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.
The perils of trucking (Pacific Standard)
by Dan Nosowitz
Studies of long haul truckers reveal just how tough a job they have, in almost every way. From terrible, unhealthy food to drug abuse and divorce, trucking is a disaster for many of the people who do it.
Romance and stalking (The Atlantic)
by Julie Beck
Movies like “Love Actually” and “There’s Something About Mary” famously portray “romantic” behavior that looks suspiciously like stalking. Research shows these kinds of media depictions can affect how we perceive potentially dangerous behavior.
If computers play Go, does that mean they’re smart? (The Conversation)
By Arend Hintze
Computers can beat the best human players at chess, and now, thanks to new developments, also Go. But looking at the mechanisms behind these abilities shows just how far we are from artificial intelligence that really mimics the way humans think.
Could we really just kill all the mosquitoes? (Vox)
by Brad Plumer
Could we eradicate disease-spreading mosquitos with genetic modifications? The science is promising—and fascinating—but it also raises both practical and ethical issues. For now, fighting Zilka depends on more prosaic, and labor-intensive, technologies.
Social science gets out the vote (The New York Times)
by Todd Rogers and Adan Acevedo
In Iowa last week, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton applied lessons from political science research in reaching out to potential voters. Valuable tools include peer pressure, specific questions about how people will vote, and appealing to their identity as voters.
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.