Biden giving a speech in Chicago

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President Biden is promoting his new economic theory, "Bidenomics." It opposes "trickle-down" theory and emphasizes middle-out and bottom-up growth. What are its three core principles?

Simone Biles showing her 2021 Tokyo Olympics meal

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Superstar Simone Biles is returning to gymnastics after a 2-year hiatus, which began when she abruptly withdrew from the 2021 Olympics. Why did she withdraw?

The seven-time Olympic medalist will be competing in her first event since the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. She abruptly withdrew to focus on her mental health after experiencing “the twisties,” a term gymnasts use when they can’t sync up their mind and body, risking serious injury.

A child reads a book in a park

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Yesterday, this country’s entire population of 51 million had their ages reduced by one or two years due to a new law.

South Korea officially adopted the “international age” standard yesterday, the system commonly used in other countries. Previously, they had three systems—“Korean age,” “calendar age,” and “international age.” In the Korean age system, babies are considered 1 year old when they’re born, and a year is added every Jan 1. Calendar age also adds a year on Jan 1, but starts at age 0.

Hazy Chicago skyline

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Midwest states experienced some of the worst air quality in the world this week, with multiple cities reaching an air quality index (AQI) over 200. This number is actually the higher of two air quality levels shared by forecasters—what are the two major AQIs?

The AQI is set by the EPA and measures outdoor air quality. Data from 5,000 air monitors is collected and converted into two AQI scales commonly shared by forecasters—particulate matter and ozone. When you see one AQI, it’s whatever pollutant is higher. The EPA posts their official AQI on the AirNow website.

A worker in Shanghai testing fuel cell units

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This white-collar phenomenon in China, dubbed the “Curse of 35,” has worsened due to post-pandemic economic stagnation, forcing many to delay getting married, having children, and buying a home.

Age discrimination is not illegal in China, so there is likely some credibility to the “Curse of 35”. Employers opt for affordable new grads who are willing to work overtime, causing people who are “too old to work at 35 and too young to retire at 60” to delay or avoid expensive life events.