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Why The US Toll System Is So Complicated - Cheddar Explains


If you’re one of the 72% of Americans taking a road trip this year, don’t forget your toll passes---plural. There are, after all, over 130 toll systems across 34 states, so you better be prepared.

The Cost of Becoming an Olympic Swimmer for Team USA | WSJ


Becoming an Olympic swimmer is an aspiration for thousands of young athletes in the USA. But it comes at a heavy cost. Club dues alone can set swimmers back thousands of dollars each year. -from WSJ

Why Retirement Will Soon Be a Thing of the Past -Bloomberg Quicktake


Rising life expectancy and falling birth rates mean the world's average person is getting older. It also means they will be working a lot longer. -from Bloomberg Quicktake

Boeing 787 Dreamliner: A Timeline of Recent Production Problems | WSJ


A new defect on Boeing’s Dreamliner aircraft surfaced in July, the latest in a series of issues that arose late last summer. Deliveries of the popular plane are now halted.

Breakthrough Covid-19 Cases Raise Questions About Immunity | WSJ


While Covid-19 vaccinations are highly effective at preventing hospitalizations or death from the virus, they’re not foolproof in preventing infection. This poses problems for events like the Olympics

How Covid’s Delta Variant Quickly Spread Globally | WSJ


Covid-19’s Delta variant is proliferating world-wide threatening unvaccinated populations and economic recovery. WSJ breaks down events in key countries to explain why Delta is spreading faster.

Investigation: How TikTok's Algorithm Figures Out Your Deepest Desires | WSJ


The Wall Street Journal created dozens of automated accounts that watched hundreds of thousands of videos to reveal how the social network knows you so well.

The Rise And Fall Of Convertible Cars In The U.S. -CNBC


Rising in popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, the convertible car is an automotive American icon. It was a vehicle meant for leisure and fun. -from CNBC

How Boeing and Airbus Could Counter China’s Homegrown Comac Jets | WSJ


Boeing and Airbus dominate global aviation, but China’s Comac wants to challenge the duopoly with new planes.

Employers Competing for Workers Turn to Signing Bonuses and Freebies | WSJ


Low-wage work is in high demand, and employers are now competing for applicants, offering incentives ranging from sign-on bonuses to free food.

Mass extinction: what can stop it? | The Economist


The world’s animals and wildlife are becoming extinct at a greater rate than at any time in human history. Could technology help to save threatened species?

Covid-19: why your life will never be the same again | The Economist


Across much of the world, covid-19 restrictions are starting to ease. The Economist has crunched the data to calculate how close countries are to pre-pandemic levels of normality.

What’s Behind the Rental Car Shortage? | WSJ


This summer it’s harder than ever to rent a car in the U.S., especially at popular vacation destinations. To learn what’s behind the spike in rental car prices, WSJ speaks with an industry analyst.

Host Hotels CEO on new acquisition and forecast on tourism industry -CNBC


James Risoleo, Host Hotels CEO, joins CNBC's "Closing Bell" to discuss his company's first acquisition in the Florida Keys, and his outlook on the tourism and hotel industry. -from CNBC

What tennis pros look at when they pick a ball -Vox


A common belief among players is that the ball they choose can help them win. But there’s real physics at play behind this ritual and it all comes down to the fuzz.