Study: What Really Killed the Dinosaurs (Time)

1815-48049 For decades, scientists thought they had finally discovered what caused the extinction of dinosaurs: an asteroid that began a period of global cooling.

But a new study led by Princeton geologist Blair Schoene suggests that a second and simultaneous catastrophe may have also played a big role in the dinosaurs’ demise.

Action-Packed First Semester for First-Years

First-year students are about to go home for the holidays with their first college semester under their belts. What have they been learning, exactly? We took a look back at four of this fall’s first-year seminars: Weapons of the Weak, Film Noir, How to Read a Million Books, and Personal Genomes.

The 1944 film ”Double Indemnity” provided material for the first-year seminar ”Film Noir,” taught by English professor Ann Kibbie  (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The 1944 film ”Double Indemnity” provided material for one segment of Ann Kibbie’s first-year seminar ”Film Noir.” (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Wikipedia: ‘An Experiment in Controlled Anarchy’ (Slate)

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Crowdsourced encyclopedia site Wikipedia has transformed the way we search for and learn about new topics over the 15 years of its existence, and the fact that a relevant Wikipedia page exists for virtually any Google search is a testament to its accomplishments.

But serious problems in the Wikipedia’s editing standards and governance persist — especially with regards to gender. David Auerbach explores the promise and the peril of Wikipedia’s “experiment in controlled anarchy.”

The #1 Story Picks of 2014 From Longreads features the best storytelling on the Web from hundreds of publishers. This month, they’re also featuring their favorite stories from 2014. It’s quite a list.