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Bill Cosby to be sentenced this week

CNN - 29 min ago
The questions have been looming since Bill Cosby was convicted in April of three counts of assault: Will he go to prison, and, if so, for how long?

Bill Cosby Arrives at Court to Be Sentenced on Sexual Assault Conviction

NY Times - 29 min 1 sec ago
At his sentencing hearing Monday, the disgraced entertainer, 81, could be sent to prison for many years.

Does being a parent make you more conservative?

Futurity.org - 34 min 21 sec ago

Parents may display more conservative attitudes, according to new research.

Parental advice like “Look both ways before you cross the street,” or “Don’t run with scissors,” can be considered examples of a certain perspective that portrays the world as a dangerous place—a perspective parents might use to instill caution in their children.

Some evidence supports the idea that socially and morally conservative values may arise from perceived threats or danger, says Nicholas Kerry, a PhD student in the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering.

Research shows that “people get more conservative with age,” Kerry says, “but there weren’t a lot of satisfactory explanations to this. It occurred to me that parenting might have a role in this. It would make sense for it to change our motivations and attitudes.”

In a study of 1,500 participants, Kerry and coauthor Damian R. Murray, an assistant professor in the psychology department, conducted four online surveys that examined attitudes to political topics that typically divide liberals and conservatives, such as reproductive rights and the military.

The researchers hypothesized that parents display more conservative attitudes because they are more often risk-averse, likely in the interest of protecting their children. They not only found differences between parents and non-parents, but also that people who felt more warmly toward children reported more socially conservative attitudes.

What’s more, these differences appeared to explain some of the increases in conservatism with age. However, parenting or not parenting is unlikely to cause wild swings in political or social opinions.

“We’re likely talking about fairly small and gradual changes over the course of several years,” Kerry adds.

The research is ongoing, and further work has found that reduced interest in short-term mating and increases in belief in a “dangerous world” may explain the relationship between parenting and social conservatism.

The research appears in Personality and Individual Differences.

Source: Tulane University

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Trump says no decision on whether to fire Rosenstein

Washington Post - 45 min 23 sec ago
In radio interview, the president says he’s still looking at reports that the deputy attorney general proposed secretly recording the president and pushed for his removal from office.

Analysis: A presumption of perfection derails Trump's sure bet

CNN - 49 min 49 sec ago
The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Republican golden boy with insider connections, had seemed so inevitable that in May 2016 when then-candidate Donald Trump released his first list of Supreme Court possibilities, journalists and political commentators seized on the absence of Kavanaugh's name.

The Met Is Creating New Operas (Including Its First by Women)

NY Times - 1 hour 4 min ago
Turning the page with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, its first new music director since 1976, the Met is readying new works — and planning forays into its city.

Apple Watch Series 4 Teardown: 4% More Battery Capacity, Hidden Barometric Sensor, and Streamlined Internals

MacRumors - 1 hour 7 min ago
iFixit has completed a teardown of the Apple Watch Series 4, providing a look inside a larger 44mm model with LTE.

Image Credit: iFixit
The repair experts believe that while the original Apple Watch was awkwardly layered together and used too much glue, the Series 4 lineup feels "much more thoughtfully laid out," likening it to the iPhone 5.Apple pundit John Gruber has compared this to the leap in design brought by the iPhone 4, and we might even go a bit further and call it an iPhone 5: a device that knows its priorities, and wants to look as elegant inside as out.At first glance, the internal design of Series 4 models looks more or less the same as previous models, with the battery and Taptic Engine taking up most of the space. Dig deeper, however, and the changes become evident.

Image Credit: iFixit
Teardown highlights:
  • 291.8 mAh battery, which is 4% more capacity than the 279 mAh battery in 42mm-sized Apple Watch Series 3 models.
  • A thinner and longer Taptic Engine, but iFixit says it still takes up a lot of space that could have gone to a larger battery.
  • The barometric sensor may have been relocated to the speaker grille for access to the outside atmosphere. The sensor had its own dedicated hole beside the microphone on Apple Watch Series 3 models.
  • The new Apple S4 chip is secured only with screws, whereas the processor is also "fiercely glued" in previous Apple Watch models.
  • The golden ring is likely a streamlined antenna system, as iFixit says it has not seen the usual fiddly brackets or golden gaskets.
  • The entire rear casing pops off more easily.
  • The display is not only larger, but also thinner.
iFixit says the Apple Watch Series 4 is nearing iPhone levels of repairability, with the highly-glued display being the primary remaining obstacle. Beyond that, they say the battery is straightforward to replace.

Image Credit: iFixit
All in all, the Series 4 received a "solid" 6/10 on iFixit's repairability scale, with 10 being the best possible score. That's the same repairability score iFixit gave the iPhone XS and XS Max in its teardown of those devices.

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How Jeff Bezos Should Spend the Money He Promised for Schools

NY Times - 1 hour 7 min ago
There are several grass-roots efforts to spread the Montessori method he admires that could really use the money.

The Finance 202: China shows it's in for long haul as Trump tariffs bite

Washington Post - 1 hour 13 min ago
The country accuses the administration of 'trade bullying.'

‘A fantastic, fantastic man’: Trump showers praise on Kavanaugh in new radio interview

Washington Post - 1 hour 15 min ago
In an interview conducted before a second allegation against the judge surfaced, the president praised what he said was Kavanaugh’s superior intellect and character.

Trump's 'America First' UN agenda likely obscured by Kavanaugh

CNN - 1 hour 16 min ago
President Donald Trump embarks upon another "America First" crusade at the world's foremost diplomatic institution this week. For some Republicans, his absence from Washington comes at an opportune moment.

See massive crowd swarm Tiger Woods

CNN - 1 hour 24 min ago
In an interview with CNN's Patrick Snell, Tiger Woods reflects on his first PGA Tour victory since 2013, saying "I didn't know if I'd be able to do this again."
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