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【LATimes】Donors should give to universities with no strings

Donors should give to universities with no strings, not dictate their look or academicsA rendering shows Munger Hall at the University of California, Santa Barbara. (UCSB)The saying goes that a discount isn’t a bargain if the item on sale isn’t what you really wanted. The same wisdom could easily be applied to philanthropy in higher education: A donation...

【Atlantic】Why Are Men Still Paying for First Dates?

The disturbing implications of a long-standing expectationNPR reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji recently dropped in on a professional-etiquette class for teens to see what they made of traditional chivalry. “I can open my own door. I don’t see the point,” 18-year-old Chiamaka Njoku told her. “Most of these doors are automatic anyway.”But the young woman...

【Economist】How aircraft avoid mid-air collisions

Drones could pose more risks than other aeroplanesIT COULD have been one of the worst aviation disasters in history. Last August only a last-minute intervention stopped an Air Canada aeroplane from landing on top of four planes that were lined up on a taxiway at San Francisco’s airport. The incoming craft, which had mistaken the taxiway for a runway,...

【Economist】Why new variants like Omicron spread more easily?

Mutations allow new forms of the virus to better bind to human cellsMutated viruses which survive and thrive are called variants. In the case of SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes covid-19, these started to spread in earnest in November 2020, with the appearance of the Alpha variant, first spotted in Britain. The Delta variant, which is the dominant...

【Bloomberg】China’s Gen Z Is Anxious, and Beijing Has Few Answers

In response to deepening malaise, the government has sought to smooth the path to good jobs for recent college grads. The measures might not be enough.Worried youth. Photographer: Qilai Shen/BloombergChina’s young people are stressed out. Already rattled by the protracted Covid-19 pandemic that has upended life just as the nation’s Gen Z transitions...

【LATimes】Apple ditches privacy for porn policing

Apple unveiled a plan to scan its devices for child porn photos, raising concerns about users’ privacy.In this world of snooping and snitching, truly private conversations are increasingly endangered. Apple devices once provided a refuge from all kinds of corporate and governmental prying, and the iconic Silicon Valley company had been studying how...

【Economist】Electronic waste: iMac, iPhone, iRepair

Apple performs an unusual U-turnApple’s purpose has always been to empower the users of its wares. “People are inherently creative. They will use tools in ways the toolmakers never thought possible,” once opined Steve Jobs, the computer maker’s late co-founder. So it was always odd that the firm went to great lengths to stop customers fixing its products....

【Quartz】How negative feedback impacts women and men differently

Research shows that women are more likely than men to internalize negative feedback.A while back, I was talking about a new opportunity at my current job with a friend over dinner. On one hand, I felt confident I would be great at it if given the chance. On the other hand, if they rejected me, I was ready and willing to interpret that as ironclad proof...

【NYTimes】Taxi! To the Airport — by Air, Please.

Several companies are betting they can bring electric urban air travel to the masses — perhaps within the next few years.It is late afternoon in Manhattan and you have a flight to catch at Kennedy International Airport. Instead of sitting in rush-hour traffic for two hours, you take a short ride to a nearby parking garage where you board an electric...

【Economist】Social mobility: What's in a name?

Shapley, Evershed and Charter are among the most fortunateAm surprised to realise that anybody ever goes to, lives at, or comes from, Norwich,” wrote the novelist E.M. Delafield in 1930. The town is not Britain’s only one to find that its charms elude outsiders. There are also Slough (John Betjeman invited “friendly bombs” to fall on it), Hull (“a dump”,...

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