Adam T. Bradley

Friday Readings

  • ABC (Australia): Crisis on high
    Deep in the Himalayas sits a remote research station that is tracking an alarming trend in climate change, with implications that could disrupt the lives of more than 1 billion people and pitch the most populated region of the world into chaos.
  • The Awl: How to read a book and walk at the same time
    whereas I found Wallace Stegner’s A Shooting Star tiresome and unfinishable when I was reading it at home, I found the eleven-and-three-eighth-ounce paperback tiresome but eminently finishable while walking. How does that work? Walking renders any book on hand finishable because your only alternative is your mind, and haven’t you had enough of that?
  • BBC News: Pets left hungry as smart feeder breaks
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education: Texas Picked an Ominous Date to Arm Its Public Colleges
    In what appears to be an audacious act of public forgetting, a controversial Texas campus-carry law allowing concealed guns in university buildings is scheduled to take effect on Monday, August 1, the 50th anniversary of the University of Texas tower shootings.
  • The Economist: How to make children do homework
    The parents of nearly 16,000 pupils at 36 secondary schools in England were sent regular text messages to remind them of forthcoming tests, to report whether homework was submitted on time and to outline what their children were learning. Parents could opt out if the texts became bothersome. Few did. The result was an uptick in performance in maths and (more weakly) English, as well as lower absenteeism.
  • Lars P. Syll: Cherry-picking Economic Models
    …if one extends the alcohol neutral model to take that role into account, it is optimal for humans to be drinking all of their waking hours.
  • The Age: Could an aspirin a day keep depression away?
    ASPREE involves 16,500 Australian volunteers, all aged over 70, plus a few thousand extra in the United States. It constitutes the largest clinical trial ever conducted in this country, and one of the largest in the world. Results will be available in 2018.
  • **Foreign Policy: Norway Is So Nice That It Wants to Give Finland a Mountain for Its Birthday “We want to reach out a hand to our neighbor that we will be able to shake across the summit.”
  • Columbia Journalism Review: Is Rolling Stone about to get throttled in court over UVA rape report?