Summary of “We have a pretty good idea of when humans will go extinct”

Several decades ago, Princeton’s J. Richard Gott got the idea of applying the principle to our position in time.
If his visit took place at the very beginning of that middle portion of the Wall’s existence, Gott reasoned, that eight years would represent exactly one quarter of the way into its history.
In the case of Gott’s visit to the Berlin Wall, to achieve 95 percent confidence on his prediction he’d have to say the Wall’s future life span was somewhere between 0.2 and 320 years, instead of the 2.66 to 24 years predicted at the 50 percent accuracy threshold.
Assuming that you and I are not so special as to be born at either the dawn of a very long-lasting human civilization or the twilight years of a short-lived one, we can apply Gott’s 95 percent confidence formula to arrive at an estimate of when the human race will go extinct: between 5,100 and 7.8 million years from now.
Mammalian species typically last around 1 million years before going extinct.
As Gott points out, our Neanderthal ancestors were around for only 300,000 years, while Homo erectus survived for about 1.6 million.
Gott has put his Copernican formula to the test in a number of different ways over the years, with some surprising results.
There’s not much reason to suspect that we’ll remain one forever: Using the Copernican formula several years ago, Gott estimated that “If our location within the history of human space travel is not special, there is a 50 percent chance that we are in the last half now and that its future duration is less than 48 years.”

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Summary of “How IMSA Did the Impossible: A Sports-Business Success Story”

Speaking of “Up,” 2018 will see the full-time addition of Team Penske to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.
Team Penske debuts this weekend at the season finale-Motul Petit Le Mans-in preparation for the team’s full-season campaign next year.
Teams make huge investments in equipment, and we wanted them to have a high degree of confidence in our commitment to technical details, and to what would be allowed.
In the GT category, the cars and teams are definitely impressive, but what’s almost equally impressive are the car corrals filled with fans who have driven their personal vehicles to the track.
We’ve been fortunate to have top-level teams, but the new teams coming in definitely raise the bar.
Keeping the welcome mat out, not just figuratively but with real substance, for our independent teams is extremely important.
We’ve always had a mix of professional teams and drivers with independent teams that are pro-am combinations.
The pro-am teams also serve as the cultural bedrock of the sport.

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Summary of “Gregg Popovich Is the Real Zen Master of Basketball”

If there were ever a sign that the America of my youth no longer exists, it’s that I remember a time when Phil Jackson was regarded as an unassailable genius - and not just within the realm of basketball.
In just a few years, Jackson has tarnished his reputation as a beautiful basketball mind to the point that it’s impossible to consider him in those terms today.
Jackson’s aura of infallibility was partly due to his employing the Triangle offense, a scheme as esoteric as Jackson himself.
What’s important is that the Triangle is complicated, and that alone gave Jackson gravitas.
For years, Jackson’s unconventional methods were heralded as superior - and it was hard to argue against the results.
As Pixar founder Ed Catmull is fond of saying, “Success hides problems.” And as the veneer of success has faded in recent years, Jackson has started to look more like an out-of-touch assclown than some mystical sage.
Jackson forced the team to use the Triangle and stubbornly refused to let them stop doing so, even when it became apparent that the Triangle was a poor fit for today’s game, and despite its being an especially poor fit for Kristaps Porzingis.
Jackson responded to Porzingis’ inspired play by dragging him in the media and saying he’d like to trade the young Latvian phenom for reasons that remain unclear to anyone who’s seen Porzingis play.

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Summary of “Last Year, the Cubs Finally Celebrated. Is It the Indians’ Turn?”

The Indians will play the winner in a best-of-five division series, with the first two games at home on Thursday and Friday.
The Indians improved by eight games over last season, finishing 102-60 to earn home-field advantage through the American League Championship Series.
The end of the Cubs’ drought has made the Indians the sad stewards of baseball’s longest active streak without winning the World Series.
While the Indians still ranked near the bottom in A.L. attendance, they sold more than two million tickets for the first time in nine years.
After a lackluster first half, the Indians have soared through the last two and a half months.
The Indians’ front office – which has served for years as a feeder system for envious rivals – has always been keenly aware of its competitive window.
Now the Indians are the A.L.’s best team, perhaps the best in baseball, with expectations to match.
The best team does not always win it all – and for almost seven decades, the Indians have not, either.

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Summary of “Can Anyone Beat Jeff Bezos?”

In a few years, they would almost certainly be trying to put each other out of business-if they weren’t already doing so secretly.
When the meal-kit delivery service Blue Apron announced it was going public its bankers had planned to price its initial public shares between $15 and $17. But upon the mere news that Amazon had concocted a pithy slogan-“We do the prep. You be the chef.”-for a potential future meal-delivery business of its own, Blue Apron was forced to slash the share price to between $10 and $11. Earlier this year, supermarket chains saw their market capitalization recede by $22 billion in a mass sell-off just hours after Amazon had announced that it was buying Whole Foods.
Presumably, these investors had nightmares of owning shares of the next Borders, which is out of business, or Barnes & Noble, which saw its stock drop some 75 percent in the past two years alone.
The Amazon Effect, alas, is no longer unique to Amazon.
A June 2017 Ball State University study noted that about half of all U.S. jobs could be eliminated in the coming years due to advances in automation.
A March report by PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that 38 percent of all jobs in the U.S. could be lost to automation in just 15 years.
In reality, the Industrial Revolution was a horribly painful event that spanned some 80 years.
An abiding and solid company, and even an entire industry, can fall in just a few years as a result of technology in the hands of an adept competitor.

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Summary of “Spectacular revelations courtesy of Hubble”

For 27 years, since it was launched into space, Hubble has been sending us stunning images of the vast heavens.
Tonight, we’ll take you up to Hubble – and billions of light years beyond – to see some of its latest, most spectacular revelations.
“Most transformative,” says NASA astrophysicist Amber Straughn, because Hubble keeps improving our understanding of the universe.
AMBER STRAUGHN: The original Hubble deep field is located just above the Big Dipper.
To get some sense of how many stars that is, we went to Adam Riess, who won a Nobel Prize for his work on Hubble.
Hubble showed us the marvel and majesty of stars being born.
Now we’ve learned with Hubble, not only stars but also baby planet systems.
Hubble orbits high, outside Earth’s atmosphere so it can see a wide spectrum of light our atmosphere blocks.

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Summary of “Zealandia drilling reveals secrets of sunken lost continent”

The mostly submerged continent of Zealandia may have been much closer to land level than previously thought, providing pathways for animals and plants to cross continents from 80m years ago, an expedition has revealed.
Zealandia, a for the most part underwater landmass in the South Pacific, was declared the Earth’s newest continent this year in a paper in the journal of the Geological Society of America.
“The discovery of microscopic shells of organisms that lived in warm shallow seas, and spores and pollen from land plants, reveal that the geography and climate of Zealandia was dramatically different in the past,” said Prof Gerald Dickens of Rice University.
Researchers drilled more than 860 metres below the sea floor in six different sites across Zealandia.
“As one scientist put it: ‘We are rewriting the geologic and tectonic history of Zealandia at this drill site.'”.
Mortimer told Guardian Australia in February that his was the first peer-reviewed scientific paper on Zealandia but that it was “Nothing new” to many other geologists.
The paper contends that Zealandia, in terms of elevation of continental shelf, distinct geology and thickness of crust, qualifies as a continent.
“Whereas most of Zealandia’s crust is thinner than the 30-46km that is typical of most continents, studies show that it is everywhere thicker than the 7km-thick crust of the ocean basins.”Currently used conventions and definitions of continental crust, continents and microcontinents require no modification to accommodate Zealandia.

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Summary of “NFL quarter mark: Rams offense good; Patriots D bad”

What makes Carolina 33, New England 30 special for Newton is that it came against Tom Brady, and it came with him adjusting to a newness in the Panther offense, and it came with him still getting in peak game shape after off-season shoulder surgery.
Hal has led an opportunistic Houston defense that’s made more plays in the back end than most people expected, and that keyed the shocking 57-14 demolition of the Titans in Houston on Sunday.
In a big win, Zuerlein was the only player to get a game ball from McVay.
As McCown says, it could be a contributing factor for veteran players when it comes to deciding whether to keep playing football later in their careers.
V. “Whether it’s the President of the United States or somebody in the upper deck who says they’re ruining the game by not letting players bash each other to pieces, you wonder how many times they’ve been hit in the head.”.
If Belichick doesn’t figure out a defensive fix, the shiny numbers Brady puts up will set numerous AARP records, but they won’t allow the Patriots to play in February.
Nigerian-born cabbie, a U.S. citizen, tells us he voted for Donald Trump, loves Donald Trump, and it’s a disgrace that all football players don’t stand at attention for the national anthem.
Costas on playing the anthem before sports events: “This is going to be misunderstood, and you and I both understand about being misunderstood. If you go to the theater to see”Hamilton,” it is about the founding of the republic, and no one says, wait a minute, how can they start without the national anthem? The anthem has been directly associated with sports, understandably so, because sports cuts across so many demographic lines and it can be a uniting force, and you can get goosebumps hearing the national anthem.

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Summary of “The Not-So-Glossy Future of Magazines”

“Sentimentality is probably the biggest enemy for the magazine business,” David Carey, the president of Hearst Magazines, said in an interview.
Kurt Andersen, a former editor of New York and, with Mr. Carter, a founder of Spy magazine, said that print magazines were still breathing, but that the recent upheaval was a sign that the denouement might not be far off.
As the executive leading Hearst’s magazine business into an uncertain future, Mr. Carey said that he was focused on identifying new ways to increase revenue and trim expenses.
Its magazines, which focus largely on perennial topics like decorating and recipes, remain popular with the company’s mostly female readers.
Johnson Publishing, which is based in Chicago, sold the magazines Ebony and Jet last summer to a private equity firm.
“In the past, magazines could support celebrity editors, but it’s becoming harder and harder with the revenue declines to do that,” he said.
Terry McDonell, a former top editor at Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone, said that celebrity editors of the past embodied and defined the magazines they ran.
Mr. Andersen, who now writes books and hosts a public radio show, said that magazines might eventually gain a cult following akin to the interest around other obsolete media, like vinyl records.

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Summary of “How Streaming Revolutionized Rap’s Album Rollouts On The Road To No. 1”

How Streaming Revolutionized Rap’s Album Rollouts On The Road To No. 1 : The Record From Kendrick Lamar’s TDE camp to Rick Ross’s MMG, industry heavies weigh in on digital’s continued disruption of the traditional album release calendar.
Artists are increasingly charting unpredictable album rollouts based on their own strategic and creative self-interests.
Like Lemonade, Beyonce’s surprise visual album of 2016, 4:44 debuted exclusively on the streaming service Tidal.
After four years of starving his faithful of a follow-up to the gorgeous Channel Orange, Frank Ocean dropped two albums in August 2016: Endless, a 45-minute video album released exclusively through Apple Music, fulfilled Ocean’s contract with Def Jam Records.
When an artist delivers an album may no longer be as important as how it’s delivered, according to Ian Holder, the VP of A&R at SONY/ATV who signed Ocean to his BMI publishing deal in 2011.
Before the impact of streaming, the fiscal interests of record companies governed album rollouts.
He only gave a week’s notice before dropping his first 2017 LP. He made history when, seven days after his self-titled album debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart, he doubled down with another full-length LP that immediately shot to No. 1.
“Future first mentioned that there would be a FUTURE HNDRXX album release years ago [and] both albums show a very different, but brilliant side of [him].” If Future can’t decide which track should be his next hit, he can easily uncover which of his songs are streaming best.

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