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.
School, stress, and sickness (The New York Times)
by Vicki Abeles
Many schools are piling more homework and tests on kids. Research suggests that such loads may worsen their health in the long term.
Damned lies and statistics (The Washington Post)
by Jeremy Wallace
The Chinese government has acknowledged that economic and environmental numbers published for the nation are unreliable. Research shows how this works, and raises uncomfortable questions about our increasing reliance on statistics to make sense of the world.
Meet the ninja shark (IFL Science)
by Alfredo Carpineti
Scientists working off the Pacific coast of Central America have found a shark that blends into its deep-water hunting grounds with black skin and glow-in-the-dark photophores. Thanks to the young cousins of one of the researchers, we can call it the super ninja shark.
The AIDS crisis, updated (The Atlantic)
by Barbara Feder Ostrov
Scientific advances have dramatically improved the lives of many Americans with HIV and AIDS. But research reveals the crisis that remains, centered on socioeconomic barriers that keep many people from effective treatment.
Does time fly when you’re old? (Vox)
by Brian Resnick
Do we really feel like time is speeding up when we get older? Studies show it’s a little more complicated than that—and suggest ways we can keep the months from slipping by.
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.