Articles of Interest - March 11


How Voice Computing will Transform our lives: The search for a perfect answer to an inquiry  Wired

People were once terrified of travelling in lifts without operators. Makers of driverless cars should take note 1843 Magazine

Where Alexa Gets its Information  Wired  

Kick the keyboard: other ways to get text onto your screen  Wired


The US Government Will Be Scanning Your Face At 20 Top Airports, Documents Show BuzzFeed News

How Taylor Swift showed us the scary future of facial recognition—surveillance at concerts is just the beginning The Guardian


How Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Medicine  New York Times

Why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions  The Guardian  

Maneuvering satellites using solar panels  Economist 

Using AI so that software analyzes scripted film footage and splices together edits for would-be filmmakers  Wired

Neural networks use an "activation atlas" to teach themselves how to identify images  Wired

Why data science teams need generalists not specialists Harvard Business Review

A new system that reads millions of tweets for mentions of software security vulnerabilities can tell systems administrators what bugs they really need to patch  Wired

McAfee: Keep an eye on the humans pulling the levers, not the AIs  Artificial Intelligence News

AI-powered apps could make us more creative—or less human  Wired 

Japanese startup develops artificial intelligence software that hunts for potential shoplifters with suspicious body language  Bloomberg

Quantum physics could protect the grid from hackers—maybe  Wired 


Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates Through a Secret Database  NBC 7  

How We Mapped More Than 100 Years Of Wildfire History  Open News

As newspapers close, role of government watchdog disappears  Associated Press

The importance of FOIA reporting at a national level  MuckRock 

The Daily Quiz That Teaches Journalists How to Geolocate Images  Global Investigative Journalism Network 

How they did it: Reporters uncovered Trump hush payments to two women  Journalist’s Resource  


NBC News Streaming Service To Launch In May  Media Post  


On Amazon, a Qanon conspiracy book climbs the charts — with an algorithmic push  NBC News

Memes, doxxing and doctored content: Understanding the tactics of disinformation for brands Digiday 

Finding Facts in a world of fakes  Wired

What Facebook is Getting Wrong in the Fight Against Fake News  Vice 


The Special Curse of Living on Instagram's Favorite Street City Lab

A beginner’s guide to using TikTok  Wired

Millions of Ugandans quit internet services as social media tax takes effect  The Guardian

The Queen is now on Instagram Engadget 

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You  Wired     

Is digital minimalism the answer to our distracted lives?  Fast Company  

Russians are shunning state-controlled TV for YouTube  Economist


Mark Zuckerberg reportedly has an escape hatch in his office in case of emergency BGR

Mark Zuckerberg says he’ll reorient the company toward encryption and privacy Washington Post  

Facebook's latest feature lets you leave 'Tributes' on accounts whose owner has passed away Mashable

After taking them down, Facebook restores Elizabeth Warren ads calling for breakup of Facebook  BoingBoing  


7 key findings about mobile phone and social media use in emerging economies  Pew Research Center

How Mobile Phones Represent Your Social Network  Science Trends 


WordPress accounted for 90 percent of all hacked CMS sites in 2018 ZdNet

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says  New York Times

The fourth attempt in 45 years turns on how federal law will supersede state laws  Economist

Inside the mass invasion of your privacy  Axios


Shouldn’t we all have seamless micropayments through the internet by now?  Wired  

Vladimir Putin wants to stifle the internet  Economist


Diversity’s connection to Creativity  Becoming (my blog)

Why Partisanship Changes How People React To Noncontroversial Statements  NPR

Our Culture of Contempt The problem in America today is not incivility or intolerance. It’s something far worse  New York Times


Major survey: Profs worry about discrimination but aren't prepared to deal with classroom conflicts over diversity  Inside Higher Ed

The growth mindset problem A generation of schoolchildren is being exhorted to believe in their brain’s elasticity. Does it really help them learn?  Aeon


What to look for in a usage and grammar guide  Economist 

Applications are open for the toughest job in grammar  Quartz


In SF’s Mission Bay, the surprise — and draw for writing center — is the kids  SF Chronicle

Teaching Great Writing One Sentence at a Time  New York Times


Why a Plagiarism-Detection Company Is Now a Billion-Dollar Business  Chronicle of Higher Education

Girl, Get Some Footnotes: Rachel Hollis, Hustle, and Plagiarism Problems  Christianity Today  

Former Indiana University South Bend employees embroiled in lawsuit alleging plagiarism South Bend Tribune

Top Chinese officials, including former vice-president, plagiarised university theses  The Straits Times


People speak to express themselves rather than to propound facts  Economist 

Poetry slams are helping to revitalise the Basque language  Economist


Artificial Intelligence Identifies the Six Main Arcs in Storytelling: Welcome to the Brave New World of Literary Criticism  Open Culture 

House that ‘inspired’ Wuthering Heights on sale for more than £1m  The Independent

Tolkien’s drawings reveal a wizard at work  1843 Magazine


Where are the Women’s Teams? Trump ignores women’s champions in White House Sports Ceremonies  Washington Post

Gender bias in peer review – opening up the black box  London School of Economics & Political Science  

8 notable women in Christian history  Christian Post  

Gender differences in peer review outcomes and manuscript impact at six journals of ecology and evolution  Wiley Online Library   

Eight statistics about gender inequality for International Women’s Day  Quartz  

A small step for women Progress in the boardroom is only a start Economist


Can I play that? (video) Saturday Night Live

A Professor Has Long Used a Racial Slur in Class to Teach Free-Speech Law. No More, He Says Chronicle of Higher Education


Florida sixth-grader arrested in Pledge of Allegiance dispute will not be prosecuted CNN

Why the ACLU defends white nationalists' free speech  CBS News

The Inextricable Link Between Modern Free Speech Law and the Civil Rights Movement  Electronic Frontier Foundation  


Supreme Court Requires Completed Copyright Registration Before Filing Suit  Technology & Marketing Law Blog 

'Fortnite' Legal Dance Battles Paused Following Supreme Court Ruling  Hollywood Reporter


A new method of DNA Testing could solve more Shootings  Wired 

A transgender wing seeks to resolve a clash of prisoners’ rights Economist


6 in 10 Protestant churches are plateaued or declining in attendance  Lifeway Research

Girl, stop reading: How an evangelical self-help guru fuels America’s happiness dilemma (opinion)  Washington Examiner 

How Americans' drinking habits vary by their religion  Pew Research Center  

An Instagram-worthy Bible aimed at millennials  Washington Post 

Lamb of God frontman organizes ‘kazoo champagne counter-party’ during planned hate group picketing WTVR 

Cult leader claims to be able to cure cancer with breast massages and BURPS  Daily Star  

What Is Hell? It Depends on Who You Ask  The Walrus  

17 Signs That You’d Qualify as a Witch in the 1600s (video)  Mental Floss


The politicisation of white evangelical Christianity is hurting it  Economist

America’s porous wall between church and state A Supreme Court case could make the holes bigger  Economist 


The 30m Muslims living in Europe and America are gradually becoming integrated  Economist 

Western governments want to have more influence on Muslim practice with their own borders  Economist 


Father-daughter duo completes rowing trip across Atlantic Ocean  CBC

Teen saves for years to surprise friend with new wheelchair  WTOC

Trainer with autism opens gym specifically for clients with autism  WTSP    

Air Canada pilot orders 23 pizzas to Halifax-bound plane stranded on tarmac  CBC  

Dad opened doughnut shop in Texas, but nobody showed up: His son’s tweet changed that  The Wichita Eagle 


Woman Wins $10,000 For Reading Fine Print  NPR

'Florida Man Night,' where one law will be broken per inning, is actually coming to a minor league ballpark  CBS Sports  


Finalists From Smithsonian Magazine's 2018 Photo Contest  The Atlantic 

Van Gogh’s Ugliest Masterpiece: A Break Down of His Late, Great Painting, The Night Café (video)  Nerdwriter1 

The Secrets of the World's Greatest Art Thief  GQ 


Movies You Missed: 'A Face In The Crowd'  NPR


The video game subscription wars are on Axios 


Elite Daily is taking personal essay pitches about sexual assault

JSTOR Daily is accepting pitches for its Spring 2019 edition  

Electric Lit is seeking pitches about books that shifted your opinion  

Curiosity Magazine is taking your pitches  

The Bold Italic is seeking freelance contributors outside of the Bay Area

Road Grays magazine is looking for nonfiction stories that use baseball as a lens to see the world


The hipster effect: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same MIT Technology Review

Most Sinful States in America  Wallet Hub

The Least Politically Prejudiced Place in America The Atlantic

The scandal-ridden industry of migrant child shelters Axios


One of the world’s biggest video games developers is going after the cheaters  1843 Magazine

A new book explains how managers are challenged by changing customer behaviour  Economist

The popularity of employee surveys  Economist

Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With How Much They Work? Americans’ devotion to their jobs actually hasn’t changed that much  Slate 


A Light Installation in a Scottish Coastal Town Vividly Shows Future Sea Level Rise Kottke

A Popular Benefit of Houseplants Is a Myth  The Atlantic


Climate change and population growth are making the world’s water woes more urgent Economist 

Poisoned and over-exploited, many rivers are in a parlous state  Economist

Disputes over water will be an increasing source of international tension  Economist

Manufactured water can supplement the natural stuff, but never replace it  Economist

The best way to solve the world’s water woes is to use less of it  Economist


FDA Confirms Asbestos in Makeup Sold at Claire's  Mental Floss

Arkansas puts work requirements on Medicaid  Economist 

Sleep or Die: Neuroscientist Matthew Walker Explains How Sleep Can Restore or Imperil Our Health  Open Culture 

Generic Humalog Insulin: A New Option, 'Not A Panacea' NPR 

New study reveals wide variations in how well or poorly people age Health Data 

8 Scientific Benefits of Napping  Mental Floss 


MMR vaccine does not cause autism, another study confirms CNN

Wisconsin man criminally charged for allegedly breaking measles quarantine to go to gym  NBC News 

The Real Horror of the Anti-Vaxxers This isn’t just a public health crisis. It’s a public sanity one New York Times


Researchers pinpoint specific brain signals linked to autism Science Daily

Robots and End of Life Care  Economist


United States citizens will need a visa to visit Europe starting in 2021 CNN


“Wellness Beers” are a thing now—Here’s what you need to know  Bon Appetit

15 Cool Facts About Frozen Food  Mental Floss

For your mouth only: welcome to the era of personalised food 1843 Magazine  

The Rise of fast-casual “Food Platforms”  Wired


New fears rise about kids online  Axios

How to keep parents from fleeing STEM careers  Wired 

Teaching Kids To Control Their Anger  NPR


Michigan State study: Dogs' personality traits are shaped by their owners  Detroit Free Press

Cat Saves Florida Family From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning  CBS Miami


The periodic table is 150 years old this week: Its creation is a perfect illustration of how science progresses  Economist

Genetic tests reveal that the ancestry of some cancer cell lines is misclassified  Chemical & Engineering News


FDA allows treatment of depression with club drug’s cousin  Associated Press 

The Prevalence of Marginally Significant Results in Psychology Over Time  Sage Publication


The Cringe-Inducing Humor of The Office Explained with Philosophical Theories of Mind  Open Culture 

35 Brilliant Women from the History of Philosophy  Medium 


Microsoft’s Excel app lets you enter data to spreadsheet directly from a photo

7 years ago, Google set out to find what makes the 'perfect' team — and what they found shocked other researchers  CNBC


A 25-year battle to improve the image of McDonald’s Do you want ethics with that? Economist


China database lists 'breedready' status of 1.8 million women  The Guardian

China recruits Westerners to sell its “democracy” Economist

China banned millions of people with poor social credit from transportation in 2018 The Verge

Planet Money Corrects Misconceptions About China's Economy  NPR

China’s formerly white-hot tech sector is in the doldrums Economist


Peer-review experiments tracked in online repository  Nature 

Pro-payday lending research given to CFPB had curious beginning  Washington Post

NIH letters asking about undisclosed foreign ties rattle U.S. universities  Science Magazine   


Another Small New England College Closes  Inside Higher Ed 

Higher education: Colleges add cannabis to the curriculum  SFGate

Dean resigns over school's choice to not allow Chick-Fil-A  ABC-13

CEOs tell Trump they are hiring more Americans without college degrees  Yahoo Finance

Hackers Broke Into Admissions Databases at 3 Colleges — and Then Offered to Sell Applicants Their Files Chronicle of Higher Education

The Humanities at Community Colleges  Inside Higher Ed


Christian college professor defends school after conservative commentator calls it a 'university no one has heard of' on Twitter   Des Moines Register

Liberty University Invites Ocasio-Cortez To Speak  Daily Wire

Oklahoma Christian works to right a wrong against black students 50 years ago  News-OK 

Evangelical Christian University Blocks Pro-Life Speaker Star Parker from Appearing on Campus  CBN

The Master’s University Still on Academic Probation, President Transition Required by End of 2019  Warren Throckmorton’s Blog 

Methodist Colleges and Seminaries React to Sexual Orientation Vote  Inside Higher Ed


Why NYT’s Theodore Kim ticked off a squillion journalism folks with his list of Amazing J-Schools—and why you shouldn’t care about it at all (opinion)  Dynamics of Writing  

Student Newspapers stolen after story about former Catholic university professor accused of child abuse by diocese  Student Press Law Center 


Drugs, sex and alcohol are losing their appeal for American teens  Axios

Millennials care about job titles so much they’ll take a pay cut for them Quartz

Portland State student died from Ambien prescribed by student health center, $25 million lawsuit says Oregon Live  

The high cost of college textbooks, explained  Vox  

Millennials buried in debt can't buy into American Dream Detroit Free Press

High school student accepted to 39 colleges, offered $1.6M in scholarships CBS News


Wisconsin professor has been charged with sexual assault  Jstor online

By proclaiming the gospel of human progress, Steven Pinker has made a lot of enemies:  “The nastiest academic responses I have seen come from humanities professors” Chronicle of Higher Ed  

Why Florida is Struggling to Fill more than 2000 Teaching Positions  Washington Post  

KU engineering professor suspended from class after telling student to ‘learn English’  Lawrence Journal-World