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

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 software development

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.
3 ways employers could help fight vaccine skepticism company culture

Mar. 19, 2021 2:01 pm

3 ways employers could help fight vaccine skepticism

A researcher discusses how companies can use trust, empathy and transparent communication to get more people vaccinated.
A small and shrinking number of the world’s computer chips are made in the US. That’s a problem civic

Mar. 10, 2021 11:50 am

A small and shrinking number of the world’s computer chips are made in the US. That’s a problem

A global semiconductor shortage highlights a troubling trend, writes this materials engineering expert.
No internet, no vaccine: How lack of internet access has limited vaccine availability for racial and ethnic minorities access

Feb. 19, 2021 1:37 pm

No internet, no vaccine: How lack of internet access has limited vaccine availability for racial and ethnic minorities

Internet access is emerging as a new and troublesome determinant of health, particularly for under-resourced communities and aging populations, say these researchers.
Investors swoon over Bumble’s IPO — but what exactly is an initial public offering? growth

Feb. 12, 2021 1:46 pm

Investors swoon over Bumble’s IPO — but what exactly is an initial public offering?

A finance professor explains why companies go public, and what SPACs have to do with it all.
The US gov’s $44M vaccine rollout website was a predictable mess. Here’s how to fix the broken process behind it civic

Feb. 4, 2021 2:30 pm

The US gov’s $44M vaccine rollout website was a predictable mess. Here’s how to fix the broken process behind it

A Johns Hopkins expert analyzes the state of federal contracting, looking back to the shaky HealthCare.gov launch of 2013 while outlining a better path forward.
Biden is inheriting a wrecked economy, but Democrats have a record of avoiding recession and reducing unemployment civic

Jan. 22, 2021 11:50 am

Biden is inheriting a wrecked economy, but Democrats have a record of avoiding recession and reducing unemployment

The economy generally fares better under Democratic presidents, writes Texas State University academic researcher William Chittenden after analyzing nearly 70 years of economic data.
Fired for storming the Capitol: Why most workers aren’t protected for what they do on their own time company culture

Jan. 12, 2021 7:46 am

Fired for storming the Capitol: Why most workers aren’t protected for what they do on their own time

For most of the folks who snapped selfies in the Capitol on Jan. 6, if they don’t get a knock on the door from the FBI, they may soon be getting one from HR.
Can employers require workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine? 5 questions answered company culture

Jan. 6, 2021 1:18 pm

Can employers require workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine? 5 questions answered

In short: Yes. But are there religious exemptions? What about disability-related exemptions?

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