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Weekly News Digest

Turkey Farmers Fear That, This Year, They've Bred Too Many Big Birds - The Washington Post (8 min).  The shift in demand for this most seasonal of commercial animal proteins is causing havoc for turkey farmers, processors and retailers who typically solidify their plans months ahead of the holiday season.

The Island That Humans Can’t Conquer -   Hakai Magazine (13 min). A faraway island in Alaska has had its share of visitors, but none can remain for long on its shores.

The Mad, Mad World of Niche Sports Among Ivy League-Obsessed Parents - The Atlantic (30 min).  "the Gold Coast of Connecticut pumps more athletic recruits into Ivy League schools than any other region in the nation."

Possible new organ in the human throat discovered by Dutch scientists - CNN Health (3 min). It's hard to imagine there is a part of the human body that's gone unnoticed by doctors after centuries of medical research. But that's exactly what a group of scientists from the Netherlands believe.

How Africa fought the pandemic — and what coronavirus has taught the world - Financial Times (20 min). Can similar future outbreaks be prevented? The vital lessons of Covid-19 can be learned from African countries’ powerful response.

The Town That Built Back Green - The Washington Post (13 min).  After a tornado demolished Greensburg, Kansas, it rebuilt without carbon emissions. Can its lessons help communities and economies rebound from fires, hurricanes and covid-19?

Algorithms Are Making Economic Inequality Worse - Harvard Business Review (6 min). The risks of algorithmic discrimination and bias have received much attention and scrutiny, and rightly so. Yet there is another more insidious side-effect of our increasingly AI-powered society — the systematic inequality created by the changing nature of work itself.

Don’t Be Blind to China’s Rise in a Changing World - Financial Times.  Opinion piece by investor Ray Dalio. For as long as I can remember, people have said that China cannot succeed. Communism doesn’t work. Authoritarianism doesn’t work. The Chinese aren’t creative. They have a big problem with bad debts and property speculation. Yet every day we see China succeeding in exceptional ways.