Navireads | The QC Election and Crispr Edition

Emmeline
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Posted on September 28, 2018

It’s that time again – welcome to Navireads for this week! In advance of the Quebec election, we’ve included a few interesting pieces on that topic.

Plus, I’m holding out real hope for the CRISPR-edited mosquito; the Atlantic delves into the “dad joke”; and the BBC discusses the “eternal life” of the instant noodle!  Enjoy and adieu, until next week.

The Dad-Joke Doctrine ~ What’s black and white and read all over? This article, hopefully. | The Atlantic

Love in the time of AI: meet the people falling for scripted robots ~ A crop of dating simulations where the goal is to reach a virtual happily ever after have recently become hits. Are they a substitute for human companionship or a new type of digital intimacy?

Souveraineté: est-ce que l’élection 2018 marque un tournant au Québec? ~ L’indépendance a-t-elle été évacuée de cette campagne électorale, comme plus d’un l’ont fait remarquer au cours des dernières semaines ? Après tout, cette question est-elle inextricable des élections? | Le Devoir

Biased News Media or Biased Readers? An Experiment on Trust ~ Those who are most distrustful of the news media, and those with more extreme political views, tend to be the most biased readers, research shows. | The New York Times

Learn From These Bugs. Don’t Let Social Media Zombify You  You’ve heard that social media is screwing with your brain. Maybe you even read about it on social media. (So meta; so messed up.) | Wired

D’où provient l’intérêt pour la politique chez les jeunes électeurs? ~ On leur a posé la question. | Huff Post

The Eternal Life of the Instant Noodle | BBC

About time: why western philosophy can only teach us so much ~ By gaining greater knowledge of how others think, we can become less certain of the knowledge we think we have, which is always the first step to greater understanding. | The Guardian

The Republican Party Has Gotten Stronger—But Only Internally | The enthusiasm among Republicans in the room was high during a rally in Springfield, Missouri, last week. But how is the GOP perceived among the non-diehards? | Weekly Standard

Neuf circonscriptions à surveiller ~ Une analyse des résultats des quatre dernières élections provinciales a permis d’établir où sont les châteaux forts de chacun des partis, et dans quelle circonscription — parmi les 125 que compte le Québec — la lutte risque d’être la plus serrée.| Le Devoir

After century of removing appendixes, docs find antibiotics can be enough ~ In a five-year follow-up, nearly two-thirds of patients never needed surgery. | Ars Technica

How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump ~ A meticulous analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign makes a powerful case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive. | The New Yorker

Here’s the Plan to End Malaria With Crispr-Edited Mosquitos ~ In 2003, scientists at London’s Imperial College hatched a somewhat out-there idea. | Wired

The Great Mortality ~ The plagues we pretend to want are coming for us anyway | Real Life Magazine

Which Kinds of Foods Make Us Fat? ~ One fundamental and unanswered question in obesity research is what kind of foods contribute most to the condition. Experts variously blame, for example, fatty or sugary fare or foods that lack protein, which may prompt us, unconsciously, to overeat. | The New York Times

Mourning at the Magic Kingdom ~ Right after my father’s funeral, I took my family to Disney World. It turned out to be the right place for me to grieve. | Slate

Compiled by Emmeline Hobbs

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