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.
Why cancer and aging go together (HippoReads)
by Irene Park
Our risk of cancer rises as we age thanks to mutations that add up over time. Medical research sheds light on the very rare times that the incredibly accurate, efficient process of copying DNA goes wrong.
What do we mean when we talk about emotions? (the New York Times)
by Lisa Feldman Barrett
How do our bodies react to anger? What does a sad face look like? A brain-imaging study suggests the answers are not nearly as clear-cut as we often imagine.
Why prison guards go wrong (The Conversation)
by Robert Worley
In the wake of the guard-assisted breakout at New York Clinton Correctional Facility, a criminologist explains his work exploring the dynamics that inmates exploit to get guards to help them break prison rules.
What we get wrong about miscarriage (Vox)
by Sarah Kliff
Mark Zuckerberg did something unusual when he discussed the emotional impact of his wife’s miscarriages in public. Research shows a big gap between perception and reality on this subject, from how common miscarriages are to what causes them.
Behind a stable city are complex forces (The Washington Post)
by Laura Seay
Studying a uniquely peaceful city in Congo reveals the way one ethnic group’s culture interacted with specific historical circumstances to address unrest and external forces outside the typical government mechanisms.
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.