Today’s selection of articles:
- “Operation Encore and the Saudi connection: A secret history of the 9/11 investigation” by Tim Golden & Sebastian Rotella (ProPublica, 2020-01-23).
- “Feel like kids, spouse, work giving you gray hair? They may be” by Jessica Lau (The Harvard Gazette, 2020-01-22).
- “Brain gain: A person can instantly blossom into a savant — and no one knows why” by Darold A. Treffert (Scientific American, 2018-07-25). Dr. Treffert has “studied savant syndrome for over 50 years” and maintains a page of resources on savant syndrome at SSM Health.
- “The myth of self-reliance” by Jenny Odell (The Paris Review, 2020-01-15). The author’s eyes are opened to the interdependency of even self-reliant human beings. The end of the article comes across as “look how woke I am, now”, to me.
- “At what age does our ability to learn a new language like a native speaker disappear?” by Dana G. Smith (Scientific American, 2018-05-04). Although the study had more than 600,000 online respondents, some researchers question its conclusions. Responses were self-reported, and the study created its own test of language proficiency rather than using an existing one.
- “Introduction to human behavioral biology” by Robert Sapolsky (YouTube, 2011-02-01). 57m14s video.
- “Niiya sets Japanese record in dominant Houston Half performance” by David Monti (FloTrack, 2020-01-19).
- “Answering your questions: The World Marathon Majors” by Terrell Johnson (The Half Marathoner, 2019-07-17).
- “Why you should stop fully charging your smartphone now” by Janine E. Mooney (EE World Online, 2015-11-09). Rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are ubiquitous in consumer electronics, but the technology has an inherent limit on the number of times a Li-ion battery can be recharged. To maximize the life of your Li-ion battery, this article (and others) recommend keeping your battery’s charge between 40% and 80%.