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Is your mom warmer with her grandkids than with you? A new study says blame biology

CNN (11/19/2021)
  • An Emory University study found increases in areas of the brain associated with empathy when 50 grandmothers were shown pictures of their grandchildren.
  • The grandmothers underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures changes in brain activity blood flow, while being shown images of their grandchild, another child they didn’t know, an adult they didn’t know, and the same-sex parent of their grandchild.
  • While empathy-related brain activity also increased when shown pictures of their children, grandmothers responded more emotionally to grandchildren.

The bright new age of venture capital

The Economist (11/27/2021)
  • Contrary to early pandemic fears, global venture capital is forecast to hit a record $580B this year (+50% YoY).
  • Rising stock markets have pushed valuations higher, encouraging more public offerings and attracting more investment.
  • The total market cap of VC-backed companies going public is forecast to total $500B (+$300B YoY).
  • Private equity, hedge funds and others now account for 70% of large VC investments (outpacing traditional VC firms).
  • However, fears are growing that rapidly rising valuations will lower long-term venture capital returns.

A Michigan woman tried to hire an assassin online at RentAHitman.com. Now, she’s going to prison.

The Washington Post (11/22/2021)
  • Wendy Wein (52) recently plead guilty to attempting to hire someone to murder her ex-husband via joke site RentAHitman.
  • Northern California resident Bob Innes (54) launched the site in 2005 with the joke hitman service placeholder page while exploring a possible network security business.
  • Three years later, Innes was surprised to discover 250-300 serious e-mail inquiries from people worldwide requesting hitmen.
  • Upon confirmation, Innes forwards these inquiries to police.
  • Wendy provided her ex-husband’s address and workplace; she faces 9 years in prison.

Fresh look at pandemic origins points straight to food market in Wuhan, scientist says

CNN (11/18/2021)
  • University of Arizona researcher Michael Worobey created a comprehensive timeline of Covid’s initial spread, providing strong evidence of its origin in Wuhan, China.
  • Worobey found “considerable evidence” that Covid arose in an animal circulating year-end 2019.
  • His findings also dismissed the misdiagnosed first case involving an accountant as a tooth-related illness, lending more credence to the spread from animals to humans in the Wuhan food market.
  • However, this strong evidence remains inconclusive since the Chinese government cleared the market, destroying crucial evidence.

The 37-Year-Olds Are Afraid of the 23-Year-Olds Who Work for Them

The New York Times (NYT) (10/28/2021)
  • Millennial office managers and startup founders are struggling to understand the mindsets and motivations of Gen-Z (born after 1997) workers.
  • While older generations complained about millennials pushing for work-life balance and office perks, millennials are surprised by Gen-Z workers scoffing at staying at work longer than necessary and requesting mental health days off.
  • Many Gen-Z workers also feel comfortable delegating tasks and responsibilities to their managers.
  • Gen-Z workers also pressure their employers to take public political stances (eg publicly supporting Black Lives Matter).

Tidal Launches Direct-to-Artist Payments Via $19.99 Hi-Fi Plus Tier

Variety (11/17/2021)
  • Music streaming service Tidal recently announced that its new $19.99/mo Hi-Fi Plus Tier will allow subscribers to directly compensate the artists they stream.
  • Currently, major streaming services pool all subscription revenue into a big pile, then distribute royalties to artists based on the percentage of streams they receive relative to all streams.
  • Under Hi-Fi Plus, artists’ subscription payouts will derive from the percentage of streams they receive from each individual subscriber.
  • Tidal’s new compensation model will allow smaller artists to receive larger payouts.

How Clubhouse Is Working to Become a “Real Company”

The Hollywood Reporter (11/12/2021)
  • Upon launching at the onset of Covid, Social audio app Clubhouse an overnight sensation.
  • Clubhouse, which essentially hosts conference calls anyone can join, generated a major buzz last year after celebrities joined to discuss a myriad of topics.
  • Despite initially being invite-only, millions uncovered ways to join helping Clubhouse achieve a $4B valuation.
  • However, growth has slowed significantly since Twitter and Facebook cloned its core product.
  • To maintain its relevance, Clubhouse is working to become a “real company” with more features that attract users.

Yearly drug overdose deaths top 100,000 for first time

NBC News (11/17/2021)
  • According to the CDC, US drug overdose deaths rose by 29% from April 2020-2021 (compared to the prior 12-month period) to 100,306.
  • The rise was primarily driven by deaths from synthetic opioid (eg fentanyl) overdoses.
  • Meth and cocaine related deaths also rose; heroin-related deaths fell slightly.
  • Experts point out Covid-related social isolation reducing access to support groups leading to more addiction and relapses.
  • Since 2000, opioid-related overdoses have increased by over 200%.

What Happens to Your Body on No Sleep?

Outside (04/02/2019)
  • Scientists have found that the effects of acute sleep deprivation, or all-nighters, kicks in after being awake for 16-18 hours straight.
  • The first sign is a sluggish mind, with reaction times lagging to the equivalent of being legally drunk by the 24th hour awake.
  • After 24 hours, your brain starts forcing you into 10-20 second periods of “micro-sleep”.
  • After 35 hours, the brain’s emotion-emitting amygdala becomes 60% more reactive and the ability to regulate emotions declines.
  • Hallucinations are common after 48 hours awake.