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These researchers have found a way to turn a common plastic into high-value molecules

November 7th, 2020 at 2:10 pm » Comments Off

  More than 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic has been produced in the last six decades. However, recycling plastic can be difficult as the most common process involves melting and reworking the material. A new process developed by the University of California can turn polyethylene into useful smaller molecules. If you thought those flimsy […]

IQ rates are dropping in many developed countries and that doesn’t bode well for humanity

October 28th, 2020 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

 IQ rates are dropping and we’re too stupid to figure out why.  An intelligence crisis could undermine our problem-solving capacities and dim the prospects of the global economy. IQ rates are falling across Western Europe, and experts are scratching their heads as to why.May 22, 2019, 2:31 AM MDT People are getting dumber. That’s not […]

An AI analysis of 500,000 studies shows how we can end world hunger

October 21st, 2020 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

An Indian farmer dries harvested rice from a paddy field in Assam. Ending hunger is one of the top priorities of the United Nations this decade. Yet the world appears to be backsliding, with an uptick of 60 million people experiencing hunger in the last five years to an estimated 690 million worldwide. To help […]

Will we ever trust crowds again?

October 9th, 2020 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

If socializing makes you cringe, you’re not alone. Scientists say the pandemic is re-shaping our senses of fear and disgust, and it’s unclear how long the change will last. WATCHING A RERUN of the 1990s sitcom Seinfeld gave me the first inkling that COVID-19 might be rearranging my mind for the long term. On the […]

New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster

October 8th, 2020 at 12:04 am » Comments Off

Breakthrough that builds on plastic-eating bugs first discovered by Japan in 2016 promises to enable full recycling A super-enzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster than before has been created by scientists and could be used for recycling within a year or two. The super-enzyme, derived from bacteria that naturally evolved the ability to […]

A new startup is recruiting gig workers to help landlords evict people from their homes, calling it the fastest-growing moneymaking gig because of COVID-19

September 30th, 2020 at 9:34 pm » Comments Off

A new startup is recruiting gig workers to help landlords evict people who can’t afford to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Civvl, which Motherboard described as “Uber, but for evicting people,” has posted job listings across the US that encourage gig workers to join the app and work as eviction crew members. Civvl notes that […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 Economic Model of Higher Education Was Already Broken. Here’s Why the Pandemic May Destroy It for Good

September 2nd, 2020 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

Logan Armstrong, a Cincinnati junior, works while sitting inside a painted circle on the lawn of the Oval during the first day of fall classes on at Ohio State University on Aug. 25, 2020. Karabell is an author, investor, and commentator. He is the president of River Twice Research. His forthcoming book is Inside Money: […]

The world’s growing concrete coasts

August 18th, 2020 at 1:33 pm » Comments Off

The world’s coastlines are turning to concrete, at a huge cost to wildlife and the climate. But new technologies may offer a way to shore up coasts while benefiting biodiversity. It’s one of the most impressive feats in modern engineering, and crossing the world’s longest sea bridge – the 55km (34 miles) Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, […]

Reimagining industrial supply chains

August 17th, 2020 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

  For organizations that understand the vulnerabilities in industrial supply chains, there is an opportunity to prepare for future shocks and build resilience without hurting efficiency. In recent months, structural supply-chain fragility has been catapulted to the top of the news cycle as the ongoing repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic echo around the world. Government-imposed […]

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