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  1. Comment on The more gender equality, the fewer women in STEM in ~life

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    This article explores the phenomenon that many nations with less gender equality have a higher percentage STEM graduates being women (such as UAE, Turkey) whereas those with more gender equality...

    This article explores the phenomenon that many nations with less gender equality have a higher percentage STEM graduates being women (such as UAE, Turkey) whereas those with more gender equality (e.g. Sweden, Finland, Norway) have fewer women in STEM. The article proposes that the reason for such a trend could be that women in less gender-equal countries are preferring to pursue the clearest path towards financial freedom regardless of whether STEM is their greatest strength/preferred career.

    The research finds that while girls have similar abilities to boys in STEM subjects, in many countries it is the case that girls are stronger at other subjects, such as reading. Thus, countries "that empower women also empower them, indirectly, to pick whatever career they’d enjoy most and be best at."

    This is an interesting paper which highlights the differences in gender demographics in STEM in various countries, and proposes reasons why this somewhat counterintuitive trend may be apparent. The article does mention that the low numbers of women entering STEM in western countries may not be solely due to preference, saying that "the percentage of girls who excelled in science or math was still larger than the number of women who were graduating with STEM degrees. That means there’s something in even the most liberal societies that’s nudging women away from math and science, even when those are their best subjects."

    There is also an archive version here.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on Physical buttons outperform touchscreens in new cars, test finds in ~design

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    This consideration would be top of mind whenever I buy a new car. I really value the physical controls of my current car as it makes it easy to change heat/A/C and volume without looking away from...

    This consideration would be top of mind whenever I buy a new car. I really value the physical controls of my current car as it makes it easy to change heat/A/C and volume without looking away from the road. Although many manufacturers are switching away from touchscreens to drive down cost, some such as Honda have returned to using some buttons after complaints from customers.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Is your smartphone ruining your memory? A special report on the rise of ‘digital amnesia’ in ~health

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    This article explores the possibility that smartphone reliance is adversely affecting our memories and ability to recall. While some neuroscientists argue that using our smartphones to help us...

    This article explores the possibility that smartphone reliance is adversely affecting our memories and ability to recall. While some neuroscientists argue that using our smartphones to help us with cognitive processes frees up our minds to focus on other tasks and ideas, others say that the convenience comes with a price that includes reduced memory function. It is mentioned that people who have been using GPS for a long time have observable impairments in spatial memory abilities, and furthermore the general use of smartphones can impact one's memory as they can "drag us away from the present moment." The article goes on to note some experiments where differences in children's brains were observed when comparing those who used devices often to those who didn't.

    On a personal note, I have anecdotally observed that whenever I use GPS to get to a destination in the car, I can almost never remember how I got there, or even where it was in general. Therefore, I now almost always use plain maps to help me navigate and this has (in my experience) greatly helped me to build an internal map of all the streets, neighbourhoods and landmarks in my region.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Why the Texas power grid is vulnerable to blackouts during winter storms and heat waves in ~enviro

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    Climate change is causing more severe and extreme weather around the world. This is a fascinating piece about why Texas may be more vulnerable than other states based on its isolated, privatized...

    Climate change is causing more severe and extreme weather around the world. This is a fascinating piece about why Texas may be more vulnerable than other states based on its isolated, privatized power grid, and how it is set up to "constantly teeter on the edge of failure, one misstep away from a blackout." The article explains that although Texas avoids federal regulations since its grid does not cross state lines, it is unable to draw power from other states when unexpected events happen, nor can it provide its excess energy to others when it has a surplus. It mentions Texas' increasing use of renewable energy (wind, solar) but brings up the political and logistical obstacles obstructing further development.

    9 votes
  5. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Lately I've been trying my best to be more open-minded and willing to try new things, just to get a variety of different experiences. I was in the city for an event with friends and afterwards,...

    Lately I've been trying my best to be more open-minded and willing to try new things, just to get a variety of different experiences. I was in the city for an event with friends and afterwards, one friend invited us to come to a jazz bar with some of her extended family. I'm not too interested in jazz or in bars so I would usually have declined, but decided to try it out and I must say that it was a good experience, though a little awkward with all the new people. It's hard to describe, but it was just enlightening in a way to see a small community of older folks enjoying the music, drinking, dancing together and it felt like it opened my mind up a little bit to what these kinds of places can be like, especially since none of my family are outgoing at all or into social activities. Seeing such a community has made me start thinking about how I might find such a community for myself in the future, beyond my family.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Why being anti-science is now part of many rural Americans’ identity in ~life

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    This article covers several topics. Notably, it mentions a "rural identity" where people disdain things such as minorities, the cultural elite, and other categories perceived to be urban,...

    This article covers several topics. Notably, it mentions a "rural identity" where people disdain things such as minorities, the cultural elite, and other categories perceived to be urban, including intellectuals and intellectualism. Thus, it argues that people distrusting science and knowledge are not necessarily because they are misinformed, but rather that this is part of their identity.

    The article also mentions that many rural people have "dirt under their fingers" and value experiential and empirical knowledge over "book smarts" and people telling them what to do. It brings up a case in Arkansas, where the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission realized that certain species of trees were dying and to stop this, changes would need to be made that would affect rural duck hunters. Instead of 'talking down' to them, the commission instead organized dinners where local staff would eat alongside the people they sought to convince. This practice of utilizing local messengers with relationships to the local communities enabled the hunters to discuss the matters with the staff, ask questions, and bring up concerns in a non-intimidating manner, which led to "dampening criticism of the new management system". The article proposes that this "intensely local, personal" approach to communicating issues and proposing solutions may be more effective to combat future problems, whether these problems are future pandemics, ecological disasters, or climate change in general.

    18 votes
  7. Comment on The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class with Elizabeth Warren in ~humanities

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    This is an old talk from 2007, but it's one of the most fascinating videos I've watched in a long time. The talk, given at UC Berkley explains what has been happening to American families since...
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    This is an old talk from 2007, but it's one of the most fascinating videos I've watched in a long time. The talk, given at UC Berkley explains what has been happening to American families since 1970. Warren explains how compared to the 1970s, middle-class families are spending less (inflation-adjusted) on clothing, food, appliances, and car purchase price, but more on mortgages, education, healthcare, car insurance, and childcare.

    She discusses the move from single income family households to dual-income households starting from the 1970s, and offers an argument that shows that a dual-income family of today is at a lot more risk than a single income one of 1970 (The "Two Income Trap"). This is due to the lack of an extra parent that can enter the workforce should the first one be unable to work, the need to keep two jobs to keep the family above water as well as maintain health insurance, to keep two cars on the road, and various other points which she explains in the talk. Warren also describes other aspects of life that have become much more expensive over the years and uses all these points to argue why the traditional "middle class" will shrink, yielding to an upper class and a large lower class.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on What SWIFT is and why it matters: A quick run-down in ~finance

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    Thank you so much for this summary of the tweets! Really interesting information

    Thank you so much for this summary of the tweets! Really interesting information

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Facebook, Google and other tech firms must verify identities under proposed UK law in ~tech

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    This seems like a very bad idea from a privacy perspective. As the article mentions, many people stand to lose from identity verification, specifically those with controversial opinions or...

    This seems like a very bad idea from a privacy perspective. As the article mentions, many people stand to lose from identity verification, specifically those with controversial opinions or opinions which are critical of the government. It also mentions that the government can block certain content from being viewed in the UK, which also seems like a policy that is ripe for misuse.

    The article mentions the need to block malicious information, trolls and bad actors online, but this policy seems to go too far for my liking.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on The next affordable city is already too expensive in ~life

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    I'm in Canada and reading this article is feeling like a deja-vu of what has been happening in many Canadian provinces, where people fleeing out of HCOL cities end up displacing others in the...

    I'm in Canada and reading this article is feeling like a deja-vu of what has been happening in many Canadian provinces, where people fleeing out of HCOL cities end up displacing others in the process. Skyrocketing housing prices is seeming to be a trend in tons of countries in the western world, and what I am struggling to figure out is whether this is a bubble (as it was in the 2000s in the US), or is this a new normal. It's definitely an important topic to me as I do not own any property yet and I hope to buy my own place in the next few years.

    6 votes
  11. Comment on The data are clear: The boys are not all right in ~health

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    Although he does touch on wage stagnation a little bit, I was also surprised to see that he didn't talk about wage stagnation as a general problem, maybe since this article is only focused on men....

    Although he does touch on wage stagnation a little bit,

    Median wages for men have declined since 1990 in real terms. Roughly one-third of men are either unemployed or out of the workforce. More U.S. men ages 18 to 34 are now living with their parents than with romantic partners.

    I was also surprised to see that he didn't talk about wage stagnation as a general problem, maybe since this article is only focused on men. But I do agree with your points, not only in USA but also in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and other parts of Europe face similar problems with housing and COL (wrt wages) that isn't getting better. I don't really know how this will get solved, perhaps as you've said violence will result from this bleak outlook for younger generations.

    10 votes