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What are stablecoins? A blockchain expert explains

Jul. 29, 2021 2:16 pm

What are stablecoins? A blockchain expert explains

Plus, why this type of cryptocurrency matters.
COVID-19 recession: One of America’s deepest downturns was also its shortest after bailout-driven bounceback

Jul. 23, 2021 7:30 am

COVID-19 recession: One of America’s deepest downturns was also its shortest after bailout-driven bounceback

But could there be a “double-dip” following this more recent boom? An economist breaks down the terms and how the U.S. ended up with just two months of a 2020 recession (yes, really).
Biden targets noncompete agreements, which restrict the job opportunities of millions of low-wage workers

Jul. 16, 2021 4:45 pm

Biden targets noncompete agreements, which restrict the job opportunities of millions of low-wage workers

This scholar of employment law and policy outlines his concerns about noncompete clauses: "They tend to aggravate the power imbalances relationship between workers and bosses and suppress wages and discourage labor market mobility."
The first mobile phone call was 75 years ago. Here’s a look at what it takes for technologies to go from breakthrough to big time

Jul. 9, 2021 1:43 pm

The first mobile phone call was 75 years ago. Here’s a look at what it takes for technologies to go from breakthrough to big time

"Your cellphone is a result of over a hundred years of commercial and government investment in research and development in all of its components and related technologies," writes this electrical engineer. What's next?
The early internet created a place for trans youth to find one another and explore coming out

Jun. 22, 2021 4:21 pm

The early internet created a place for trans youth to find one another and explore coming out

No, trans identify is not a social media fad, writes this gender studies scholar. Here's how bulletin board systems, email lists and GeoCities pages played a role in forming an LGBTQ community on the web.
Fastly global internet outage: Why did so many sites go down — and what is a CDN, anyway?

Jun. 15, 2021 5:34 pm

Fastly global internet outage: Why did so many sites go down — and what is a CDN, anyway?

If you were having difficulty accessing your favorite website last Tuesday morning, you’re not alone. Could it happen again? Probably, writes this computing and security scholar.
Employees are feeling burned over broken work-from-home promises and corporate culture ‘BS’

May 21, 2021 7:04 am

Employees are feeling burned over broken work-from-home promises and corporate culture ‘BS’

As employers try to bring workers back to the office, failure to communicate clear policy is hurting morale, culture and retention, write these organizational leadership scholars.
The Colonial Pipeline and SolarWinds attacks were all but inevitable. Why national cyber defense is a ‘wicked’ problem

May 11, 2021 12:27 pm

The Colonial Pipeline and SolarWinds attacks were all but inevitable. Why national cyber defense is a ‘wicked’ problem

Part of the challenge: There’s a shortage of cybersecurity talent in the U.S., writes this Johns Hopkins University researcher.
Technology innovation gives government leverage to drive down emissions fast. Here’s how

Apr. 22, 2021 12:14 pm

Technology innovation gives government leverage to drive down emissions fast. Here’s how

The choice isn’t between government intervention and competitive markets; the two together drive progress, writes this MIT researcher.
Robinhood app makes Wall Street feel like a game to win. That can be dangerous

Mar. 26, 2021 11:32 am

Robinhood app makes Wall Street feel like a game to win. That can be dangerous

Gamification can be used for good — or bad, writes this political science researcher. Here's how the investment app could shift for the better ahead of its IPO.

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