Well-researched stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.
Helping the health care ‘super-users’ (The Atlantic)
by Karen Weintraub and Rachel Zimmerman
Five percent of Americans—people with very serious health problems—account for half of our health care spending. There are programs that can help keep these “super-users” healthier, and keep costs down. But only if they can get funded.
The smart toothbrush vs. the telescope (Wired)
by Sarah Scoles
You’ve probably heard that homes of the future will be full of smart appliances. All those clever refrigerators and toothbrushes need to communicate with the world outside. That’s bad news for astronomers, who may have trouble tracking radio waves with all that noise.
Fundraising while female (Harvard Business Review)
by Dana Kanze, Laura Huang, Mark A. Conley, and E. Tory Higgins
Female entrepreneurs receive only about 2 percent of all venture funding. Why? A new study finds it has a lot to do with what questions funders ask male and female founders.
Human stories about climate change (Public Books)
by Wai Chee Dimock
A new novel imagines a future where Manhattan is underwater. In the process, a literary scholar explains, it draws on literature about floods and disasters from Gilgamesh to Octavia Butler.
Where the fight for LGBTQ rights continues (Pacific Standard)
by Brandon Tensley
In many ways, it’s gotten easier to be an LGBTQ person in the United States over the past couple of decades. But hate crimes against queer people remain depressingly common.
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