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Don’t blame your local tea shop. Blame COVID-19. The bubble shortage is real, and it’s a supply-chain issue.

The boba tea bubble has burst, because there’s a shortage of bubbles.

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Author: Zlati Meyer
Posted: April 19, 2021, 6:39 pm

FlexiSpot’s Kana Bamboo Standing Desk is affordable, attractive, and easy to use.

I spend 8-10 hours a day sitting behind my computer at a desk. That’s not counting the 2-3 hours a day I spend cradling my phone or laptop while sitting on the couch, scrolling through TikTok and online shopping, feeling my body slowly recede into itself like an armadillo.

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Author: Rachel Raczka
Posted: April 19, 2021, 5:50 pm

Designed for off-the-grid communities, the WaterLight works by creating a chemical reaction between ocean water and magnesium.

The Guajira Peninsula, a coastal desert at the northernmost tip of South America, is one of the poorest places on the continent. It’s a remote area, and there’s limited access to electricity. But residents recently started testing small lanterns that charge on something available in abundance: saltwater.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: April 19, 2021, 3:30 pm

First it was Travis Scott. Then J Balvin. Now McDonald’s is going global with BTS.

Is it any real surprise? After the unmitigated U.S. success of its celebrity meal partnerships with Travis Scott and J Balvin, McDonald’s is now going global with one of the planet’s most popular groups.

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Author: Jeff Beer
Posted: April 19, 2021, 2:15 pm

Researchers followed 5,000 adults around for 30 years and learned a thing or two about what keeps people healthy.

When it comes to exercise, doing the minimum may not be enough. A new study out this week challenges the current minimum exercise guideline of 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise each week, because it does not lead to long-term cardiovascular health.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: April 19, 2021, 2:03 pm

Local officials’ testimony reveals that Tesla’s Autopilot feature may be responsible for the fatal crash.

Authorities in Spring, Texas, say they’re 100% certain that no one was driving during a fatal Tesla crash on Saturday evening.

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Author: Jared Newman
Posted: April 19, 2021, 11:30 am

Typically, where IQ focuses on logical reasoning and technical skills, EQ focuses on creativity, social facility, and the ability to collaborate.

A new approach to contemplating emotions may just be what the modern C-suite needs. While leadership once leaned heavily on intellect-driven leadership, we now understand that emotional intelligence, or EQ, is a necessity.

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Author: Jen Rice
Posted: April 19, 2021, 11:30 am

After a federal consumer agency issued a warning, Peloton insists its treadmills are safe when used in accordance with appropriate precautions.

Pelotongate has come to Wall Street.

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Author: Zlati Meyer
Posted: April 19, 2021, 11:01 am

The green cleaning company, which is now valued at more than $1 billion, is bringing its plastic-free mission to a physical retailer for the first time.

Grove Collaborative wants to help you clean up your act. Not just you, but anyone who is stuck in a cycle of single-use plastic and harmful, synthetic ingredients.

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Author: Rachel Raczka
Posted: April 19, 2021, 10:50 am

A vital grant program for struggling event spaces was derailed more than 10 days ago by technical glitches. Theater owners say they can’t keep waiting.

More than a year into the pandemic and almost four months after Congress authorized $16 billion in federal aid, theater owners are still unable to access a penny from the vital grant program that was meant to keep them afloat.

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Author: Christopher Zara
Posted: April 19, 2021, 10:18 am

In an excerpt from her new book, ‘Huddle,’ the longtime journalist heads to Capitol Hill to speak with five women about their experiences in the military and in politics, and on the importance of female camaraderie.

I made my way to Capitol Hill in the spring of 2019, after the midterm elections when an unprecedented large crop of women had been elected. The weather was unseasonably warm, and my Lyft driver made small talk about the fact that it was the peak time to see cherry blossoms. I had arranged to meet with a group of newly elected congresswomen: Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger, Chrissy Houlahan, Elissa Slotkin, and Mikie Sherrill. They were far outnumbered by the men in Congress, but this huddle of women had years of practice being the minority gender, because they’d all had former careers in the military or CIA. Their schedules that week were so tight that we had to meet at 9:30 p.m. after they’d spent a full day in session.

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Author: Brooke Baldwin
Posted: April 19, 2021, 10:00 am

Wait . . . maybe our webcams should look like human eyeballs?

In case you forgot, there’s an internet-connected camera looking at you right now. Whether it’s on your phone or laptop, it’s staring at you, right in the face. There’s literally a tool that can broadcast you to the world, right there, all the time! But of course, its sleek design melts the sensation away.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: April 19, 2021, 9:00 am

Patagonia announced that it will no longer add corporate logos to its products. Tech and finance bros will have to find a new uniform.

Sorry, tech and finance bros, you need to find yourself a new uniform. The days of wearing your trusty Patagonia vest with your company’s logo are over.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: April 19, 2021, 8:00 am

The four-star Air Force general sits down with ‘Fast Company’ to discuss tech company partnerships, the future of AI, and why January 6 was a “wake-up call.”

General Charles Q. Brown Jr. became the first Black chief of staff of the Air Force during a perilous moment for the United States. In the time between Brown’s nomination and his unanimous confirmation by the Senate, George Floyd died under the knee of officer Derek Chauvin on the street in Minneapolis. While angry protests and a national reckoning over race unfolded around the country, Brown made the difficult decision to speak out with unusual frankness and depth of feeling for a military leader.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: April 19, 2021, 8:00 am

I hid my learning disability for years at work, but it’s important to talk about the toll that hiding it can take—and why disclosing can be so hard.

I have always related to Wile E. Coyote. Afternoons in front of the TV after school served as a sort of game tape of my time spent hiding at the back of classrooms, dreading the little disasters that seemed to hide around every corner. Regardless of the hours I spent planning and organizing, grinding through my homework, and reading directions that I could never retain, I always knew that no matter how hard I tried, or carefully I planned, there would always be a train in the tunnel or a cliff around the next curve. That little blue bastard was going to get away again.

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Author: Terri Rodriguez-Hong
Posted: April 19, 2021, 8:00 am

The ‘Ingenuity’s’ flight is the first powered flight on another planet—an event NASA has described as “a Wright brothers moment” in space.

NASA had made history once again today. The organization’s Ingenuity helicopter took to the skies of Mars for the first time, marking a new age of planetary exploration. The Ingenuity’s flight is the first powered flight on another planet—an event NASA has described as “a Wright brothers moment” in space, noted CNBC.

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: April 19, 2021, 7:51 am

The titans of tech just keep getting richer, giving them undue influence over politics and democracy—which harms all of us.

COVID-19 was a boon for the superrich. There are few better examples than the founders, CEOs, and spouses of the five Big Tech giants: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Scott, Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and Apple’s Tim Cook and Laurene Powell Jobs. I call them the tech barons.

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Author: Jane Chung
Posted: April 19, 2021, 7:00 am

Clive Wilkinson Architects championed open offices for big companies such as Google and Microsoft. Now, as the pandemic has led to a massive overhaul of work life, they envision something completely different.

As a longtime designer of office spaces for big companies such as Google, Microsoft, and the advertising firm TBWA\Chiat\Day, Los Angeles-based Clive Wilkinson Architects has helped define how offices around the world look and feel. One of its biggest innovations was a push toward the open office floor plan—the big, wallless room full of clicking and chattering desk workers that optimized the square footage of offices and democratized the workplace.

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Author: Nate Berg
Posted: April 19, 2021, 7:00 am
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Small Biz Survival

The small town and rural business resource

Why does downtown matter? I’ve been asked why downtowns matter to small towns. Why should you invest your time and money into revitalizing your downtown? What makes it more important than any other area of town? What about that highway frontage? Or the edge of town where the discounters locate? In our Survey of Rural […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: February 22, 2021, 3:28 pm
People have been saying for years that they would prefer to live in rural areas. Trulia research in 2014 showed 7% more people wanted to live in rural places than did then. In 2018, Gallup asked people where they preferred to live. Rural came out on top for all age groups except for 18-29 year olds. With the 18-29 […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: December 10, 2020, 11:55 am
Be frugal. One of the Small Town Rules is to spend your brain power before spending dollars. Be creative about how you handle challenges rather than to throw money at the problem. Venture capital vs. Bootstrapped We’ve all heard about startups that have been funded by whatever venture capitalist or angel that has just dropped a […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: November 25, 2020, 8:26 pm
Empty buildings during the holidays are a drag on local shopping Who wants to shop downtown when it looks so empty? Car dealerships are an especially tough type of building to fill. Not many businesses need such a large space, and the layout of the space can make it tough to find a good fit. […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: November 6, 2020, 11:35 pm
Seems like there have been a lot of coronavirus-related surveys this year. This survey is different: we’ve been asking for and listening to your rural challenges since 2015. Of course rural challenges are different this year with COVID-19. That doesn’t mean all your other challenges disappeared, but it might mean your priorities have changed. We’d like your […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: October 20, 2020, 11:10 am
Small towns have endured boom and bust cycles, commodity crashes, mill and factory closures, environmental disasters and losing their economic reason for existing. Rural communities have reinvented themselves before, and rural businesses are re-inventing the way they do things.  How Holyoke Hummus stays Idea Friendly through a crisis John is the owner of Holyoke Hummus […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: October 6, 2020, 1:24 pm
Join me for the Rural Renewal Symposium hosted by Oklahoma State University. It’s an online event on October 13, 2020. What is the Symposium about? The Symposium is meant to raise awareness, attract resources and stimulate research toward solving grand challenges facing rural communities. And goodness knows we have some grand challenges. I’ll be facilitating […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 26, 2020, 2:02 pm
2020 has taken a toll on downtown shopping and placemaking. There’s no time to waste on big master plans and no money for expensive consultants. Start taking action now to show life and new activity with small inexpensive steps. Murals add life and color to a downtown and are highly visible even to people driving […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: September 11, 2020, 12:20 pm
Guest post by Paula Jensen I watched Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’. The story is set in small-town Wisconsin. The community has recently suffered a devastating loss of their main employer. In response, a failed political consultant from Washington, D.C. lands himself a gig helping a local veteran run for Mayor against the long-time incumbent. […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: August 24, 2020, 7:51 pm
Guest Post by Chris Brogan The COVID-19 quarantine has crushed so many small businesses and the economy at large. It’s truly been the worst financial crisis unfurling in this country since the 1930s. And while some measures are in place to help this not reach that level of despair, many people are finding themselves out […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: August 7, 2020, 11:54 am
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