Links for Wednesday, August 5, 2015

  • The author of a study casting doubt on the connection between sports-related trauma and chronic traumatic encephalopathy has been criticized for failing to disclose his affiliations with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL, and the WWE. A sign that the sports-medical-industrial complex has truly come into its own?
  • Notes of gooseberry or traces of thiols? A new movement among the sommelier set – not without its skeptics – seeks to recast wine description in chemical terms.
  • If you’re on the lam, don’t use Spotify: the police can identify you that way now, too.
  • A high school student at Sidwell Friends, in Washington D.C., has just published an article in the Oxford Journal of Social History that demonstrates the prevalence of job and apartment ads warning “No Irish Need Apply” in the nineteenth-century U.S. In doing so, she demolished the widely-accepted thesis of a historian at the University of Illinois that such signs were a figment of the historical imagination, and then defeated him in an internet comments fight.
  • It turns out that the academic job market works just like a drug gang.
  • What do poo, genetic testing, and privacy law all have in common? A: This lawsuit, the first case to be brought to trial under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, a 2007 law designed to protect American workers from privacy violations.
  • “It’s just like planning a dinner”: Cosmopolitan explains the new field of computer programming (and why women are so well suited for the job), circa 1967.
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