Summary of “Sea level rise is eroding home value, and owners might not even know it”

Boineau is one of many homeowners on the front lines of society’s confrontation with climate change, living in houses where rising sea levels have worsened flooding not just in extreme events like hurricanes, but also heavy rains and even high tides.
The most vulnerable properties – those that stand to be flooded after seas rise by just one foot ­- were selling at a 14.7 percent discount, according to the study, which is set to be published in the Journal of Financial Economics.
The analysis suggests that exposed homes in Charleston have lost $266 million in value since 2005 because of coastal flooding and expectations of still higher seas.
“Despite all the discussion of sea level rise, and despite the tremendous increase in the number of events over the last years and the destructiveness of the events, coastal building continues and coastal property appreciation continues.”
Charleston, for example, has a hot real estate market characterized by high demand even though the city’s historic heart sits at low elevation, is surrounded on three sides by water and has recorded a rise in sea level of roughly a foot over the past century.
Home buyers are asking increasingly savvy questions about flooding, Tyler said, “a dramatic change from three years ago or five years ago.”
“I definitely feel like something has changed,” Boineau said when asked about sea level rise and whether flooding in Charleston is getting worse.
Officials are considering a “Comprehensive set of flooding and sea-level-rise strategies,” including improving pumping systems and raising Charleston’s Battery, a sea wall at the tip of the peninsula.

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Summary of “How to Get a Cat to Like You”

“Cats are not dogs,” says Jackson Galaxy, author of Total Cat Mojo and host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell.
It can smell other animals on you, even dogs you recently walked past, says cat behaviorist Mieshelle Nagelschneider, author of The Cat Whisperer.
Watch for the cat to demonstrate confidence with you, says Galaxy, by walking through the middle of the room or rubbing up against you.
“If the cat runs away, you haven’t lost the game, but you’ve lost a round,” says McNamee.
Feeding the cat its normal meal is another great opportunity, says McNamee.
If you’re a cat owner, there’s a lot you can do to help your cats get along better with visitors.
“We feel uncomfortable telling people what to do or what not to do,” says Galaxy, but “It’s OK for you to protect your cat in that respect.” You don’t want to freak out your friend-if they feel anxious, the cat will read that and get anxious too.
Short of breeding cats for friendliness-which McNamee feels would rob them of their appealing wildness-a well-socialized kittenhood is the best way to make a friendly cat.

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Summary of “Read Crazy Rich Asians Director’s Letter to Coldplay About Yellow”

The song that plays over the final scenes of Crazy Rich Asians had to hit several important notes: It had to strike the right emotional tone for Rachel’s departure from Singapore, wistful yet strong; it had to work as an emotional throughline as the film checks in with the other key relationships in the movie – Nick and Eleanor, Astrid and Michael – and it had to serve as a thematic closing statement for the film, the first studio product in a quarter century to feature an entirely Westernized Asian cast.
To director Jon M. Chu, the only tune that could fit the bill was Coldplay’s 2000 breakthrough single “Yellow.” Warner Bros.
Jeff Yang, writing for Quartzy, provides a possible explanation for the rejection: The band had previously been criticized for appropriating Asian culture in their 2012 song “Princess of China” and 2016’s “Hymn for the Weekend,” and perhaps wanted to steer clear of Crazy Rich Asians to be safe.
“We tried so many other songs,” he told THR, “But everything was about the love story and not about the bigger context of who we are.”
So the filmmaker wrote directly to Coldplay members Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion, laying out his reasons for needing their song, and their song alone, for the film: ” has always had a negative connotation in my life … until I heard your song.
Although Chu can’t say for sure that it was his letter that did the trick, within 24 hours of sending it, the band approved the “Yellow” request.
As with several other songs on the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack, Chu commissioned a Chinese-language cover of the tune – another meta reference to contemporary global identity, remixing culture across continents and generations.
Read Chu’s full letter to Coldplay below, then listen to Ho’s Mandarin cover of “Yellow,” from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack.

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Summary of “What happens when you spend a year using science to improve your brain”

Neuroplasticity is real – that is, the brain really can change and learn and improve based on experience.
“So,” wondered science journalist Caroline Williams, “If brain training isn’t the way to apply it, what should we be doing?” Williams is the author of My Plastic Brain: One Woman’s Yearlong Journey to Discover if Science Can Improve Her Mind.
One of the poster children for neuroplasticity are the London taxi drivers, and studies show that as taxi drivers learn to navigate the streets and memorize the routes, the hippocampus – the part of the brain that does spatial navigation – gets larger.
I spent weeks and weeks trying to improve my navigational skills using wearable technologies and afterward, I got put into a brain scanner and they did an fMRI while I was pretending to navigate.
It’s like, I’m short and no amount of thinking I should be taller is going to help and it might be the same way for some parts of the brain.
There are things out there that try to blind people with complicated words, like a particular app that claims to improve your focus by playing specific music that gets your brain waves working in a particular way.
Most generic brain training apps, games, puzzles and so on are still not going to be that helpful, or do anything that wouldn’t happen by just having a conversation or doing something interesting you enjoy.
It’s not going to be something like, “I’m going to work on my hippocampus now.” That’s not going to be very useful to the average person, but you might be able to work to different brain zones or states.

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Summary of “Meet the Nuclear Weapons Nerds”

The kind of uranium Coster-Mullen owns isn’t used in nuclear weapons.
If countries with nuclear weapons were to engage in nuclear warfare, mutually assured destruction would guarantee the annihilation of both.
Beyond providing a visual historical record, photographs allowed scientists to study and evaluate their nuclear designs and tests so they could measure the amount of energy released when a nuclear weapon is detonated.
The five major sections-the first nuclear tests, tests in the Pacific and high-altitude nuclear explosions, Nevada nuclear test site explosions, Rapatronic camera images, and images that picture the impact of these tests on the American public-were all taken prior to the 1963 signing of the Moscow Treaty.
The treaty banned nuclear weapon tests in the atmosphere, outer space and underwater and thus eliminated opportunities for photographic documentation of nuclear weapons testing in those environments.
“My goal personally is have people wrap their minds around the bomb,” Wellerstein told me, expressing dismay that many view the use of nuclear weapons as akin to an apocalypse.
Wellerstein’s NUKEMAP, a website enables users to model the explosion of different nuclear weapons anywhere on his map will be transformed into a virtual environment that simulates nuclear events.
In the past, Sanborn has re-enacted the original splitting of a uranium atom, and collected all kinds of radioactive material for other projects spun out of his interest in the development of nuclear weapons.

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Summary of “Yves Béhar, the celebrity designer behind Jawbone and Juicero, is stil”

Yves Béhar is marveling at his electronic trapdoor.
Astro Studios founder Brett Lovelady, who overlapped with Béhar at Lunar, says, “Yves catapulted to leadership quite quickly in his career. He’s a master self-promoter. I don’t mean that in a bad way-it’s good for design, and for him. Whereas other Valley firms were more about building design brands-Frog, Ideo, [and later] Astro, Whipsaw, Ammunition-Yves said, ‘Wait a minute, let me jump in front rather than be the founder behind the brand name.'”.
Yves Béhar is locked out of his smart door-lock company.
The business adventure that made Béhar most famous was Jawbone.
“We can feed them the greatest ideas in the world, but if the team running the business isn’t operating in an effective way, the business won’t succeed.” He adds that Jawbone “Got a bit lazy.” Béhar, who still wears an Up2 wearable tracker on his wrist and says he remains friends with Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman, says, “There are many reasons for failures in new enterprises, existing businesses,” he tells me.
One knowledgeable source close to Jawbone says Fuse’s team of designers was impressive, but that Béhar “Didn’t have a clue technically.” This person recalls how several Jawbone form factors originally designed by Béhar were “Virtually impossible” to build, including one early concept for a Mini Jambox speaker that required more than an hour to manufacture the patterned exterior on a single unit, an “Impossibly expensive” process that took “Forever.”
One well-regarded designer CEO who competes against Béhar finds it ironic that he idolizes Eames, who was “Absolutely grounded in the betterment of the middle class. All the greats of the golden age of American design were.” Eames famously once said that “Ideas are cheap” and that designers must only “Innovate as a last resort,” eschewing inventiveness for the sake of inventiveness.
Given Béhar’s penchant for high-priced gadgetry-$229 smart locks, $700 internet juicers, $1,160 robotic cribs-this designer agrees that Béhar isn’t ascribing to Eames’s legendary mantra, “The most for the least,” but rather “The most for the most,” an elitist approach increasingly at odds with mainstream society and one that makes Béhar the “Opposite of Eames.”

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Summary of “Media Giants Rev Up Streaming Services to Compete With Netflix – Variety”

The direct-to-consumer streaming video business model refined by Netflix is the reason Disney and Comcast chased 21st Century Fox with such fervor.
It’s no surprise that Disney – the world’s biggest media company – is leading the race among Hollywood’s old guard to catch up with Netflix, et al.
Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger calls the planned launch of a suite of DTC services “The biggest priority of the company during calendar [year] 2019.”.
“The modern media company must develop extensive direct-to-consumer relationships. We think pure wholesale business models for media companies will be really tough to sustain over time.”Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman-CEO. In a world awash in streaming video, Disney no longer needs to rely on Comcast and DirecTV and a host of international distributors to deliver its TV shows and movies.
For starters, Disney will say goodbye to about $300 million in annual revenue it currently gets from Netflix for pay-TV rights to its theatrical releases, starting with its 2019 movie slate.
Disney chief financial officer Christine McCar­thy was also asked how the company’s profit projections for theatrical films would change in the absence of the kind of traditional pay-TV output deal it had with Netflix for the past three years.
Disney has no intention of trying to match the tsunami of original TV shows and movies that Netflix is serving up.
There will undoubtedly be unforeseen costs on the technology side: Disney spent $2.6 billion to acquire a majority interest in digital streaming firm BAMtech to support its streaming plans.

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Summary of “Consciousness Studies Show Human, Macaque Brains Flicker Every 4 Seconds”

To understand these “Rhythms of attention,” Fiebelkorn suggests imagining standing in Times Square on New Years’ Eve, surrounded by people, cars, and music.
The scene presents far more sensory information than one human brain is capable of sorting through, and so, the brain deals with all of the information in two ways.
Like a filmstrip, the brain takes snapshots of these moments and pieces them together into a cohesive narrative, or “Perceptual cycle.”
It feels continuous because our brains have filled in the gaps for us, explains Berkeley’s Knight Lab researcher and first author Randolph Helfrich, Ph.D. to Inverse.
“Because when we look at brain data we see a pattern that waxes and wanes, they’re never constant and stable. Everyone perceives the world as continuous and coherent, but the real tricky part is, how does the brain do that?”.
The teams behind both studies analyzed data from both human and macaque brains during a series of tasks to understand how the brain stitches together a coherent narrative when it’s only got snapshots to work with.
About four times every second, the brain stops taking snapshots of individual points of focus – like your friend on the corner in Times Square – and collects background information about the environment.
Without you knowing it, the brain absorbs the sound of the crowd, the feeling of the freezing December air – which it later uses to stitch together a narrative of the complete Times Square Experience.

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Summary of “How Women Can Get What They Want in a Negotiation”

How common is Tara’s situation? Research suggests that 20% of women never negotiate at all.
If women see negotiation as a chore, they either don’t negotiate or do so in ways that can hurt the outcome.
Based on a growing body of research on gender in negotiations, combined with burgeoning research on positivity and mindfulness, we offer five strategies that can help women both choose to engage and perform more effectively in negotiations.
Prior to a negotiation, women can use positive priming to increase positive emotions, resulting in greater creativity, openness, and willingness to collaborate, all of which are essential to successful negotiation.
This can increase the likelihood that women choose to enter a negotiation to begin with.
A greater awareness of the emotions of others during a negotiation can help women better understand their needs and interests, which can make it easier to find integrative solutions.
The ability to reframe the negotiation – even one with the goal of increasing one’s total compensation – into one where the other party also benefits is particularly important for women.
In the case of salary negotiation, women would help themselves by looking at the total compensation package, which might include paid time off, the hiring of an assistant, or a commuting allowance – all of which have monetary value – as opposed to salary alone.

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