Articles of Interest - March 25


How “Baby Shark” was manufactured in a Korean toddler entertainment factory  Vice 

Nexstar to Sell 19 TV Stations for $1.32 Billion  Hollywood Reporter 


Google News Initiative launches new fact checking tools, supporting more subscription models 9to5Google 

18 journalists on how—or whether—they use tape recorders  Columbia Journalism Review***FAKE NEWS 

Conspiracy Theories Can’t Be Stopped  FiveThirtyEight  

WhatsApp wants to label viral forwards to rein in fake news – but it’ll have to do more  The Next Web

How OpenAI's Fake News Warnings Triggered Actual Fake News  PC Mag


Instagram Is Full of Conspiracy Theories and Extremism  The Atlantic

China’s new social media craze: Paying random people to shower you with over-the-top compliments  CNBC 

Facebook is hiring 22 people for its secretive blockchain division The Next Web   


Education and Science Giant Elsevier Left Users’ Passwords Exposed Online  Mother Board 

Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims  Associated Press

Help may be on the way for those suffering from “password hell”  Wall Street Journal (sub. req.’d)

Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees  Associated Press ***TECHNOLOGY

Better Living Through Crispr: Growing Human Organs in Pigs  Wired  

Everything Apple announced at its ‘show time’ event  TechCrunch 


Big data got us here, but small data will get us the rest of the way  Axios

Stanford University launches the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence  Stanford

CERN discovery of a tiny effect in particles indicating a difference in the way matter and antimatter behave—one that physicists have been hunting for decades  Nature    

How Walmart uses graphics processing units for better demand forecasting  Datanami



No one was paying attention  Becoming (my blog)

24 Common Cognitive Biases: A Visual List of the Psychological Systems Errors That Keep Us From Thinking Rationally  Open Culture 


Author of grammar guide traces language love to cookie sign (video)  MSNBC 


The rise of robot authors: is the writing on the wall for human novelists?  The Guardian 

Why Do Wite-Out and Liquid Paper Still Exist?  The Atlantic


16-Year-Old Swedish Environmental Activist, Has Been Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Mental Floss

The man bringing dead languages back to life  BBC  


How 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' Became a Classic  The Atlantic

Meet 10 Emerging Writers Who Just Won the 2019 Whiting Award  The Cut


U.S. Mathematician Becomes First Woman To Win Abel Prize, 'Math's Nobel'  NPR

Sports-Bra Outrage And a Fight Over Everyday Sexism  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Journal Issues Revised Version of Controversial Paper That Questioned Why Some Teens Identify as Transgender  Chronicle of Higher Ed

A Transgender Student Said He's Being Barred From Running For Prom King  Buzzfeed News

The narrowing, but persistent, gender gap in pay  Pew Research Center 


Why white nationalist terrorism is a global threat: The Christchurch killer acted alone but followed a terrifying trend  Economist 

Supreme Court Justices Seem Incredulous At Repeated Racial Bias In Jury Selection  NPR

A study of nearly 100 million traffic stops: black drivers are 20% more likely to get pulled over  CNN

50 Years Ago Students Shut Down This College To Demand Ethnic Studies Courses  NPR

A third of the convictions overturned because of DNA involved witnesses who identified the wrong person who was of another race  New York Times 

Laila Lalami: ‘White supremacists target Muslims but the threat isn't taken as seriously as other forms of terror’  The Guardian 


UC Berkeley in spotlight as Trump expected to issue campus free-speech order  San Francisco Chronicle 

Trump’s Free-Speech Order Could Have Been Harsher: Higher-Ed Leaders Still Don’t Approve Chronicle of Higher Ed

A student was briefly suspended for social media posts, angering many on campus: He believes his rhetoric was judged as a threat, unfairly, because he is Muslim  Inside Higher Ed 


An academic who helped a company gather data on millions of Facebook users is suing for defamation New York Times 

A coalition of 41 media organizations is urging a court to uphold a decision dismissing a professor’s defamation lawsuit  Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 

Jeanine Pirro Beats Defamation Lawsuit From Black Lives Matter Activist  Hollywood Reporter 


Here are the stories about police misconduct uncovered so far by a new media partnership LA Times

Pregnant Behind Bars: What We Do And Don't Know About Pregnancy And Incarceration NPR


800 scientists say it’s time to abandon “statistical significance” P-values and “statistical significance” are widely misunderstood: Here’s what they actually mean  Vox 

The Guardian view on statistics in sciences: gaming the (un)known (opinion)  The Guardian 


Templeton Prize winner believes science, spirituality are complementary  The Boston Pilot 

Evidence of improper voting raises questions about Methodist gay clergy vote  Religion News

Did John MacArthur visit the Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated just hours after it happened?  Throckmorton Blog 

‘Nones’ now as big as evangelicals, Catholics in the US  Religious News Service  


4 facts about religion in New Zealand  Pew Research Center

China Tells Christianity To Be More Chinese  Christianity Today


The baffling argument that ‘Islam is not a religion’  Washington Post 

Evangelicals and Muslims see similarities in faiths and favor closer ties, survey says Religious News Service


LifeWay to Close All 170 Christian Stores  Christianity Today  

Christian financial planner praised by Robert Jeffress facing Ponzi scheme charges  Religious News Service 


395 Catholic priests, church staff accused of sex misconduct in new  Chicago Sun Times

Pope Francis wants psychological testing to prevent problem priests. But can it really do that? Washington Post 

West Virginia sues Catholic diocese, alleging it knowingly employed pedophiles The Hill


Christian group drops lawsuit over Austin's LGBT protections  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Google resists pressure to pull LGBT "conversion therapy" app  Axios

Michigan will no longer fund adoption agencies that deny LGBT parents  Washington Post 


Secrecy surrounding briefing for ‘faith-based media’ raises eyebrows  MSNBC 


Man with Down Syndrome honored for working at same McDonald's for 27 years  11 Alive

104-year-old woman arrested  BBC 

Blind runner, guide dog trio makes history in NYC Half Marathon  CNN

Twelve-year-old Former intensive care patient returns to play guitar for newborns  Health Maters  

Former wounded warrior is spending his retirement volunteering at Walter Reed  The Week 

Man gifts car to stranger during trade-in at El Cajon dealership  10 News

Woman Who Was Smallest Baby Born in Texas Now Works at Same Hospital  People 

Dad's Adopted Daughter Turns Out to Be Perfect Kidney Donor Match  Inside Edition 


The very mathematical history of a perfect color combination  Wired

Sean Adams's The Designer's Dictionary of Type explains famous fonts  Fast Company 

9 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World  BuzzFeed News

Web Design Trends of 2019 [Infographic]  SocialMediaToday


The Oral History of the Les Paul  Guitar 

Why music affects your productivity  Quartz 

What Will Happen When Machines Write Songs Just as Well as Your Favorite Musician?  Mother Jones

The Case for Why Captain Beefheart's Awful Sounding Album, Trout Mask Replica, Is a True Masterpiece  Open Culture 

In Times of Crisis, We Need Classical Music What will we lose if Bach and Beethoven disappear from our schools and concert halls?  The Walrus


How ‘God’s Not Dead’ Perpetuated the Modern Evangelical Victim Narrative (opinion) Relevant Magazine 


USC's Student Newspaper Published A Brutal Editorial About The Cheating Scandal  LAist 


Poll: 74% of parents admit to making appointments for their adult children  KTVU 

New data shows more than half of young people in America don't have a romantic partner  Washington Post 


How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games  Nautil 

Google Unveils Plan for Video Games Streaming Service Hollywood Reporter


Writers for love & sex short fiction platform of Slide Stories  

Freelance reporters with an interest in state/local policy based in West Coast or Midwest

Freelance pitches on Asian American / Pacific Islander issues  Hyphen Magazine  

Emergent science and technology story pitches  Futurism

Freelance pitches  The North Star

Four paid fellowships  Mother Jones  

Freelance writer (night+weekend Gizmodo (remote) 


US government uses several black-site shelters to detain immigrant children  Reveal

California Wildfire Survivors Say They’re Living In Dire Conditions And There’s Little Help Buzzfeed News 

Canada’s becoming a tech hub thanks to Donald Trump immigration policies  Reddit

Border Patrol Detained a 9-Year-Old U.S. Citizen for Over a Day on Her Way to School  NBC-7

Wellbeing Inequality May Tell Us More About Life Than Income  Gallup


The lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are aiming at Realtors and their 6% fee  MarketWatch

Google, Facebook Scammed For More Than $100 Million In Fake Invoices  Media Post

Boeing is doing crisis management all wrong – here’s what a company needs to do to restore the public’s trust  The Conversation


16-Year-Old Swedish Environmental Activist, Has Been Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Mental Floss

Shocking autopsy photos show toll of plastic waste on dead whale  The Guardian

Adidas Sold 1 Million Eco-Friendly Shoes Made from Ocean Plastic, Plans 11 Million More  The Epoch Times  

Finland is offering free trips to people in need of happiness lessons  Tree Hugger 

West Virginia industry group successfully argues the state doesn’t need new clean-water standards because the obese population can tolerate higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals  Sustainability Times 

The insect apocalypse is not here but there are reasons for concern  Economist


Daily Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks No Longer Recommended  NBC4 Washington

My Friend’s Cancer Taught Me About a Hole in Our Health System  New York Times


What anti-vaxxers are actually afraid of (it's not all about autism): A new study from the University of Pittsburgh details how the anti-vaxx movement has divided and grown  BigThink

Her son died. And then anti-vaxers attacked her CNN  

Why the Washington measles outbreak is mostly affecting one specific group Box

Measles Rages in Brooklyn as Some Yeshivas Defy Vaccine Rule  The Daily Beast

One Doctor Is Responsible for a Third of All Medical Vaccine Exemptions in San Diego  Voice of San Diego 

Kentucky Gov. says he intentionally exposed kids to chicken pox instead of giving them vaccine  ABC News 

5 facts about vaccines in the U.S.  Pew Research Center  

Why anti-vaxxer mobs go after pro-vaccine doctors online — and what to do about it  Mashable 


Celery was once as sexy as kale  Quartz 


Forget helicopter parents, snowplow parents are killing kids' life skills  USA Today

How parents feel about – and manage – their teens’ online behavior and screen time Pew Research Center


The 10 Most Popular Puppy Names of 2019  Mental Floss

Man jumps shirtless into frozen Irvington, New York, lake to rescue stranded dogs 


Philosophy of Biology: Philosophical bias is the one bias that science cannot avoid  eLife 

Scientists find new evidence that humans may be sensitive to the Earth’s magnetic field; quick changes caused as much as 60% drop in alpha brain waves  Cal Tech 

Public confidence in scientists has remained stable for decades  Pew Research Center


Psychiatry’s Incurable Hubris The biology of mental illness is still a mystery, but practitioners don’t want to admit it  The Atlantic 

Here’s A Breakdown Of The 6 Core Emotions We Feel  Daily Infographic

How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception and Meaning  Quantam


People don't become 'adults' until their 30s, says neuroscientist  BBC 

Neuroscience proves Nietzsche right: some people are wired to be more spontaneous than others  The Conversation 


Oxford's Free Course Critical Reasoning For Beginners Teaches You to Think Like a Philosopher  Open Culture

Philosophers and neuroscientists join forces to see whether science can solve the mystery of free will  Science Mag  


Moral technology Self-driving cars don’t drink and medical AIs are never overtired. Given our obvious flaws, what can humans still do best? Aeon

Microsoft will be adding AI ethics to its standard checklist for product release  Geekwire   


Peer reviewed studies soon to be replaced by CAPS LOCK  The Science Post  

University of Illinois at Chicago Missed Warning Signs of Research Going Awry, Letters Show  ProPublica 

Error vs. Fraud in Research  Medium 

We need to relearn how to play nice in peer review  University Affairs    

Five Article-Writing Mistakes and How to Fix Them  The Professor is in

Are Papers with Open Data More Credible?  International Conference on Information  Springer 

Duke University to Pay $112.5 Million to Settle Claims of Research Misconduct  New York Times


The Deeper Education Issue Under the College Bribery Scandal  Wired

The Growing Crisis of Guns on Campus  The New Republic


The Humanities and the Future Scientific American Blog Network

What majoring in the humanities can teach us  The Independent Florida Alligator


Hitler was a ‘good leader,’ guest speaker tells N.J. students. School says it won’t happen again

Many Professors Want to Change Their Teaching but Don’t. One University Found Out Why  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

Trigger Warnings May Not Do Much, Early Studies Suggest  New York Times


Eight academics who were implicated in allegations of plagiarism at the North West University have been found guilty after an investigation by the university  City Press 

It is “up to scientists to free themselves…from the tyranny of academic publishers by refusing to perform free peer-reviews for them  PeerJ  

Professor in Prostitution Sting Says He Was Doing 'Research'   KAAL-TV

Did Utah professor confess to viewing child porn to class?  Desert News