Michigan Daily: ‘Minecraft’ gave us the soundtrack to a generation

Michigan Daily: ‘Minecraft’ gave us the soundtrack to a generation. “I had never cared much for the soundtrack of ‘Minecraft,’ but when I first heard the mellow piano arpeggio of C418 [Daniel Rosenfeld]’s ‘Wet Hands’ fade in on my most recent playthrough, I was immediately transported from soulless, resource-gathering gameplay to another realm, one far beyond the menial tasks (both in the game and in real life) that kept me tethered down to this temporal dimension. I was instantly lost in ancient memories of the game, memories I didn’t even know I had. Within my mind, I casually meandered between entire years of my life: I had become unstuck in time.”

BBC News: An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone

BBC News: An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone. “One thing I’ve found from hours spent filming and recording audio at work as a BBC News video features journalist is that the most poignant moments are very difficult to capture. You are lucky to have the mechanical equipment on and recording during that telling event that unfolded so quickly around you. But by using that capturing device that is always on but invisible, known as our memory, any event, any candid, revelatory moment that unfolded suddenly out of the mundane, can be recorded and cherished.”

US Census Bureau: The Opportunity Atlas

US Census Bureau: The Opportunity Atlas. “In a new study, we construct a comprehensive census tract-level atlas of children’s outcomes in adulthood using anonymized data covering nearly the entire U.S. population. For each tract, we estimate children’s earnings distributions, incarceration rates, and other outcomes in adulthood by parental income, race and gender. These estimates allow us to trace the roots of outcomes such as poverty and incarceration to the neighborhoods in which children grew up. All research results are provided in a new publicly available online data visualization tool, the Opportunity Atlas…”

EurekAlert: NYU researchers awarded $6.3 million NIH grant to create video data library of infants and mothers at play

EurekAlert: NYU researchers awarded $6.3 million NIH grant to create video data library of infants and mothers at play . “The National Institutes of Health announced a $6,341,419 grant to support the Play and Learning Across a Year (PLAY) project–a collaborative research initiative by 65 researchers from 45 universities across the United States and Canada. PLAY will focus on the behaviors of infants and mothers during natural activity in their homes, providing an unprecedented corpus of data, and using an innovative, transparent approach to science… This first-of-its-kind corpus will be shareable and searchable with data spanning domains from language to locomotion, gender to gesture, and object play to emotion.”

The Next Web: Twitch will marathon 886 episodes of Mister Rogers

The Next Web: Twitch will marathon 886 episodes of Mister Rogers. “After integrating Bob Ross so thoroughly into its culture (to the point where he’s started cropping up in actual games), Twitch is bringing another beloved, soft-voiced childhood icon to its platform with a Mister Rogers marathon. Twitch will show 886 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood over a period of 18 days on a dedicated Mister Rogers channel.”