What are we reading? September 15, 2022

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.

 

Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

If you are interested in delving into some deep thinking in the pursuit of happiness courtesy of deep-thinking Aristotle have a look at this – Big Think/Freethink

https://www.freethink.com/culture/aristotle-good-life

 

While you are in the deep, consider this summary of the deep-water mystery surrounding the unidentified sea creature attack on the USS Stein in 1978. – IFL Science

https://www.iflscience.com/the-uss-stein-monster-in-1978-a-massive-creature-attacked-a-navy-frigate-shredding-parts-of-its-hull-65325

 

In the interests of leaving them laughing, deep thinkers in the world of science are investing research time in hopes of teaching robots to laugh at the right time. If they are successful, the technology could be another upgrade on humans, many of whom do not know when to laugh at the right time. – The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/sep/15/scientists-teach-robot-laugh-right-time-research

 

Glen Korstrom, reporter:

The UAE has shown how sensitive its leaders are to stories documenting negative consequences of the high price of oil. 

A newspaper owned by the billionaire brother of the country’s president had its print edition shut down weeks after publishing an article about citizens struggling with high oil prices, and some crossing the oil-rich country’s border with Oman to fill up with cheaper gas. 

Dozens of journalists were fired. – Al Jazeera

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/13/dubai-newspaper-that-ran-story-on-high-fuel-prices-dissolved 

 

On the topic of censorship, something lost in the coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s death are the thoughts of those in the U.K. who want an end to the monarchy. 

Protestors peacefully holding signs saying “Not my King,” have been arrested by police and shuffled out of view. – Al Jazeera

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/13/arrest-of-uk-anti-royals-raises-questions-about-freedom-of-speech