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https://www.forbes.com/sites/mergermarket/2020/02/18/the-future-of-battery-energy-storage-is-upon-us/#7d5c05c14a18
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Forbes
Government incentives and private investment are generating excitement – and progress – in utility-scale battery storage.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/economic-impact-north-americas-most-vital-trade-corridor
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Stratfor
Each year 230 million metric tons of cargo transit the waterways of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region, home to an estimated 30 percent of total economic activity in the United States and Canada.
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https://www.stratfor.com/analysis/what-kind-power-will-china-become?login=1
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Stratfor
While the coming years will be difficult for China's economy and political system, the question remains: What kind of power will China be when it emerges on the other side of its current troubles? The question of how it will wield its considerable power might be answered by examining its dynastic history.
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https://www.wired.com/story/record-jobless-claims-overwhelming-states-aging-tech/
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Wired
Laid-off workers struggle to file claims for unemployment benefits; economists say the situation will likely get worse.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/08/11/this-republican-mayor-has-an-incredibly-simple-idea-to-help-the-homeless-and-it-seems-to-be-working/
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The Washington Post
"Someone believed in them today."
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/07/artificial-intelligence-tool-used-catch-people-lie-police/
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The Telegraph
British scientists have developed a new computer programme that can spot if someone has lied to police about being robbed.
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https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/public-sector/public-sector-leadership-changing-mindset.html
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Deloitte
Government and public services have changed substantially in the past decade and so have the demands on public sector leaders. This article sets out the new capabilities that the sector’s leaders need today – and the new mindset they will need to thrive in the future.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/04/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-iran-talks.html
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New York Times
Weeks after the Middle East seemed on the verge of war, Saudi Arabia and Iran are seeking ways to ease tensions. A warming relationship could have far-reaching consequences.
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https://qz.com/work/1703088/us-projects-number-of-workers-over-75-will-double-in-next-decade/
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Quartz
The US workforce is likely to see a tsunami of elderly workers.
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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/05/15/568638.htm
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Insurance Journal
The U.S. Transportation Department on Thursday published new rules for truck drivers that will allow short-haul drivers to work a longer day and revising
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https://www.businessinsider.com/orrin-hatch-wants-federal-trade-commision-investigate-google-2018-8
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Business Insider
Sen. Orrin Hatch wants the Federal Trade Commision to investigate Google following news reports that have highlighted problematic behavior and its dominance in search and advertising. It follows President Donald Trump's attacks this week.
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https://www.hrgrapevine.com/content/article/2020-07-14-what-does-the-new-immigration-system-mean-for-hr
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HR Grapevine
In a national address yesterday, Home Secretary Priti Patel set out the nation’s post-Brexit points-based immigration system, with freedom of movement set to end for EU residents this coming January…
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https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/25/climate/india-monsoon-drought.html
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The New York Times
Decades of short-sighted government policies are leaving millions of Indians defenseless in the age of climate disruptions – especially the country’s poor.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-10/why-low-earth-orbit-desperately-needs-a-traffic-cop
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Bloomberg
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https://reason.com/2014/03/07/millennials-very-politically-independent/
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Reason
Elizabeth Nolan Brown Millennials are poised to be the most politically independent generation yet, according to a new survey from
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https://www.factor-tech.com/health-augmentation/8679-rebranding-cannabis-the-legal-future-of-the-worlds-favourite-high/
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Factor
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https://www.newscientist.com/article/2193136-universal-income-study-finds-money-for-nothing-wont-make-us-work-less/
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New Scientist
The most robust trial of universal basic income yet shows that it boosts well-being and doesn't decrease employment, as some had feared
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/mexico-president-s-populist-agenda-puts-investors-its-crosshairs
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Stratfor
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has proposed a constitutional reform that would threaten the country’s business environment -- and potentially open the door for sweeping political changes.
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https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/10/18/449160304/as-china-cracks-down-on-cultural-fringe-indie-rock-finds-a-home-in-beijing
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NPR
U.S. economist Michael Pettis, an expert on China's economy and professor at Beijing University, is also a key figure nurturing a distinct American sound in Beijing's avant-garde music scene.
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https://www.rechargenews.com/transition/solar-the-pacesetter-with-renewable-energy-on-road-to-1-4tw-big-boom-fitch/2-1-877058
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Recharge
PV to take lead over wind as clean sources account for two-thirds of new additions this decade, analyst predicts
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https://howmuch.net/articles/state-of-the-worlds-government-debt
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Policymakers have avoided dealing with debt for years, guaranteeing that any resolution will be more painful. This visualization shows which countries have the biggest problems with national debt relative to their economic size.