Welcome to Reading List, a roundup of neat journalism concerning science and technology. This week seemed swallowed up by Microsoft's unanticipated bid for the future with Windows Holographic, that it would be understandable if a few interesting headlines slipped by. Here are awesome pieces by The New York Times, Fast Company, Wilson Quarterly, and The New Yorker that detail everything from the eccentricities of late night Instagramers to how the relationship between science and journalism is more important now than ever before.
- There are a collection of photos on Instagram that have a lot in common, tied together by more than just the same hashtag. The #graveyardshift is a mini-phenomena on the social photo sharing app where people around the world document their wee-hour work shifts with selfies and other snapshots. But it's really the stories behind the images and behind the people that make #graveyardshift so interesting. [The New York Times]
- Lots of now defunct pieces of technology can define the childhood of an entire generation. And for video games, nothing is as nostalgic as the video game cartridge. Although cartridges officially became the Neanderthal to compact disc's Homo Sapien with the introduction of the PlayStation in 1994, they were always surprisingly reliable with rapid saving and quick loads times not to mention the classic "just blow on it" work around. Here's the story of this gaming tech's birth more than 40 years ago. [Fast Company]
- Over the past several years, as newsrooms shrink science coverage has been one area that has been the hardest hit. According to a poll in 2011, nearly two-thirds of Americans couldn't even name a living scientist. Of those that were named, it was only because most had received respectable celebrity status, such as Stephen Hawking, Bill Nye or Neil deGrasse Tyson, through their own outreach efforts. Wilson Quarterly looks at the relationship between general media and scientists and how we can try to get more science in front of the reading public. [Wilson Quarterly]
- The web is huge, massive really. It contains the collective knowledge of humanity (for the most part) as well as enclaves of inspiration and historical significance—and it is not nearly as permanent as you think. Robots like the Wayback Machine are hard at work munching across the web in an effort to archive all it can, but is it enough? The New Yorkers' Jill Lepore looks at the complexities of trying to hit "save" on the internet, and how it is a monumental but important task. [The New Yorker]