Welcome to Bespoke Brunch Reads — a linkfest of the favorite things we read over the past week. The links are mostly market related, but there are some other interesting subjects covered as well. We hope you enjoy the food for thought as a supplement to the research we provide you during the week.

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Here’s How the EU Could Tax Carbon Around the World by Ewa Krukowska (Bloomberg)

A new proposal would levy a tax upon import for the carbon content of goods purchased by other countries, a “border adjustment tax” for carbon emissions. [Link; soft paywall]

Are Floating Hotels, Office Buildings the Answer to Rising Sea Levels? by Konrad Putzier (WSJ)

If you can’t avoid a flood, why not ride on top of it? A new architectural trend is putting buildings on top of water instead of trying to resist the advance of seas. [Link; paywall]

Health Care

I’m Sorry to Say Skin-Cancer Screenings Are a Must by Katie Heaney (The Cut)

Regular skin cancer screenings can catch potentially lethal melanomas long before they become dangerous, a risk for virtually everybody but especially those who have used tanning beds which double the risk of skin cancer. [Link]

The effect of health insurance on crime: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion by Qiwei He and Scott Barkowski (Wiley Online)

A novel paper illustrates the benefit of improving access to health care via the Medicaid expansion of the ACA: reduced burglary, vehicle theft, homicide, robbery, and assault. [Link]

Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time by Ian Sample (The Guardian)

Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is being tested by a new algorithm designed a special molecule from scratch in order to deal with the most harmful strains of bacteria. [Link]

Lives Lived

Meet the unknown female mathematician whose calculations helped discover Pluto by Meghan Bartels (Space)

The original calculations which led to the discovery of Pluto were undertaken by a woman who would end her life widowed and living in poverty in New Hampshire. [Link]

The Computer Scientist Responsible for Cut, Copy, and Paste, Has Passed Away by Andrew Liszewsk (Gizmodo)

While the Control+C and Control+V commands are ubiquitous today, that wasn’t always the case; they were first conceived back in the 1970s at the Xero Palo Alto Research Center. [Link]


In America’s Richest Town, $500k a Year Is Now Below Average by Shelly Hangan, Wei Lu, and Sophie Alexander (Yahoo!/Bloomberg)

Average household income counts at $525,000 in the richest place in the United States, a Silicon Valley suburb where the cheapest listed house goes for $2.5mm and estates are more commonly priced in the 8 figure range. [Link]

Thanks, I Hate It

Corporate Buzzwords Are How Workers Pretend to Be Adults by Olga Khazan (The Atlantic)

Every culture has its own specific language, and the corporate hierarchies of US companies are no different as vocabulary and tone totally different from more prevalent language are good for some laughs. [Link; soft paywall]

Novo Mundi

Patreon Capital: An Alternative to Podcast Financing by Nicholas Quah (HotPod News)

Silicon Valley has gotten obsessed with lending based on other platform technologies, and this week Patreon entered the fray using a product that allows users fundraising on the platform to borrow based on their monthly donation revenues. [Link]

Psychedelic Fiber Offers a New Twist on the Science of Knots by Devin Powell (Wired)

The science of knots is more complex than one might think, drawing on mathematical techniques that have massive applications in other areas. [Link]

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