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.
Matchmaking on Chinese TV (The Conversation)
by Pan Wang
In China, millions of viewers tune in to the country’s version of shows like “The Bachelor.” The way dating shows have evolved in the country offers a window to the rapid changes in the country’s marriage patterns over the past 30 years, as well as the continuing tensions between tradition, materialism, and romantic love.
The tough math of a kids’ game (The Boston Globe)
by Kevin Hartnett
The children’s card game Set, which involves categorizing cards based on shape, number, color, and pattern, suggests a mathematical problem that has proved surprisingly difficult. But now, mathematicians have found an answer.
Exhuming Guatemala’s Nightmare (The New York Times)
by Maggie Jones
Eight former high-ranking Guatemalan military officials will be tried for their alleged role in mass killings in the 1980s. Key evidence in the case comes from a long-running forensic anthropology project led by a scientist who fled the country with his family when he was nine years old.
When service members are trans (Pacific Standard)
by Francie Diep
Now that transgender people are being permitted to serve openly in the US military, what will the effects be? A recent report offered clues—and estimated that there are already nearly 2,500 transgender men and women in active service.
The 6,000-year-old telescope (The Atlantic)
by Adrienne LaFrance
Telescopes as we know them go back around 400 years. But astronomers have found that structures in Portugal show signs of being used to enhance views of the night sky 6,000 years ago.
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