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Smart cars are getting smarter

Smart cars are getting smarter

Mar 21, 2019
Volvo is planning to introduce tech that monitors the health and wakefulness of drivers. But do the benefits outweigh the privacy costs? Plus, China's tight video game regulations and more
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The numbers, World Poetry Day edition

by Eve Epstein Mar 21, 2019
Rhyming poetry can be hard ... with apologies to the Bard.
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For many second-generation Asian-Americans, academic achievement doesn't translate to professional achievement

by Erika Beras Mar 21, 2019
Asian-Americans have the highest percentage of college grads of any minority group. And though they represent just 6 percent of the population, they account for 20 percent of Ivy League students. But once they enter the workforce, it’s a different…
Students walk near Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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The problem with low inflation

by , and Mar 21, 2019
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell spoke Wednesday about low inflation, which he called “one of the major challenges of our time.” Historically, inflation concerns have more often been around too-high inflation, such as the U.S. experienced in the 1970s and early…
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Midwest flooding has agriculture reeling

by Kimberly Adams Mar 21, 2019
Nebraska officials estimate that flooding has caused $1.3 billion in damage in the state, more than half of it to crops and cattle. The disaster there and in neighboring Iowa follows a difficult year for both states’ farmers, who’ve been…
Floodwaters in Fremont, Nebraska, on March 16.
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Changes touted to make H-1B visa applications easier

by Andy Uhler Mar 22, 2019
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service this week announced some changes to the visa program for highly-skilled foreigners who fill U.S. jobs in technology, science, engineering and other fields. These changes are supposed to make the process of applying for…
Triple the number of applicants applied for the H1-B visa program last year. Chances of getting your application picked were only about one in three.
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Delays plague China's video games industry

by Jennifer Pak Mar 21, 2019
Chinese video game companies hit a snag with regulatory pause in the world's biggest video game market.
Hundreds of video game companies are fighting for the attention of cell phone users in China, where the video game market is worth more than $30 billion.
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Volvo says driver-facing cameras are key to cutting crashes

by Jack Stewart Mar 21, 2019
The company is shifting its attention to accident prevention.
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Chameleon Emancipator, 9 Theory
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Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
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