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Weekend Reads: What Social Media Is Doing to Us

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend we have a pair of studies looking at the impact of social media on both our personal health and the health of our democracy.

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Weekend Reads: What a Twist!

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s read is a research paper from the journal Physics of Fluids — and before your eyes completely glaze over and your finger reaches for the “delete” key, let me assure you that you will want to keep reading, because this paper is not at all what you are envisioning it to be. For while it is indeed a paper on fluid mechanics with the required complicated mathematical formulas and squiggly-line Greek letters, it probes one of the deepest, darkest problems of the universe: predicting what happens to the creme filling when you twist apart an Oreo. 

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OPINION: An Open-Source Twitter Is Possible, Just Not Likely

by Kevin Schofield

Without the Emerald, the true narrative of our community would rarely be told. For too long, and for too often, most media has painted our community in a negative light. When I say community, I include everyone who our mainstream media often ignores, diminishes, and casts aside. The Emerald has been here to remind our community of its worth, and that like all emeralds, karat for karat, the people of our community are worth more than gold. Join me in supporting the Emerald as a recurring donor during their 8th anniversary campaign, Ripples & Sparks at Home, April 20–28. Become a Rainmaker today by choosing the “recurring donor” option!

—Phillip “Papa” Green, The Publisher’s Dad (and Longtime Community Curmudgeon)

This week’s news that Elon Musk is purchasing Twitter, aiming to turn it back into a privately held company with even less public accountability, has some asking whether an “open-source” version of Twitter could be created as an alternative for those who don’t trust Musk — or the billionaires running the other major social media networks — to appropriately manage the balance between supporting free speech and facilitating the spread of corrosive misinformation.

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Weekend Reads: Up in Smoke

by Kevin Schofield

The Emerald is a blueprint to showing, sharing, and bridging Black and Brown folks through the power of storytelling. The Emerald is what we should be truly striving for as a community. Don’t just talk about it. Create a way to practice and be about us coming together. The Emerald is setting the example. Join me in supporting the Emerald as a recurring donor during their 8th anniversary campaign, Ripples & Sparks at Home, April 20–28. Become a Rainmaker today by choosing the “recurring donor” option on the donation page!

—Sharon Nyree Williams, Artist, Orator, & Rainmaker

This weekend’s read is a research paper from the School of Public Health at University of California at Berkeley looking at the health hazards of secondhand smoke from marijuana bong smoking. Specifically, it looks at the level of fine-particulate matter, often referred to as “PM 2.5” because it is a measure of the quantity of particles in the air that are 2.5 micrometers or smaller. PM 2.5 is a common measurement for air pollution in cities and industrial areas, as well as places that are downwind from forest fires. High levels of PM 2.5 can create short-term health effects, such as asthma; shortness of breath; eye, nose, and throat irritation; and reduced heart and lung function. But they can also create a litany of longer-term health issues, because PM 2.5 particles can be pulled deep into our lungs and accumulate there. Long-term and frequent exposure to elevated levels of PM 2.5 can lead to cancer, a variety of lung diseases, and many other heart and lung conditions, depending upon the type of particulate matter.

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Weekend Reads: Examining the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Poll

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s read is the second edition of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s twice-yearly “The Index” poll on voter sentiment in Seattle. It made headlines earlier this week, with the Chamber declaring that respondents had become more pessimistic about our city since the previous poll in August.

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Weekend Reads: The Business of Baseball

by Kevin Schofield


In celebration of Opening Day for the Major League Baseball, this weekend’s read is an article in Forbes magazine looking at how much each of the 30 MLB teams is worth. Topping the list, unsurprisingly, is the New York Yankees at $6 billion; at the bottom is the Miami Marlins at $990 million. Our home team, the Seattle Mariners, is in the middle with a value of $1.7 billion.

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Weekend Reads: Discovering New Drugs With AI

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s read is an essay looking at an often overlooked aspect of the tools that pharmaceutical researchers use to discover potential new drugs. 

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Weekend Reads: The Era of ‘Personalized Medicine’ — What Our Steps and Sleep Say About Us

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend, we have a pair of “reads” to consider, both related to activities closely associated with our health: walking and sleeping.

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Weekend Reads: Is the Value of College More than Just Financial?

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s read is a survey done by the Survey Center on American Life, which looks at the education divide in American social life. There is ample debate today about the value of a degree from a four-year college or university, balancing out the boost in earnings with the substantial student debt often accumulated by students that can take decades to pay off. But are there other benefits to a college degree beyond the financial implications? In particular, what are the social benefits of a college degree?

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Weekend Reads: The Overlap of Ideology, Politics, and Geography

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s reads are a trio of reports looking at Americans’ ideological and political affiliations. The first two look at how affiliation has changed over time; the third looks at how affiliation affects where we choose to live.

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