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Student Reading: A Better Jet Lag App

Howdy students,

I just caught wind of a better jet lag app that will tell you exactly what schedule to adhere to when traveling between time zones. Actually, I didn’t know there even were apps for this, but now that I do, this one’s the best out there because of its reliance on math and rigorous testing.

This will be perfect for all of you on your spring break trips.

This Jet Lag App Does The Math So You’ll Feel Better Faster by Linda Poon in NPR

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Student Reading: San Francisco Cuts ‘Cruising’ for Parking in Half With Market-Clearing Prices

Hate parking in congested downtown areas (by the beach, Del Mar, PB, etc)? San Francisco has been trying out a new theory to reduce congestion and virtually always have parking spots! I’m pretty jazzed that someone is actually trying this out.
As always, please read at least the first paragraph. But feel free to read more.

 

San Francisco Cuts ‘Cruising’ for Parking in Half With Market-Clearing Prices

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Student Reading: California Endangered Species: Plastic Bags

Today I bring you a strongly worded article from the other coast on our slow march towards the complete eradication of plastic bags. You might not agree with everything it says, but it’s worth a read.

 

Fun fact from The College Board: the vocabulary on the SAT is supposed to be at a New York Times reading level. See my earlier post here on other insights into the SAT. 

 

California Endangered Species: Plastic Bags, by Ian Lovett in The New York Times

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Student Reading: The Amazon Mystery: What America’s Strangest Tech Company Is Really Up To

Hello and welcome back to another posting of Student Reading! Sorry to leave you wanting last week, but the technology gods did not favor me.

A bit of mystery for your April Fool’s Day, an article on Amazon:

The Amazon Mystery: What America’s Strangest Tech Company Is Really Up To, By Derek Thompson in The Atlantic

Sounds intriguing, no? Give it a read, at least the first paragraph, eh?

 

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Student Reading: 74,476 Reasons You Should Always Get The Bigger Pizza

Hi there students,

Rough week for me and my computer, so I’ve only got these two short articles to share this week. But they’re cool ones. And because we’ve only got two articles for the week, I’d suggest you read them both in full (don’t worry, they’re short). But really, why wouldn’t you want to? It’s not as easy to convince your friends that the bigger pizza is the better deal when you don’t know why that’s the case. Nor is it as easy to justify why you shouldn’t if you haven’t read the second one. So read on, find the magical reason why you support either side, and use it for the next few decades of your life.

 

74,476 Reasons You Should Always Get The Bigger Pizza, by Quoctrung Bui in NPR

One Reason To Get Whatever Size Pizza You Want, by Jess Jiang in NPR

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Student Reading: Review of Ford GT40

A special interest of one of my students: the Ford GT40.

Feel like reading about cars, content with the knowledge that you’re actually doing your brain a favor too?

Sweet, here’s your chance.

Ford GT40, by Frank Markus in Car and Driver

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Student Reading: China’s Latest Video Game Craze

I hesitate to post these articles because I just went and downloaded the game and I can now confirm that YES, it is very addicting. But.. I’m going to post the articles anyway! Readers, beware!!

Screenshot (03_57PM, Mar 19, 2014)

 

The game looks innocuous enough, right? Alas, it is not. Read on to find out more about the latest craze sweeping through China:

China’s Latest Video-Game Craze, by Matt Schiavenza in The Atlantic

New WeChat ‘Airplane War’ game sending addicted players to hospital, by Jeremy Blum at SCMP

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Student Reading: Tech start-ups show little imagination on board gender diversity

An article on business for you, this Tuesday morning! This one focuses on the lack of women on the highest levels at tech start-ups, as well as some of  the causes and some of the problems that can arise with this issue. And as you, my readers, are a little young to be on a tech start-up, perhaps this issue will minimize as you all age.

Insight: Tech start-ups show little imagination on board gender diversity, by Sarah McBride and Poornima Gupta in Reuters