The case for a 4-day workweek

Fiat Chrysler Automobile workers leave the Warren Truck Assembly Plant at the end of their shift October 7, 2015 in Warren, Michigan. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images The future of work means fewer hours spent working. Americans once worked 100 hours a week, six days in a row. Then, in 1940, came the five-day workweek. Now labor unions are making the case for even less work: dropping days worked down to four. That’s one of the…

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What Joe Biden was trying to say about record players

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on stage during the Democratic presidential debate at Texas Southern University’s Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019, in Houston, Texas. | Win McNamee/Getty Images This was supposed to be about preschool and neonatal home visits. Asked about the subject of slavery and reparations at Thursday night’s Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered an answer that confused many…

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Greed, torture, immigration, and the death penalty: how 6 new movies explain America

Adam Driver in The Report and Joaquin Phoenix in Joker. | Courtesy of TIFF If movies reflect what a culture fears, this year’s TIFF was a hotbed of anxieties. The Toronto International Film Festival obviously isn’t an American film festival. But with so many Hollywood movies and American indies playing in its venues, it can be easy to forget it’s in Canada. And you can tell a lot about what’s going on in the world…

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This AI can pass a 12th-grade standardized science test

Aristo can score over 90% on a standardized 8th grade science test and 80% on a 12th grade test. | Getty Images But no, it’s not as smart as a high school student. Last week, researchers at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence demonstrated in a new paper that an AI they’d designed could ace an eighth-grade multiple-choice science test with more than 90 percent correct answers — and do quite well on a 12th-grade…

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Friday the 13th isn’t unlucky. It’s a meme disguised as superstition.

How fear of a number became one of history’s longest-running memes. Nothing says spooky quite like Friday the 13th — that quirky day when all our superstitions and phobias come out to play. This Friday the 13th in particular is even spookier than usual: not only is it tapping into superstitions around the day and the number, but shortly after midnight, the evening will also feature the rare full Friday the 13th harvest moon —…

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