Minerd.com’s Recommended News Stories and Blog Posts Since Sept. 2018


So much of what we know about culture, science and humanity seems to be in constant upheaval, from the burning of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris to the first photographic images of black holes in deep space to the Roman Catholic Church’s ongoing revelations of child abuse.

Here’s my list of news articles and blog posts which have impressed me most since September 2018, all originally posted on the “Favorite Links” page of my award-winning website, Minerd.com. These stories cover important issues in our society and track how our collective heritage shapes how we live today and perceive our existence

More than just reporting on the who, what and when, these articles go deeper into the how and why of issues.

All have some connection to my primary interests in Americana, culture, art, science, technology, faith, journalism and history/genealogy … as well as regional Pittsburgh, the epicenter of the extended Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor family’s growth and development since 1791.

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches Fire” – New York Times, April 15, 2019
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wins Pulitzer Prize for Tree of Life coverage” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 15, 2019
How to make sense of the black hole image, according to 2 astrophysicists” – Vox, April 22, 2019
Why hasn’t evolution dealt with the inefficiency of ageing?” – by Jordan Pennells, Aeon, April 10, 2019
An Ancient Human Species Is Discovered in a Philippine Cave” – New York Times, April 10, 2019
Christine Davis digs into Pittsburgh’s underground” – Pittsburgh Business Times, April 5, 2019
How ‘Good Design’ Failed Us” – Nikil Saval, The New Yorker, April 3, 2019
A Search Underway for Thousands of Books Looted Almost Four Centuries Ago” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Monthly, April 2019
How the Most Precise Bombing Run of WWII Saved Florence’s Masterpieces” – by Ian M. Shank, Art & Object, March 11, 2019
Pittsburgh recognized as starting point for Lewis and Clark expedition” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 10, 2019
Met Relinquishes Looted Coffin to Authorities” – Art & Object, Feb. 21, 2019
The Collector Who Got Away: Karl Lagerfeld” – by Rebecca Rego Barry, Fine Books & Collections, Feb. 19, 2019
The Lab Discovering DNA in Old Books” – by Suarah Zhang, The Atlantic, Feb. 19, 2019
The Huntington Acquires Papers of F. Marion Crawford, Popular 19th-Century American Novelist” – Fine Books & Collections, Feb. 8, 2019
Library of Congress Receives Major Grant to Support National Book Preservation Plan” – Fine Books & Collections, Feb. 7, 2019
First Amendment Protects Negative Comments on Government Official’s Facebook Page” – by Michele J. Mintz, Fox Rothschild LLP, Feb. 7, 2019
Welcome to the age of ‘surveillance capitalism’” – by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, Feb. 6, 2019
Man vs. machine: Super Bowl ads show a growing anxiety” – by the Editorial Board, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 6, 2019
A DNA test would explain my lost African ancestry. Or so I thought.” – by Sandy Banks, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 3, 2019
Defense lawyers in Carnegie Library rare book theft case seek specifics from DA” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 1, 2019
2018 – It Was a Very Good Year (for Books and Paper at Auction)” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Monthly, February 2019
After a 20 Year Wait, Books Are Again Entering the Public Domain” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Monthly, February 2019
Newseum Soon to be in the Past Tense” – By Bruce McKinney, Rare Book Monthly, February 2019
Ten trends shaping the Internet of Things business landscape” – by Eric Lamarre and Brett May, McKinsey & Co., January 2019
The Baumans, Sellers of Really, Really Rare Books” – New York Times, Jan. 30, 2019
Stone Facsimile of the Declaration of Independence Sold for $975,000 at Sotheby’s” – Fine Books & Collections, Jan. 28, 2019
Library and Archives Canada Acquires Rare Book Once Belonging to Adolf Hitler” – Fine Books & Collections, Jan. 25, 2019
Geneticists have begun using old bones to make sweeping claims about the distant past. Here’s why it’s making some scholars uneasy.” – New York Times, Jan. 21, 2019
A Book Lover’s Haven Turns 100” – New York Times, Jan. 17, 2019
Hamilton’s Trip to Pittsburgh” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 13, 2019
Medieval woman’s hidden art career revealed by blue teeth” – Associated Press News, Jan. 9, 2019
Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss’ Widow and Keeper, Dies at 97” – New York Times, Dec. 24, 2018
Bottleneck at Printers Has Derailed Some Holiday Book Sales” – New York Times, Dec. 24, 2018
The 18 Media Grinches of 2018” – by Jim Rutenberg, New York Times, Dec. 24, 2018
The Family History DNA Can’t Reveal” – by Kaitlyn Greenidge, New York Times, Dec. 20, 2018
About the Jewish mourners’ prayer on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette front page” – by David M. Shribman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 2, 2018
Where Is the New Book Collector? How About on the New Social Media” – by Michael Stillman, Rare Book Monthly, Nov. 2018
Remembering the Victims: A Look At the 11 Lives Taken During Saturday’s Massacre” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 29, 2018
A Massacre in the Heart of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” – by Bari Weiss, New York Times, Oct. 28, 2018
Americans Are Losing Trust in the News Media” – Investor’s Business Daily, Oct. 4, 2018
A Smarter World: How AI, The IoT And 5G Will Make All The Difference” – Forbes Magazine, Sept. 21, 2018

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