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Monotasking Gets A Makeover (jdargis)
Indeed, multitasking, that bulwark of anemic résumés everywhere, has come under fire in recent years. A 2014 study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that interruptions as brief as two to three seconds — which is to say, less than the amount of time it would take you to toggle from this article to your email and back again — were enough to double the number of errors participants made in an assigned task.
Living Simply With A Flip Phone (jdargis)
The promise of constant contact isn't good for all relationships. For Judith Goudsmit, a young New Yorker with no desire for a smartphone, the flip phone offers reprieve.
“It’s interesting that the gun prohibition lobby always loses its collective voice after an armed citizen stops a violent crime,” Gottlieb observed. “They talk about restrictive gun laws being okay if it saves just one life. That’s a theory. Well, Sunday morning a citizen had a gun and saved maybe two lives, and that’s a fact.”
Martinez routed the money he’d collected from selling newspapers toward opening a lawn care business. He eventually amassed enough funds to put a down payment on a home. Unfortunately, no one seemed willing to help him do that, except realtor Brian Kemp. He had noticed Bear and stopped to talk to Martinez on the street corner while he was selling The Contributor.
“Everybody notices him!” Martinez says about his giant dog. “He’s the one who made the money; I just collected it for him.”
Insurance groups, chambers of commerce and conservatives have already lined up in opposition. They say the plan’s details are vague, its size and cost galling. The proposed health system would have a budget bigger than that of Colorado’s entire state government. A new 10 percent tax on payroll and incomes to pay for the system would push Colorado’s tax rates to some of the highest in the nation.
In Proof We Trust (westcoastjan)
This is possibly the most significant and detailed record in all history, an open-source structure of permanent memory, which grows organically. It is known as the blockchain. It is the breakthrough tech behind the digital cash system, Bitcoin, but its impact will soon be far wider than just alternative money.
Ecocapsule is seeking $1 million in capital so it can begin larger-scale production. Peter Wheelwright and Alison Mears, architecture professors at New York’s New School, say they worry its materials may be environmentally unfriendly and possibly unsafe. Aluminum production is energy-intensive, and some fiberglass products can contain formaldehyde, a toxic chemical. Zacek says the materials are safe. He and Pohlova are researching alternative materials, such as hemp, to make the capsule greener.
City Council encourages 'vertical farming' (Thomas C.)
"The most noble thing a human being can do is produce food for others," Taubenberger said at a news conference, complete with a display of basil and micro-greens grown at Metropolis. "Vertical farming is something very special indeed, and fits like a glove in Philadelphia."
The resolution calls for hearings that will be scheduled in the coming weeks.
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