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One of the most challenging elements of social science research is that researchers must often rely on data that comes from humans — and humans are notoriously unreliable. When the CDC published a report in the summer of 2020 stating that 4% of respondents reported ingesting household chemicals in an attempt to ward off the coronavirus, many people were (understandably) alarmed. Researchers who replicated the study, with the addition of some basic quality control measures to eliminate inaccurate data, got very different results. In this piece, the author discusses how inattentive or mischievous respondents can accidentally or intentionally skew data,

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Mayor Eric Garcetti is proposing millions of dollars in restaurant aid and new programs to help street vendors and other struggling chefs and restaurateurs to avert fees, red tape and other logistical hurdles in the wake of COVID-19.

In a State of the City address on Monday evening, Los Angeles’ mayor proposed $75 million for vaccine and PPE delivery; $151 million to programs that advance racial justice and economic equality; nearly $1 billion to address homelessness; and a $25 million “comeback check” program to help restaurants and other small businesses pay off debt and reopen, among other initiatives.

If approved,

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Food is an entrenched part of any culture. In America, we associate peaches with Georgia and shellfish with New England; we go to Napa for wine tasting, and sing songs about the heartland’s amber waves of grain. But in a few short decades, rising sea levels and changing temperatures could transform where and how we harvest our food.

 We’re already seeing changes. Fruit trees are struggling to bloom after warmer winters; cranberries are being scalded by heat in the bogs they’ve grown in for centuries; in Asia, rice crops are being flooded with saltwater. And as the ocean becomes warmer

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Instant Pot? Air fryer? Bread maker? No, no and no, thank you.

All I need is my rice cooker.

I don’t own one of the newer models either, with all the bells and whistles that will cook your rice, wash your dishes then give you a back massage. I’ve had the same Tatung since I moved into my first apartment 20-plus years ago, and it was a hand-me-down when I got it. These bad boys are indestructible — buy one and you’re set for life.

The automatic rice cooker is a workhorse in every rice-obsessed Asian household. It became a

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As spring takes hold, the sidewalks of New York are filling with people. Their bodies are loaded with vaccine-induced antibodies, and their heads are throbbing with an urge to enjoy city life again. The restaurant business staggered, but never stopped, and if you spent the past year cooking at home you’d be surprised how many new places have sprung up. Here are some of my favorites, all opened during or just before the pandemic, and all offering outdoor seating. I reviewed five of them last year, when I wasn’t convinced anyone was paying attention. The others I checked out and

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  • Working as a beverage-cart driver is a popular summer job for many young women.
  • They can make hundreds in tips and network with executives, but also experience unwanted advances.
  • Caroline Scheffler, 23, and Danae Lyons, 25, share what the job’s like in California and Texas.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Working as a beverage-cart driver is a popular summer job for many women at golf courses across the country. 

The usually minimum-wage-paying service job that involves driving around in a golf cart and offering drinks to players has recently been blowing up on TikTok, with some women saying

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