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This week, the US becomes the only country to reject the Paris Agreement, IBM announces the testing phase of a 50 qubit computer and one of SpaceX's engines explodes during qualification testing.

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Transatlantic Thoughts: Meritocracy is ideal, blocked by difference

Meritocracy is a cornerstone of American philosophy: through the self-made man myth, it conveys a view of the society where everyone can climb the social ladder given enough hard work.