Articles of Interest - August 12


Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials  Vice

California police robot flagging "blacklisted" people and cars  Quartz

Robotic Contact Lenses That Let Users Zoom with the Blink of an Eye  People


Attempting to get deep learning past pattern-recognition correlation to causation with a little Bayesian help  Enterprise AI 

50 successful blockchains applications  Data Science Central  

Nowhere to hide: Tracking the movements of military equipment, identifying training and operation patterns as well as chemical compositions combined with infrared imaging  Breaking Defense

MIT breaks new ground in AI with ‘deep’ knitting  ZDnet 


Facebook Said to Be in Talks With Publishers on News Effort  New York Times

Trump draft order targets "anti-conservative" social media  Quartz

Instagram ad partner secretly sucked up and tracked users location and stories all in the name of ad business  Tech Crunch 

I want the best, and only the best tweets  Tools for Reporters


Google Maps AR Navigation comes to iPhones and Android devices Are Technica


WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages  Bloomberg  

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission  Tech Crunch

These Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables Will Hijack Your Computer  Vice

What a security researcher learned from monitoring traffic at Defcon  Cnet


Faster internet is coming, but only for a few  Axios 

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission  Tech Crunch 


 7 facts about black Americans and the news media  Pew Research  

The art of the unhurried interview  Live Mint

Washington Post adds 15 corrections to story on black families & southern farmland  iMediaEthics  


Author discusses new book on inclusion, free speech and political correctness on campus  Inside Higher Ed

Pushing back against anti-vaxxers  Washington Post

Flat-Earther 'Mad' Mike Hughes Is Being Sponsored by a Dating App to Nearly Get Himself Killed  Live Science 

Epstein Suicide Conspiracies Show How Our Information System Is Poisoned  New York Times


I can’t and I don’t  Becoming (my blog)

Pluck the Day is more accurate than Seize the Day  Jstor 

The crucial piece of advice TED gives to nervous speakers  Quartz    


Even A Grammar Geezer Like Me Can Get Used To Gender Neutral Pronouns  NPR

APA Style Guide Endorses 1-Space Rule  Inside Higher Ed

Why widely spoken languages have simpler grammar  Economist


From a wrongful arrest to a life-saving romance: the typos that have changed people's lives  The Guardian

Religious activist convicted for burning LGBTQ library books  NBC News

Millions of Books Are Secretly in the Public Domain. You Can Download Them Free  Vice


Wikipedia Is Helping Keep Welsh Alive Online  Slate

As a language dies, who will mourn? Should anyone? (opinion)  Washington Post


The Classic Novel That Is Most Often Abandoned By Readers  Mental Floss

San Francisco Will Raise Maya Angelou Sculpture  Hyperallergic 

The Bookstagrammers and BookTubers changing the way people read  Washington Post 

Jane Austen was shockingly underpaid compared to other authors of her era  Vox

J.D. Salinger son typing up father’s handwritten work for digital  Quartzy

Franz Kafka papers lost in Europe but reunited in Jerusalem  BBC 

Take a Virtual Tour of Jane Austen’s Library  Open Culture

‘Landmark’ BBC series on the novel kicks off year-long celebration of literature  The Bookseller


Toni Morrison and the Power of Literature  New York Times

The Toughest Sentence Toni Morrison Ever Wrote  The Walrus  

Toni Morrison Deconstructs White Supremacy in America  Open Culture

Going to the Movies with Toni Morrison  New Yorker  

Don’t Call Toni Morrison a Poet  New York Times


How Devotional Poetry Unlocks the Bible's Surprises  Christianity Today

'The Negro Artist' tells his own identity story through poetry  Columbia Missourian  

'At Last History Has Meaning': The Poetry of Jean Arasanayagam  The Wire

Writing for future generations: New poetry collection by James Jay looks at life from behind the bar  Aztec Daily  

'A Frank O'Hara Notebook' gives us two poets and New York City in the '60s  SF Gate

Walt Whitman Isn’t America’s Greatest Poet  National Review 

23 collections of Canadian poetry to watch for this fall  CBC 

The Case of the “Disappearing” Poet  New Republic 


Men avoid reusable shopping bags to not look gay: study  New York Post 

What the research says about hormones and surgery for transgender youth  Journalist’s Resources 

 The female spies who helped liberate WWII France  Washington Post 


"Erased from Public Memory": The History of Anti-Latino Violence in the US  WNYC Studios 

White people who sign up for tours of old slave plantations are posting negative reviews because the tour guides made slavery seem all icky and stuff  Washington Post 

U.S. State Department confirms alleged leader of white-nationalist group is an employee Associated Press

Hispanic women no longer account for the majority of immigrant births in the U.S. Pew Research Center

Police: El Paso shooting suspect said he targeted Mexicans  Associated Press  

A furore over an offensive advert divides Singapore  Economist  

The challenges for black performers in ‘white’ roles  Washington Post 


Court OKs Copyright for Banana Costume’s Artistic Features  Bloomberg

Lawyers’ Recent Stagnant Wages Highlighted in ABA Profile  Bloomberg


100 Immigrants Pepper-Sprayed At Louisiana ICE Facility  BuzzFeed News


A desperate, panicked, and openly theocratic evangelical movement is falsely demonizing secularism and those who believe in the separation of church and state as a threat to religion (opinion)  Above the Law 

Losing My Religion at Christian Camp  Longreads 

Evangelical Lutheran Church first 'sanctuary church body' in US  CNN

Assemblies of God Elects First Woman to Top Leadership Team  Christianity Today

Religiously unaffiliated people face harassment in a growing number of countries  Pew Research Center

Are podcasts replacing church for some believers?  Baptist News

Evangelical community thriller is so-so, but actors are charming  Washington Post


Pete Buttigieg hires the first faith outreach director of the 2020 campaign  Washington Post

Why do evangelicals oppose gun control? (Opinion)  The Week 


Oregon man reunited with $23,000 in cash discarded in Humboldt recycling bin  Press Democrat

Actor Danny Trejo rushes in to rescue child in Sylmar car crash ABC-7 


25+ Simple Tattoo Ideas Offering Creative Ways to Say More with Less My Modern Met

Giant emoji painted on house roil California community  Associated Press


Alma Deutscher: The prodigy whose "first language" is Mozart  60 Minutes


15 years ago, New York’s attorney general investigated pay-for-play in the radio industry. Insiders say the practice lives on — in a more sophisticated form  Rolling Stone

Would you care if music disappeared from FM radio? You may only have a decade to save it  CNBC 


Story Pitches  LA Taco

Journalists to help edit/rewrite existing articles  Healthline

Pitches for its upcoming issues  Roadtrippers Magazine

Freelance pitches  Runner's World magazine  

Journalists, writers, photographers, videographers who identify as disabled: essay ideas on how your particular challenge influences the way they work and what you produce  High Country News

Seeking new writers Modern Parent  

Freelance science writers  Stacker  


A Potential Title IX Supreme Court Case?   Inside Higher Ed 

9 women sued Dartmouth for ignoring sexual misconduct. The college settled for $14M  USA Today 

Title IX a Sticking Point in Talks Over New Higher Ed Law  Inside Higher Ed 


The US funeral industry is getting innovative  Axios 

The rural America death spiral  Axios


Why People Move  Flowing Data 

A 50,000 Person Harvard Study Reveals the 3 Ways to Spot the Most Toxic Employees  Inc.  

What to Do When You Feel Uninspired at Work New York Times

Meet the next generation of entrepreneurs: They’re all over 65  MIT Technology Review     


Researchers Find Proteins That Might Restore Damaged Sound-Detecting Cells in The Ear  Hopkins Medicine

Advanced sleepers go to bed early, rise early because of natural body clock  UPI

Scientists Determined Why Room Temperature Is So Important for Sleep  Curiosity 

We've Known How To Treat Pneumonia For Decades, Why Is It The No.1 Killer Of Children?  Seeker 

Hearing aids: You ain't heard nothing yet  CBS News  

Penn Engineering’s Blinking Eye-on-a-Chip Used for Disease Modeling and Drug Testing  Medium


The Best and Worst US Airports of 2019 The Points Guy  


Video-Game Violence Is Now a Partisan Issue  The Atlantic

A chess obsessive resigned to his fate  Washington Post

Video games’ real problem? The gamers (opinion)  Washington Post

Walmart pulls violent video game displays from its stores, but it will still sell guns  CNN


Less Sex, Fewer Babies: Blame The Internet And Career Priorities  NPR   

What Parents May Not Realize When They Post About Their Kids Online  NPR 


Woman sent to hospital after posing with octopus on face  KIRO-TV 


Is the Threat of ‘Fake Science’ Real?  Lawfare 

Probing the Mysteries of Gravity  Undark 

It’s important for scientists (and others who care about it) to tell the story of science, while not trying to hide its flaws  Inside Higher Ed

Particle physics once again finds itself at a crossroads: which big particle-collider experiment to build next  Quantam Magazine 


Your Therapist’s Prescription? The Right Book New York Times

Study: More than half of clinical trial abstracts published in top psychiatry and psychology journals exaggerate the significance of study findings  Medscape  

When Did Self-Help Become Self-Care? New York Times


Our Brains Tell Stories So We Can Live Without inner narratives we would be lost in a chaotic world 

A protein in your brain behaves like a virus, infecting your cells with memories  Massive Science 


China bans movies, actors from prominent Taiwan film awards  ABC News

Schoolchildren in China work overnight to produce Amazon Alexa devices The Guardian 


The World's Military Spending, Visualized  Digg  

Orange County, longtime GOP stronghold, now has more registered Democrats than Republicans  LA Times 

46% of U.S. social media users say they are ‘worn out’ by political posts and discussions  Pew Research


Dorothy Bishop on correcting one’s own errors  Bishop Blog

Pepsi employee caught masquerading as unbiased academic, sticks to the act  CrossFit 

Pacific Standard is shutting down, cut off from its major foundation funder  Harvard’s Nieman Lab


Court Approves Purchase of Law School by For-Profit  Inside Higher Ed 

More Private Colleges Are Cutting Tuition, but Don’t Expect to Pay Less  New York Times 

Dispute Over Minority Affairs, Collapse of a Student Senate  Inside Higher Ed

Author discusses new book on inclusion, free speech and political correctness on campus  Inside Higher Ed 


Thinking about Liberty University and decades of journalism struggles at private colleges  Get Religion 

LGBTQ advocates want intervention to break what they call a long-standing pattern of discrimination at one of the nation's most prominent religious institutions  Inside Higher Ed 

Transgender student suspended from Christian college after top surgery  NBC News  

Northwest Nazarene University satellite now in orbit, sending data back to Nampa  KTVB


A national experiment reveals where a growth mindset improves achievement  Nature

Talk to Text: A Hack on Grading  Faculty Focus 


7 things everyone should do while they’re in college that can help them in the future  TED 

Helping Students With Disabilities  New York Times

Half of young Americans say their degree is irrelevant to their work  MarketWatch

No, Half of Young Americans Don't Believe College Is Unnecessary  Inside Higher Ed

After racist ‘troll storm,’ AU grad awarded over $700,000  Washington Post 


Another professor is under fire for using the slur in class while discussing a work by James Baldwin  Inside Higher Ed

Professor fired over confrontation with protesting students  The Star  

A significant minority of tenured faculty spend their lives undermining others (sub. req’ed)  Times Higher Ed