Articles of Interest - week of Feb 18


IBM's AI loses debate to a human  Cnet  

Update on that study of p-hacking  Stat Modeling 

7 things we’ve learned about computer algorithms  Pew Research Center

“Someone who has malicious intent would be able to generate high-quality fake news” with this the AI text generator  Wired 

Major predictive policing algorithm is fundamentally flawed  Motherboard  

A look under the hood of an automated fake-news detection system  MIT 

Mirrorworld is all around us already—this marriage of the virtual and the physical may spark the next big tach platform  Wired

Some ideas on how to make use of Kaggle to get the data science ball rolling  Toward Data Science


16% of US adults now own smartwatches  Tech Crunch 

How Should Self-Driving Cars Choose Who Not to Kill?  Medium   


Facebook’s Future Is Private Groups, for Better and Worse  Bloomberg  

Why Mark Zuckerberg's Writing Style Erodes Our Trust in Facebook  The Blog of Slab 

The Tinder algorithm, explained  Vox  

Teenage journalists memorialize hundreds of gun-violence victims  Columbia Journalism Review     


US iPhone users spent, on average, $79 on apps last year, up 36% from 2017  Tech Crunch  


Welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism  The Guardian

Electric scooter reportedly vulnerable to hijacking hack  Cnet 


The best WordPress hosting 2019  Tech Radar


Ads 'slows down' browsing speeds  BBC 

How badly is Google Books search broken, and why?  Sapping Attention


No, You Can’t Ignore Email: It’s Rude  New York Times  

Think I’ve Identified Email’s Fundamental Flaw  The Cut  

“Are you available for a quick task?” – Keep an eye out for the latest phishing scam hitting inboxes  TechRadar


A Crackdown On Journalism In The Philippines  NPR 

Journalists Can't Now Use A Database Of People's Phone Numbers And Addresses  Buzzfeed News 


The New York Times quietly paused its Snapchat channel  Digiday

Media Layoffs Hit Peak Since 2009 Great Recession  The Wrap  

Findings from our national study on reinventing local TV News  Storybench

Newsrooms are finally focusing on loyalty over pageviews: Here’s how to actually measure it  Poynter  


An Apocalyptic Preacher And QAnon Followers Made A Fake Pope Francis Quote Go Viral Buzzfeed News 

Most Canadians trust media, but a similar share worry about fake news being weaponized: survey  Global News 

Russian Trolls Promoted Anti-Vaccination Propaganda That May Have Caused Measles Outbreak Researcher Claims  Newsweek  

Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was seen in public Monday: Conspiracy theorists still insist she’s dead Washington Post


Surviving the brain-dissolving internet  Becoming (my blog)

Treat Failure Like a Scientist  James Clear Blog 

I’d like to tell you about the life-changing magic of not getting rid of things  Washington Post   

What’s all this fuss about “digital detox” — and does it really work?  Recode 

There's A Gap Between Perception And Reality When It Comes To Learning  NPR


The Newest Way To Check Out Library Books In Houston? Vending Machines  Houston Public Media  Houston Public Media  

The Hardest Part of Writing Is Restarting  Chronicle of Higher Education  Chronicle of Higher Ed

5-Year-Old Logan Brinson Couldn't Find a Library Near Him—So He Opened One Himself  Mental Floss 

Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction The Paris Review


Slang by state: Words only locals know  USA Today 

American parents say their children are speaking in British accent after watching too much Peppa Pig  iTV 


Tolkien’s World: An Exhibition Transports Us to Middle-earth  New York Times  

How an Italian Writer’s Imaginary Garden Became a Place of Literary Pilgrimage  Atlas Obscura 


 The Women Who Contributed to Science but Were Buried in Footnotes  The Atlantic  

Three female students file class-action lawsuit against Yale University to allow women to join all-male fraternities  USA Today 


Ted Danson once wore blackface to roast Whoopi Goldberg, and it’s striking to read the coverage of that now Slate 

11-year-old arrested after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance  Bay News 9

After Black Student Is Kept Out of Class Discussion, NYU School Acknowledges ‘Institutional Racism’ Chronicle of Higher Ed 

US border agency sued for detaining two Spanish speakers  BBC 

When Fred Rogers and Francois Clemmons Broke Down Race Barriers on a Historic Episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1969)  Open Culture 


10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2019 (including Liberty University)  The FIRE 

What is ‘auditing,’ and why did a YouTuber get shot for doing it?  Washington Post

Another Politician Probably Violated the First Amendment By Blocking a Constituent on Twitter Technology & Marketing Law Blog 

Federal Judge Thinks The Best Fix For An Accidentally Unsealed Court Doc Is Prior Restraint  TechDirt 


Fortnite's Appropriation Issue Isn't About Copyright Law, It's About Ethics  Waypoint

CNN, Dish Fight This Question in Court: Is The Weather Channel a News Network?  Hollywood Reporter 

Copyrighting a dance step? Between a Hard (Milly) Rock and a Copyright Office  The 1709 Blog


I was hospitalized for depression. Faith helped me remember how to live  Washington Post 

Producer of ‘Silent Scream’ anti-abortion film dies  Miami Herald 

Founder Of Harvest Bible Chapel Fired For Misconduct And ‘Highly Inappropriate Comments’  Chicago CBS 


Missionaries and nurses trapped in Haiti as protests sweep country  CNN

Once a majority, Protestants now account for fewer than a third of Germans  Pew Research Center


Southern Baptist seminary chief regrets embrace of religious leader accused of hiding sex abuse  Courier-Journal

More than 100 Southern Baptist youth pastors convicted or charged in sex crimes  Houston Chronicle  


Evangelicals claim Justin Bieber, but he won’t claim them  Washington Examiner  

Hillsong: Is this celeb-filled, Instagram-friendly church the new face of evangelicalism?  NBC News 


A law beloved by evangelicals could stand in the way of Trump’s wall  Yahoo News  

Wyoming Senate rejects death penalty repeal, one senator citing Jesus' crucifixion as her rationale  The Week 


UPS driver’s instincts lead to rescue of elderly man  Fox 8   

CNY Taco Bell worker writes a feel-good message in each take-out order; customers love it

Inmates help police rescue Florida baby accidentally locked in car  USA Today

Doctors Said His Daughter Might Never Walk (video)  Digg 


"Rest in Vinyl” - A Company Will Press Your Ashes into a Working Vinyl Album  The Vintage News 


A Peerless ‘War and Peace’ Film Is Restored to Its Former Glory  New York Times

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Crackpot Theories’ on How Moviegoing Has Changed The Atlantic

‘Office Space’ Turns 20  Variety 


How the growth and evolution of the over-the-air tv home fits into today’s viewing landscape  Nielsen

eSports Joins the Big Leagues  Goldman Sachs  


Where to pitch, based on data from the website, Who Pays Writers?  Columbia Journalism Review 

What do freelance writers make?  Storybench 

Why Freelancing Creates Anxiety About Money  The Cut 


Climate Change Still Seen as the Top Global Threat, but Cyberattacks a Rising Concern  Pew Research Center  

America’s gun problem, explained in 5 facts  Vox 

Facebook's security team tracks posts and keeps a possible threat list  CNBC 


What Happens To A Small Town After Walmart Leaves It (video)  PBS  

The GDP Of Each State, Matched To An Equivalent Country  Digg  

The Biggest Economic Divides Aren’t Regional—They’re Local  New York Times 

A record 7 million Americans are three months late on their car payments, revealing what could be cracks in the U.S. economy  CityLab


Bold Plan? Replace the Border Wall with an Energy–Water Corridor  Scientific American

From marine biology to gallery walls: At Lux, artist Courtney Mattison draws attention to the fragility of our oceans  Union-Tribune 

Key West bans sunscreens that harm coral reefs  CNN

Why polar bears invaded a Russian village  The Verge

Massive starfish die-off tied to warming seas  Axios 

This Scary Map Shows How Climate Change Will Transform Your City  Wired

Scientist who resisted censorship of climate report lost her job  Reveal News


Sneezed-In Tissues For Sale (video)  Stephen Colbert 

Children are using an unhealthy amount of toothpaste, CDC warns  USA Today 

Poor sleep could clog your arteries. A mouse study shows how that might happen  Science Magazine


Facebook under pressure to halt rise of anti-vaccination groups  The Guardian

Anti-vaxxers are spreading conspiracy theories on Facebook, and the company is struggling to stop them  Washington Post 

In anti-vaccine rant, wife of top Trump aide says it's time to 'bring back our childhood diseases' The Week 


Where Not to Travel in 2019, or Ever: Another take on the Christian Missionary who tried to Sentinelese (opinion) The Walrus 


The official fast food French fry power rankings  LA Times 


About 40% of American couples now meet each other online  Quartz  

Sharing Netflix, Spotify Accounts After Couples Break Up  NPR 

Dating App Scams  Vox

The Cities With the Most Singles  Citylab

8 facts about love and marriage in America  Pew Research Center 


How Many Creationists Are There in America? Scientific American Blog Network 

Ph.D. Student Breaks Down Electron Physics Into A Swinging Musical  NPR 

Does scientist immigration harm US science? An examination of the knowledge spillover channel ScienceDirect

Essential elements for high-impact scientific writing  Nature 

New NASA Mission Will Create Maps of the Sky Like Never Before  Popular Mechanics 


Depression speeds aging in the brain, a new study shows  Quartz

How the Brain Creates a Timeline of the Past  Quanta Magazine


Why so many men online love to use “logic” to win an argument, and then disappear before they can find out they're wrong (opinion) The Outline

Google Translate is a manifestation of Wittgenstein’s theory of language  Quartz

A global history of philosophy (podcast)  BBC 


Emotional burnout is fueled by envy  The Outline


How the US has hidden its empire  The Guardian 

A majority of Americans in every state except Vermont would fail a test based on the questions in the U.S. citizenship test  Axios 


Editorial Independence and Journal Ownership in the Age of Open Science  The Scholarly Kitchen

Be cautious, skeptical with comprehensive reviews of evidence   Association of Health Care Journalists  Health Journalism  

Study suggests that making reviewers’ reports freely readable doesn’t compromise peer-review process Nature  

Replication is on the Rise  Arnold Ventures

Major medical journals don’t follow their own rules for reporting results from clinical trials  Science Magazine  

The Fraud Finder: A conversation with Elisabeth Bik  The Last Word On Nothing


As student journalists, how do you report on rape allegations? Pretty much the same way you report on anything else  Dynamics of Writing 

 Student journalists hold power to account, with fewer protections  Columbia Journalism Review 

Loyola’s Media Policy is designed to hinder student reporting (opinion)  Loyola Phoenix 

Loyola Student Newspaper Accuses University of 'Trump' Tactics, Dodging Reporters  NBC Chicago 


Historic black church pays off loans of Howard University students  The Hill  

Tobacco use is soaring among U.S. kids, driven by e-cigarettes  Axios

College grads expect to earn $60,000 in their first job—here's how much they actually make  CNBC


College fires longtime professor of English when he asked too many questions about accreditation  Inside Higher Ed

Is Email Making  Professors Stupid? It used to simplify crucial tasks. Now it’s strangling  scholars’ ability to think  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Lessons learned from the Wright State strike: professors  Inside Higher Ed  


Current Policy, Past Investigations Offer Window Into Harvard’s Next Steps In Abramson Plagiarism Case  The Harvard Crimson

Correcting the scholarly record for research integrity: In the aftermath of plagiarism: Accountability in Research  Tandfonline  


The booming popularity of esports has started a vociferous debate over whether the NCAA or another entity will regulate the industry for colleges and universities  Inside Higher Ed

A Guide to the Changing Number of U.S. Universities  US News 

Judge says University of Texas at Austin can't revoke a former student's Ph.D. on its own, outside a court of law  Inside Higher Ed

Mega-Universities Are On the Rise: They Could Reshape Higher Ed as We Know It  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Study documents economic gains from liberal arts education  Inside Higher Ed

7 Things You Can Do With Your Humanities Degree Thrive Global


Louisiana College quits CCCU over LGBT policy  Baptist Message 

Why Bob Jones University hosted a gender and sexuality conference  Greenville Online

Azusa Pacific University: Is a Faculty Purge Imminent? (opinion)  Rewire