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NEWS BRIEF: Week of April 3, 2017

Catch up on current events with these news highlights from last week.


In order to keep drivers on the road and ensure short wait times for consumers, Uber uses psychological tricks. Reports have compared the tactics to Netflix’s automatic load program. In this case, drivers receive notifications about the earning potential before their current ride is over. While this is good news for Uber passengers,  it is not as great for drivers who spend more time idling to compete for riders.


As a result of its ongoing legal battle, student loan giant Navient claims that it is  not obligated to counsel student loan borrowers. The company argued that “there is no expectation that the service will act in the interest of the consumer.”


The HPV Vaccine prevents approximately 90 percent of all cervical cancers and 3,000 deaths per year. However, dosing regimens have led to lack of compliance, and just 30 percent of girls and 25 percent of boys have received each of the three required doses.

Science and Technology

A recent study showed that sleep-deprived brains are more sensitive to the smell of food, putting science behind midnight snacking.

The design of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 places the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, adjacent to the camera. The placement of the sensor makes it difficult for users to find and is easily mistaken for the camera. Aware of the problem, Samsung has decided to build in a pop-up message that reads “a clean lens makes for better shots. Clean your camera lens to keep taking better pictures.”

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