🌎 Hottest day ever

Plus: To Whom AI Concerns

Visitors and tourists to the World War II Memorial shade themselves under umbrellas as temperatures reach into the 90's on July 03, 2023 in Washington, DC. Due to extreme temperatures and high humidity Washington, DC has declared a heat emergency urging residents to take precautions outside and to stay hydrated.
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July 3 was the hottest day ever registered on planet Earth. The ominous record could be broken again very soon.

A US judge set limits on government agencies’ power to flag social media posts. The ruling marks a win for Republicans and a loss for content moderation.


A precious metals scam ripped off silver and gold coin buyers to the tune of $113 million. A company filled customers’ safe deposit boxes with “IOU” slips instead of assets.

The UK’s top universities reached an agreement on how to deal with generative AI. The technology can be seen as an “opportunity rather than a threat” to academic integrity.


Child labor laws are under attack in the US

More than a dozen US states have sought to weaken child labor protections over the past two years. In one of the most sweeping roll backs to-date, an Iowa law now permits adolescents to serve alcohol, work in meatpacking plants, and even on demolition projects. Quartz writer Julia Malleck delves into the corporate and political interests behind the trend.

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Graphic: Julia Malleck

To Whom AI May Concern

There may be a robot between you and your next job, and it could be biased. But if you’re a New Yorker, you’re in luck. A law going into effect today (July 5) will let you know if AI is doing any of the adjudicating behind your job application. Be warned, AI may be automatically:

🤖 Screening your resume

🔎 Scraping your social media to create a personality profile

💬 Chatting with you online to ask pre-interview questions

Quartz’s Gabriela Riccardi gives the lowdown on NYC’s new policy, and what information you can request to best equip yourself against the bots.


One big number: 48%

Share of US car buyers who plan to buy an electric vehicle (EV) in the next two years


The 2023 share of Americans intending to purchase an EV represents a 19% jump from last year. The US spike in interest is the highest increase globally, but the country ranks seventh for consumer EV readiness. China, Norway, and Sweden are the top three nations on that count. Clarisa Diaz looks at what’s worrying prospective EV buyers.

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Graphic: Clarisa Diaz

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Surprising discoveries

Sandwich assembly can illustrate how planets form. Some astronomers think smaller planets result from dust pressured by larger neighbors, like fillings between slices of bread.


Klotho could have influence over our fates. The protein named after a mythological spinner of life threads produced anti-aging results in old rhesus macaques.

Bilingual speakers remember things more accurately in their second language. The brain appears more alert to misinformation when set on non-native tongue mode.


That twinkle in your eye could be reconstructed with AI. Watch where you look when on camera—reflections in your eye can now be rendered into 3D images.

A new octopus species was found 2,800 meters deep in the sea. It breeds in a nursery first discovered, and dismissed, a decade ago.


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