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The Persistent Effect of Temporary Affirmative Action
"Affirmative action increases the black share of employees over time: in 5 years after an establishment is first regulated, the black share of employees increases by an average of 0.8 percentage points. Strikingly, the black share continues to grow at a similar pace even after an establishment is deregulated. I argue that this persistence is driven in part by affirmative action inducing employers to improve their methods for screening potential hires."
Roger Pielke Jr's twitter version of a talk titled "Climate Politics as Manichean Paranoia"
Conflicts and how to effectively develop a way forward
The Practice of Ritual Defamation: How Values, Opinions, and Beliefs Are Controlled in Democratic Societies
The sort of behavior I tend to expect from a lot of activists.

Predicting the present

From Harvard Business Review:

I don’t think that science fiction writers predict the future. Science fiction has always been about the present, even when it’s dressed in futuristic trappings. We write stories that try to address the effect of technology on society and vice versa. Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, was not predicting that in the future we would all build men out of corpses and animate them with lightning. Her point was that we might become technology’s servants rather than its masters. She wasn’t really being predictive. She was worrying about the present.

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Cleaning a Dirty Sponge Only Helps Its Worst Bacteria, Study Says
To quote a researcher cited on bacterial levels in sponges: "That’s the same density of bacteria you can find in human stool samples ... There are probably no other places on earth with such high bacterial densities."
Do They Stay or Do They Go? The Switching Decisions of Individuals Who Enter Gender Atypical College Majors
"Men who enter a female-dominated major are significantly more likely to switch majors than their male peers in other majors. By contrast, women in male-dominated fields are not more likely to switch fields compared to their female peers in other fields."
Science editor-in-chief sounds alarm over falling public trust (article is from approximately a year ago)
"policy issues should be informed by science, but they are separate questions"

Heineken's "Worlds Apart"

It seems to me that this is sometimes seemingly almost the only way that a lot of difficult topics can be discussed in this day and age:

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