To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library – The New York Times

Libraries are an example of what I call “social infrastructure”: the physical spaces and organizations that shape the way people interact. Libraries don’t just provide free access to books and other cultural materials, they also offer things like companionship for older adults, de facto child care for busy parents, language instruction for immigrants and welcoming public spaces for the poor, the homeless and young people.

Source: Opinion | To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library – The New York Times

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Many people ‘cherry-pick’ their genetic ancestry data tests

One participant, named “Eduardo,” self-identified as a white Mexican American before taking the test. However, his genetic ancestry test results reported Native American, Celtic, and Jewish ancestries. Eduardo embraced his Jewish identity but disregarded his Celtic ancestry. “I always looked up to the Jewish people… I thought of them as higher than me,” he told the researchers. “Shannon” was adopted and always thought she had Native American roots, which the test revealed she did not. Despite the results, Shannon chose to disregard them, citing that the test is wrong and continuing to identify as Native American.

Source: Many people ‘cherry-pick’ their genetic ancestry data tests

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The Best Camera Lenses for 10 Popular Types of Photography

There comes a time when every DSLR or mirrorless owner wants to branch out from the kit lens that came with their camera. But with so many to choose from, which lens should you buy?It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you need the full focal range of lenses, from ultra-wide to ultra-long. This is the wrong approach. Instead, decide what kind of photos you want to shoot, then pick a lens that’s best suited to that kind of photography.

Source: The Best Camera Lenses for 10 Popular Types of Photography

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Yangon focuses on creating growth opportunities, raising living standards

The Yangon Regional Government is drawing up a master plan with the aid of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency and Korea International Cooperation Agency to transform Yangon into an economic hub with job and business opportunities for residents and investors, according to a report on the government’s performance by state-owned media yesterday.

Source: Yangon focuses on creating growth opportunities, raising living standards

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Do something relaxing after work — it’s good for your health

Sometimes, something just feels right. Like when you have a bad day at work and then you have a beer with your friends, snuggle up with a cup of tea and a book, or watch that movie you’ve been planning to for days. Now, a new study found that it doesn’t just feel good — it is good for you (not the beer part though, just the disconnect-from-work part).

Source: Do something relaxing after work — it’s good for your health

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