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CNN will take a break from its obsessive coverage of the Mueller report tonight to give some presidential hopefuls a chance to make their cases to the American people. The network is planning a block of back-to-back Town Hall events featuring five of the candidates currently vying for the Democratic nomination.

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Author: Christopher Zara
Posted: April 22, 2019, 4:05 pm

As the planet has warmed, colder, wealthier countries like Sweden have seen economic growth, while poorer countries like India have suffered–and the divide is only getting worse.

The countries that will be hardest hit by climate change in the future are the ones that have done the least to cause it–and a new study shows that they’ve already been hit economically by the global warming that has happened so far.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: April 22, 2019, 3:00 pm

A sobering recent study says that almost all of the state’s crops, together valued at more than $50 billion a year, will be endangered by rising temperatures and unstable weather patterns brought by climate change.

Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues.

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Author: larry buhl
Posted: April 22, 2019, 2:30 pm

Do not celebrate Earth Day with a balloon release.

We’re going to go ahead and be party poopers: Balloons are bad, and now it is scientifically proven. A recent study published in Nature reveals that those plastic party decorations are the deadliest plastic out there for seabirds.

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Author: Melissa Locker
Posted: April 22, 2019, 2:22 pm

There are few answers to the mysterious anomaly.

What was supposed to be the last test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule before NASA approved the company’s bid to put astronauts on board for a crewed test set has ended with plumes of smoke over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The test firing of the rocket’s engines experienced what SpaceX has dubbed an “anomaly,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. No one was hurt in the incident, but according to Florida Today, large plumes of smoke were seen emanating from the area, indicating that something had gone wrong. The accident was big enough to show up on radar.

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Author: Melissa Locker
Posted: April 22, 2019, 2:08 pm

They reminded me that I needed to make an effort to put myself in unfamiliar situations in order to grow.

When I was asked to judge the World Robot Olympiad finals in Thailand this past November, I was expecting a nice break from my day job that might lead to inspiration. What I didn’t expect was to be schooled by a bunch of kids in the creativity department.

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Author: Mike Marcellin
Posted: April 22, 2019, 2:00 pm

It’s the next big hurdle in equal rights for all.

The Supreme Court has accepted a case that could determine whether members of the LGBTQ community are entitled to federal job protections, AP reports.

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Author: Melissa Locker
Posted: April 22, 2019, 12:51 pm

These gorillas are copying the selfie-taking behavior of their park rangers, and frankly I wish I could emote as well with my body language.

The problem with reality TV is that reality inherently changes when it’s being filmed for TV. As soon as the subject is aware of its broader audience, every word and gesture is filtered through the context of that audience’s perception. Nature videos, on the other hand, have the benefit of their subjects never knowing they’re on TV–or what TV even is, for that matter. That great white shark didn’t eat that seal to create a viral gif. He did it because he had the munchies.

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: April 22, 2019, 12:50 pm

The folding phone will now launch in May instead of this week, the WSJ reports.

Samsung won’t release its Galaxy Fold smartphone this week after all. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the foldable phone will launch in May at the earliest instead of on Friday, due to “problems affecting the handset’s hinge and extra pressure applied to the internal screen.”

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Author: Jared Newman
Posted: April 22, 2019, 12:40 pm

Those with a household income less than $100,000 would be eligible for $50,000 of student loan debt relief.

That sound you just heard was all of the predatory education loan lenders shuddering at the prospect of an Elizabeth Warren presidency. The U.S. senator from Massachusetts, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, announced her exhaustive plan to help reduce the crippling and ever-mounting student loan debt crisis.

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Author: Cale Guthrie Weissman
Posted: April 22, 2019, 12:25 pm

The meat alternative juggernaut just filed its S-1. One problem: It’s hemorrhaging money.

Beyond Meat just announced its plan to raise as much as $183.8 million by going public. The company plans to sell 8.8 million shares of stock at a price of somewhere between $19 and $21, which would give the meat alternative leader a valuation of over $1.2 billion. It will be listed on the Nasdaq with the ticker “BYND.”

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Author: Cale Guthrie Weissman
Posted: April 22, 2019, 11:38 am

The Washington Post Magazine’s chilling mega-issue on climate change comes accompanied by 24 separate covers.

Our reliance on fossil fuels has destroyed our planet. Today it’s a story of erratic weather, but tomorrow it will lead to water shortages, problems growing crops, and more. We must stop climate change if we want to survive, but the constant stream of headlines around the issue can be overwhelming–to the point of numbness.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: April 22, 2019, 11:30 am

Hundreds of people were killed in a terrorist attack on Easter Sunday.

A coordinated terrorist attack ripped through hotels, a housing development, and three crowded churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The series of eight bombs killed nearly 300 people and wounded 500 others. While nearly all the victims were Sri Lankan, people from eight countries were killed, including three of the four children of a Danish billionaire. It was the first major attack since the end of a civil war 10 years ago. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the bombings so far.

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Author: Melissa Locker
Posted: April 22, 2019, 11:22 am

For most people, taking a lower-level job would be career suicide. But these executives prove it can be a launchpad to bigger and better things.

“I was super excited,” Tanya Garcia tells Fast Company.

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Author: Lydia Dishman
Posted: April 22, 2019, 11:00 am

Public Sans is the new typeface of the United States.

Okay, now it’s official. Absolutely everyone has their own typeface. That includes Apple. Google. Airbnb. Coca-Cola. And most recently? The U.S. government.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: April 22, 2019, 10:00 am

There will be many days when you’re seriously stressed, and there will be days when you feel like you’re on top of the world.

Entrepreneurship has been seriously glamorized.

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Author: Sami Rusani
Posted: April 22, 2019, 10:00 am

To help achieve its emission-reduction goals, Apple is putting money into one of the best carbon-removal devices on earth: mangrove forests.

The fishing community of Cispatá Bay on the coast of Colombia might seem like the unlikely site of an investment for Apple. But the tech giant, which is funding the protection of a 27,000-acre mangrove forest in the area, sees it as a strategic part of its fight to mitigate climate change.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: April 22, 2019, 9:34 am

Imagine putting your newborn to bed, in an actual crib, at 30,000 feet.

No parent looks forward to flying with a baby. These little bundles of joy get squirmy in your arms over the course of an hours-long flight. They don’t know how to swallow to clear their ears as cabin pressure changes with altitude. At any moment, they’re likely to start screaming in moderate discomfort, to the chagrin of every other passenger on the plane. Air New Zealand has developed a seat built just for this situation, and the project just won a prestigious Crystal Cabin Award for airline innovation.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: April 22, 2019, 9:00 am

Four ways to make sure your efforts to solicit employee feedback don’t come back to haunt you.

It only takes one engagement survey to destroy the company culture you’ve worked years to create.

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Author: Laszlo Bock
Posted: April 22, 2019, 9:00 am

Sidewalk Labs has created a new signage system to explain the invisible sensors that are tracking you when you’re in public areas. But there’s still no way to opt out–besides leaving.

Last week, the Google sister company Sidewalk Labs unveiled a comprehensive system of urban signage designed to disclose what technology it is using to track people in public spaces. The signs are meant to be a visual representation of the privacy policies the company is developing to go along with its data collection technology. At first, the company plans to display the signage at its Toronto office, where it is testing mockups and prototypes for its planned “smart” neighborhood in the city, but it hopes other companies and cities will adopt the system as well.

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Author: Katharine Schwab
Posted: April 22, 2019, 8:00 am
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Every town needs a future mural, or a series of them. Seems like every small town has a history-themed mural, but very few have a future-themed or even modern-style mural. Many towns use old photos as displays, including in empty buildings. They do get people talking about what you used to have. But how are you […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: April 22, 2019, 11:51 am
  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for April 19-21, 2019. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week celebrate progress, even baby steps congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: April 19, 2019, 11:11 am
You probably know better than to follow up with someone like this: “Just following up!” You realize that doesn’t really help either of you. But you still might be making this mistake: “Did you do that thing you said you were going to do?” That feels like it’s helping, but from the customer perspective, it’s […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: April 15, 2019, 9:35 pm
  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for April 12-14, 2019. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week celebrate progress, even baby steps congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: April 12, 2019, 11:02 am
This week at SaveYour.Town, we’re sharing how to take big empty buildings and divide them up for multiple small businesses. One model is co-working spaces, which offer shared office and workspace. Then our friend Jon Swanson sent us an article on rural churches doing innovative things, including one doing a co-working space. This seems like […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: April 8, 2019, 12:26 pm
  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for April 5-7, 2019. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week celebrate progress, even baby steps congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: April 5, 2019, 11:47 am
Every small town has some empty windows downtown. Some are empty buildings, some are buildings being used for storage, and some are service businesses that just don’t have a lot to put in their windows. Here are three ideas I saw on my trip through Cowlitz County, Washington. Make a mini-museum. Work with the local […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: April 2, 2019, 2:14 pm
  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for March 29-31, 2019. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week celebrate progress, even baby steps congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: March 29, 2019, 11:58 am
  A few weeks ago, we talked about knowing your customers in order to help them answer questions they get asked. This week, get to know your customers better by thinking through what they want to be good at. What do your customers want to be good at? You help customers all the time. The […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: March 25, 2019, 11:53 am
  There have been too many years of disinterest and disinvestment in rural America and at times I grow weary of defending the value of the rural place I call home to a national audience. I have read multiple articles about the rural underclass and the poverty that plagues our landscape from Bloomberg Business, NY […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: March 23, 2019, 11:45 am
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