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Weekend Reads: Do Mass Shootings Impact Gun Policy?

by Kevin Schofield


This weekend’s read is sadly topical: a Harvard Business School paper looking at whether mass-shooting incidents have any impact on gun regulations in the United States, and if so, what kind of response they generate. Tragic mass shootings like the recent one in Uvalde, Texas, have become far too common, as have the predictable responses: media hype for a few days (until the next distraction comes along), conservative politicians’ “thoughts and prayers,” progressive politicians’ calls for action on gun violence, and protests across the nation. But does anything of substance actually happen in the aftermath of these tragedies?

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Weekend Reads: Are Children ‘Re-Transitioning’ Later in Life After a Social Transition?

by Kevin Schofield


This week, we’re reading an article from the journal Pediatrics: a longitudinal study by researchers at Princeton University and the University of Washington looking at children’s gender identity five years after making a social transition.

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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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Weekend Reads: Up in Smoke

by Kevin Schofield

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—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: 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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