This is a brand new edition of our very own Daily Update, a look at the most important news today. This time we have one great article about how startups turn to pot to avoid burnout, one about that America teens want less racism, one about how Facebook needs to grow up, one about why dying is unavoidable and one about why you shouldn’t learn how to code.
Bloomberg: Hoping To Avoid Burnout, Some Startups Turn To Pot
Mainstream venture capital firms, such as Founders Fund, DCM, Slow Ventures, and Y Combinator, made their first bets last year, joining longtime cannabis investors and advocates, including ArcView Group and Snoop Dogg’s firm Casa Verde Capital. Those investments have emboldened a new class of entrepreneurs to launch marijuana-related startups focusing on cultivation, tracking, distribution and delivery. Other more established companies are shifting their business plans.
Newsweek: What Do American Teens Want? Less Racism
Findings show that race and discrimination are crucial issues for teens today. In 1966, 44 percent of American teens thought racial discrimination would be a problem for their generation. Now, nearly twice as many—82 percent—feel the same way. The outlook is more alarming among black teens: Ninety-one percent think discrimination is here to stay, up from 33 percent in 1966.
Select All: Facebook Needs to Grow Up
It hasn’t been Facebook’s week. Senator John Thune is demanding answers after a series of Gizmodo stories revealed the practices behind the website’s Trending Topics section — including claims from an anonymous former employee that editorial contractors overlooked or avoided certain stories or outlets with a conservative bent. And this all just weeks after a triumphant earnings report, in which Facebook unveiled its multi-year plan to dominate messaging, social networks, and internet connectivity.
Nautilus: Physics Makes Aging Inevitable, Not Biology
The idea of innate senescence suggests that we have a master clock inside of us that counts down the hours of our lives. The most famous are telomeres—little snippets of DNA which get shortened each time a cell divides. The study of telomeres has been controversial: It is not clear if telomere shortening is a cause or an effect of aging. Telomeres do not shorten in constant amounts—while there is a minimum amount that comes off at each cell division, they will shorten at a faster rate if the cell has been damaged through other means. Many researchers now believe that telomere shortening is more of a symptom of aging than its cause.
TechCrunch: Please don’t learn to code
If you regularly pay attention to the cultural shenanigans of Silicon Valley, you’ve no doubt heard of the “Learn to Code” movement. Politicians, nonprofit organizations like Code.org and even former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City have evangelized what they view as a necessary skill for tomorrow’s workforce. There may be some truth to that, especially since the United States’ need for engineers shows no sign of slowing down. But the picture is more complicated.
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