Month: July 2021

The push for a four-day workweek has gained traction during the coronavirus pandemic, even grabbing the attention of Congress, but a shorter workweek may be difficult to implement on Wall Street. The finance sector has “always been a culture of heavy hours and working a lot,” said Jason Snipe, founder and CIO of Odyssey Capital
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Small may be beautiful when it comes to planetary impact but not necessarily when it comes to reducing those impacts. For a small or midsize company, the journey to net zero can be nearly as difficult as for the world’s largest companies. The opportunity itself is no small thing. There are nearly 32 million small
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NEWS 30 July 2021 COVID boosters for wealthy nations spark outrage Nations short of vaccine should get first doses to curb the pandemic, researchers say. Amy Maxmen Amy Maxmen View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook
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NATURE BRIEFING 30 July 2021 Daily briefing: Rocket glitch nudges ISS The International Space Station was briefly pushed out of position when rockets on a newly docked module accidentally fired. Plus: Female authors get fewer citations in elite medical journals, and why obesity doesn’t always lead to ill health. Emma Stoye Emma Stoye View author
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This month, I took on the awesome task of being GreenBiz’s first Green Finance & ESG Analyst and the chair of our annual GreenFin conference. After three years with GreenBiz, I’m thrilled to be taking the reins of this outstanding event and community. From those of you whose work I’ve been following, and those I’ve
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CAREER COLUMN 30 July 2021 We need to talk about post-pandemic lectures Off-campus learning was essential during the pandemic. But when it ends, we should encourage students to return to campus for in-person lectures, says Michael Doran. Michael Doran 0 Michael Doran Michael Doran is a biomedical engineer at the Queensland University of Technology in
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Aron Solomon Contributor Aron Solomon, J.D., is the head of Strategy for Esquire Digital and the editor of Today’s Esquire. He has taught entrepreneurship at McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania, and was the founder of LegalX, a legal technology accelerator. More posts by this contributor If you don’t want robotic dogs patrolling the
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Weather forecasting has made steady progress during the past several decades, yet the financial costs of extreme weather are staggering and getting worse. Part of the problem is that forecast improvements for the most impactful types of weather, including hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and winter storms, have been slower to materialize, often resulting in fluctuating forecasts
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NEWS 29 July 2021 A blood marker predicts who gets ‘breakthrough’ COVID Real-world evidence from a medical centre links high levels of potent antibodies after vaccination to a reduced risk of infection. Smriti Mallapaty 0 Smriti Mallapaty Smriti Mallapaty is a senior reporter in Sydney, Australia. View author publications You can also search for this
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NATURE PODCAST 28 July 2021 Has the world’s oldest known animal been discovered? Researchers debate whether an ancient fossil is the oldest animal yet discovered, and a new way to eavesdrop on glaciers. Benjamin Thompson & Noah Baker Benjamin Thompson View author publications You can also search for this author in PubMed  Google Scholar Noah
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A tidal turbine weighing 680 metric tons and dubbed “the world’s most powerful” has started grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, an archipelago located north of mainland Scotland. The news marks another major step forward for the U.K.’s nascent marine energy sector.  In an announcement Wednesday, Scottish engineering firm Orbital
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A bumblebee visiting a robotic flower receives a drop of sugar water as a reward. Credit: Jan-Hendrik Dudenhöffer Animal behaviour 28 July 2021 A caffeine buzz gives bees flower power Bumblebees dosed with caffeine can more easily remember the scent of sugar-heavy blossoms. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook
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It’s time we should be able to explain sustainability to a 5-year-old — in five words or less. There really aren’t many simple definitions of sustainability. This matters because if we want more people to contribute to a sustainable future, they would first need to know what to do, what the goal is. As expressed
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We are on the verge of a new era in space security: the age of diverse and highly capable dual-use space systems that can serve both peaceful and anti-satellite (ASAT) purposes. These new systems, such as spacecraft capable of undertaking rendezvous and proximity operations (RPOs), ground-based lasers capable of interacting with space objects, and actions
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A vehicle roughly 10 micrometres long can trace a circular path under the command of polarized light. Credit: D. Andrén et al./Nature Nanotechnol. Materials science 28 July 2021 Mini ‘metavehicles’ zip and swerve on light power Light can be used to both propel and steer tiny vehicles made with materials that have distinctive optical properties.
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