What happened when a college newspaper abandoned its website for Medium and Twitter » Nieman Journalism Lab

I always love a good story about how new technologies allow for disrupting the traditional ways of doing things. Such is the case with the student newspaper at Mt. San Antonio College in California. They’ve dumped their print edition and website in favor of using Medium (see SAC.Media on Medium) and Twitter (see their hastags #SOSMtSac, #SOSLA, […]

Astronomers Watch a Supernova and See Reruns – NYTimes.com

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope say they have been watching the same star blow itself to smithereens in a supernova explosion over and over again, thanks to a trick of Einsteinian optics.

The star exploded more than nine billion years ago on the other side of the universe, too far for even the Hubble to see without special help from the cosmos. In this case, however, light rays from the star have been bent and magnified by the gravity of an intervening cluster of galaxies so that multiple images of it appear.

via NYTimes.com

Serial: The Syed family – The Guardian

A look inside the lives of the Syed family: Serial: The Syed family on their pain and the ‘five million detectives trying to work out if Adnan is a psychopath’ – The Guardian

The podcast exploring the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, has become a global phenomenon. In an exclusive interview, Adnan’s family talk to Jon Ronson about listening to Serial, toxic Reddit threads and how his imprisonment has destroyed their lives. ~ The Guardian

Re/code Drops Comments | Re/code

The Re/code blog has decided to drop comments in favor of discussions happening elsewhere:

The biggest change for some of you, however, will be that we have decided to remove the commenting function from the site. We thought about this decision long and hard, since we do value reader opinion. But we concluded that, as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly taking place there, making onsite comments less and less used and less and less useful. ~ A Note to Re/code Readers | Re/code.

HT Daring Fireball

‘Serial’ Podcast Catches Fire – WSJ.com

In the normally low-profile world of podcasting, “Serial” is a certified sensation—a testament to the power of great storytelling. It’s quickly become the most popular podcast in the world, according to Apple, and the fastest to reach 5 million downloads and streams in iTunes history. “Serial” is the top podcast in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia, and in the top 10 in Germany, South Africa and India. ~ ‘Serial’ Podcast Catches Fire – WSJ.com

Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems – NYTimes.com

The crews that maintain the nation’s 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles had only a single wrench that could attach the nuclear warheads.

“They started FedExing the one tool” to three bases spread across the country, one official familiar with the contents of the reports said Thursday. No one had checked in years “to see if new tools were being made,” the official said. This was one of many maintenance problems that had “been around so long that no one reported them anymore.”

via Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems – NYTimes.com.