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.
What racist policing does to communities (Salon)
by Sirry Alang
The recent police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota have focused the country on the victims and their families. But research shows the physical and mental health effects of racially tinged violence affect the broader community as well.
When disclosure backfires (The New York Times)
By Sunita Sah
If your financial advisor or doctor has a conflict of interest or a bias, they should let you know, right? That may be true, but new studies show that it may not actually help you much. For a number of very human reasons, disclosure can actually make people more likely to follow biased advice.
Tracking life on earth, from space (The Atlantic)
by Ed Yong
An enormous research project using GPS animal tags with a variety of sensors will help scientists track the hidden movements of sea turtles, bats, and other species from the International Space Station. The data it gathers could teach us about disease vectors, climate change, and more.
Democracy and child labor (Washington Post)
by Jana von Stein
Does democracy promote human rights? When it comes to issues like child labor, the answer is more complicated than you might think. One researcher argues that, when they sign human rights agreements, democracies are more likely than undemocratic governments to make real change. But they’re less likely to sign them in the first place.
Asian-Americans, earnings, and the “model minority” myth (Vox)
Asian-Americans typically earn higher wages than any other ethnic group in the country. But research shows that the “model minority” story we’re often told is way off. Discrimination affects Asian-Americans in different ways than other minorities—and effects people of different Asian ethnicities differently too.
Have you seen a story online that does a good job of bridging the gap between the news and scholarship? Or something that seems particularly well-researched? Let us know and we may include it in next week’s roundup. Email us at jstordaily_submissions (at) jstor (dot) org.