The era of superstorms, bananas as the new potatoes, professionals are leaving China

-Hurricane Sandy raises questions about climate and the future, as NPR reports. And CNN reports that experts are warning of an era of “superstorms.”

The New York Times says a record number of professionals are leaving China, fearful about an unstable future and “a deteriorating social and moral fabric.”

-The recession, coupled with technology, is turning America into a nation of part-time workers, reports The New York Times.

The Economist looks at one way in which 3D printing could improve the everyday lives of people in poor countries.

-The AP reports that younger Millennials identify as more fiscally conservative.

The New York Times looks at how privacy issues around mobile apps are taking center stage in the debate over what data can be gathered and by whom.

The New York Times looks at how marketers are tailoring messaging for the mobile era, taking advantage of geo-location tracking and other unique elements.

GigaOM covers the “Pinterest-ization” of e-commerce.

USA Today says “anything goes these days” in retail as brands and retailers find new places to reach consumers.

-The Los Angeles Times looks at how retailers are battling showrooming as the holiday shopping season approaches.

Adweek reports that 2012 will be the first holiday season of multiscreen shopping, spotlighting research from Google.

-Consumers feel better about companies with strong CSR efforts, according to an analysis by Cone Communications.

-To engage more kids and families, museums are turning to tools like iPhone apps and augmented reality, explains The New York Times.

-Two new surveys find that many teachers are convinced “students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere,” reports The New York Times.

The New York Times spotlights the advent of paperless classrooms in the United Arab Emirates.

-Bananas might be the new potatoes, reports the BBC, as a warmer world could usher in new types of staples for millions of people.

-Carrots are enjoying a turn in the spotlight at American restaurants, reports The New York Times.

-Packaged Facts data shows that gluten-free foods are “still going gangbusters,” explains MediaPost.

-Amid the “relentless dumbing down,” The Guardian spots a new serious streak in cinema and beyond.

-Hollywood movies are growing less influential and more disconnected from pop culture, argues The New York Times.

-Gay-rights literature is on the rise in India, according to The Guardian, in the wake of legal recognition and a stronger gay-rights movement.

The Wall Street Journal spotlights the process of shopping for fashion on social commerce sites.

-The International Herald Tribune examines whether energy-saving is becoming the new normal in Japan.

-U.S. automakers are adding ambient lighting to car interiors, inspired by European luxury-car makers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the rise of makeup bars in some U.S. cities.