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Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus growth

Apr. 16, 2020 9:25 am

Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus

"The free market isn’t very good at dealing with positive externalities" that come when some workers enable the rest of us to stay at home, writes this law professor — "or compensating those who bear the cost."
Telemedicine is essential to flattening the curve. Here’s a look at the fight to go digital software development

Apr. 9, 2020 1:26 pm

Telemedicine is essential to flattening the curve. Here’s a look at the fight to go digital

As health care providers have moved en masse to virtual medicine, regulators and government officials are showing unheard of support for this tool that will almost certainly save lives.
Coronavirus: Social distancing is delaying vital scientific research growth

Mar. 25, 2020 8:36 am

Coronavirus: Social distancing is delaying vital scientific research

Labs are closed and conferences canceled, to the detriment of young scientists' professional development and information sharing. What will that mean for future innovations?
Online learning will be hard for kids whose schools close — and the digital divide will make it even harder for some of them access

Mar. 18, 2020 7:29 am

Online learning will be hard for kids whose schools close — and the digital divide will make it even harder for some of them

Low-income families might also have trouble keeping their children learning because they can’t afford the necessary technology, writes this sociology professor.
US successfully planned for the ‘endless frontier’ of science research in 1945 — now it’s time to plan the next 75 years growth

Mar. 11, 2020 11:21 am

US successfully planned for the ‘endless frontier’ of science research in 1945 — now it’s time to plan the next 75 years

Today’s level of federal funding and emphasis on market-driven research are imperfect, writes Connecticut College professor Marc Zimmer. Here are four ideas to fix that.
Goldman Sachs’ push for board diversity doesn’t go far enough access

Mar. 4, 2020 9:46 am

Goldman Sachs’ push for board diversity doesn’t go far enough

Women directors remain significantly underrepresented on corporate boards and the U.S. falls behind a number of other countries in women’s presence on boards, write Utah State University professors Christy Glass and Alison Cook.
Craigslist turns 25 — a reminder that a more democratic version of the internet can still thrive access

Feb. 24, 2020 7:37 am

Craigslist turns 25 — a reminder that a more democratic version of the internet can still thrive

The site has remained incredibly successful without giving up values of anonymity, accessibility and transparency, writes University of Pennsylvania comms professor Jessa Lingel.
Employment gaps cause career trouble, especially for former stay-at-home parents access

Feb. 13, 2020 8:32 am

Employment gaps cause career trouble, especially for former stay-at-home parents

"Access to paid family leave and affordable child care are two policies that could have a transformative effect on gender inequality in the labor market," writes a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-based sociology professor.
AI can now read emotions — should it? software development

Jan. 13, 2020 9:56 am

AI can now read emotions — should it?

When considering artificial intelligence and machine learning systems, humans must always be "the final decision-maker" — especially when used in the workplace, writes a University of Colorado Boulder-based computer science professor.

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