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How the climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in business

Oct. 19, 2021 5:47 pm

How the climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in business

"Fighting climate change effectively requires a new mindset that shifts the relationships between profit maximization and sustainability to prioritize sustainability over profit," writes this design scholar. There are early signs of evolution.
Why the 4-day week is not the solution to modern work stress: Dispatches from the UK

Oct. 15, 2021 3:33 pm

Why the 4-day week is not the solution to modern work stress: Dispatches from the UK

Scotland will be the latest nation to trial a shortened work week. But such an experiment will likely be successful only if employers can reduce workload, too, writes this future of work scholar.
How Theranos’ faulty blood tests got to market — and what that shows about gaps in FDA regulation

Oct. 7, 2021 3:00 pm

How Theranos’ faulty blood tests got to market — and what that shows about gaps in FDA regulation

The ongoing trial offers an important cautionary tale about problems with how certain medical devices are made available to patients in the United States.
Who’s covered by a vaccine mandate? Here’s a quick guide to America’s patchwork of COVID-19 shot requirements

Sep. 14, 2021 3:09 pm

Who’s covered by a vaccine mandate? Here’s a quick guide to America’s patchwork of COVID-19 shot requirements

Private companies have the green light to adopt mandatory vaccination policies as long as they remain in compliance with anti-discrimination laws.
Data privacy laws in the US protect profit but prevent sharing data for public good. People want the opposite

Sep. 10, 2021 7:45 am

Data privacy laws in the US protect profit but prevent sharing data for public good. People want the opposite

Per these researchers' findings, the type of data companies or organizations use is not particularly important to U.S. residents. Far more important is what the data was being used for, and by whom.
Internet Archive has been fighting for 25 years to keep what’s on the web from disappearing — and you can help

Aug. 24, 2021 8:02 am

Internet Archive has been fighting for 25 years to keep what’s on the web from disappearing — and you can help

The websites of today are the historical evidence of tomorrow, but only if they are archived.
Big tech has a vaccine misinformation problem. Here’s what a social media expert recommends

Aug. 18, 2021 12:40 pm

Big tech has a vaccine misinformation problem. Here’s what a social media expert recommends

Two potential fixes: Companies can block known sources of vaccine misinformation, and disclose more about medical misinformation.
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."

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