Sunday, 4 February 2018

Bottled water sales and the desire for immortality plus links to other news and views

Bottled water sales fueled by desire for immortality - EurekaAlert
A fear of dying plays a role in people buying bottled water, even though they know it may not be good for them or the planet, a study from the University of Waterloo has found. The study suggests that most bottled-water advertising campaigns target a deep psychological vulnerability in humans, compelling them to buy and consume particular products. Bottled water ads specifically trigger our one-most subconscious fear -- driving Canadians to buy billions of litres of water annually.
Germany's potential coalition partners agree on energy, wrangle over health - Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) reached agreement on energy and agriculture on Saturday, but were still in dispute over healthcare during talks to form a government, more than four months after the election.
BBC journalist ordered to leave Indonesia's Papua over tweets - Reuters
A BBC journalist on a reporting trip to cover a health and malnutrition crisis in Indonesia’s easternmost area of Papua was forced to leave the province after the country’s military said tweets she sent on her trip had “hurt soldiers’ feelings”.
What if the right-wing media wins? - Columbia Journalism Review
Conservative critics of the press want more than just a louder voice. They want The New York Times and The Washington Post to go away.
Nick Bilton Reveals Twitter's Dirty Secret - Vanity Fair
Twitter knew about all its fake followers, and always has—eliminating just enough bots to make it seem like they care, but not enough that it would affect the perceived number of active users on the platform.
The 140-character president - Columbia Journalism Review
Donald Trump’s Twitter feed has become a news service for political junkies. It’s also raised a tangle of new ethical and legal questions for reporters covering the White House.
Are we overthinking referendums? - Inside Story
Conventional wisdom advises against holding referendums at election time. Conventional wisdom is wrong
Cracks in the code: Why mapping your DNA may be less reliable than you think - Globe and Mail
The Personal Genome Project was supposed to revolutionize medicine, but the results reveal how much we still have to learn. Carolyn Abrahamlooks at the risk of misleading results as DNA testing enters mainstream medicine
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