Extra Credit: Our pick of stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.
Shakespeare IRL (The Washington Post)
by Ari Friedlander
What can historical research tell us about the real William Shakespeare? Among other things, that he probably wrote most of his sonnets to a man, that he didn’t coin words any faster than other playwrights of his time, and that he really did write those plays.
The complicated business of counting trees (The Conversation)
by Henry B. Glick and Thomas Crowther
There are many more trees in the world than we used to think—an order of magnitude more. Two forestry researchers explain how they figured this out, using field inventories, satellite data, and a high-powered computer model.
Why you have no friends at the office (The New York Times)
by Adam Grant
U.S. workers are much less likely than they once were to make friends on the job. Research shows this is a particularly American phenomenon, and it’s especially pronounced in white, Protestant men and millennials.
Long working hours are terrible (New York Magazine)
by Melissa Dahl
Speaking of work, what happens when we work long hours? Studies say we get sicker, sleep less, and act like jerks—and do worse at work than if we’d limited our time on the job.
Angry music, calmer kids (Psychology Today)
by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann
If you were still wondering whether heavy metal music leads to violence, and perhaps Satanism, don’t worry. A recent study found loud, chaotic music can help teenagers process negative emotions and feel better.
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