Quick, get over here and read the five best articles from today. What do we have here… There’s one article about how most students at top colleges have the same sleep pattern, one about how Donald Trump is winning over the white working class, one about why we shouldn’t protect teenagers from controversial issues in fiction, one about how NASA discovered the largest collection of planets ever, and one about how Netflix cuts out over 6 days of commercials from your life per year, compared to cable TV.
QUARTZ: Most Students At Top Colleges Have The Same Sleep Pattern
Worries that young university scholars are not getting enough rest are probably unwarranted. Students at most schools get the same amount of shut-eye on average—7 hours and 3 minutes— which is within the range recommended by experts. But students at top-ranked schools showed an intriguing pattern: They tend to fall asleep late, after 1 AM, compared to their counterparts further down the rankings. Those are the findings from Jawbone crunching the data on about 18,500 students wearing its UP wristbands.
The New Yorker: Head of the Class
How Donald Trump is winning over the white working class: Last week, Donald Trump became the leader of the Republican Party. He thrashed his way to this summit by understanding what many intelligent people utterly failed to see: the decline of American institutions and mores, from Wall Street and the Senate to cable news and the Twitterverse, made the candidacy of a celebrity proto-fascist with no impulse control not just possible but in some ways inevitable. It shouldn’t have been such a surprise.
The Guardian: Why We Shouldn’t Protect Teenagers From Controversial Issues In Fiction
There are certain subjects – sex, drink, drugs, violence – that light fires and push buttons. So how do you write about them for teenagers? We have to give teen readers credit for knowing the difference between truth and fiction, right and wrong, safe and dangerous. Arguably, fiction is actually a good place for young people to explore such themes and to undergo vicarious rites of passage. And not always through a filter made from vampires or SF dystopia.
NASA: NASA’s Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered
NASA’s Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date. “This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.”
Business Insider: Netflix Cuts Out Over 6 Days Of Commercials From Your Life Per Year, Compared To Cable TV
Netflix’s refusal to show ads is a core part of its identity. The company has always maintained that killing ads provides a better experience for its subscribers, and shows no signs of changing that position. And that stance has had an effect. “We know one of the benefits of an ecosystem like Netflix is its lack of advertising,” Howard Shimmel, a chief research officer at Time Warner, told Bloomberg last year. “Consumers are being trained there are places they can go to avoid ads.” Once you get used to having no ads, the ones that still exist can become grating.
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