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Inside the push to limit China's access to advanced chip-making tech

What's motivating the multinational effort to restrict China from chip-making tools.
Chris Miller, a professor of history at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, says these controls are all about national security.
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Econ 101: Why learn about economic inequality?

Professor Homa Zarghamee explores issues tied to wealth distribution and explains how economics translates into policies that affect people's lives.
Barnard professor Homa Zarghamee says learning about economic inequality is a fundamental part of understanding the modern economy.
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Old school cameras are making a comeback

Why Gen Z has set its sights on point-and-shoot cameras, once considered outmoded.
Point-and-shoot cameras, both digital and film, are attracting Gen Z's attention. David Little of the International Center of Photography in New York says this might point to boredom with perfection and an interest in the image-making process.
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Rising debt is “sand in the wheels” to the world’s poorest countries

We explain why rising debt payments owed by low-income countries are a U.S.-China issue.
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C)  during the opening ceremony of the Morodok Techo National Stadium, funded by China's grant aid under its Belt and Road Initiative.
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Disruptive advancements in science are slowing, new report shows 

Across the board, we’re seeing less big scientific breakthroughs. So what’s going on?
Russell Funk, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota and a co-author of the paper, explains why science may be slowing.
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Inside the business of extreme fitness

A conversation about how extreme fitness goals can affect our mental health.
Being surrounded by outrageously fit physiques can affect how we view our own bodies. A licensed psychologist walks us through how to maneuver the fitness industry online.
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What's behind the larger Social Security checks?

This month Social Security checks went up by an 8.7% cost of living increase. But what happens to social security in the future?
Marketplace Senior Economics Contributor Chris Farrell outlines the benefits of this month's boost to government retiree benefits.
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How “Pumping Iron” influenced the bodybuilding industry

Investors originally thought the documentary was boring, so the filmmakers added drama and conflict.
A screenshot of packaging for "Pumping Iron." The marketing tactics behind the documentary, which featured Schwarzenegger and bodybuilder-actor Lou Ferrigno, affected the sport for decades to come.

The case for clutter

Journalist Rob Walker talks about the potential merits of keeping some of that old clutter around the house.
We might not want to rush and throw away all our trinkets, argues journalist Rob Walker.
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Expect lots of EV talk at CES 2023

Electric vehicles will drive the conversation at the Consumer Electronics Show. That, and a toned-down pitch for the metaverse.
Electric vehicle tech will drive the conversation at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Journalist Alex Heath walks us through what to expect.
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