What We’re Following
The Violence in France and Japan: Two men with knives attacked a church in Normandy this morning, killing a priest and injuring one other person. ISIS has taken credit, making this the fourth terrorist attack France has suffered in less than two years—and the second in less than two weeks. Across the globe, Japan suffered its deadliest attack in decades last night, when a man killed 19 and injured 25 in a stabbing rampage at a facility for the disabled. But meanwhile, a new paper argues that disproportionate coverage of extreme tragedies can make the world seem worse than it is.
Preventive Medicine: Gun injuries are twice as deadly as cancer for Americans under 24, with the vast majority of all U.S. gun deaths coming from suicide and accidental shootings.* Research shows that by asking patients about gun safety—the same way they would ask about seat belts or healthy eating habits—doctors can help prevent these deaths.
RIP, VCR: The last global manufacturer of VCRs announced last week it would stop making the videocassette players at the end of July, sounding the final death knell for the technology that once defined home video. When it debuted in 1975, VCR was seen as a time-shifting technology, one that let people experience movies and shows long after they left the theater and the air. But today, it’s best remembered for shaping people’s time in a different way—by allowing a greater number of viewers to experience something together.