fit  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Several longtime professors at John Jay College are under state investigation for allegations involving drugs, prostitution, and rape" New York Times