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“For a long time, economists have argued that workers are less likely to go on strike and push for things like unions in bad economic times,” says Ileen DeVault, professor of labor history at the ILR School. “Employers could fire you and replace you with another worker. Workers had more power when unemployment rates are low.” 

“He tried to delay them as much as possible,” says Jens David Ohlin, professor and interim dean at the Law School, referring to the Trump cases in general. “But now that he’s out of office, he no longer has a (path to delay). Now, he’s just like anyone else.” 

Lourdes Casanova, director of the Emerging Markets Institute, says, “Some interpret low numbers in the Chinese economy without taking into account that China is behaving more and more like a developed country... [It is] not yet at the same level in GDP per capita as the U.S. and Europe because of the size of the population, but other indicators are already similar.”   

Frank Lomax, lecturer in industrial process and product design, says that it will likely take new regulation to get oil and gas companies to invest in protecting their assets from extreme weather.  

This article about family estrangement references a survey conducted by the Cornell Family Reconciliation Project. More than a quarter of adults responding to the survey said that they were estranged from a family member. Karl Pillemer, professor of human development who led the study, discusses what causes estrangement in families. 

“Most supplements have little to no evidence that they work,” says Joseph J. Wakshlag, professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine. “I think people are looking for ways to make their dogs healthier since we perpetuate that dog food is not enough — when in reality it is.” 

Courtney McCluney, assistant professor of organizational behavior, discusses the harms of code switching in the workplace and the tyranny of culture fit in this podcast.  

“The depth and composition of each of Titan’s seas had already been measured, except for Titan’s largest sea, Kraken Mare — which not only has a great name but also contains about 80 percent of the moon’s surface liquids,” says Valerio Poggiali, research associate at the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science and lead author of the paper on Kraken Mare’s depth measurements. 

Thomas Gilovich, professor of psychology, notes that social starvation amid the pandemic can make the anticipation for everyday purchases feel like the anticipation we typically reserved for bigger experiences. 

Facebook's decision "to cut off news in Australia is a demonstration of their raw technical power and their willingness to use it for their own ends,” says Drew Margolin, professor of communication.

Isaac Weisfuse, medical epidemiologist in the College of Veterinary Medicine, says, “We are entering a difficult phase of the pandemic because of the spread of a mutated virus that is easier to transmit and perhaps deadlier than earlier versions… The good news is that with increasing uptake of the vaccine, this phase may not be long lasting.” 

“We’re still dealing with structural inefficiencies,” says Saule Omarova, professor of law, citing the Robinhood episode. “Congress needs to be thinking about how the financial market is set up from the core out if we don’t want these things to happen.”