Read — 2014/05/16

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Ireland’s Troubled Peace“, by Colum McCann (NY Times). A fragile peace covering persistent rifts: “[M]any Catholics and Protestants live in walled-off mini-citadels and their children go to separate schools. A rash of xenophobic attacks against Eastern Europeans have occurred in Belfast, with ‘Locals Only’ scrawled on wooden panels placed over shattered windows.”
  2. U.S. Mines Personal Health Data to Find the Vulnerable in Emergencies“, by Sheri Fink (NY Times). Where to draw the line between preventive intervention and privacy violation?
  3. At Last, Recovery Heads Where the Fed Wants It“, by Nelson D. Schwartz (NY Times). A rise in the Consumer Price Index and optimism among small-businesses have some predicting interest-rate hikes at the Fed.
  4. No Stopping the Collapse of West Antarctic Ice Sheet“, by Thomas Sumner (Science). A study by Joughin et al. (2014) predicts the collapse in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) will occur in the next 200 to 500 years, raising sea levels by three meters or more.
  5. Crippling Virus Set to Conquer Western Hemisphere“, by Martin Enserink (Science). The Americas are poised to be conquered again; this time, the aggressor is the chikungunya virus, spread by certain types of mosquito. “Millions will likely get sick.” While vaccines are being prepared for clinical trial, doctors admit that “There is just very little we can do about…The mosquito wins.”