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    Daily Digest 3/6 – People Living Longer And Dying More Slowly, Nightmare Scenario For OPEC?

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    Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 4:03 PM


Why the world needs to get ready for more people dying (tmn)

Now, infectious diseases that were once fatal are curable, improved survival rates mean many people live for years with cancer, while dementia has become the most common cause of death in England and Wales.

We are living longer and dying slower, but how well prepared are we for the challenges that come with that?

Disinformation spread online is so disorienting that it’s messing with the researchers who study it (tmn)

Starbird spoke about the effects — on her, her research partners, and students — of reading so much of this kind of content. It’s “very effective and extremely disorienting,” she said. “We’ve had trouble even reporting on this data because we’re so confused about what’s going on and it’s so hard to make sense of things.” It’s scary stuff… “This way of thinking, once you get into it, is very sticky. Once you’re down there, it’s so hard to get out, and it’s hard to think of solutions.”

No, There Will Not Be Any Civil War In America (Afridev)

If there is ever a spike in violence that looks like it could get out of hand, you may be absolutely certain that any politician or media figure involved will immediately change their tune, and all mainstream outlets from MSNBC to Fox will be saturating the airwaves with narratives of reconciliation. It will tug at the heart strings. It will probably involve dead children. And it will work.

Five Steps to Crystal Clear Thinking (Afridev)

In advanced societies it happens as well, just more subtly. We’re taught to believe in our own greatness and superiority above all else but never to question anything at all.

Greatness isn’t passed on like the color of your eyes. It’s not inherited from the great generations of the past.

The surprising consequence of lowering the voting age (tmn)

Denmark has some of the world’s most detailed administrative records of its population (which makes it a paradise for social scientists). Every permanent resident of Denmark has a civil registration number, which is linked to, among many other things, one’s complete residential history and one’s parents’ civil registration number. My research team also linked the civil registration number to the official voter lists, which showed whether a person had voted.

IEA Predicts Nightmare Scenario For OPEC (Michael S.)

Nevertheless, while the IEA sees an explosion of shale output for the next five years or so, beyond that the story is different. The massive cuts to upstream investment since the collapse of oil prices in 2014 will begin to cause supply problems at the beginning of the next decade. Spending levels are only now starting to pick up, but are still at a fraction of pre-2014 levels, which means that there will be a dearth of new, large-scale conventional oil projects in several years’ time. “This is potentially storing up trouble for the future,” the IEA wrote in its report.

North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists (Jason W.)

The warm intrusion penetrated right through the heart of the Central Arctic, Labe said. The temperature averaged for the entire region north of 80 degrees latitude spiked to its highest level ever recorded in February. The average temperature was more than 36 degrees (20 degrees Celsius) above normal. “No other warm intrusions were very close to this,” Labe said in an interview, describing a data set maintained by the Danish Meteorological Institute that dates back to 1958. “I was taken by surprise how expansive this warm intrusion was.”

When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home (jdargis)

The defining ugliness of a stinkbug, however, is its stink. Olfactory defense mechanisms are not uncommon in nature: wolverines, anteaters, and polecats all have scent glands that produce an odor rivalling that of a skunk; bombardier beetles, when threatened, emit a foul-smelling chemical hot enough to burn human skin; vultures keep predators at bay by vomiting up the most recent bit of carrion they ate; honey badgers achieve the same effect by turning their anal pouch inside out. All these creatures produce a smell worse than the stinkbug’s, but none of them do so in your home.

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