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New study : Every electric car brings $10,000 in life-saving benefits

June 17th, 2020 at 5:45 pm » Comments Off

Converting all cars and SUVs in the Greater Toronto area into electric vehicles would cause 313 fewer deaths per year, an estimated social benefit of $2.4 billion. That’s the high-level finding of a study published today by Environmental Defence and the Ontario Public Health Association. EV drivers cite numerous reasons for ditching a gas car […]



Exclusive: Mary Meeker’s coronavirus trends report

April 30th, 2020 at 1:47 pm » Comments Off

Bond Capital, a Silicon Valley VC firm whose portfolio companies include Slack and Uber, told its investors this morning via email that the coronavirus’ high-speed spread and impact has similarities to the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Why it matters: Bond’s best-known partner, Mary Meeker, is a former bank analyst renowned for her annual […]



Smart bandage detects infections, auto-releases antibiotic

February 10th, 2020 at 12:28 pm » Comments Off

THE SMART BANDAGES SHORTENED WOUND-HEALING TIMES IN MOUSE STUDIES. A colorful new weapon has emerged in the war on antibiotic resistance. On Wednesday, researchers in China published a study in the journal ACS Central Science detailing their creation of a new kind of smart bandage. At first, when you apply it to a wound, the […]



People lacking access to food 10-37% more likely to die prematurely: Study

January 25th, 2020 at 5:14 pm » Comments Off

People with inadequate access to food due to financial constraints are 10 to 37 per cent more likely to die prematurely from any cause other than cancer, according to a study published on Monday. Researchers, including those from the University of Toronto, looked at data from more than half a million adults in Canada. The […]



A survey of 20,000 creatives suggests brainstorming is a giant waste of time

January 19th, 2020 at 9:01 pm » Comments Off

Perhaps more than any other category of professionals, creative types are expected to thrive in brainstorms. In the public’s imagination, their offices are filled with fidget toys and Post-it notes in an array of colors, all meant to absorb some of the energy of a group of fast-thinking, well-dressed hipsters deep in ideation mode. But […]



The most powerful passports in the world in 2020, ranked

January 12th, 2020 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

Singapore, which ranked as the second-best place to hold a passport from in 2020, tied for first place last year. The Henley Passport Index, an annual ranking of the most powerful passports in the world based on how many destinations the holder can enter without a visa, was just released. Japan secured the top spot […]



Five principles for thinking like a futurist

January 11th, 2020 at 2:16 am » Comments Off

Thinking about the future allows us to imagine what kind of future we want to live in and how we can get there. In 2018 we celebrated the fifty-year anniversary of the founding of the Institute for the Future (IFTF). No other futures organization has survived for this long; we’ve actually survived our own forecasts! […]



Vast majority of UK adults ‘uncomfortable’ with delivery drivers entering their empty homes

January 5th, 2020 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

Waitrose’s While You’re Away service allows delivery drivers to enter customer’s homes to unpack their shopping The vast majority of UK adults are uncomfortable with the idea of delivery drivers entering their homes to drop off shopping while they’re out, new research has revealed. Waitrose first trialled its While You’re Away delivery service in October […]



The future of industrial real estate

December 28th, 2019 at 12:01 am » Comments Off

Lincoln Property Co. developed Lincoln Logistics 40, a state-of-the-art warehouse/distribution building that features 40-foot clear height in Goodyear, Ariz. Logistics properties in the U.S. are getting loftier and more high-tech as an evolving supply chain drives innovation in sheds. Prologis Inc., the largest warehouse provider in the U.S., wrapped up construction of a three-story distribution […]



Here’s how long you should take off to feel productive at work again, according to study

December 25th, 2019 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

According to the website Sleep Judge, the U.S. is one of only a few countries that doesn’t mandate a set number of vacation days. People are overworked and burnt out, and we seem content to treat this as a fact of life. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, the issue that Americans are […]



A sobering 62% of U.S. financial-services entities have been breached, Thales says

December 15th, 2019 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

Despite 96% of U.S. financial-services organizations considering their technology security as adequate, 62% of those responding to a Thales survey said they experienced a breach. That’s according to the recently released 2019 Thales Data Threat Report. Commissioned by Thales, the survey of 1,200 information technology and data security professionals and the ensuing report was conducted […]



Debit Cards overtake cash as the most popular payment type, according to Fed diarists

December 11th, 2019 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

  The growing popularity of debit cards and the displacement of cash by card and electronic payment alternatives is nothing new, but a Federal Reserve banks’ report released Thursday shows debit cards for the first time have surpassed cash as the most-used payment type. The findings come from the 2018 Diary of Consumer Payment Choice, […]



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