The world's 100 most powerful women, ‘electronic narcotics,' singledom is on the rise everywhere

Forbes releases its annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.  

-With farmers from India to the U.S. grappling with water shortages, the U.N. calls for nations to adopt drought-management policies, reports The Guardian.

The Economist examines why “singledom is on the rise almost everywhere,” more confirmation of Marriage Optional, one of our 10 Trends for 2012. And Bloomberg Businessweek looks at why more Chinese women are choosing education and career over marriage.

-The latest Pew study explores the extent to which the American middle class is shrinking, USA Today reports.

-In “The Cheapest Generation,” The Atlantic argues that a “perfect storm of economic and demographic factors” may have forever changed Millennials’ spending habits.

The Wall Street Journal looks at how employers are diverting from business as usual to accommodate, and maintain, Millennial employees.

-The U.S. could be on track for a “terrible” 2013 recession, reports The Atlantic, citing a Congressional Budget Office report.

-A tech startup scene is getting off the ground in Kenya, with a focus on mobile phones, reports The Economist.

NPR has a look at the booming mobile gaming industry in Japan.

The New York Times examines how today’s highly skilled robots are replacing both manufacturing and distribution workers worldwide.

The Economist spotlights the rise of package pick-up services for online shoppers.

Ad Age looks at how cereal marketers are battling to score new consumers as more people worldwide take to American-style breakfasts.

The Associated Press reports on some of the ways that schools are encouraging kids to eat more healthily.

-The NPD Group finds that Americans are eating smaller meals but snacking more, according to MediaPost.

-Pharmaceutical companies aren’t seeing the growth they’ve been expecting from emerging markets, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The New York Times spotlights the advent of medically prescribed apps that help patients monitor chronic health issues.

The New York Times looks at daily deal sites and why merchants and shoppers are suffering from “deal fatigue.”

-A report on the rise of “showrooming” finds that 6 in 10 consumers will leave a store and buy online for a savings of 5 percent.

-“Electronic narcotics” are among the cultural touchstones cited in the annual Mindset List, outlining the world of today’s incoming college freshmen.

-The San Francisco Business Times reports that coworking spaces could usurp the traditional office environment.

-As more educational materials go digital, media companies are starting to push into the education realm, reports The New York Times.

-E-book publishers are beginning to make sharing easier for readers by rethinking digital rights management, reports the BBC.  

-The success of “Call Me Maybe” points to how much social media is changing the music industry, says The New York Times.

The New York Times reports that online dating companies are adding more offline meetups.

Forbes outlines six luxury travel trends, including river cruising and space travel.

-The New York Times’ Bits blog looks at “The Next Wave for the Wristwatch.”

-A Time infographic explores attitudes toward mass mobility.

-In The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin argues that it’s women, not men, who are driving today’s youth hookup culture.

-America’s teen pregnancy rate has declined but remains the highest in the developed world, explains NPR.

-Developers are reinvesting in airports to make them engaging, entertaining and (yes!) relaxing spaces, according to Co.Exist. And The Wall Street Journal looks at how boarding gates are getting spruced up.

-A new study shows that consumers feel worst about wasting food when thinking about the environment, reports MediaPost