How to Micro-Nest in Economy

When Martha Rose Ormerod, an engineering student from Wales, travels by air, she has a ritual. As soon as she is seated in her tiny economy-class seat, she sets out to personalize the space. Ms. Ormerod, 29, arranges a blanket and pillow, and the other essentials — “water bottle, book, lip balm and moisturizer” —…

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French as Apple Pie

In Paris this winter, with the weather seesawing between frigid and mild, I found myself baking with apples. I made pandowdy, twice. I made a few apple crisps, one with a gingerbread spice that I liked a lot. I made an apple tart that had a layer of applesauce and a pinwheel of sliced apples.…

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The persistence of pay inequality: The gender pay gap in an anonymous online labor market

March 4, 2020 — The U.S. is witnessing a dramatic rise in nontraditional ‘gig economy’ labor markets where workers are hired for single projects often on a short-term basis. An estimated 0.4% of U.S. adults are currently receiving income from such platforms each month. Research conducted based on collaboration between Columbia University Mailman School of…

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Hypertension in young adulthood associated with cognitive decline in middle age

High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects everything from your arteries to your kidneys, from eyesight to sexual function. Among older adults, high blood pressure is also associated with cognitive decline as a result of interrupted blood flow to the brain, as well as strokes, heart attacks and impaired mobility. A new Northwestern University-Tel Aviv University…

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Design, power, and justice

When Sasha Costanza-Chock goes through airport security, it is an unusually uncomfortable experience. Costanza-Chock, an MIT associate professor, is transgender and nonbinary. They use the pronouns they/them, and their body does not match binary norms. But airport security millimeter wave scanners are set up with binary, male/female configurations. To operate the machine, agents press a…

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