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Water Cooler / Alternatives to plastic
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:46:35 PM »
This soap-packaged shampoo bottle will leave no waste behind
https://mashable.com/video/soapbottle-soap-packaged-bottle/


Drinking straws that are made of pasta
https://boingboing.net/2019/10/16/drinking-straws-that-are-made.html

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"It’s easy to spend all day riding unicorns whose most magical property is their ability to combine high valuations with persistently negative earnings—something I’ve pointed out before. If you wake up on a Casper mattress, work out with a Peloton before breakfast, Uber to your desk at a WeWork, order DoorDash for lunch, take a Lyft home, and get dinner through Postmates, you’ve interacted with seven companies that will collectively lose nearly $14 billion this year. If you use Lime scooters to bop around the city, download Wag to walk your dog, and sign up for Blue Apron to make a meal, that’s three more brands that have never record a dime in earnings"


https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/say-goodbye-millennial-urban-lifestyle/599839/


(For a decade or more, I said the same thing about Amazon.)

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Water Cooler / Fire blankets can protect buildings from wildfires
« on: October 15, 2019, 10:10:29 PM »
Great!  Now how are you going to deploy it? 

Fire blankets can protect buildings from wildfires
https://techxplore.com/news/2019-10-blankets-wildfires.html

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Water Cooler / PG&E shutdowns....
« on: October 12, 2019, 02:34:44 PM »
....are going to cause a substantial jump in home generation tech.

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"91 million were sold last year, double the number from a decade earlier."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/11/business/costco-5-dollar-chicken/index.html

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"Conclusion:
The labor share in the United States has declined roughly 7 percentage points over the past two decades. The decline started in the early 2000s and accelerated during the Great Recession. After the recession, the labor share failed to bounce back despite strong employment gains, particularly over the past few years.

...Having the option to automate jobs strengthens firms’ bargaining power against workers. This keeps wage increases stagnant despite productivity gains. We find that automation contributed substantially to the decline in the labor share since the early 2000s."


https://www.frbsf.org/economic-research/publications/economic-letter/2019/september/are-workers-losing-to-robots/

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