HEALTH
Black Covid long-haulers felt invisible to the health care system, so they formed their own support groups

These Black-led groups have popped up across the country as more and more Black people have reported prolonged Covid symptoms — and difficulty receiving treatment. Chimére L. Smith, 40, thought her bout with Covid in March 2020 would pass within two weeks, as most mild cases do. But the Baltimore English middle school teacher found […]

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ASIAN AMERICAN NEWS
Record-breaking heat bears down on China’s hazmat-wearing Covid health workers

“Every day when I finally get off work, the only thing I want to do is take a shower and fall asleep,” one health worker told NBC News. HONG KONG — It’s been a summer that has seen heat records jump across the globe.  China’s health workers have been particularly impacted, enduring relentless heat waves wrapped head-to-toe […]

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BUSINESS
Short-staffed school districts are hiring students to serve lunch and answer phones

As the nation’s labor crunch hits public education, some administrators say student-employment programs can open up career paths. Skeptics worry teens aren’t well served by the initiatives. While her peers study civics or economics in class, Saniyya Boykin, a 17-year old senior at Camden High School in Camden, South Carolina, preps food for the next […]

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ASIAN AMERICAN NEWS
Netflix’s ‘Partner Track’ star Arden Cho talks sexism and racism in big law

“Maybe if she was a man, maybe if she was not Asian, maybe she would have already been partner,” the actress says of her character. Arden Cho knows a thing or two about the challenges with breaking a glass ceiling as an Asian American woman. For most of her acting career, Cho, who rose to […]

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BUSINESS
Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell sees inflation battle lasting ‘some time,’ warns of economic pain

“These are the unfortunate costs of reducing inflation. But a failure to restore price stability would mean far greater pain,” Powell said. JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — The U.S. economy will need tight monetary policy “for some time” before inflation is under control, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said on Friday in remarks that warned of […]

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ASIAN AMERICAN NEWS
Texas woman arrested after video of racist rant against women of South Asian descent, alleged assault in parking lot goes viral 

Plano police said in a statement that Esmeralda Upton was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and terroristic threats. She remained in city jail Thursday with bond set at $10,000. A Texas woman has been arrested, authorities said, after she was caught on video hurling racist abuse at a group of women of South Asian descent […]

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EDUCATION
San Diego State University Welcomes Largest Incoming Class Ever

San Diego State University is poised to welcome its largest ever incoming class following a record number of applications, it was announced Monday. The university has admitted nearly 6,500 students — chosen from nearly 77,000 first-time student applications received between October and December, its highest-ever number of applications. Admitted students are from around the region, […]

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SCIENCE
Water firms face growing criticism over beach sewage

Water companies are facing mounting criticism from environmental campaigners and politicians over sewage being pumped on to British beaches. Downing Street condemned the industry for not reducing sewage discharge and putting shareholders before customers. Pollution warnings remain in place across more than 20 beaches and swimming spots in England and Wales after heavy rain overwhelmed sewers. […]

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SCIENCE
James Webb: Space telescope reveals ‘incredible’ Jupiter views

The world’s largest and most powerful space telescope has revealed unprecedented views of Jupiter. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) took the pictures of the Solar System’s biggest planet in July. The images show auroras, giant storms, moons and rings surrounding Jupiter in detail that astronomers have described as “incredible”. The infrared images were artificially […]

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SCIENCE
Nasa Moon mission gets go-ahead to launch

The American space agency says it is ready to launch its giant new Moon rocket next Monday. Nasa officials conducted a flight-readiness review late on Monday and concluded there were no substantive technical issues in their way. The rocket, known as the Space Launch System, will send a capsule, called Orion, on an excursion around […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Can a sleepy Japanese town become Asia’s Silicon Valley?

Always seen as Japan’s backwater, Tokushima is not where you would expect to see the opening of a special new school for tech-savvy young entrepreneurs. Located on the southern island of Shikoku, the sleepy, rural region doesn’t have a reputation for being a thriving place. But the area, which has been suffering from both an […]

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BUSINESS
What to do with clothes you no longer wear

Model Ellie Jolliffe says she was shocked at the amount of waste she saw when working on modelling jobs, in particular for e-commerce companies. “I’ve been on shoots where there are boxes and boxes of deadstock – clothes which are no longer on sale. They’ve never been worn. No-one wants to buy them. Tonnes of […]

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ASIAN AMERICAN NEWS
Man in D.C. threw brick through car window in suspected anti-Asian hate crime, injuring two

The suspect allegedly followed the three victims and yelled anti-Asian slurs before threatening them with a large knife. Three people of Asian descent were threatened with a knife and attacked with a brick in a suspected anti-Asian hate crime in Washington, D.C., last week, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.  The suspect approached the three people after […]

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EDUCATION
Why Technology Will Never Replace the Classroom

Jody Passanisi, Shara Peters The pandemic was a forced experiment to see if online learning worked—and now we are seeing all the ways it failed.  Credit: Hananeko_Studio/shutterstock Almost 10 years ago, in an article for Scientific American, we explored the following question, which was, at the time, hypothetical: Could an online learning system replace a classroom? In the […]

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BUSINESS
How much grain is being shipped from Ukraine?

Over half a million tonnes of wheat and other types of food have been shipped from Ukraine’s ports in the past month, says the United Nations. On 22 July, Russia lifted its blockade of the ports, allowing ships to use a safe corridor through the Black Sea. However, Ukraine is only exporting grain at half […]

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BUSINESS
Cineworld shares plunge on bankruptcy fears

Shares in Cineworld have fallen more than 60% as concerns mount that the world’s second largest cinema chain is about to file for bankruptcy. The company, which also owns the Picturehouse chain in the UK, is struggling under $5bn worth of debt. Like other cinema chains, Cineworld was hit hard by the pandemic. Cineworld recently […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Andrew Tate banned from Facebook and Instagram

Meta has banned influencer Andrew Tate from Facebook and Instagram for violating its policies. The former kickboxer rose to fame in 2016 when he was removed from TV show Big Brother over a video which appeared to depict him attacking a woman. He went on to gain notoriety online, with Twitter banning him for saying […]

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EDUCATION
Study Shows First Signs That Student Learning Is Rebounding

Noble Ingram New findings suggest that the tide may be slowly turning on pandemic-related learning loss. Credit: twinsterphoto/shutterstock Since schools first shuttered in March 2020, researchers and educators alike have recognized the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on student learning. But data released this summer captures a potential shift in that narrative, and some reasons for hope, […]

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ASIAN AMERICAN NEWS
Thai cave rescue film prioritized cultural nuance: ‘Most Thai people will get it immediately’

Ron Howard’s film “Thirteen Lives” employed actors with regional accents and producers from Thailand to ensure the depiction of the miraculous rescue remained a fully Thai story. In “Thirteen Lives,” a documentary-styled dramatization of the 2018 flooded cave-complex rescue in northern Thailand, telling the story from the perspective of the local Thai people was a priority. […]

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ASIAN AMERICAN NEWS
After protests, UC San Diego agrees not to fire Chinese postdoc who raised concerns

The case sparked a wave of activism from the scholar’s peers while her visa was put in jeopardy. The University of California, San Diego has reached a settlement with Li Jiang, a postdoctoral scholar from China who said her contract was left to expire after she raised concerns about data methodology in her lab, potentially […]

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BUSINESS
Social Security recipients are set to receive a major increase in monthly benefits

The Social Security Administration’s annual cost of living adjustment is based on inflation readings, and inflation has seen 40-year highs for months. Social Security recipients struggling with higher inflation are likely to get a major boost in their monthly benefits starting next year. Thanks to the high inflation reading for July, beneficiaries could receive as much […]

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ASIAN AMERICAN NEWS
Teachers say in new survey they’re being told not to talk about racism and race

Over half of teachers and almost 6 in 10 teachers of color oppose legal limits on discussing race and racism. “It’s heartbreaking for our youth,” a Latino activist and educator said. One in 4 teachers report being told by school officials or district leaders to limit their classroom conversations about race, racism or bias, a […]

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ASIAN AMERICAN NEWS
The number of LGBTQ Asian American and Pacific Islander political candidates has doubled. They share some reasons why.

“We’re navigating a very challenging last couple of years,” an expert said. “It really says something about these candidates that they’re willing to be very visible.” Janani Ramachandran, 30, says she’s always lived at the intersection of two isolations.  As an openly gay South Asian woman growing up post-9/11, she felt that few people could […]

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SCIENCE
More helicopters look set to fly on Mars

The US and Europe are remodelling their plans to bring rock samples back from Mars, for study in Earth laboratories. They hope to simplify the process, cut risk and cost using helicopters instead of a British-built “fetch rover”. Airbus UK engineers, who have been developing the concept for years, have been expressing disappointment, at the […]

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SCIENCE
Climate change: Campaigners hail ruling on ‘net zero’

Campaigners have hailed a High Court ruling that the government’s ‘net zero’ strategy breaches its obligations under the Climate Change Act. The strategy commits the UK to slash emissions of the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet to reach ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050. The court ruled there was not enough detail on how […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Apple settles US butterfly-keyboard legal action for $50m

Apple has agreed to pay $50m (£41.6m) to settle a legal action by claimants in the US, over its MacBook keyboards. Customers in seven states claimed the technology giant had sold the “butterfly” keyboards, on MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, from 2015 to 2019, knowing they had unresponsive and sticky keys that could […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Netflix loses almost a million subscribers

After enjoying a long reign as the king of streaming, Netflix faces a tough fight to keep its crown. It lost almost a million subscribers between April and July as more people decided to quit the service. The streaming giant has now lost members for two quarters in a row, but the drop was smaller […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Twitter-Musk takeover dispute heading for October trial

A US judge has ordered that Twitter’s lawsuit against Elon Musk go to trial in October, a blow to the world’s richest man who had asked for a delay. Mr Musk walked away from his $44bn (£36bn) bid to buy Twitter earlier in July, prompting the company to sue him. Twitter hopes that the court […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Why a network upgrade pushed millions in Canada offline

In early July, a massive network outage at Rogers, a Canadian telecoms giant, forced more than 10 million customers – over a quarter of the country’s population – off their internet or wireless services. The firm is now under intense pressure from regulators to explain what happened. The consequences of the 19-hour nationwide outage ranged […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Why record heat doesn’t mean record solar power

The UK’s heatwave is helping to generate large amounts of solar power – but experts say it’s actually too hot for the highest levels of electricity generation. Trade body Solar Energy UK says the last few days have seen about 10% of Britain’s electricity come from solar. But its chief executive Chris Hewett says: “The […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Apple sued over Apple Pay payment system

Apple has been hit with a lawsuit in the US over Apple Pay. The tech giant is being accused of using its market power in the mobile phone industry to fend off competition from other payment card issuers. The class-action complaint was filed in a federal court in California by Affinity Credit Union, an Iowa-based chartered credit […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Amazon targets 10,000 fake review Facebook groups

Amazon is taking legal action against the administrators of more than 10,000 Facebook groups, the BBC has learned. It says the groups are generating fake reviews on Amazon marketplaces in the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan. The tech giant says the groups offer money or free goods in exchange for reviews being […]

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SCIENCE
James Webb: Nasa space telescope delivers spectacular pictures

Stunning images of a “stellar nursery” and a “cosmic dance” have been acquired by Nasa’s new $10bn space telescope. The two pictures, and others, were presented to the world on Tuesday to mark the James Webb observatory’s readiness to begin science operations. The facility has spent the past six months since launch undergoing testing. Viewed […]

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BUSINESS
How science is making chocolate taste even better

Luisa Vicinanza-Bedi is an artisan chocolate maker in Nottingham and founder of Luisa’s Vegan Chocolates. “I’ve always had a love for chocolate, but when I discovered all the tastes and nuances of single-origin chocolate – the incredible flavour notes, like a fine wine – my eyes were opened,” she says. Much of the chocolate we […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Elon Musk became father of twins last year, say reports

Elon Musk’s latest tweets appear to confirm reports he had twins in late 2021 with Shivon Zilis – an executive at his technology company Neuralink. The Tesla chief executive recently had a second child with on-off partner and electronic artist, Grimes. Reports on Wednesday claimed Mr Musk had twins with 36-year-old Ms Zilis in November […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Apple launches Lockdown Mode to block spyware attacks on at-risk users

Apple has announced a new security feature to protect high-risk users from spyware cyber-attacks. Lockdown Mode will be available in the autumn with the next operating system across all of the company’s iPhones, iPads and Macs. The setting blocks certain functions and prevents unknown users from calling. It comes after Apple devices owned by activists, […]

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SCIENCE
Call for higher animal welfare standards for Parma ham pigs

Animal welfare campaigners say it is time supermarkets stopped selling premium ham produced by EU farmers still using methods banned in the UK. Compassion in World Farming said most Parma ham on UK shelves is farmed using crates that confine pregnant sows. Called “sow stalls”, the crates have been banned in the UK since 1999 […]

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HEALTH
The Best Communities for Mental Health in the U.S.

See which counties received top marks for mental health in the 2022 Healthiest Communities rankings. Mental Health Havens The connection between mental and physical health is well recognized. A person’s emotional and psychological well-being have an impact on their likelihood of engaging in risky health behaviors like smoking or drug use, and poor mental health has […]

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SCIENCE
Cumbria coal mine: Would it threaten the UK’s climate targets?

The government is is due to announce whether it will approve a new coal mine in Cumbria – the first for 30 years. It would provide fuel for the UK’s steel-making industry which currently relies on Russian coal. But critics fear it would undermine the UK’s climate change targets, which rely on a move away […]

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SCIENCE
Environmentalists sue Dutch airline KLM for ‘greenwashing’

Environmental groups are suing Dutch airline KLM, alleging that adverts promoting the company’s sustainability initiative are misleading. The groups say it’s the first lawsuit to challenge so-called airline industry “greenwashing”. They argue that KLM adverts and their carbon-offsetting scheme create the false impression that its flights won’t make climate change worse. But KLM says the […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Tech firms told to do better on child abuse images

The government is giving Ofcom extra tools to ensure tech companies act to prevent, identify and remove child sexual abuse and exploitation content. The powers will be introduced through an amendment to the Online Safety Bill, which aims to police the internet. If the tech firms do not comply, Ofcom will be able to impose […]

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BUSINESS
Arabs believe economy is weak under democracy

Arabs are losing faith in democracy to deliver economic stability across the Middle East and North Africa, according to a major new survey. Nearly 23,000 people were interviewed across nine countries and the Palestinian territories for BBC News Arabic by the Arab Barometer network. Most agreed with the statement that an economy is weak under […]

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OUTREACH
China suspends officials for ‘ignoring’ alleged baby abduction

China has suspended two health officials in a southern county for “ignoring” the case of a baby boy who was allegedly abducted from his parents by local officials in the 1990s. His parents recently petitioned police in Guangxi province to investigate. But a local health bureau refused to look into the case, saying he’d been […]

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OUTREACH
Mumbai: Heavy rains bring Indian city to a standstill

It’s that time of the year again when heavy rains in the Indian city of Mumbai and nearby areas have disrupted the lives of millions of people in the country’s financial capital. Many parts of the city remain inundated in waist-deep water as incessant rains lash the city, causing flooding. India’s weather department has issued […]

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OUTREACH
South Africa tavern deaths: Tears for teenagers at mass funeral in East London

Wails of grief have filled a mass funeral for teenagers in South Africa who died in mysterious circumstances at a nightclub. Nineteen empty coffins were laid out before thousands of mourners – including South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa – in East London. The children died 10 days ago at Enyobeni Tavern attending a party to […]

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OUTREACH
Ukraine war: The Russian woman rescued from a Kyiv bomb site

A Russian-Ukrainian family has been irrevocably split by the war in Ukraine after Russian-born Ekaterina Volkova was injured in an air strike and her Ukrainian husband killed in the same attack. This was the second time Russia had dropped a missile on their apartment building. In late April, a Radio Liberty journalist was killed in […]

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TECHNOLOGY
Twitter challenges India order to take down tweets

Twitter has mounted a legal challenge in India against government orders to take down content. The social media giant has filed a petition with the high court in Karnataka state resisting “several” such orders, sources told the BBC. Twitter was reacting to a letter from the government in June warning of “serious consequences” of non-compliance […]

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SCIENCE
Climate change: ‘Sand battery’ could solve green energy’s big problem

Finnish researchers have installed the world’s first fully working “sand battery” which can store green power for months at a time. The developers say this could solve the problem of year-round supply, a major issue for green energy. Using low-grade sand, the device is charged up with heat made from cheap electricity from solar or […]

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SCIENCE
Pentaquarks: scientists find new “exotic” configurations of quarks

Scientists have found new ways in which quarks, the tiniest particles known to humankind, group together. The new structures exist for just a hundred thousandth of a billionth of a billionth of a second but may explain how our Universe is formed. Atoms contain smaller particles called neutrons and protons, which are made up of […]

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SCIENCE
Scientists discover new giant water lily species

A new species of giant water lily has been discovered – and it’s been hiding in plain sight for 177 years. The huge plant had been in the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and was growing in a number of aquatic collections but it was mistakenly identified as another species. Now a detailed […]

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