Futurology

Japan gov't backs 4-day workweek, but experts split - The Mainichi
mainichi.jp/english/articles/202106… 
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TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's government plans to encourage firms to let their employees choose to work four days a week instead of five, aiming to improve

Kill the 5-Day Workweek
theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021… 
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Reducing hours without reducing pay would reignite an essential but long-forgotten moral project: making American life less about work.

Nuclear energy: Fusion plant backed by Jeff Bezos to be built in UK
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Canadian company General Fusion is set to build a $400m fusion demonstrator near Oxford.

Employees Are Quitting Instead of Giving Up Working From Home
bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-06… 

The drive to get people back into offices is clashing with workers who’ve embraced remote work as the new normal.

The Future Of Work Will Be Five-Hour Days, A Four-Day Workweek And Flexible Staggered Schedules
forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2021/05/… 
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Remote work, hybrid, flexible staggered hours, job sharing, four-day workweeks, five-hour days, hot desks and other initiatives are being tried out by companies to enhance employee happiness and retain talent.

Canada declares plastics toxic, paving the way for restrictions
motherjones.com/environment/2021/05… 
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“I think the days of waiting for recycling to work are over,” notes one environmentalist.

China lands its Zhurong rover on Mars
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The six-wheeled robot has made the hazardous descent to the surface of the Red Planet, China announces.

Biden Administration Approves Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm
nytimes.com/2021/05/11/climate/clim… 
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The Vineyard Wind project, off the coast of Massachusetts, would generate enough electricity to power 400,000 homes.

BYU hologram experts can now create real-life images that move in the air
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They may be tiny weapons, but BYU’s holography research group has figured out how to create lightsabers — green for Yoda and red for Darth Vader, naturally — with actual luminous beams rising from them.

The founder of Moderna doesn’t think vaccines are all that impressive
qz.com/2001718/modernas-founder-say… 
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Derrick Rossi, the founder of Moderna, says vaccines are just the beginning of mRNA therapeutics.

Mudita Pure
mudita.com/products/pure/ 

Your Modern Minimalist Phone. Mindful design, essential functionalities, an eye-friendly E Ink display, an open source OS and ultralow SAR value.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin will soon begin selling tickets for rides on its space tourism rocket
cnbc.com/2021/04/29/jeff-bezos-blue… 
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Jeff Bezos' space venture Blue Origin will soon begin selling tickets for rides on its space tourism rocket called New Shepard.

'World's most powerful' tidal turbine sets sail from Dundee
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The 680-tonne turbine, which can supply power for 2,000 homes, will be towed from Dundee to Orkney.

Robot-Woven Sneaker With 3D-Printed Soles
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For athletes trying to run fast, the proper shoe can be essential to achieving peak performance. For athletes trying to run as fast as humanly possible, a runner’s shoe can also become a work of individually customized engineering.

In world first, New Zealand to make banks report climate impact
phys.org/news/2021-04-world-zealand… 
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New Zealand will force banks to reveal the impact their investments have on climate change under world-first legislation intended to make the financial sector's environmental record transparent, officials said.

Washable Antimicrobial Mouses
trendhunter.com/trends/wireless-wat… 
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The Silver Storm wireless waterproof mouse is a health-focused peripheral for avid technology users that will enable them to keep their workstation as clean as possible between uses.

Audi abandons combustion engine development
electrive.com/2021/03/16/audi-aband… 

Audi has stopped the development of new combustion engines. In an interview, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann justified the decision with the EU plans for a stricter Euro 7 emissions standard.

Spain to launch trial of four-day working week
theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/15/s… 
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Government agrees to proposal from leftwing party Más País allowing companies to test reduced hours

China debuts train prototype that can hit speeds of 620 kilometers per hour
edition.cnn.com/travel/article/chin… 
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China has revealed a prototype for a new high-speed Maglev train that is capable of reaching speeds of 620 kilometers (385 miles) per hour. The train runs on high-temperature superconducting (HTS) power that makes it look as if the train is floating along the magnetized tracks.