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The Resorts World Las Vegas passenger station will be the first of more than 55 stops that will form the Vegas Loop.

The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s transportation startup, is charging full speed ahead in Las Vegas. On Thursday, it debuted its newest construction: the first passenger station within its sprawling network of subterranean roads, 40 feet below the heart of Sin City.

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Author: Connie Lin
Posted: June 30, 2022, 5:30 pm

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced the launch of the $1 billion program to fix devastation to minority communities caused by highways.

The Biden administration announced on Thursday that it is launching a $1 billion project to redress damage done to historically disadvantaged communities—primarily Black and brown neighborhoods—which have been the target of past racist infrastructure projects. 

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Author: Rebecca Barker
Posted: June 30, 2022, 4:15 pm

The EPA chief and White House national climate advisor stress the centrality of the private sector for reaching the government’s ambitious net-zero goals now.

While there is a lot the U.S. government can do to curb climate change, it still will need the private sector to be a pivotal partner (especially in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling limiting the power of the EPA). Working with business remains one of the “suite of tools” the Biden administration is harnessing to reach its ambitious net-zero goals in line with the Paris Agreement, according to the federal government’s top climate and environment leaders.

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Author: Talib Visram
Posted: June 30, 2022, 1:30 pm

The Supreme Court ruled that Biden did not violate federal law by ending Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration’s scuttling of the Migrant Protection Protocol—which has also been referred to as the “Remain in Mexico” policy—didn’t violate federal immigration law. The Protocol, put in place under the Trump administration in 2019, required that some asylum-seekers await their immigration proceedings in Mexico. 

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Author: Sam Becker
Posted: June 30, 2022, 11:55 am

Jackson’s swearing-in ceremony will take place today, after the court handed down the last of this term’s controversial verdicts.

Ketanji Brown Jackson is set to become the first Black woman justice in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Author: Connie Lin
Posted: June 30, 2022, 11:40 am

In a new ruling, the Supreme Court sharply limited the EPA’s power to regulate power plant emissions (or potentially any major regulations at all).

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the world has less than a decade to cut emissions roughly in half. But Congress hasn’t managed to pass climate legislation yet. And at a time when the head of the United Nations has warned that the world is “sleepwalking to climate catastrophe,” the Supreme Court just limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate emissions from power plants.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: June 30, 2022, 10:19 am

Every year, the AIGA recognizes the best designed book covers. This year’s winners highlight the vibrancy and diversity of the moment.

I used to be embarrassed that I often buy books based on their cover, but I’m not anymore: Book covers are a labor of love, filled with artistry and design.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: June 30, 2022, 10:05 am

Zero Trust is a strategic approach to cybersecurity that secures an organization by eliminating implicit trust and continuously validating every stage of a digital interaction.

From keynote presentations at the cybersecurity industry’s biggest events to everyday news headlines, everyone appears to be talking about Zero Trust. The Biden administration has now even mandated it for government agencies. Countless security vendors put it in their marketing materials, but what is it, how did we get to this point, and how do organizations and now federal agencies put it into practice?

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Author: Nir Zuk
Posted: June 30, 2022, 10:00 am

One local nail polish company’s vocal decision to stay “neutral” on Roe v. Wade has become a battleground.

After the fall of Roe v. Wade, big corporations from J.P. Morgan to Meta to Disney to Netflix have rushed to align their messaging with the national zeitgeist—one that largely spurns the unpopular Supreme Court ruling.

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Author: Connie Lin
Posted: June 30, 2022, 9:30 am

An exciting new logo for PBS Kids expands the network’s take on inclusivity, but the channel mascot Dash disappears from the limelight.

Not until having children did I enter the universe of PBS Kids—the child-friendly arm of the Public Broadcasting Service. With 13.5 million TV viewers between the ages of 2 and 8—supplemented by nearly half a billion streams on digital platforms and an app full of interactive games—the public service is a juggernaut in free family programming.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: June 30, 2022, 9:00 am

One of the challenges oral pills face is getting digested by the stomach before they can deliver their payloads and carry out their intended effects.

For patients and physicians, taking medications orally is often the most desirable way to administer drugs. Among other advantages, swallowing a pill is safer, more convenient and less invasive compared to injections or other ways to take a drug.

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Author: Khatcher O. Margossian and Murugappan Muthukumar
Posted: June 30, 2022, 8:00 am

Shoddy roofing inspired the creation of three internal courtyards—and changed the layout completely.

Like thousands of buildings around the world, there was a brick-walled storefront on a major boulevard in Detroit that easily could have been ignored. Wide, squat, and mostly windowless, it had been a meat market, a bait and tackle shop, and a furniture store at various points over the past seven decades. Inside, it was a dark cavernous space, the kind of fluorescent-lit errand store where people went to buy a rack of ribs or a mattress, depending on its goods at the time—and then got out.

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Author: Nate Berg
Posted: June 30, 2022, 7:00 am

A winner of the annual Biodesign Challenge Summit, the moss filter draws inspiration from one of the most unique ecosystems in the world.

High up in the Andes mountains, 12,000 feet above sea level, lies one of the world’s most unique ecosystems. Known as Páramo, the landscape is responsible for 70% of Colombia’s fresh water; in part, thanks to moss species that trap moisture from the fog, rain, and melting glaciers; store it in the soil; then release it gradually to the lowlands. When the water passes through the moss, it’s so clean it’s considered safe to drink for about 40 million people across Columbia, Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. But the moss can filter a lot more than dirt and pollutants: It can also filter microplastics.

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Author: Elissaveta M. Brandon
Posted: June 30, 2022, 6:00 am
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Small Biz Survival

The small town and rural business resource

Remote work will dominate the future small town workforce Your current residents Your current small town residents will increasingly work from home or remotely. Gallup looked at jobs that could be done remotely and the locations where workers actually did them. Four times as many workers will work remotely going forward, compared to the number […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: June 6, 2022, 1:19 pm
The most common thing rural people ask us about remote workers is how to attract them. To find out what will make your town attractive, let’s look at what attracts people to your town right now.  Every town has some people moving in every year, and we don’t notice them. We are far more aware […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: June 2, 2022, 12:50 pm
Cooperatives can play a big role in small towns, providing products and services to fill gaps as well as giving local people a share of ownership. Rural cooperatives go way back Rural areas have a long history with cooperatives through cooperative telephone service, electricity, and agriculture. My husband is a member of the Alva Farmers […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: May 8, 2022, 8:24 pm
Guest post by Rob Hatch My dear friend John Grossman and his wife Dawn own the Holyoke Hummus Company in Holyoke, Massachusetts. I’ve marveled at how they grew from setting up a small folding table at a local park selling falafel sandwiches to acquiring a cart. Next, they outgrew the cart and bought a food […]
Author: Rob Hatch
Posted: April 28, 2022, 4:11 pm
  Are you a proficient online gamer or metaworld master based in a rural community? You could make a small business out of being a virtual world tour guide. Years ago, a now-defunct business ideas site profiled Synthtravels, a business that offered guided tours of online virtual worlds. If you’ve heard of the metaverse or […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: April 15, 2022, 7:18 pm
By Paula Jensen Quite simply, community dialogue is an exchange of ideas and experiences through listening, sharing, and questioning. At its best, community dialogue is created in a safe environment where a diverse group of people gather to talk and understand each other. Community dialogue at its worst looks something like the embarrassing story I […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: April 1, 2022, 9:03 pm
  With more people working remotely, more people are working from places that are neither their offices or their homes. Cue the rise of the Third Workplace. You may remember “third places” as places you hangout that aren’t home and aren’t work. Coffee shops, bars and places like that. “Third workplaces” are places you work […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: March 28, 2022, 7:15 pm
At the recent National Rural Electric Cooperative Association PowerXchange Expo, I noticed one booth that really stood out. In fact, it was so good, people stopped to take pictures of the booth displays. (When was the last time someone took a picture of your booth display?) What made this booth stand out? Hand drawn visuals. […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: March 21, 2022, 11:54 am
Fewer and fewer kids learn to read and write in cursive, so it’s time to stop ordering business signs with cursive or script lettering. You might have seen the memes and jokes. Someday all us old people will use cursive as secret code. But you might not have thought about how this applies to your […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: February 14, 2022, 3:30 pm
Pew Research released a major rural vs urban study, and the headlines missed the best bits. Pew Research’s new social trends study has shown up in a lot of news stories with widely varying headlines. Pew themselves titled it “Americans Are Less Likely Than Before COVID-19 To Want To Live in Cities, More Likely To […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: February 1, 2022, 6:48 pm
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