What are we reading? September 2, 2021

Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.

 

 

Glen Korstrom, reporter: 

Interesting study shows the disturbing decline in Americans’ decline in trust in national media, particularly among Republicans. There’s a 43 percentage-point gap in that trust, between Democrats and Republicans – the widest gap since 2016.

The gap grows even wider – to 53 points – between liberal Democrats (83%) and conservative Republicans (30%). This is not good news for democracy, or debate on issues, which is something that requires a common understanding of facts. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/08/30/partisan-divides-in-media-trust-widen-driven-by-a-decline-among-republicans/

 

Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

If you really want to be riding the next wave in urban commuting, forget ground-bound electric vehicles. You'll want a car that can fly. Literally. – McKinsey & Co.

https://www.mckinsey.com/about-us/new-at-mckinsey-blog/are-flying-cars-finally-ready-to-take-off?cid=other-eml-alt-mip-mck&hdpid=2231af6c-6197-4b35-ba9d-c8038deebd83&hctky=10202634&hlkid=59de78c43e1a42c68c0a07048b9a9139

 

Ducks might hold the key to more efficient container shipping freight flow. – Popular Mechanics

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/a37408021/duck-feathers-could-inspire-better-ships/

 

And vertical farming might hold the key to more efficient, less water-dependent food production. – Salt Lake Tribune

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/08/16/it-grows-times-food-with/

 

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor

The Canadian Medical Association throws its support behind vaccine passports, calling for them to be required across the county. – CTV

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-medical-association-backs-vaccine-passports-for-everyone-1.5569297

 

Watching old TV shows has been a big digital security blanket during the pandemic. But it’s time we stopped, says Toronto writer Lisa Whittington-Hill: “As the world reopens, our long-standing obsession with reboots, remakes, and rewatches—all of which thrived during the pandemic—might just be the thing we leave behind.” – The Walrus

https://thewalrus.ca/im-sick-of-reboots-and-rewatches-and-you-should-be-too/