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【Guardian】Arts freelancers: they must not be forgotten

The government has stepped in to protect the UK’s cultural infrastructure, but has neglected the people who make the art‘Those in the performing arts face a potentially grim future, effectively prevented from working after most other parts of the economy have begun to function again.The £1.57bn rescue package for the arts that the UK government announced...

【Economist】Retail: Turning a corner

中文导读今年,突如其来的新冠疫情利好便利店产业,几大巨头的表现却参差不齐、喜忧参半。近年来,服务功能的多样化和全面化,使便利店这一新的零售产业近些年发展势头迅猛,但传统大型商超的竞争及在线配送等商业模式的崛起,都大大挤压了便利店的生存空间。目前来看,便利店只有不断推陈出新,提供更便民的服务,才能稳占一席之地。Convenience stores could benefit from the pandemic—if they adaptCORNER shops are within walking distance of many homes, open long hours and small enough not to require customers to linger too long...

【Conversation】Is it ethical to keep pets and other animals?

It depends on where you keep themCats can be happy in apartments, but the space needs features that enable their natural desire to climb, jump, hide and scratch.New York City’s comprehensive new code for animal welfare restricts when horse-drawn carriages can operate and bans the sale of the fatty liver of a force-fed duck, foie gras.Washington state...

【AsapSCIENCE】The Science of Being Transgender

What can science teach us about gender identity and dysphoria? 原文

【WSJ】China Beat Back Covid-19, but It’s Come at a Cost

As more lower-income families struggle with the pandemic’s ripple effects, the widening gap between rich and poor could threaten China’s economic recoveryRetail sales in China are tipped to contract for the full year, though they grew by 3.3% in September compared with a year earlier. Fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is widening the gap between haves...

【Economist】Transgender rights: A question of sport

中文导读10月9日,国际橄榄球理事会宣布将禁止跨性别女性参与女子橄榄球比赛。该组织做出此决定主要基于两点依据:大部分男性都比女性更为强壮;此前采取的降低跨性别女性睾丸激素水平以降低他们的体能优势的举措效果不佳。这一决定保证了体育运动的公平性,其他运动或也需效法。Letting trans women play in women’s sports is often unfairON OCTOBER 9th World Rugby, the global governing body for rugby union, announced that it would bar transgender women—people born male, but who identify as women—from...

【Guardian】Looking for aliens: friends in the sky?

Recent discoveries in space and Earth sciences have provided encouragement to searchers for distant civilisationsThe Very Large Array radio telescope complex in New Mexico.Is there anybody out there? For centuries human beings have wondered, although the ways in which we have gone about this have varied, encompassing spiritual and metaphysical questions...

【Vox】How IKEA gets you to impulsively buy more

Researchers estimate that 50 percent of purchases are unplanned. These purchases, especially impulse buys, present an opportunity for retailers who can entice consumers to deviate from their shopping lists.One of the most effective ways to influence this is through a store’s architecture. In the 20th century, the architect Victor Gruen, who pioneered...

【PsychToday】Exercise as a Tool for Managing Anxiety

Research shows aerobic exercise is a powerful, healthy way to fight anxiety.Scientists and exercise enthusiasts have long noted that aerobic exercise can provide a positive mood boost. Recent research suggests exercise can even be an effective treatment for depression. Physical activity can also be an important component of your personal toolkit for...

【Economist】Bartleby: Stop all the clocks

中文导读新冠疫情期间,居家办公成为常态。这种弹性工作制既能让人们工作更有动力,也更能兼顾工作和生活,受到绝大多数劳动者的追捧。不过,远程办公也存在风险,人们可能因为失去工作和生活的界限而变得更有压力。从长远看,一周内几天固定时间工作,几天居家办公或许是更高效可行之举。Flexible working is countering the tyranny of timeTWO HUNDRED years ago, a device began to dominate the world of work. No, not the steam engine—the gadget was the clock. With the arrival of the factory, people were paid...

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