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This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

On Tuesday, New York became the first city to place temporary restrictions on apps like Uber and Lyft, citing the need to further study their impacts on wages and traffic congestion and develop regulations accordingly. The rapid and transformative rise of these apps has raised broader questions about the costs and benefits of innovation, and the public sector’s role in managing them. 

This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

On July 18, Marriott announced it would stop using plastic straws across its properties over the next year, becoming the latest company to do so in recent weeks. While these types of policies can have unintended negative consequences, as Chicago learned from a past attempt to ban plastic bags, they also serve to surface deeper issues that can lead to more effective future interventions.

This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

An international team of scientists released the first-ever photograph of a planet forming around a star, taken with the Very Large Telescope array. While the birth of a celestial body may seem removed from the day-to-day issues happening here on Earth, it is a reminder of the vast complexity of our universe, which may be beyond full human understanding but is still worth exploring.

This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

Since May 1 of this year, more rain has fallen in Chicago during this stretch than in any year since 1871, according to the National Weather Service. This spring's downpours (and extreme heat) are another reminder of the local impacts of climate change, which will continue to bring more intense and frequent storm events, and the imperative to pursue both mitigation and adaptation efforts.

This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

On June 14, the University of Chicago announced that it would no longer require SAT or ACT scores for applicants starting in 2023, joining a small but growing set of test-optional colleges and universities. If this trend continues across a wide array of institutions, it could not only reduce high school students’ stress during the application process, but also contribute to more diverse and equitable college admissions.

This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

Aided by Harvard scientists, a carbon sequestration company has announced that it has developed a technology to capture atmospheric carbon and convert it into climate-neutral fuel. Only time will reveal the ultimate impact of this breakthrough, and carbon capture technology in general: while it could circumvent many of the economic disruptions of transitioning from fossil fuels, it may also lessen the urgency of shifting to a truly carbon-free economy.