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‘We were shocked’: RAND study uncovers massive income shift to the top 1%

September 23rd, 2020 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

The median worker should be making as much as $102,000 annually—if some $2.5 trillion wasn’t being “reverse distributed” every year away from the working class. Just how far has the working class been left behind by the winner-take-all economy? A new analysis by the RAND Corporation examines what rising inequality has cost Americans in lost […]



Germany in August – Electric vehicles crushing it at record 13.2 market share

September 22nd, 2020 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

Germany, Europe’s largest auto market, saw a record 13.2% plugin electric vehicle market share in August 2020, up over 5× from the 2.6% result of August 2019. This comes immediately after July itself broke new ground at 11.4% market share. The overall auto market in August was down 20% from an unusually high August 2019. […]



Researchers reveal a much richer picture of the past with new DNA recovery technique

September 17th, 2020 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

A shot of the Klondike region in the Yukon, where the permafrost samples containing sediment DNA, were collected. Researchers at McMaster University have developed a new technique to tease ancient DNA from soil, pulling the genomes of hundreds of animals and thousands of plants—many of them long extinct—from less than a gram of sediment. The […]



World wildlife plummets more than two-thirds in 50 years: index

September 17th, 2020 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

  Graphic outlining the environmental degredation of the oceans caused by human activity. Global animal, bird and fish populations have plummeted more than two-thirds in less than 50 years due to rampant over-consumption, experts said Thursday in a stark warning to save nature in order to save ourselves. Human activity has severely degraded three quarters […]



Dozens of scientific journals have vanished from the internet, and no one preserved them

September 16th, 2020 at 3:12 pm » Comments Off

Most open-access journals lack the technical means and plans to preserve their articles, despite a mandate from some funders that they do so. Eighty-four online-only, open-access (OA) journals in the sciences, and nearly 100 more in the social sciences and humanities, have disappeared from the internet over the past 2 decades as publishers stopped maintaining […]



‘Do I really need this much office space?’ Pandemic emptied buildings, but how long?

September 10th, 2020 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

Empty offices sit above empty retail stores on Broadway in downtown Manhattan. As commercial real estate continues to lie vacant around the U.S., it may contribute to a vicious economic cycle that reshapes our cities. Adam Johnson enjoys going into the office. It helps that he works in one of the nicest buildings in Midtown […]



CDC: 94% of Covid-19 deaths had underlying medical conditions

September 5th, 2020 at 2:27 am » Comments Off

  This image depicts the exterior of the CDC’s “Tom Harkin Global Communications Center” located on the organization’s Roybal Campus in Atlanta, Georgia.  ATLANTA, Ga. (WEYI) – The Centers for Disease Control released information showing how many people who died from COVID-19 had comorbidities or underlying conditions as they are sometimes referred to by doctors. […]



The surprising upsides of worrying

September 3rd, 2020 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

  Anxiety can be exhausting, but there is often a reason for it – and there are some surprising benefits to certain kinds of worrying. “I’m a near-professional worrier,” admits Kate Sweeny ruefully. She’s struggled for much of her life with anxiety over things she can’t entirely control – including, these days, whether her parents […]



The Event Industry is being confronted by its Napster moment

September 1st, 2020 at 10:03 am » Comments Off

All types of business events are in danger of their revenue streams of tickets, sponsorships, memberships, and other types of fees being eroded. This is happening as the world gets used to digital formats and alternatives emerge to physical networking, matchmaking, and other tasks we get out of these events. The threat sounds familiar?   […]



World-first database catalogs 1,000s of viruses in our gut microbiome

August 31st, 2020 at 3:01 pm » Comments Off

  A new study detected over 33,000 unique virus populations that reside in human gut microbiomes Researchers from Ohio State University have created the first catalog of viral populations known to inhabit the human gut. Called the Gut Virome Database, the study suggests each person’s gut viral population is as unique as their fingerprints. Our […]



Why do Covid fatalities remain low when infection numbers are rising?

August 28th, 2020 at 3:17 pm » Comments Off

  While some scientists believe the virus has become less deadly, others look at the factors that suggest otherwise Are Covid-19 death rates decreasing? Most statistics indicate that although cases of Covid-19 are rising in many parts of Europe and the United States, the number of deaths and cases of severe complications remain relatively low. […]



New global data reveal education technology’s impact on learning

August 3rd, 2020 at 9:44 am » Comments Off

The use of technology in education has become a lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic. As students return to the classroom, school systems must carefully consider the longer-term role of technology. The promise of technology in the classroom is great: enabling personalized, mastery-based learning; saving teacher time; and equipping students with the digital skills they will […]



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