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9 Nice Reads From CNET This Week: Faculties, Meta VR, Foldable Telephones and Extra

9 Nice Reads From CNET This Week: Faculties, Meta VR, Foldable Telephones and Extra

All politics is native, because the previous saying goes. The fashionable corollary may very well be that every one native politics is nationwide politics, given the ability and attain of social media. That is a part of our focus this week in our Citizen Now sequence: We’re what’s taking place near dwelling as faculty boards, academics, mother and father and college students grapple with hot-button points.

It is unsettling for lots of people. “What’s scary is that we’re now seeing national-style politics in our largest and most trusted public establishment, colleges,” Rebecca Jacobsen, a Michigan State professor of academic coverage, advised CNET’s Maggie Reardon. After a contentious board of schooling assembly on books in colleges earlier this yr, described by CNET’s Zachary McAuliffe, one scholar stated of the aggressive conduct: “It was actually eye-opening to see it in individual.”

These options are among the many many in-depth options and thought-provoking commentaries that additionally appeared on CNET this week. So right here you go. These are the tales you do not need to miss.

This is why you ought to be extra conscious of what is going on on along with your youngsters’s faculty boards. 

9 Nice Reads From CNET This Week: Faculties, Meta VR, Foldable Telephones and Extra


The social media big, previously referred to as Fb, has been engaged on a number of prototype VR headsets to make digital worlds seem extra real looking. 

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wearing a prototype VR headset


Rumors recommend new foldable fashions from Samsung, Google and Motorola are within the works.  

Samsung Z Fold 3

Sarah Tew/CNET

Some college students are talking out at native board of schooling conferences and in state homes, and a few are submitting lawsuits.

Illustration of a book and broken chains

Robert Rodriguez/CNET

A deep dive into our universe’s most paradoxical and complicated, but elegant and shatterproof principle.  

Illustration depicting spacetime, with an atom enmeshed in a cube matrix at the center and clocks on either side melting toward it

Zooey Liao

Roe v. Wade has been overturned, and police may use your location knowledge as felony proof.

Four smartphones, each with an eyeball staring at you

Angela Lang/CNET

Digital actuality helps to unearth tales of the Black expertise which were paved over by way of the years.   

Old Lick Cemetery in Roanoke, Virginia

David Waltenbaugh

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is shaping the lives and work of European local weather activists, who’re asking their governments to cease financing the struggle by way of fossil fuels.

A crowd of climate activists protesting Ukraine the war in Germany

Michael Hanschke/image alliance through Getty Photos

Effectively, most of them anyway. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi's head is juxtaposed with an image of Darth Vader silhouetted against one of Tatooine's twin suns