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Over the past year we’ve witnessed significant scientific innovation to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. While the long-term effects of the pandemic are still unknown, in the near-term more people have been working from home, retiring early, or leaving the traditional workforce. The very meaning of “employment” is shifting, allowing for…

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I recently rewatched the classic film Citizen Kane and was surprised by how well its themes still resonate over 80 years after it was first released. While Citizen Kane pioneered several innovative film-making techniques, its true legacy lies in the poignant script that traverses themes of life, love, friendship, and…

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Citizen Upgrade editorial team members are big fans of cooking food that is easy to make, inexpensive, and healthy. Many of us have friends or family members with dietary restrictions, so we’ve learned how to modify our favorite meals to accommodate gluten free, low-FODMAP, and vegetarian dietary restrictions. Given our…

Life Lessons from the SciFi Novel Dune
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In the months preceding the release of Denis Villeneuve’s film adaptation, I decided to revisit the source material: Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel Dune. The imaginative story is…

Using a garmin inReach mini in Iceland to find the Djúpivogur hot spring
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For any traveler venturing beyond cellular service networks, some sort of tracking and communication device is an essential safety device. While satellite phones remain cost-prohibitive, a personal locator beacon is a cost-effective tool to track your location and check-in with friends and family back home. As a solo backpacker and…

9 Tips for Incoming College Freshman
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In a few weeks, many students will make an exciting transition from high school to college life. In recent years, a rising number of voices have questioned the value of higher education as tuition prices and student debt have ballooned. Yet college remains an important stepping stone towards career advancement…

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Growing up, I watched my Dad build a real estate investment portfolio of several properties. Using pen and paper, he diligently tracked maintenance schedules and repair records for each property. I would often accompany him on weekends to help perform minor repairs or supervise contractors. After each site visit, he…

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