Articles of Interest - Feb 11


Scientists connect a human brain and 'rat cyborg' brain together  CNET

The Fortnite Marshmello event represents something different by many orders of magnitude Wired

The future of lawn care? This Dallas company's robots mow the yard for you WFAA


15 Instagram Feeds That Help Make the World More Wondrous  Atlas Obscura

How Many Hashtags Should I Use On Instagram In 2019? This Is What The Experts Recommend  Bustle

An early Facebook investor throws up his hands: We’ve been ‘Zucked’  Washington Post

Twitter discloses daily active user count for first time  Axios 

Snapchat, no longer bleeding users, tests Android app redesign  Mashable


How does photography (& taking selfies) affect you? We tried to find out (video)  Wired

All 230 New Emojis for 2019 (video)  Emojipedia 


Mass. legislator proposes government commission to examine journalism industry  Boston Globe  

The Rise of the Robot Reporter  New York Times

Craigslist founder donates $15 million for journalism ethics San Francisco Gate

Former 'NYT' Executive Editor Jill Abramson Responds To Plagiarism Allegations  NPR 

Did A Robot Write This? How AI Is Impacting Journalism  Forbes

Lessons for Journalists from conflict mediation training   The Whole Story 


Which platforms are driving more traffic to news websites?  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Amid Layoffs, McClatchy News CEO Got a $900,000 Bonus in 2017  Miami New Times

The alternative to your dying local paper is written by one person, a robot, and you  Recode

This TV News Anchor Says Her Boss Called Her Natural Hair Too "Unprofessional" For Broadcast  Buzzfeed News 


Facebook adds new fact-checking partner  Axios

Study: Americans care less about the source of a particular news story, than whether the headline aligns with their political view  SSRN 

Peering under the hood of fake-news detectors  MIT Technology Review


Extension will detect your unsafe passwords  Wired 

Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls  Motherboard

Many Popular iPhone Apps Secretly Record your Screen  Tech Crunch


Is it time for every publisher to “pivot to podcasts”?  What’s News in Publishing 

LinkedIn  Debuts LinkedIn Live, a new video broadcast  Service  Tech Crunch 


Each State’s Most-Googled Relationship Question  Century Link Quote  

What happens when you try to live without the big five (Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple) Subtraction 

Russia Is Considering An Experiment To Disconnect From The Internet  NPR


MIT Tech: machine learning is now witnessing a downfall  Analytics Insights

Startups help companies track their competition with spy satellites  Seattle Times

Python code completion gets an assist from machine learning—the system is designed to go beyond the conventional auto-suggest algorithms found in IDEs  Infoworld

Top 10 Machine Learning Programming Languages  Analytics Insights


Do you understand a thing or only its definition?  Becoming (my blog) 

How To Sound Smart  CollegeHumor  

3 simple habits that can protect your brain from cognitive decline  Fast Company  


The Atlas of Endangered Alphabets: A Free Online Atlas That Helps Preserve Writing Systems That May Soon Disappear  Open Culture

A Patron Returned a Book to a Maryland Library Nearly 75 Years After It Was Due Mental Floss


A College Lost Its Languages One by One. Can 3 Professors Save Spanish?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Entertainment Studios Will Launch Spanish-Language Weather Channel In 2020  Deadline


T.S.Eliot's Cat  The Daily Star

J.D. Salinger’s Family To Publish Trove Of Secret Works  The Guardian

McDonald’s Happy Meals Now Come With Roald Dahl Books Instead of Toys in New Zealand  Mental Floss

Welcome to the Bold and Blocky Instagram Era of Book Covers  Vulture

The 50 Best One-Star Amazon Reviews of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury  Literary Hub      


Rules for who can compete as a female athlete are based on a flawed scientific foundation,” and a paper behind them should be retracted, says a new study  Springer  

Over a Third of Generation Z Knows a Non-Binary Person  The Daily Beast 


When school dress codes depend on the color of your skin  Washington Post

A class of Black 6th grade students recreated famous book covers for Black History Month  Hello Giggles

Black Farmers Once Comprised 14% Of America's Farmers. Today, It's Less Than 2%. What Happened?  Digg

The Conversation the Press Isn’t Having: Even when people of color do very American things, they still aren’t seen as being members of American culture (opinion)  The Atlantic


Photos of blackface, KKK robes and nooses lurk alongside portraits in old college yearbooks  Washington Post

VCU and predecessors yearbooks show racist imagery as late as 1989, students held “Slave Sale” fundraiser  Commonwealth Times (VCU student newspaper)

More Anger Over Blackface Yearbook Photos   Inside Higher Ed

About a third of Americans say blackface in a Halloween costume is acceptable at least sometimes  Pew Research Center  

The complicated, always racist history of blackface  Vox


Boy, 10, takes knee during pledge of allegiance at NC city council meeting  WMCA-TV  

Michigan RAs told not to remove racist or other offensive language from dormitory doors: Officials say they can't suppress free expression  Inside Higher Ed

When Colleges Confine Free Speech to a ‘Zone,’ It Isn’t Free  ACLU 


Wave of concussion lawsuits to test NCAA's liability  Associated Press

Too Many Graduates at some Law Schools Fail to pass the Bar  USA Today

What’s New With Emoji Law?  Technology & Marketing Law Blog 


Why Thieves Target Gun Stores  The New Yorker  

Cab driver prevents 87-year-old grandmother from sending thousands of dollars in gift cards to scammer pretending to be her grandson locked up in jail Boston CBS

Scammer threatens Elderly Couple: Discovers on way to prison one is Ex-CIA and the other a former FBI director  WHNT  


For $20, Wildlife Images will put your ex's name on a salmon and feed it to a bear KTVL

Man Wanted By Police for Selling Fake Super Bowl Tickets to His Own Family (He made nearly $1 million)  Fatherly 


How highly religious Americans view evolution depends on how they’re asked about it  Pew Research Center 

Chris Pratt, Justin Bieber, and the rise of the “cool” Christian celebrity  Vox 

Cross washed ashore in FL may have floated from NC memorial  Miami Herald 

The Church With the $6 Billion Portfolio  New York Times

Half of Millennial Christians Say It’s Wrong to Evangelize  Christianity Today 


The life and death of John Chau, the man who tried to convert his killers  The Guardian 

Russia sentences a Jehovah's Witness to 6 years in a penal colony: Human rights groups call the charges a farce  CNN


United Methodists face vote on LGBTQ issues. Will it rip the church apart?  Chicago Tribune

Win for Christian Group at Iowa: Judge says university cannot deny recognition because of antigay rules  Inside Higher Ed


Trump emerges as an unexpected champion in the White House for evangelicals  ABC News

When Christian Evangelicals Loved Socialism  Jstor


Five-year-old quadruple amputee set to take on half-marathon after losing all four limbs to meningitis  SWNS 

My disabled son’s amazing gaming life in the World of Warcraft  BBC

When a Newton family welcomed a baby who is deaf, 20 neighbors learned sign language  Boston Globe

Father organises heavy metal festival for his music-loving son Mason, who has cerebral palsy  My Good Planet  

Two hundred strangers attended Holocaust survivor’s funeral  Washington Post

This 92-year-old Wayne firefighter has been battling blazes since WWII 

Snowball fight! Hundreds show up for epic battle at Tacoma park  Q-13


How artists with disabilities are re-imagining art and tech  Immerse 

The Secret Lives of Color  99% Invisible

10 Insights on the State of Visual Storytelling in 2019  Aetka


How Focus Music Hacks Your Brain  Cheddar  

How To Find The Right Musical Instrument For You  Infographic 


11 Facts About Blazing Saddles on Its 45th Anniversary  Metal Floss 

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘High Flying Bird’ and the Rise of iPhone Films  The Ringer


20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms  Houston Chronicle 

New Tribes Missions Covered up sexual abuse, say missionary kids  NBC News

Leavenworth judge blames children in Kansas sex abuse case  The Kansas City Star


Why You Should Work Less and Spend More Time on Hobbies  Harvard Business Review 

How much you'll need to retire at 55 in every state Digg


Ultimate Guide To Teen Slang For Parents  Daily Infographic 


The magnetic field near the Arctic is acting weird  The Verge

Are We Watching the End of the Monarch Butterfly?  New York Times


Higher education won't prevent mental decline, study finds  NBC News  

Five-year survival rates for nearly all cancers are on the rise  Our World in Data

How it feels to be obese  The Atlantic 

FDA sends warning letters to 17 companies for 'illegally selling' products claiming to treat Alzheimer's  CNBC  

Hospital Mergers Improve Health? Evidence Shows the Opposite  New York Times


Why measles is back, in five charts  Popular Science

Coming of Age Unvaccinated The number of parents seeking exemptions from having their children vaccinated is rising in several states  Undark 

Hundreds rally to preserve right not to vaccinate children amid measles outbreak  WCTV

Measles outbreaks are everywhere: Here's what you need to know  Popular Science


New disease surveillance tool helps detect any human virus  Broad Institute 

Self-charging pacemakers are powered by patients' heartbeats  Engadget  

First dexterous hand prosthesis implanted  Chalmers

First-ever in-body gene editing of a live patient  Associated Press

Defying Parents, A Teen Decides To Get Vaccinated  NPR 


Travel Tips from a Guy Who Travels Kinda Often  Subtraction

5 best trips for solo travelers  CNN 

Southwest's Plan to Launch Flights to Hawaii Could Start a Fare War to the Aloha State  Fortune


8 Foods You've Been Eating All Wrong  Metal Floss 

Incorrect things We Believed About Food 25 Years Ago (video)

Map Shows the Most Popular Girl Scout Cookie in Each State Fatherly


Colorado Runner Kills Mountain Lion In Self-Defense  NPR  

Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition  The Atlantic


19 Common Things Science Hasn’t Figured Out  Mental Floss

Harvard's top astronomer says an alien ship may be among us 

For Darwin Day, 6 facts about the evolution debate  Pew Research Center 


Why keeping secrets may be damaging your mental health  Scientific American   

The myth of Ted Bundy as a charming guy  The Outline

How to Talk to a Friend Struggling With Their Mental Health  Life Hacker  

Laughter is a uniquely human – and collective – activity  Aeon


Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life  The Week

3 philosophers set up a booth on a street corner – here’s what people asked The Conversation


The deadly race to the South Pole (video)


Call for retraction of 400 scientific papers amid fears organs came from Chinese prisoners  The Guardian

Reflections on Citation Mania ACS Energy Letters  ACS 

NIH asks federal watchdog to investigate 12 allegations related to foreign influence of biomedical research  Science Magazine 

What is the single major threat to research integrity?” Experts weigh in  Clinical Chemistry


Large donation to a small community college changes the outlook on fund-raising by two-year institutions  Inside Higher Ed

Most evangelical college students appreciate LGBT people even if trustees don’t (opinion) Religious News Service


Can larger liberal arts colleges learn from the successes and missteps of small art schools?  Inside Higher Ed 

As STEM majors soar at UW, interest in humanities shrinks — a potentially costly loss  Seattle Times


Should You Allow Laptops in Class? Here’s What the Latest Study Adds to That Debate  Chronicle of Higher Ed  

College professor tells students that family deaths CANNOT be used as an excuse to miss an exam - and advises them to drop his class if they think a relative MIGHT die that semester  Daily Mail

Do Racial Epithets Have Any Place in the Classroom? A Professor’s Suspension Fuels That Debate Chronicle of Higher Ed  


Towson University police warn of a woman on the loose, looking for a date for her son  Baltimore Sun 

Teens don't use Facebook, but they can't escape it, either  Wired 

Colleges tracking online interaction  NEWS-5

Here’s Why So Many Americans Feel Cheated By Their Student Loans  BuzzFeed News

The Silly Stereotypes That Elite-College Students Have About Other Campuses  The Atlantic

The Sexualized Messages Dress Codes are Sending to Students  Pudding

Tuition or food? How college kids use food pantries to help food insecurity  USA Today


Tenure is again at risk in Iowa  Inside Higher Ed

Why left and right both get the meaning of academic freedom wrong  Washington Post