Articles of Interest - Week of Jan 14


Our Favorite Facts of 2018  New York Times 

Top 18 Data Visualizations of 2018  How Much 

2018's top 7 libraries and packages for data science and AI  Heartbeat 

The 2018 Storyhunter Staff Pick Awards  Story Hunter 

The biggest science stories of 2018: From the edge of the solar system to crises on Earth  Washington Post  

List of visualization best-of-year lists, 2018  FlowingData

The best and worst of 2018, in 85 lists  Inside Hook 


50 Things Turning 50 in 2019  Mental Floss 

Tech trends 2019: 'The end of truth as we know it?' BBC


60 minutes looks at how one man is advancing artificial intelligence  CBS News  

Understanding Generative Adversarial Networks and what makes them interesting  Toward Data Science 

Scenarios have been discovered in which it is impossible to prove whether or not a machine-learning algorithm could solve a particular problem  Nature Magazine 


Is having the most popular photo on Instagram worth anything? Will someone cash in on the payout potential of that Kardashian-smashing egg?  Recode

Inside Facebook's 'cult-like' workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time  CNBC 


Newly elected congressmember AOC offers older colleagues a master class in social media Wired   

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has more Twitter power than media, establishment  Axios  


Facebook says it will invest $300 Million in Local News TechCrunch

Reporter Attacked While Broadcasting Live  CBS Sacramento  

The newspaper that #MeToo missed At Las Vegas Review-Journal, allegations of misconduct were met with little change  Columbia Journalism Review


Democrats Targeted Roy Moore With Fake Campaign  US News 

'Fake News' Results In Real Jail Time For Ohio Woman  Tech Dirt 

Who was most likely to share fake news in 2016? Seniors  Washington Post 

Oft-quoted paper on spread of fake news turns out to be…fake news  Retraction Watch

Scarlett Johansson says fighting deepfake porn is 'fruitless': new form of harassment with little legal recourse  Engadget 


Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone  T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data  Motherboard  

America’s Electric Grid Has a Vulnerable Back Door—and Russia Walked Through It (sub. req’ed) Wall Street Journal  

Hacks Are Getting So Common That Companies Are Turning To 'Cyber Insurance'  NPR 

Previously secret CIA report documents spear attack against surveillance plane  ArsTechnica


The 20 Most Popular Websites, Charted From 1998 To 2018  Digg

Google Reveals How It Approaches SEO  Media Post 

Numerous Government Sites' HTTPS Certificates Expire Amid Shutdown  DailyDot  

The Rise and Demise of RSS  Motherboard 


Indie bookstores flourish in an Amazon world  Axios 

How To Start Reading Poetry If You Have No Idea Where To Begin  Bustle  

Is Skim Reading the New Normal?  Psychology Today 


YouGov survey: British sarcasm 'lost on Americans'  BBC  

Learn Spanish Through Pop Music Using This App  Life Hacker


Physiological essay on Gulliver’s Travels: a correction after three centuries  Springer  

Long-lost Jane Austen family photo album discovered on eBay  Fox News


Men in the US have More daily leisure Time than Women The Atlantic  

An analysis of dental plaque illuminates the forgotten history of female scribes  The Atlantic


What A Case Of Mistaken Identity Tells Us About Race In America  NPR

The father of DNA says he still believes in a link between race, intelligence. His lab just stripped him of his titles Washington Post 


Despite Losing Its Copyright Case, The State Of Georgia Still Trying To Stop People From Posting Its Laws  Tech Dirt 

Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims win legal victory against InfoWars, Alex Jones  ABC News

New York Times Moves To Dismiss Joe Arpaio's Defamation Lawsuit By Pointing Out It's Impossible To Defame Him  Tech Dirt

Cops Can't Force People to Unlock Their Phones With Biometrics, Court Rules  Gizomdo 


How true-crime podcasts find clues the police miss  BBC 

Groveland Four pardoned by Florida clemency board  Miami Herald   


Adulting Burnout  Becoming (my blog)

'Affective Presence': How You Make Other People Feel  The Atlantic

Physics explains why time passes faster as you age  Quartz


Conservative Evangelicals Attempt to Disentangle Their Faith from Trumpism  New Yorker 

One year after the American Bible Society issued an ultimatum, almost 20 percent of its staff has quit  Philadelphia Inquirer

Did the U.S. Supreme Court Rule That Oaths Not Taken on the Bible Are ‘Illegal’?  Snopes 


Texas Republicans Will Vote on Whether to Remove Muslim-American From GOP Position Because of His Religion  Newsweek  

Evangelical group wants gays removed from anti-lynching bill  NBC News 

Megachurch pastor with ties to George W. Bush indicted on $3.5 million fraud  ABC News


11-year-old saves man almost twice his size from drowning  KARE TV 

The 90-Year-Old Doper Is Not A Doper At All: The Carl Grove Case  FloBikes

 Lost teddy bear gets luxury five-star hotel break in Hawaii  CNN


Through her lemonade stand, Texas girl raises thousands for animal rescues  The Week  

Stranger drives 2,300 miles to reunite boy recovering from surgery with his dog  CBS News 

Stray Dog Adopted By Gas Station Rushes To The Rescue During Armed Robbery  The Dodo


Panoramic Photographs by Peter Li Bring an Otherworldly Perspective to the Architectural Symmetry of Churches  This is Colossal 

Graphic designer recreates vintage maps, adding stunning 3-D elevation  Scott Reinhard  

The Getty Digital Archive Expands to 135,000 Free Images: Download High Resolution Scans of Paintings, Sculptures, Photographs & Much Much More  Open Culture 

How science and tech left an imprint on 3 iconic paintings  Wired 


Nina Simone's 'Lovely, Precious Dream' For Black Children  NPR

Independent Music Publicists Grapple With a Shrinking Media Landscape  Billboard

 Old, meet new: Sony introduces a wireless turntable for vinyl records  Ars Technica 


Scientists Have Determined the Most Influential Film of All Time  Curiosity


How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor  New York Times  

The Weight I Carry What it’s like to be too big in America  The Atlantic

Pet opioid prescriptions have soared, Penn study finds. But who’s really using the meds?  Philadelphia Inquirer 

Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road  NPR


The Wall – Interactive map exploring U.S.-Mexico border  USA Today  

How Americans see illegal immigration, the border wall and political compromise  Pew Research Center


Over 300 small-business loans a day aren’t happening because of the shutdown  Washington Post


The Era Of Easy Recycling May Be Coming To An End  FiveThirtyEight

5 key environmental impacts of the government shutdown  National Geographic


Hopkins Researchers ID New Biomarker for Colorectal Cancers  Hopkins Medicine

Health Rankings by State  America’s Health Rankings

Excessive body fat around the middle linked to smaller brain, study says  CNN

Biggest jump in drug overdoses was among middle-aged women  NBC News 

Most Health and Wellness Advice From Instagram Influencers Is Wrong  The Atlantic

Artificial Sweeteners, Not Good, Not Bad  New York Times


52 Places to Go in 2019  New York Times

University of California tells students not to use WeChat, WhatsApp in China  CNN


Nutella  Quartz  

One in 10 Adults Have a Food Allergy: Many More Say They Have One  New York Times 

Vietnamese restaurant 'Pho Keene Great' under fire for name  KWCH 

FDA says most food inspections halted amid shutdown  The Hill


Dad makes app that forces teens to reply to text 


The Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces Quantam Magazine

Denver passes conversion therapy ban  The Denver Channel

The Science of Dreaming  Long Reads  

Our obsession with taking photos is changing how we remember the past  The Conversation 


Bertrand Russell's 10 Commandments for Living in a Healthy Democracy  Open Culture


Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email Because my inbox will always be waiting for me, but my children will not New York Times 

Don’t Reply to Your Emails The case for inbox infinity  The Atlantic

Dread Opening Your Inbox? There's A New Approach To Embracing All Those Emails  NPR


U.S. Officials Warn Health Researchers: China May Be Trying to Steal Your Data  New York Times

China censors British academic publisher  Ekklesia 

Taiwanese biochemist cleared of corruption  Nature 


Small-college presidents work to adapt to a changing market  Inside Higher Ed 

Why U.S. universities are shutting down China-funded Confucius Institutes  Washington Post  

The Resilience of Religion in American Higher Education’  Inside Higher Ed

Religious Colleges Praise Proposed Protections for Their Mission  Bloomberg  

Lawsuit goes to trial over whether retired president is owed by a Baptist school  Inside Higher Ed


Don’t Teach Your Kid to Code: Teach Them to Communicate  Medium  

 Why We Need the Humanities in the Sciences Patheos


Professors Worry About the Cost of Textbooks, but Free Alternatives Pose Their Own Problems Chronicle of Higher Education 

Learning Styles: Educators v Scientists  Inside Higher Ed

Empathetic Syllabi Review Exercise  Faculty Focus


Millions of College Students Are Going Hungry  The Atlantic  

Renting College Textbooks Can Be An Even Bigger Ripoff Than Buying Them Huffington Post

Managing Teenage Acne  New York Times

A Northwestern Student Took Her Own Life. Is a Sorority to Blame?  The Atlantic

Why some colleges don't rely on SAT or ACT scores Springfield


Chicago State to pay $650K in faculty blog lawsuit  Associated Press

Proceedings Start Against ‘Sokal Squared’ Hoax Professor  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Printing Delays Present ‘New Normal’ for Academic  Inside Higher Ed 

UW-Oshkosh professor sues to prevent records about plagiarism investigation from being released to newspaper  Wisconsin State Journal

64 lecturers at Ugandan University miss research grants over plagiarism  Daily Monitor