Richard Branson won the space race, and the exciting era of space tourism begins

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Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, made a heartwarming announcement on July 1st. Just 20 days later, he would take 82-year old Wally Funk to space. Funk was part of the “Mercury 13” Woman in Space Program in 1961, but she never got on board after all. Now, she will join the New Shepard spacecraft’s first astronaut […]

Modern populations keep shrinking: how child-free people transform society

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Two years back, a provocative claim made rounds throughout the media: single women are happier than those who marry. Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics, talked about his book Happy Ever After, where he demonstrated why the “healthiest and happiest population subgroup are women who never married or had children”. […]

DeepMind has big plans for its AI. The next target: deadly neglected diseases

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Up to 23 million people worldwide suffer from deadly Chagas and Leishmaniasis diseases, caused mainly by parasites in developing countries. Those who are lucky to be diagnosed in time survive, but all in all, treatments are ineffective with exhausting side effects. So far, medicine hasn’t come up with a good solution, and using available drugs […]

It’s time to cancel the cancel culture: from Britney Spears to Chrissy Teigen

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Britney Spears’ conservatorship case shook the world. The pop star whose music amassed millions of followers and a fortune revealed that for the past 13 years, she’s been through hell. She claims she has been exploited by her family, especially her father, appointed by the court to oversee the singer’s finances. Her family didn’t allow her to […]

4 surprising work benefits that employees need post-pandemic

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In the usual times of daily 9-5 grind in the office, the company lunches, fitness vouchers, and corporate child care were the way to sweeten the deal for (potential) employees. Many of those benefits are largely obsolete in today’s remote world. And so, it’s time for employers to understand how have employees changed. Some of […]

Social media has grown into a monster that threatens humanity, suggests new paper

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Could we have handled the pandemic better if there were no social media? While that’s where most of us head for accurate information, it’s also where we find the exact opposite. As for Covid-19, the misinformation and conspiracy theories on social media caused millions of deaths, with a threat of more to come.  An intriguing […]

Kids growing up in diversity are more likely to become liberal, study shows

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In BROAD CITY, Ilana uttered a memorable quote: “Statistically, we’re headed toward an age where everybody’s going to be, like, caramel and queer.” Considering the effect of climate change on migration; globalization, and the vast differences between demographic growth across the world, that sounds about right. But can we contribute towards harmony in such diverse […]

From burnout to worker empowerment: the curious case of post-COVID job market

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Despite the financial crisis and layoffs, we’re now living in a candidate’s market. Employees verging on burnout seem to have learned their lesson during COVID. And today, they’re adamant that work-life balance should look differently from now on. 2020 was a great year for Bumble. The dating app tailored for women increased its revenue 40 percent year-to-year […]