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 are American parents so miserable? (Time)
by Belinda Luscombe
US parents tend to be less happy than their child-free counterparts. But a new study finds the same doesn’t hold true elsewhere. In a number of western nations, having kids actually seems to improve happiness. US policies may explain why the country has the largest happiness gap between parents and non-parents.
The long shadow of racist medicine (The Atlantic)
by Vann R. Newkirk II
The notoriously racist and unethical Tuskegee Study didn’t just harm its unwitting participants and their families. A new study suggests its ripple effects may be responsible for a significant part of the black-white health gap today.
The Fox Effect (Slate)
By Ray Fisman and Andrea Prat
Think Fox News is just preaching to a choir of committed Republicans? Not true. Two studies demonstrate the cable network’s outsize power in shifting voting patterns toward the GOP.
Can harvesting oysters differently save the Chesapeake? (Pacific Standard)
by Kastalia Medrano
In the face of overfishing and deteriorating water quality, an interdisciplinary team of scientists have been looking for ways to help the Chesapeake Bay. Now, they say, the answer may lie in practices for harvesting oysters that were used for thousands of years before Europeans arrived in North America.
Can brain zapping win games? (The New Yorker)
by Alex Hutchinson
In their quest to get an edge over competitors in their historic season this year, the Golden State Warriors embraced high-tech brain-stimulating headphones. But research on the technology isn’t conclusive. Is the value of brain stimulation just a placebo effect? And, if so, does it matter?
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.