Are there more than two named female characters? Do the two female characters have a conversation at any point? Is that conversation about anything other than a male character? If the answer is yes to all three questions, the film passes the test. Based on a study of 1,794 movies from 1970 to 2013, the test is tricky—nearly half of the movies failed. The movies that passed enjoyed a higher return on investment than those that didn’t.half of all people who buy movie tickets are female. … [Read more...] about How Hollywood’s inequity is creating a social and economic crisis
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Like Walmart, traditional healthcare providers also want to reformat primary care, but the approach is quite different. The focus for doctors is to incorporate a broader set of information—such as whether a person has stable housing or access to vegetables or a job—when making a diagnosis or recommending screenings. Consumers are also bringing their doctors more information, whether it’s their own self-diagnosis from WebMD, health data recorded in an app, or the results of direct-to-consumer tests (for things such as DNA, fertility, thyroid, and food sensitivity). However, it is not clear that all this information is helping. Rather, it may be overwhelming doctors who already spend an inordinate amount of time on administrative work, which is contributing to high rates of doctor burnout. … [Read more...] about Can high-tech capitalism fix the healthcare industry?
A randomized control trial (RCT) is a method of field research that compares the effect of an intervention on a group under observation over a period of time. The RCT assesses how that group is faring as compared to the group(s) that did not get the particular intervention. For instance, one can form two groups of unemployed people, where one gets an incentive (such as travel tickets) to migrate for employment, while the other does not. The impact of the intervention, thus, becomes measurable. Of course, this example is oversimplified; there’s more than this to RCTs. … [Read more...] about Review | Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo’s new book presents poverty and migration in new light
Both the Pixel flagships, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, are available in limited units. The Pixel 4 with 64GB can be bought for as low as Rs 71,000, whereas the Pixel 4 XL is priced just below Rs 78,000. Notably, these smartphones are available in all the three colours launched in the US — Clearly White, Just Black, and Oh So Orange. … [Read more...] about Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL available for sale on Amazon India, but there’s a catch
Williams was known for designing homes for the silver screen’s biggest stars, such as Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. The hourlong documentary, written, directed, and produced by Royal Kennedy Rodgers and Kathy McCampbell Vance, features several of the architect’s private properties peppered around greater Los Angeles. “He tapped into the desire of his clients to live lavishly and elegantly, in a way they never had,” says Vance. “His strength was that he designed for the client, [whereas] some architects have a design style and the clients adapt.” Known for a suave personal style and natural eloquence, Williams convinced clients that he was capable of designing a residence fit for their uniquely luxurious lifestyle—beyond the obvious talent he possessed, which many tried to ignore because of his race. … [Read more...] about Why Paul Williams, Hollywood’s most prolific black architect, drew upside down