Top 5 Reads of the Week | November 6, 2019

Top 5 Reads of the Week - Nov. 6 2019 | Scientific AmericanWe’re Incentivizing Bad Science
by James Zimring | Scientific American

“However, much like the bankers of the early 21st century, we risk allowing new incentives to erode our self-regulation and skew our perceptions and behavior; similar to the risky loans underlying mortgage-backed securities, faulty scientific observations can form a bubble and an unstable edifice.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week - Nov. 6 2019 | BloombergMillennials Should Be Happy They Are
Stuck Renting

by A. Gary Shilling | Bloomberg

“The quality-adjusted house price index, developed by Prof. Robert Shiller of Yale University, removes this upward price bias by comparing the prices of the same house when it is sold repeatedly over time. It shows that average quality-adjusted single-family house prices, corrected for overall inflation, have risen a paltry 1.1% at a compound annual rate since 1972.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week - Nov. 6 2019 | Denver PostHow an Eritrea refugee ran to daylight — and
to Denver

by Sean Keeler | The Denver Post

“He’s run through worse. Kefle’s third attempt at escape, in 2013, began in the night, under cover of darkness, straight up a mountain, with the Ethiopian border waiting on the other side. The descent, as steep as it was dark, was the tricky part. Finding a foothold that wouldn’t send you tumbling into the abyss.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week - Nov. 6 2019 | WSJThe Making of the World’s Greatest Investor
by Gregory Zuckerman | The Wall Street Journal

“For a while, Mr. Simons traded like most everyone else, relying on intuition and old-fashioned research. But the ups and downs left him sick to his stomach… Returns at his hedge fund were so awful he had to halt its trading and employees worried he’d close the business.”

 


Top 5 Reads of the Week - Nov. 6 2019 | NPR

Elephants Under Attack Have An Unlikely Ally:
Artifical Intelligence

by Dina Temple-Raston | NPR

“The neural network started producing files with lots and lots of isolated elephant sounds. But then an interesting thing happened — Wrege and his team at the Elephant Listening Project heard something else they weren’t expecting in all those recordings: gunshots.”