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In the News 03.06.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 03.06.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

 

 

1. Manhood: Men Adrift

“Men are falling behind in the economy, in education and in society, because there is less demand for their physical labour and because their history of dominance over women makes them slow to adjust. ‘Their ideas of the world and their place in it are shaped by old assumptions about the status due to men in the workplace and in the family, but they live in circumstances where those assumptions no longer apply.’”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Economist

 

 


 

 

2. I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here’s How.

“’Slim by Chocolate!’ the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on television news shows. It appeared in glossy print, most recently in the June issue of Shape magazine (‘Why You Must Eat Chocolate Daily,’ page 128). Not only does chocolate accelerate weight loss, the study found, but it leads to healthier cholesterol levels and overall increased well-being. The Bild story quotes the study’s lead author, Johannes Bohannon, Ph.D., research director of the Institute of Diet and Health: ‘The best part is you can buy chocolate everywhere.’”

 
Read the rest of this article at io9

 

 


 

 

3. How Much Do Hotel Prices Fluctuate?

“The question of how hotel rooms are priced is a particularly nuanced one. The supply of traditional hotel rooms is pretty much fixed in the short term: when demand increases in the peak season, you can’t just instantly build more hotels to meet the opportunity. That means the price for a hotel room skyrockets for travelers during the busy season.”

 
Read the rest of this article at priceonomics

 


 

 

4. The $6.5 Billion, 20-Year Plan To Transform An American City

“The Mayo Clinic is located in the small city of Rochester (pop. 111,000), about a two-hour drive from Minneapolis, Minnesota. And it is, right this minute, competing fiercely for a small-but-extremely-lucrative slice of the global medical tourism industry. The wealthy American, European, east Asian, and Gulf Arab patients who have been the clinic’s bread and butter have been instead choosing to get treatment abroad or at domestic rivals like Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University or the Cleveland Clinic. But that may be changing—and the reason, if not the construction, is simple: the Destination Medical Center.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Fast Company

 

 


 

 

5. The Agency

“Who was behind all of this? When I stumbled on it last fall, I had an idea. I was already investigating a shadowy organization in St. Petersburg, Russia, that spreads false information on the Internet. It has gone by a few names, but I will refer to it by its best known: the Internet Research Agency. The agency had become known for employing hundreds of Russians to post pro­Kremlin propaganda online under fake identities, including on Twitter, in order to create the illusion of a massive army of supporters; it has often been called a “troll farm.” The more I investigated this group, the more links I discovered between it and the hoaxes. In April, I went to St. Petersburg to learn more about the agency and its brand of information warfare, which it has aggressively deployed against political opponents at home, Russia’s perceived enemies abroad and, more recently, me.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The New York Times Magazine

 

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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