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Link of the Day Archives

A list of the past entries in our "Link of the Day" feature:

 22-May-18 Twitter is finally doing something about trollsTwitter has a troll problem. Nasty comments can easily take over online conversations. But today, the company says it's doing something about it -- something that has the potential to change how your Twitter feed looks. It actually sounds pretty simple at first: according to a Twitter blog post, the company will simply organize conversations on Twitter differently based on "behavioral signals" designed to root out trolls in "communal areas" of the social network.
 18-May-18 Twenty things you didn't know about Victoria DayShe was one of the longest sitting monarchs in British history, she inspired an entire era named after her – and she gives us an excuse to get a cherished day off in late May. What’s not to like about Queen Victoria’s birthday? With that in mind, here are the 20 things you never knew about Queen Victoria or her holiday – or had long since forgotten.
 17-May-18 Yanny or Laurel? The internet is fighting over this robot's mysterious wordThe internet has brought us the next thing to fight over, and it doesn't involve debating the color of a dress. Instead, people on Twitter and Reddit are arguing over whether an audio recording is saying "Yanny" or "Laurel." A user on Reddit shared the clip a few days ago, and people on the internet have been arguing over what they hear.
 16-May-18 Why you should make useless thingsIn this joyful, heartfelt talk featuring demos of her wonderfully wacky creations, Simone Giertz shares her craft: making useless robots. Her inventions -- designed to chop vegetables, cut hair, apply lipstick and more -- rarely (if ever) succeed, and that's the point.
 15-May-18 How to recycle the 'unrecyclable,' from cigarette butts to squeeze pouchesIf you're feeling guilty about all the coffee pods or squeeze pouches you're tossing in the trash, here's some good news: There are ways to recycle these and many other "unrecyclable" items. Some recycling programs facilitated by private companies — including the manufacturers of products that aren't easily recyclable — are filling the gap in order to divert some of that waste away from the landfill.
 14-May-18 Gmail wants to write your messagesIf writing emails isn’t something you look forward to, then Google has some good news for you. The company has announced that Gmail will begin to “smart compose” emails. That means it will suggest phrases and sentences, using artificial intelligence technology. You can add the suggestions to the email as you write it by hitting “tab” on your keyboard.

 11-May-18 Newberry Library Digitizes Trove of Lakota Drawings During a rough North Dakota winter some 100 years ago, native people living in Fort Yates created art that captured scenes from their every-day life. Using watercolor and colored pencil, they created vivid depictions of hunting, dancing and community life. While you wouldn’t know it looking at the art, it was made for survival. The corn and potato harvest that summer had failed. The cattle had mysteriously disappeared.
 10-May-18 Wikipedia Founder Says Internet Users Are Adrift In The 'Fake News' EraAt any given moment, volunteers and paid workers are writing fictional narratives that they present online as news stories, and some of those will get picked up and shared -- perhaps thousands of times -- on social media. Hoaxes are presented as fact, conspiracy theories are offered as truth, and some of them may even end up on Wikipedia, one of the most-visited sites online. Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the crowdsourced encyclopedia, has been thinking about how to tackle the problem of "fake news."
 09-May-18 How to build (and rebuild) trustTrust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it's broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course in trust: how to build it, maintain it and rebuild it -- something she worked on during a recent stint at Uber. "If we can learn to trust one another more, we can have unprecedented human progress," Frei says.
 08-May-18 Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior and AttentionIt’s a truism in child development that the very young learn through relationships and back-and-forth interactions, including the interactions that occur when parents read to their children. A new study provides evidence of just how sustained an impact reading and playing with young children can have, shaping their social and emotional development in ways that go far beyond helping them learn language and early literacy skills.
 07-May-18 What Happens When Science Just Disappears?Kay Dickersin knew she was leaping to the front lines of scholarly publication when she joined The Online Journal of Current Clinical Trials. The journal was sold in 1994 to a publisher that eventually became part of Taylor & Francis, and which stopped the e-presses just a couple years later. And after that happened, its papers—reports, reviews, and meta-analysis of clinical trials—all disappeared.
 04-May-18 Barbara Bush Believed Literacy Could Cure Other IllsOn a hot summer day in 1978, as her husband mulled his first presidential run, Barbara Bush headed to Houston's leafy Memorial Park for a jog while she thought about what issues she'd like to focus on should she become first lady. Bush was concerned about stubborn societal problems like crime, the homeless, drugs and hunger. But as she ran, the then-53-year-old came to the realization that teaching more people to read could help decrease the other major problems, which can grow out of lack of literacy and educational opportunity.
 03-May-18 Monkey can't sue to copyright protect selfie, court rulesThe bizarre legal journey began when a crested macaque monkey named Naruto took selfies using British nature photographer David Slater's camera during a 2011 trip to Indonesia. The photos, captured when the monkey grabbed Slater's camera, posed and clicked, became an instant hit, appearing in newspapers, magazines, websites and on TV shows around the world.
 02-May-18 The Era of Fake Video BeginsThe internet has always contained the seeds of postmodern hell. Mass manipulation, from clickbait to Russian bots to the addictive trickery that governs Facebook’s News Feed, is the currency of the medium. It has always been a place where identity is terrifyingly slippery, where anonymity breeds coarseness and confusion, where crooks can filch the very contours of selfhood. In this respect, the rise of deepfakes is the culmination of the internet’s history to date—and probably only a low-grade version of what’s to come.
 01-May-18 Arctic sea ice jammed with plastics from Pacific garbage patchSea ice from the remote Arctic Ocean may look clear and pristine, but up to 12,000 tiny pieces of plastic may be embedded in a single chunk small enough to sit on your hand, researchers have found. Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany identified 17 kinds of plastic in the ice of the Transpolar Drift and the Fram Strait and near northeast Greenland in 2014 and 2015.
 30-Apr-18 Why You Should be Reading Books Every Day, According to ScienceAccording to the Pew Research Center, more than a quarter--26 percent--of American adults have not read even part of a book within the past year. It's a shame considering that researchers have found reading is beneficial in many ways.
 27-Apr-18 What to Read Next? Get Tips From Fellow BookwormsFor a bibliophile, there's nothing harder than deciding what to read next. Some of us have a system, while others follow their heart. So we asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook to share their tips and tricks and made a list of the most popular comments. Which ones resonate with you?
 26-Apr-18 How to rebuild trust … Frances Frei speaks at TED2018Authenticity is critical to trust, but “if those of us who are different give in to the temptation to hold back our authentic selves, then the most interesting thing about us — our difference — is muted,” says Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei at TED2018: The Age of Amazement on April 13, Vancouver.
 25-Apr-18 How These 4 Different Personality Types Find MotivationPeople fall into one of four distinct tendencies: obliger, questioner, rebel, and upholder. Each impacts how you become motivated to accomplish things.
 24-Apr-18 Barbara Bush Believed Literacy Could Cure Other IllsJust weeks after moving into the White House, Mrs. Bush founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. It has since raised more than $110 million to create or support literacy programs for men, women and children nationwide. She remained active with the group until mere months before her death Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at age 92.
 23-Apr-18 Google’s latest AI experiments let you talk to books and test word association skillsGoogle announced a pair of new artificial intelligence experiments from its research division that let web users dabble in semantics and natural language processing. For Google, a company that’s primary product is a search engine that traffics mostly in text, these advances in AI are integral to its business and to its goals of making software that can understand and parse elements of human language.
 20-Apr-18 Earth Day Network: End Plastic PollutionFrom poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution.
 19-Apr-18 The Great Pacific Garbage PatchThe Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world and is located between Hawaii and California. Scientists of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation have conducted the most extensive analysis ever of this area.
 18-Apr-18 Plastic Oceans: The Facts are OverwhelmingThe proliferation of plastic products in the last 70 years or so has been extraordinary; quite simply we cannot now live without them. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.
 17-Apr-18 Earth Week Celebrations 2018Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day – a worldwide event to celebrate our planetary home and to show our support for a healthy, sustainable environment. At the RRC Sustainability Office, we think that one day is just not enough to celebrate our Earth, so we’re hosting Earth Week Celebrations April 16-23!
 16-Apr-18 Take the Earth Day quizTest your knowledge of the Earth by taking this Earth Day quiz.
 13-Apr-18 TED Talk: To eliminate waste, we need to rediscover thrift | Andrew DentWith Earth Day jus around the corner, check out this TED Talk by Andrew Dent about the need to eliminate waste and rediscovering thrift. Dent share the idea of using and reusing what you need so you don't have to purchase anything new. He also talks about advances in material science, like electronics made of nanocellulose and enzymes that can help make plastic infinitely recyclable.
 12-Apr-18 The rise and demise of the AAirpass, American Airlines’ $250k lifetime ticketIn the 1980's American Airlines came up with the brilliant money making scheme of selling a lifetime AAirpass for $250,000. 28 people took them up on their offer, two of them being super travelers Jacques Vroom and Steve Rothstein. Taking a staggering number of over 10K flights, American Airlines calculated that Rothstein and Vroom were each costing the airline $1m per year in taxes, fees, and lost ticket sales. Now it's obvious that American Airlines really regrets ever creating the Lifetime AAirpass.
 11-Apr-18 These Garbage Collectors Opened A Library Filled With Abandoned BooksA library in Ankara, Turkey, gives new meaning to the notion that books are timeless. Garbage collectors in the country’s capital have opened a public library comprised entirely of books once destined for the landfills.
 10-Apr-18 Short Story Dispensers Spread Power of LiteratureThe long, narrow paper looks like a grocery store receipt, but there is nothing to purchase here. Instead, this scroll offers a short story, randomly generated that can be read in one, three, or five minutes. It is a gift from a Short Story Dispenser.
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