Article Reading List for May 2018
We made plastic. We depend on it. Now were drowning on it. The miracle material has made modern life possible. But more than 40 percent of it is used just once, and it’s choking our waterways. This a great article from National Geographic on how plastic is affecting the environment.
The spectacular power of Big Lens in the Guardian talks about the merger of Essilor and Luxottica to form a powerhouse in the eyeglass market.
The World’s Dominant Crypto-Mining Wants to Own AI is an article in Bloomberg based on a rare interview with Bitmain’s Jihan Wu talking about how he wants to take on Nvidia, Intel and AMD in producing chips for AI. The article is by Max Chafkin and David Ramli from Crypto.
This Armada of Saildrones Could Conquer the Oceans. Engineer and adventurer Richard Jenkins has made oceangoing robots that could revolutionize fishing, drilling, and environmental science. His aim: a thousand of them. This is another article in Bloomberg by Ashlee Vance from Hyperdrive.
The Ticket Monopoly Is Worse Than Ever (Thanks Obama). The biggest fears about the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster have come true, a new government report shows. This is an article in the New Republic by David Dayen about the companies that control most of the market for tickets.
The surprising return of the repo man is an article in the Washington Post by Todd C. Frankel about how people in the repo industry are using high tech to find and repossess cars.
Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t. Researchers can now send secret audio instructions undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. This is an article in the New York Times by Craig S. Smith.
A stealthy Harvard startup wants to reverse aging in dogs, and humans could be next. Biologist George Church says the idea is to live to 130 in the body of a 22-year-old. This article by Antonio Regalado in the MIT Technology Review talks about using gene therapy to reverse aging.
How do you move mountains of unwanted weed? Oregon famers have grown three times what their customers can smoke in a year, causing bud prices to drop and panic to set in. This article by Matt Stangel and Katie Shepherd talks about the pot industry in Oregon.
Stay Messi, My Friend. Lionel Messi only seems like the least interesting person in the world. Listen closely and his silence speaks louder than most athletes’ shouts. This article is in ESPN by Sam Borden. This article is about the soccer star Lionel Messi.
12 years in jail for shoplifting: how Walmart is helping prosecutors hike up sentences. This article is in the Guardian by Jessica Pishko and was originally published in Justice Today. The article talks about how big companies like Walmart are pushing tougher penalties for shoplifting.
Photos of Kilauea’s Newest Lava Fissures on Hawaii’s Big Island. This article in the Atlantic by Alan Taylor has pictures of damage being done by the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.
The Baby-Name Trend That Unites America. In the past decade, new parents have fallen for vowels. This article in the Atlantic by Alia Wong gives the most popular baby names of 2017.
Looking For Life On A Flat Earth. This article in the New Yorker by Alan Burdick talks about the growing number of people who believe the Earth is flat.
Race Against The Rains is a video article with subtitles on the New York Times website that talks about the potential dangers that refugees from Myramar will face during the monsoon season.
Bye Chrome, Why I am Switching to Firefox and you Should too is an article by Kathrine Schwab on the Fast Company website that describes the differences in regards to privacy between the Chrome and Firefox internet browsers.
Another Putin Critic Murdered in Ukraine? Nope. His ‘Death’ Was a Sting That Caught Alleged Assassin. This is an article in the Daily Beast by Anna Nemtsova that is about how Ukraine fooled the world into believing Russian war reporter Arkady Babchenko was dead to catch an assassin.
Mary Meeker’s 2018 Internet Trends Report on recode.net gives her analysis on current internet trends.
How Amazon Is Using Whole Foods in a Bid for Total Retail Domination an article in Fortune by Beth Kowitt is about Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and how it can make Amazon even more dominant in selling its customers everything they use.
Mortality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria is a study in the New England Journal of Medicine on the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria and how the study shows the official report of 64 deaths is vastly understated.