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Corporations are incentivized to keep wages low—worker cooperatives could help Fri, 09 Dec 2022 05:30:00 GMT

‘There is an inevitable tension between workers who seek wages for their livelihoods and corporations who seek profits for their shareholders.’

While the pandemic presented a host of challenges for the economy, something remarkable happened to workers who were able to maintain employment during that period: Their wages rose . . . significantly.

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These products will help you host the winter’s hottest party Fri, 09 Dec 2022 05:00:00 GMT

From sleek serveware to elegant coupes and a statement-piece bar cart to collect it all, here’s everything you need for the perfect intimate gathering or sophisticated rager.

With colorful, two-tone removable trays and plenty of space, Bodum’s Bar Cart & Tea Trolley ($175, store.moma.org) is ready to roll. Fill Mosser’s Mixing Bowls ($66.50 for set, 2modern.com) with snacks—like nutritional-yeast-dusted Bjorn Qorn ($50 for 30 bags, bjornqorn.com)—and show them off to bring energy to this typically utilitarian item.

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‘There’s no other means of survival’: How neighbors are relying on each other when disaster strikes Fri, 09 Dec 2022 04:00:00 GMT

Across the country, communities are relying on mutual aid as a safeguard against extreme weather, especially when local governments fail them.

This article originally appeared in Nexus Media News.

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ChatGPT reported out this whole story—the results were a mixed bag Fri, 09 Dec 2022 04:00:00 GMT

The AI chatbot is superpowered, except if you want it to craft you an interview request email or accurately quote interviewees.

OpenAI’s chatbot, ChatGPT, has taken on a life of its own as people begin to test its limits in the last week. The AI-powered chatbot takes a user prompt and produces surprisingly lucid text. Academics have tested it out to produce essay drafts; entrepreneurs have used it to develop business plans . . . but could it automate large parts of the reporting process?

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The National Defense Space Architecture: Inside Space Force’s splashy new initiative Fri, 09 Dec 2022 04:00:00 GMT

The NDSA taps into many zeitgeisty space technology concepts, from optical links to on-orbit processing.

Over the last few years, the space industry has grown by leaps and bounds, pushing our space capabilities forward at an unprecedented rate.

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The top reason people want to come back to the office? To actually do some work Fri, 09 Dec 2022 04:00:00 GMT

People crave spaces that facilitate focused work, but many offices still aren’t designed for the way people work most effectively.

After nearly three years of a global pandemic and months, if not years, of working from home, the main thing drawing workers back to their offices is the desire to simply focus on their work. But at the same time, offices in the U.S. have hit a 15-year low when it comes to how effective they are for enabling focused work.

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Converse’s new crushed velvet sneakers are made from vintage dresses Fri, 09 Dec 2022 04:00:00 GMT

Converse sourced more than 500 pounds of velvet to make the shoes.

In 1994, when velvet was all the rage, Converse created a red velvet version of its iconic Chuck Taylor sneaker. This year, just in time for the holidays, the sneaker brand launches another crushed velvet sneaker. And you’d never know by looking at them, but they’re made from old, discarded clothes.

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For better or worse, 2022 was the year of Elon Fri, 09 Dec 2022 04:00:00 GMT

It’s been a rough year for Elon’s brands. But his own personal brand is more ubiquitous than ever.

Branded is a weekly column devoted to the intersection of marketing, business, design, and culture.

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This massive robot is designed to harvest EV metals from the ocean. But can it be done sustainably? Fri, 09 Dec 2022 03:00:00 GMT

Impossible Metals has a more sustainable way to harvest nickel and cobalt, but experts worry it could still disrupt vital ecosystems.

On a recent weekday afternoon, a team of engineers watched as a small robot hovered in the clear water of Canada’s Georgian Bay, gently picking up rocks off the sandy bottom. Impossible Metals, the startup that designed the robot, wants to prove that it can sustainably harvest deep-sea metals like the cobalt and nickel needed for electric vehicle batteries. The test in shallow water was its first proof of concept. Still, scientists question whether it’s possible for any deep-sea mining to avoid harming the environment.

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Airbnb says its anti-party tech is ready to crack down on New Year’s Eve ragers again for 2022 Thu, 08 Dec 2022 15:55:00 GMT

Guests without a positive review history might find their options for single-night rentals limited on December 31.

Airbnb says it’s redoubling the platform’s “proactive defenses” to stop rogue users from throwing New Year’s Eve ragers this year.

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Congress just passed landmark legislation to protect same-sex marriage. Now it heads to Biden Thu, 08 Dec 2022 13:20:00 GMT

The Respect for Marriage Act heads to President Biden, after the House passed the bill on Thursday.

It’s almost official: The Respect for Marriage Act is one step away from becoming law.

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Accessible tech design has the power to change lives—why is it so often ignored? Thu, 08 Dec 2022 12:00:00 GMT

The promise of new technology has always been to enhance our abilities as humans. But what cannot be forgotten is that each and every human is different.

In Apple’s latest ad we see musicians, students, artists, cheerleaders, parents all living their lives. What do they all have in common? They’re using assistive technology features.

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The VA is turning to VR to help vets manage chronic pain Thu, 08 Dec 2022 09:30:00 GMT

Caregivers at 18 Veterans Affairs facilities will write patients a “prescription” for an FDA-authorized eight-week VR program called RelieVRx.

Doctors at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities will soon be offering vets a high-tech way to deal with their chronic low back pain: virtual reality-based therapy.

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As gun violence increases, more people are carrying guns every day Thu, 08 Dec 2022 09:25:00 GMT

Research from the University of Washington suggests the number of Americans carrying handguns has doubled.

The gun control debates rage on as mass shootings continue, including one last month in Virginia, but handgun owners are making their stance clear: The number of Americans carrying guns on a daily basis has doubled, according to a recent study led by ​​Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington.

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Serena Williams’ new venture focuses on recovery Thu, 08 Dec 2022 09:00:00 GMT

The tennis champion debuts Will Perform, a range of topical pain-relief and muscle-care products designed for both superstar athletes as well as everyday aches and pains.

After nearly three decades of pushing her body to its limits, Serena Williams is now focusing on recovery—quite literally. Following the tennis champ’s announcement in August that she is “evolving away” from the sport that made her a sports icon, today, Williams launches Will Perform, a line of topical pain-relief and muscle-care products designed for athletes and non-athletes alike.

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Blame the 2008 financial crisis for your super-expensive Christmas tree in 2022 Thu, 08 Dec 2022 08:55:00 GMT

Talk about ghosts of Christmas past. Turns out, the tree industry is still trying to regain balance after years of over- and underplanting.

Putting up and decorating a Christmas tree is a holiday tradition for millions of American families. But this year, many are finding that their Christmas tree is costing a little more green than anticipated.

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