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In EcoBuilder, you build your own ecosystems of plants and animals, adding in species of different sizes and deciding who eats whom. Scientists are looking at the successful games to see what they can learn about how the planet works.

Keeping an ecosystem in balance is tricky, especially as climate change and other human interventions threaten our wildlife, so scientists turn to mathematical models to map out how things such as pollution or population will affect our world, or how we can save certain species through conservation work. Now, anyone can try their hand at keeping an ecosystem in balance through a new smartphone game, while also helping researchers find real-world answers to ecological problems.

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Author: Kristin Toussaint
Posted: August 4, 2020, 2:30 pm

In the second interview in three weeks that could be described as “adversarial,” Donald Trump’s usual defenses seem to fail him. These are the most must-see moments.

Somehow, it took a pandemic to get interviewers to actually interview Donald Trump.

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: August 4, 2020, 1:28 pm

The marketing service is a platform now, and it’s spending $1 million to encourage developers to integrate its tools with other services across the web.

Mailchimp, the service that’s moved from being an email marketing provider to a multifaceted small-business toolkit, is launching a $1 million fund to attract developers to integrate its software with other services.

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Author: Steven Melendez
Posted: August 4, 2020, 1:00 pm

Ford Motor Co.’s president and CEO, Jim Hackett, is retiring. He will be replaced by current COO Jim Farley, the automaker announced Tuesday morning.

Jim Hackett, the president and CEO of Ford Motor Co., is retiring and will be replaced by current COO Jim Farley, the automaker announced Tuesday morning.

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Author: Zlati Meyer
Posted: August 4, 2020, 12:17 pm

Abbott Thayer’s life and work underwent dramatic change after his wife died of tuberculosis.

Like everyone else, artists have been challenged by new conditions and routines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have had to adjust what they make as well as how and where they work, coming up with innovative ways to be productive in makeshift studios with limited supplies and in relative isolation.

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Author: Elizabeth lee
Posted: August 4, 2020, 11:00 am

To survive this period of crisis, keep erecting goal posts for achievement and chasing after the rush of success, says the founder of Behance.

As a result of the pandemic, we’re all on an unprecedented emotional and economic rollercoaster, and there’s no telling when the ride will end. The only thing that is consistent about managing a business in the midst of this pandemic is the volatility.

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Author: Scott Belsky
Posted: August 4, 2020, 11:00 am

“One for the Roadies” got about 40 artists and bands—including Leon Bridges, The National, and Reba McEntire—to personalize coolers to raise money.

As the world’s typical modus operandi began to crumble around us in March, two of the most noticeable aspects of the change in pop culture was the almost immediate halting of sports and concerts. Pro sports have begun an altered restart, with varying levels of success, but the NBA, NHL, and MLB are as much a product for TV as they are for live audiences.

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Author: Jeff Beer
Posted: August 4, 2020, 11:00 am

A new study shows that monitoring shoppers can negatively impact an e-tailer’s bottom line.

Turns out that when companies spy on you online, you’re not only creeped out; you’re actually less inclined to buy something, according to a new study.

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Author: Lilly Smith
Posted: August 4, 2020, 10:25 am

To redesign your culture remotely, think of it as an evolving entity depending on the strength of team connections.

In the face of a global health crisis dramatically shaping the face of work, there has been extensive discussion over company culture and how companies can “maintain” their culture while navigating current challenges.

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Author: Martha Bird
Posted: August 4, 2020, 10:00 am

Calls about hand sanitizer have skyrocketed 70% this year, according to new data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers released this afternoon.

The number of calls about hand sanitizer have skyrocketed 70% this year, according to new data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) released yesterday.

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Author: Zlati Meyer
Posted: August 4, 2020, 9:24 am

Scientists have genetically modified cotton to feature a swirl of colors. The research could help the fashion industry curb its addiction to toxic dye.

Australian scientists believe they have found a way to crack the molecular code of cotton, so that it grows in a range of gorgeous colors, from bright yellow to deep purple to golden orange. These plants could be a game changer for the fashion industry, which largely relies on toxic dyes to create the colors in the clothes we wear.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: August 4, 2020, 9:00 am

The chief marketing officer of password manager Dashlane explains why her company joined in the widespread boycott—and how it’s just the first step toward holding Facebook accountable.

When my company, Dashlane, joined a handful of brands in pulling advertising from Facebook for the month of July, we couldn’t have imagined that hundreds of other companies would join us to #StopHateForProfit. We couldn’t have imagined those efforts culminating in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other titans of Big Tech appearing on Capitol Hill in one of the most robust demonstrations of our democracy’s strength in the face of consolidated market power since the beginnings of the New Deal.

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Author: Joy Howard
Posted: August 4, 2020, 9:00 am

A leadership expert says founders of growing businesses need to adapt and also start thinking of themselves as CCO—the “chief consistency officer.”

Founder CEOs have captured the imagination of the business world and often have a somewhat idealized or even romanticized image. Most founders have dreams of becoming the next Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates. Venture and private equity investors are all aggressively searching for the next world-changing visionaries.

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Author: Dan Hawkins
Posted: August 4, 2020, 8:30 am

A corner of Central Park was once home to a thriving Black community. Amber Tamm wants to honor the legacy of that neighborhood with a farm to feed New York’s neediest.

In 1825, downtown New York City was growing crowded. Then, as now, racism made New York an uncomfortable place for Black Americans, so Andrew Williams, a Black shoeshiner, took an opportunity to move north, away from the hubub of lower Manhattan. For $125 he bought three parcels of land between what is now West 85th Street and 86th Street and where once there was just farmland. Shortly thereafter, a church bought up a plot with plans to create a cemetery for African Americans. Other Black Americans soon followed.

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Author: Ruth Reader
Posted: August 4, 2020, 8:00 am

Yellow Leaf Hammocks are gorgeous, comfortable, and on a mission to alleviate poverty in Thailand.

Shark Tank investors have heard more than 900 pitches from entrepreneurs over the past decade, but only about two dozen of them have earned seven-figure deals. A few months ago, Joe Demin and Rachel Connors made that elite club, walking away with a $1 million investment from Kind Snacks founder Daniel Lubetzky in exchange for a 25% stake in their company, Yellow Leaf Hammocks. 

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Author: Lauren Steele
Posted: August 4, 2020, 8:00 am

The next super sophisticated tool to draw circuits on your skin is an off-the-shelf pen. No joke.

Sensors placed on your skin are powerful tools for doctors. They can measure your temperature, hydration, heartbeat, and muscle strain. The problem is that their hardware can be bulky, invasive, and expensive. Wearing an EKG tracker can feel like mummifying your body in wires.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: August 4, 2020, 8:00 am

Many schools are planning to do remote learning for the beginning of the school year. But kids still need social interaction when they’re stuck at home.

With the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic getting worse in most of the country, a growing number of school districts from San Francisco to Atlanta have determined that a return to daily in-person instruction isn’t yet safe or viable. They aim to stick with remote learning as the school year gets underway.

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Author: Elizabeth Englander
Posted: August 4, 2020, 8:00 am

Clorox, Netflix, Purell, and Zoom are considered among the most patriotic brands in the United States, according to the annual Brand Keys consumer survey.

Clorox, Netflix, Purell, and Zoom are considered among the most patriotic brands in the United States, according to the 18th annual Brand Keys consumer survey released today.

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Author: Zlati Meyer
Posted: August 4, 2020, 7:31 am

As the remote work experiment drags on, here are five critical things you should be doing every day to maximize productivity.

Six months ago, it would have seemed wild that so many of us would now be working from home with no clear end in sight, joining work calls from our home offices and kitchen tables.

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Author: Diana Shi
Posted: August 4, 2020, 7:30 am

And the future could be here a lot faster than people thought.

The hospital of the future will be smaller, specialized, flexible, and more comfortable. And, because of the coronavirus pandemic, it could be coming a lot sooner than anyone expected.

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Author: Nate Berg
Posted: August 4, 2020, 7:00 am
Small Biz Survival

Small Biz Survival

The small town and rural business resource

Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash Guest post by Chris Brogan The whole quarantine and COVID-19 situation has impacted small businesses even more than the big guys because it’s not like anyone has massive reserves of cash around so that you could deal with shutting down for months at a time. And now, as different […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: July 13, 2020, 7:53 pm
This is a short sample from the SaveYour.Town video “Refilling Your Business Pipeline” featuring Deb Brown and me. Small towns and rural communities will need new business startups to revitalize their local economies, but not many people have the resources today to do a startup the way it’s traditionally been done. Part of what holds […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: July 7, 2020, 11:56 am
Should we offer incentives to fill it with small retailers? How do we convince the mayor and economic development group?   The empty factory building A reader wrote in to ask about converting and dividing up a huge old building. Because my answer isn’t quite what the reader asked for, I’ve taken the details out. […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: June 9, 2020, 6:33 pm
Editorial by Becky McCray Not everyone who says they’ll help your town is telling you the truth.  If you want a resilient small town economy and prosperity for the people in your town, I have some self-defense ideas for you.  Focus more on your own people, less on attraction.  Stop paying people to bring business […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: June 7, 2020, 3:34 pm
As different places begin to allow local businesses to open up, you’re not alone if you’re breathing a sigh of relief mixed with a gasp of worry. We all need the money. We all want to get back to being useful for the people we serve. And some or most of us are worried about […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: May 19, 2020, 5:08 pm
  By Chris Brogan I’m originally from Maine. Accents up there come through the nose. Most famously, people from Maine are supposed to say “Ayuh” when we mean “yes.” Midway through high school, I moved to Massachusetts, where you lose the nasal thing, but you also lose all “r’s” from conversation. “It’s hahd to sound […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: May 7, 2020, 10:54 am
By Chris Brogan They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes, it might be worth a thousand dollars, too. Over the last ten years, restaurants and bars who post their best dishes or drinks as photos on sites like Instagram have learned that people love seeing examples of what they’ll get if […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: April 20, 2020, 11:12 am
Survival skills for small town businesses in the Coronavirus era By Chris Brogan As the world starts to ask what’s going to happen when this pandemic is finally over and we can look at what it will take to jumpstart the economy again, one venture capitalist says we have to save Main Street and not […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: April 17, 2020, 12:12 pm
Guest post by Paula Jensen I was on my second video conference of the day earlier last week and a peer in the meeting said, “Time-out! I need to ask everyone a question.” We all agreed, and he said, “What would you be doing this weekend, if the world hadn’t fallen apart?” Some people answered […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: April 12, 2020, 3:16 pm
  Monica Bailey of Rock Port, Missouri, sent in this question that I think you can relate to: Thank you ladies, as always, for supporting small towns! My question is super generic but it is giving me sleepless nights. I am our counties economic/community development director and I’ve been scrambling to support our small businesses […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: March 27, 2020, 11:41 am
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