Brazilian racism, virtual reality contact lenses, American parents buying cars and homes for adult children

-McKinsey Quarterly charts how innovation in China is evolving and offers an overview of the automotive, semiconductor and pharmaceutical sectors.

-Black in Brazil: The Economist examines “the veiled quality of Brazilian racism” and “why racial stratification has been ignored for so long.”

The New York Times looks at the myriad ways American teens are becoming more conservative.

USA Today spotlights the rising tendency of American parents to help their adult kids buy homes or cars.

-A new study pinpoints pockets of the U.S. that managed to escape the recession. publishes its annual “Singles in America” study, finding that many feel marriage is optional (one of our 10 Trends for 2012).

-This year’s Super Bowl commercials will lack the element of surprise, notes The New York Times, part of a broader media trend toward pre-releasing content to consumers.

Facebook files for a historic IPO, one that’s likely to make a range of people instantly wealthy.

-The Pew Research Center finds that most U.S. smartphone owners “open only five or fewer apps at least once a week,” according to USA Today.

-While some reports suggest otherwise, ReadWriteWeb argues that teens aren’t fleeing Facebook for Twitter.

-Africa is tweeting, as creatively detailed by The Economist.

-A new model for financing films? About 10 percent of films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival were funded through Kickstarter.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the rising popularity of car sharing in Europe.

-A New York Times opinion column argues that GPS is destroying our ability to build mental maps.

-Virtual reality contact lenses, which could be used to enhance viewing on mobile devices, may be on the horizon, reports Scientific American.

The Wall Street Journal looks at why more companies are holding meetings where no one sits down.

Fast Co.Exist spotlights doctors who are now sending patients home with robots that allow virtual check-ups.

The New York Times looks at two technologies shown at CES that push the clarity of TV images even further.