Required reading

  • Congratulations! The world’s population is about to reach eight billion, according to a United Nations report released this week. The report reads:

Today, the world’s population is more than three times greater than it was in the middle of the 20th century. The global human population will reach 8.0 billion in mid-November 2022 from about 2.5 billion people in 1950, adding 1 billion people since 2010 and 2 billion since 1998. It has taken about 37 years since 1950 for the human number doubles, surpassing 5 billion in 1987. Subsequently, it is estimated that it will take over 70 years for the world’s population to double again, to over 10 billion by 2059.

What about concerns that the world’s population is shrinking because more people are dying than are being born? The report indicates that the world population continues to grow, but at a reduced rate:

In 2020, and for the first time since 1950, the population growth rate has fallen below 1% per year and it is expected to continue to slow over the next decades and until the end of this century… The world population could reach around 8.5 billion in 2030, and add 1.18 billion in the following two decades, to reach 9.7 billion in 2050.

Also, the world has slightly more men (50.3%) than women (49.7%) in 2022 (that explains a lot). But don’t worry, the report predicts that the number of women will equal the number of men by 2050.

  • Elon Musk, supposedly the richest of all the eight billion of us, has warned that falling birth rates are the “by far the greatest danger facing civilization“and urging people on Twitter to have”large families“Like him. Arwa Mahdawi of Guardian asks Musk: Who is going to pay for all these children?

When you’re worth around $237billion (£200billion), the cost of supporting your family probably won’t keep you up at night. It certainly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice anything when it comes to your day job; multiple children are much easier to manage when you don’t have to give birth yourself and can pay other people to take care of them. Of course, most of us aren’t worth $237 billion, and the astronomical costs of child care – not to mention the ridiculous costs of just giving birth in the United States – mean that children have become a luxury. According to a 2020 study, nearly three in five millennials without children say they don’t have any because it’s too expensive to raise them.

If Musk really wanted to do something about falling birth rates, he might consider using his considerable influence to push for more family-friendly government policies and a solution to the states’ shocking maternal death rate. -United. He might want to think about leading by example and pushing to pay more taxes to help support state-subsidized child care (the same could be said for [Boris] Johnson, whose only proposed solution to the UK childcare crisis was “no more Tumble Tots”).

  • Speaking of birth and death, if you think exercise can make up for your poor diet or that healthy eating can replace your lack of exercise, then you’re wrong, according to a new study. “Contrary to popular belief, you can’t avoid the consequences of a poor diet – and healthy eating, on its own, won’t ward off disease,” writes Dani Blum for the New York Timesto add:

These results underscore what many physicians have seen in practice, said Dr. Tamanna Singh, co-director of the Cleveland Clinic Sports Cardiology Center, who was not involved in the study. For example, she says, there are many components to heart health, and “optimizing one thing isn’t necessarily going to improve your cardiovascular risk.”

She sees patients who classify themselves as amateur or professional athletes and are shocked when they experience cardiovascular events, she says, regardless of their diet. “A lot of times they come up to me after an event and say, ‘I train so much. Why did I have a heart attack?

On the other hand, even those who had the most nutritious diets in the study saw significantly worse results without some form of regular fitness regimen.

  • According to researchers from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a key factor in your health and longevity is actually spirituality. This is a summary of the study of Neuroscience News:

[The experts] noted that for healthy people, participation in the spiritual community—exemplified by attendance at religious services—is associated with healthier life, including greater longevity, less depression and suicide, and less consumption of substances. For many patients, spirituality is important and influences key disease outcomes, such as quality of life and medical care decisions.

Implications of the consensus included the integration of spirituality considerations as part of patient-centered health care and increased awareness among clinicians and health care professionals of the protective benefits of spiritual community participation.

  • Gen zers are tired of corporate jobs. They quit their jobs and never come back. This TikTok user, who uses the nickname “Corporate Quitter,” is becoming the voice of a generation (check out the many supportive comments on her video):
  • As if the images NASA revealed this week from the James Webb Space Telescope weren’t jaw-dropping enough, scientists also say they’ve picked up radio signals from a galaxy billions of light-years from Earth. . Ayana Archie reports for NPR:

Scientists have not yet been able to pinpoint the exact location of the radio waves, but suspect the source could be neutron stars, which are made up of the collapsed cores of giant stars.

The signals occur regularly and last up to three seconds, the researchers said. Most fast radio bursts, or FRBs, last only a few milliseconds.

“In this window, the team detected bursts of radio waves that repeated every 0.2 seconds in a clear periodic pattern, similar to a beating heart,” MIT said in a statement.

  • Speaking of the James Webb Telescope, here’s this week’s meme:
  • This is extremely disturbing:
  • Worrying too: Hermès plans to open two stores in Williamsburg, New York. I know that makes sense, but as a neighborhood resident for seven years, I am well aware that things can always get worse. Kellie Ell broke the news for Daily Women’s Clothing (WWD):

L3 Capital executives would not comment on details, such as annual rental prices, surrounding Hermès’ move to the borough. But a source familiar with the matter said there will be a temporary pop-up in Williamsburg in the first quarter of 2023, followed by a permanent flagship in the same neighborhood in 2026.

The long-term pop-up – at 91 North Sixth Street in Brooklyn – marks the first time that Hermès has moved to Brooklyn for an extended period. (Hermès currently has three stores in Manhattan.) The 5,400-square-foot, two-story Brooklyn space, owned by L3, will be located in the heart of Williamsburg’s shopping district near Nike, Madewell and Urban Outfitters. .

Sources said Hermes will stay in the temporary space for about two years. Around the same time, construction of the permanent 8,500 square foot store — also in Williamsburg, a few doors down at 111 North Sixth Street — is expected to be complete. (Birkenstock currently occupies this single-story space.) According to the L3 website, the real estate company acquired the two locations in 2015, as part of its larger North Sixth and North Seventh Streets portfolio, then recapitalized in 2019.

  • And finally, that’s how we do it. Watch and Learn, New York:

Required reading is posted every Thursday afternoon and includes a short list of art-related links to long-form articles, videos, blog posts, or photo essays worth checking out.

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