How walking can help you get into a post-pandemic routine, why Uber is partnering with a former competitor, and more.
Vivian Le's reads
Where you grew up can affect your navigation skills. Predictable, grid-like cities are designed so people can get around easily, but new research published in Nature suggests that growing up in these areas may actually make people worse at navigating. Writing for the New York Times, Benjamin Mueller explains how people's childhood environments help shape their future navigational skills, particularly for those who lived in areas with more complex layouts.
The dark side of scientific discovery. As scientists develop new ways to treat illnesses and improve people's lives, there is a growing concern that these same innovations could also be exploited and used to cause harm instead. Writing for Vox's "Future Perfect," Kelsey Piper describes "dual-use" concerns in scientific research, particularly in the fields of biology and AI, as well as how security experts are working to address such information risks.
Alyssa Nystrom's reads
How walking can help you get into a post-pandemic routine. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, people around the country started searching for ways to confront stress and boredom—and some people even set a goal to walk every street in their city. Writing for the New York Times, Mitch Smith explains how walking has helped many people get "back into the groove of normal work life.”
Why Uber is partnering with a former competitor. Uber previously vowed to disrupt the U.S. taxi industry—but the company recently announced that it would list all New York City taxis on its app. Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Preetika Rana explains why the company says taxis will drive its next wave of growth.