Just how hard is it to use quotes? How hard is it to provide attribution to sources? It is clearly very hard indeed! A writer at The Next Web copied a post from a relatively unknown blogger and got caught. Worse, TNW quietly edited the post and then denied that the original had failed to credit the author. After all, one editor pointed out, it linked to the original — a link tucked amid the text of a sentence a few paragraphs in. Also, is that tilde thing already the fig leaf of choice for self-deluding plagiarists, just as God intended?
A Buzzfeed investigation concludes that David Mikkelson, co-founder of the fact-checking site Snopes, published plagiarized articles under a pseudonym name there for at least four years. The articles were news items, not the debunkings: content hastily-generated to goose traffic that contained "entire paragraphs copied without attribution" from other news sources. Here's Dean Sterling Jones: After… READ THE REST
Are you a researcher working in Counterfeit Consciousness? It's the hottest area in computer science! Perhaps Manufactured Acumen, as they call it. Or Synthetic Perspicacity? Whatever it is, don't call it Artificial Intelligence, or the rest of the text you swiped might be spotted by turnitin. Nature: Further investigation revealed that these strange terms —… READ THE REST
Greg Wilkey, principal of East Side Elementary in Chattanooga, Tenn, wrote a moving letter to staff reflecting on the pandemic year. The letter was so good that it spread on Facebook and was even covered by some media outlets. One of the readers was Stacie Bonnick, principal of Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul,… READ THE REST
Whether you love to sketch figures now and then or can't do much more than "paint by numbers," there's no denying the therapeutic effect drawing and creating art has on your mind and soul. But if you're looking to take your drawing skills up a few pegs, whether it's for fun or to strengthen your… READ THE REST
Why do some people experience incredible sleep while others suffer? The Allergy Institute has answers, noting that allergies are triggered by nasal congestion. It's harder to breathe when you're congested, which is why many people either wake up frequently or feel as if they aren't fully rested. Eliminating those nasty allergens is an easy way… READ THE REST
The world of electrical engineering and robotics is exciting and full of endless possibilities. In fact, getting kids hooked early will boost their problem-solving skills, stimulate their creativity, and better prepare them for the future. They just need the right push to get started. These kits are the perfect place to start whether you want… READ THE REST