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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/17/chinas-population-falls-for-first-time-in-more-than-60-years
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The Guardian
Shift occurring nearly a decade ahead of forecasts heightens concerns over demographic time bomb
Publish date: 07 Feb 2023
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https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2023/01/buy-now-pay-later-affirm-afterpay-credit-card-debt/672686/
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The Atlantic
Many Gen Zers have rejected traditional credit in favor of new-age layaway programs, which are riskier than they may seem.
Publish date: 07 Feb 2023
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https://www.carscoops.com/2023/01/bmw-now-offering-more-feature-subscriptions-in-the-u-s/
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CarScoops
BMW has recently announced the availability of more feature subscriptions for US customers, providing them with access to innovations and upgrades that enhance their driving experience. The new subscription service covers a variety of features such as navigation, parking assistant, real-time traffic information, remote services, concierge services, and more. With these services, BMW’s customers can customize their cars with new technology and features that keep up with the newest trends in the market while providing a seamless driving experience. Furthermore, this subscription model allows customers to pay only for the features they need and want while giving them freedom to upgrade or change their selections at any time. As such, BMW's updated subscription service ensures that its customers are never left behind in terms of technological advances. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 07 Feb 2023
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https://www.wsj.com/articles/your-coworkers-are-less-ambitious-bosses-adjust-to-the-new-order-11672441067
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The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article about how bosses are adjusting to a workplace where their employees are less ambitious than in the past. In this article, the author examines why fewer employees today view work as a pathway to success, and how managers should respond to this shift in attitude. They argue that employers must develop new strategies to motivate and engage their workers. To do this, they suggest offering more unique job opportunities, providing better benefits packages, increasing communication with staff, and creating a culture of recognition for individual contributions. It is also important for employers to understand that career progression does not have to involve climbing the corporate ladder; instead, there can be many lateral paths towards professional growth. Additionally, leaders must recognize the importance of work-life balance and be more flexible when it comes to personal needs and commitments outside of the office. Ultimately, by adapting to these changes in employee ambition, companies can create workplaces that encourage growth and collaboration between their staff. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 07 Feb 2023
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https://www.economist.com/business/2023/01/01/can-the-north-sea-become-europes-new-economic-powerhouse
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The Economist
The North Sea is on the brink of becoming a major economic force in Europe. With the establishment of a new cross-border cooperation between countries such as Germany, Denmark and Norway, the region is set to become an energy hub and a major player in maritime trade. This could bring together the resources of these countries, create jobs and strengthen the long-term economic development of the area. The North Sea also presents an opportunity for green energy initiatives, such as wind power and tidal energy, both of which could be used to supply electricity to homes and businesses at competitive prices. Additionally, new regulatory frameworks are being developed to support ocean sustainability efforts that can help protect wildlife and promote responsible fishing. With these prospects, it seems clear that the North Sea could soon become an integral part of Europe's economy with its potential for growth and innovation. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 07 Feb 2023
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https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/public-sector/transportation-trends.html
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Deloitte
Public sector leaders have a golden opportunity to use IIJA and IRA funds to reshape the future of public transportation in the United States, making it modern and sustainable.
Publish date: 06 Feb 2023
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https://futurism.com/elderly-billionaires-immortal-compounding-wealth-forever
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Futurism
A new trend has been emerging amongst wealthy elderly billionaires, where they are using their vast resources to make sure their wealth lasts forever. Through a process known as 'compounding' – wherein assets are reinvested in order to generate more assets – these individuals are ensuring that their riches live on even after they pass away. Compounding works by earning interest on the original investment, then reinvesting the resulting profits into more investments of the same kind. As this cycle continues over time, it can generate large sums of money that will never be touched by the original investor. Billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett have used compounding to add an extra layer of immortality to their wealth, allowing them to provide for their families for generations or even centuries after their passing. It's an interesting concept to consider, and one that could potentially alter the course of history from beyond the grave. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 06 Feb 2023
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https://phys.org/news/2022-12-soaring-fertilizer-prices-millions-undernourished.html
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PHYS.ORG
Recently, a concerning and alarming trend has been identified in some parts of the world: soaring fertilizer prices have caused millions to become undernourished. This is due to the fact that fertilizer prices have risen drastically over the past decade, making it increasingly difficult for farmers and other agricultural workers to afford the necessary inputs needed to produce food. As a result, many people in regions where fertilizer is essential are unable to properly feed themselves and their families. In some cases, these problems are compounded by environmental factors like drought or soil depletion. Furthermore, this issue has only become more pronounced as demand for fertilizers grows with higher population figures and as finite resources become increasingly scarce. Such issues of food insecurity can lead to significant physical and mental health implications if not addressed properly; thus, it is essential that policymakers consider ways to address this problem in order to ensure food security for all citizens around the world. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 06 Feb 2023
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https://www.3plogistics.com/big_and_bulky_last-mile_delivery_in_the_us/
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Armstrong & Associates, Inc.
The article from 3PLogistics discusses the challenges of last mile delivery for large and bulky items in the US. According to their research, a majority of last mile delivery providers are not equipped to handle these types of shipments, leading to increased costs and delays. In addition to this, they found that accessing certain areas can be difficult, as some locations do not have sufficient infrastructure and infrastructure investments are lagging behind demand. This is further exacerbated by the fact that most providers lack specialized vehicles or equipment designed specifically for last-mile deliveries of larger items. In summary, 3PLogistics offers insights into the difficulties associated with delivering large and bulky packages during the last mile in the US, highlighting issues such as inadequate infrastructure and a lack of specialized equipment. They suggest that investments should be made in both infrastructure and specialized transportation solutions in order to improve delivery efficiency and reduce costs for both businesses and customers alike. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 06 Feb 2023
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https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/topics/strategy/climate-change-equity.html
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Deloitte
Deloitte has recently published an article on its website that discusses the relationship between climate change and equity. The article explains how climate change affects different communities, cultures, and countries differently. It outlines the need for a more equitable approach to addressing this issue, providing solutions such as investing in renewable energy sources and developing better policy frameworks for tackling climate change. By emphasizing the importance of equity, this article seeks to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on all people. Additionally, it suggests ways to create a fairer response and reduce the negative consequences of this global crisis. Through investing in renewable energy sources, improving access to education and resources, developing better policies and regulations to mitigate climate change-related risks, and supporting vulnerable populations as well as underprivileged communities we can strive towards a fairer future. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 06 Feb 2023
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https://www.economist.com/briefing/2023/01/05/how-elon-musks-satellites-have-saved-ukraine-and-changed-warfare
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The Economist
Elon Musk's satellite technology has impacted warfare in Ukraine and beyond. His SpaceX venture provided access to high-speed internet to remote areas, allowing for improved surveillance and communication capabilities. In Ukraine, this technology played a vital role in the prevention of full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine. For instance, it allowed Ukrainian forces to monitor Russian movements more closely and coordinate better with their allies on the ground. Additionally, the satellites enabled better coordination between US military forces at sea and those on land, such as reconnaissance missions or strike operations. This increased situational awareness and effectiveness of their actions against the enemy. Finally, Musk's satellites also played an important role in providing humanitarian aid to conflict zones by allowing organizations like UNICEF access to remote areas where they could distribute food, medicine, and other necessary items. All these factors have proven crucial in helping Ukraine stay afloat during times of unrest and continue to be a beacon of stability throughout Eastern Europe. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 03 Feb 2023
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https://tech.facebook.com/reality-labs/2022/12/boz-look-back-2023-look-ahead/
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Meta
Publish date: 03 Feb 2023
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https://www.oculus.com/blog/vr-display-optics-pancake-lenses-ppd/
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Meta Quest
VR technology is advancing rapidly, and Oculus has recently unveiled a new type of virtual reality display optics called pancake lenses. These lenses offer unprecedented clarity in focus and resolution, as well as a wide field of view (FOV). The pancake lens design also contributes to a more comfortable viewing experience, with less distortion and glare. Additionally, the lenses provide an enhanced Perception Per Degree (PPD) rating which increases the perception of depth and detail in VR applications. Furthermore, the pancake lenses are designed to reduce eye strain by providing more uniform illumination across the entire viewing area. This makes them ideal for long-term gaming sessions or extended periods of immersive content consumption. With these advances in virtual reality optics, Oculus has opened the door to an entirely new era of high quality visualization and immersive experiences that were previously not possible. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 03 Feb 2023
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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/21/technology/ai-chatgpt-google-search.html
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The New York Times
Google recently announced a major breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence technology with the introduction of GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3), an advanced version of its Search AI. The algorithm offers drastically improved accuracy, using natural language processing and deep learning to generate more relevant, personalized search results. With increased ability to understand queries and deliver accurate data quickly, GPT-3 has the potential to revolutionize how people interact with Google Search. The technology can also be used to create better customer experiences by helping companies anticipate customer needs, create more accurate product recommendations, and provide personalized content that engages users on a deeper level. Additionally, this powerful AI can enable smoother conversations between machines and humans by recognizing intent and conversational context when responding to questions or instructions. GPT-3 is expected to become widely available during 2022 and could become the new standard for search engine queries as well as other AI applications. With its potential for transforming how we think about search engines and conversational bots, this exciting breakthrough may soon make life easier for everyone who uses them. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 03 Feb 2023
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https://api.solarpowereurope.org/uploads/5222_SPE_EMO_2022_full_report_ver_03_1_319d70ca42.pdf
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SolarPower Europe
SolarPower Europe has just released a full report outlining their plans for 2022. The report covers a wide range of topics, including renewable energy investment, energy market reforms, new technology developments, and the future of solar power across Europe. It is an essential read for anyone interested in understanding the future of the renewables industry on the continent. The report examines various aspects of solar energy, such as the costs associated with its adoption and its potential impact on climate change. Additionally, it looks at other elements such as policies needed to support growth in this sector and how it can be integrated into existing infrastructure. This comprehensive analysis includes detailed forecasts for solar deployment up to 2030 and demonstrates how governments can play an important role in accelerating its take-up by setting ambitious targets and encouraging large-scale investments. SolarPowerEurope's 2022 report provides invaluable insight into one of the most dynamic sectors within Europe's energy mix. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 03 Feb 2023
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https://fortune.com/2023/01/05/gen-z-millennials-rage-applying-salary-raises/
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Fortune
Recent research has pointed to a new trend among Gen Z and millennials: Rage Applying. This is the practice of applying to employers in bulk, with resumes, cover letters, and other materials crafted specifically for each job opening, only to turn down any company that does not provide a salary higher than what they expected. This is an interesting development that could have wide-reaching implications for the way salaries are determined in the workforce. Companies are being forced to consider how they can remain competitive when it comes to offering salaries that meet expectations, or risk losing out on talented employees who may be more likely to engage in this type of behavior. In addition, this trend may be reflective of larger issues around equality in terms of wages across industries, as well as more generally in the economy. It will be interesting to see how this growing phenomenon affects the labor market over time and whether companies begin to increase their focus on pay equity in order to remain attractive places of employment. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 02 Feb 2023
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https://www.theverge.com/2023/1/4/23538552/microsoft-bing-chatgpt-search-google-competition
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THE VERGE
Microsoft has announced a new search engine technology, ChatGPT, which is set to revolutionize the way people search online. ChatGPT is an AI-powered system that uses natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to understand user intent and provide more meaningful results than traditional search engine technologies. Through this technology, Microsoft aims to compete with Google in the search engine market and provide users with more accurate results. This technology is expected to be used on Bing, Microsoft's existing search engine platform. Additionally, it is expected to enable smarter conversations between humans and machines and make searching the web easier for everyone involved. With its advanced capabilities, ChatGPT should help make finding relevant information faster and more intuitive for users. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 02 Feb 2023
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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/rcna60422
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NBC News
Eli Lilly is set to make history if their weight loss drug, tirzepatide, is approved by the FDA in the coming year. The drug has been shown to be highly effective for weight loss, with a phase 3 clinical trial indicating that patients receiving the high dose of tirzepatide lost an average of 22.5% of their body weight, or about 52 pounds - a much higher rate than other drugs currently on the market. Tirzepatide works by mimicking two hormones to reduce appetite and help the body break down sugar and fat more efficiently. If approved, some analysts estimate that the drug could generate annual sales of up to $48 billion - a figure which would easily surpass the record $20.7 billion made by AbbVie's rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira in 2021. While it remains unclear what impact pricing will have on access to tirzepatide, some experts suggest that a fair price could be around $13,000 annually - making it comparable to existing drugs Wegovy and Saxenda which cost around $1,500 and $1,350 respectively for a month’s supply. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 02 Feb 2023
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https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-04505-7
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Nature
This article, published in Nature, explores the potential of using gene therapies to treat cancer. It outlines the research carried out so far and the positive results that have been seen, including improved remission rates and reduced recurrence of tumors in clinical trials. The article also looks at how these treatments could be adapted and made more accessible to a wider range of patients in the near future. In particular, it focuses on two main areas: creating personalized therapies through genetic sequencing and engineering viruses so they can be used as effective delivery methods for these therapies. Additionally, it touches on some of the challenges that still need to be addressed such as stimulating an efficient immune response and reducing any potential side effects. Overall, this research has great potential for providing targeted treatments for cancer patients and improving survival rates long-term. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 02 Feb 2023
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https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/12/remote-work-is-poised-to-devastate-americas-cities.html
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Intelligencer
Remote work is rapidly becoming more popular, and it has the potential to profoundly disrupt America's cities. This trend could have a devastating impact on urban areas, resulting in reduced commerce and employment opportunities, as well as skyrocketing real estate prices due to increased competition for rental housing and single-family homes. Additionally, if traditional offices become obsolete, so too will the jobs that depend on them—including office support personnel and janitorial staff. Moreover, public transportation systems that rely heavily on commuters could face diminished ridership, leading to decreased revenues and major service reductions. Another concern is the loss of social connections that come with shared workspaces; remote workers often experience isolation and alienation from their colleagues. It would behoove local governments to begin strategizing now about how they can adapt their cities to accommodate these changing dynamics while still protecting their economies and communities. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 02 Feb 2023
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https://wkk.usa.mybluehost.me/mazda-just-proved-that-synthetic-fuels-could-be-the-future/
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EV
Mazda recently demonstrated that synthetic fuels have the potential to become the future of automotive technology. Synthetic fuels are developed through a chemical conversion process that produces zero emissions and can be used in existing gasoline engines. Mazda has already tested its synthetic fuel with a series of tests and achieved impressive results, showing that it has higher energy efficiency, lower exhaust emissions and better engine performance when compared to regular gasoline. Additionally, Mazda's synthetic fuels are sourced from renewable sources such as sugarcane and wood chips, making it an eco-friendly alternative. With this new technology, Mazda is taking steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their vehicles and create a cleaner environment for generations to come. Furthermore, Mazda is also exploring other synthetic fuel options such as methanol, which could prove to be even more efficient and cost-effective for drivers. The possibilities for this new form of energy are endless, and Mazda's success in creating a sustainable and green form of transportation could revolutionize the auto industry going forward. To read more, use the button below to open the original external article.
Publish date: 01 Feb 2023