To get investors for farm energy projects, account for uncertainty

A new model could boost investment in anaerobic digesters, farm-based sustainable energy projects that generate electricity from manure.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture business electricity prediction sustainability

The world’s ‘chemical diversity’ tripled in just 20 years

We know alarmingly little about a third of the chemicals produced and sold around the world, a new estimate of "chemical diversity" highlights.

ETH Zurich | Feb. 17, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology business global-trade trends

The global economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak

A Harvard Business School expert says effects will strengthen as manufacturers everywhere feel the pinch of slowing one of the world’s largest economies.

Alvin Powell | Feb. 13, 2020 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: health-medicine alvin-powell business coronavirus factory global-economy harvard-business-school supply-chain willy-shih

Financial targets make CFOs less likely to disclose fraud

CFOs do a good job detecting fraud. But that doesn't mean they're willing to report it—especially when pressure to meet a financial target is on the line.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Feb. 10, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business crimes ethics fraud

Report: Movies can thrive without white male lead actors

A new report debunks the Hollywood myth that films with female or underrepresented minority lead actors tend to perform worse at the box office.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Feb. 10, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business diversity gender money movies race-and-ethnicity

Can ‘feminist design’ save hiring algorithms from bias?

Feminist design thinking could help rid hiring algorithms of some bias, researchers argue.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Feb. 10, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture algorithms artificial-intelligence bias business gender jobs race-and-ethnicity software

Industry-backed indoor tanning studies downplay risk

Studies backed by the indoor tanning industry are way more likely to highlight its benefits and minimize the very real risks.

Krista Conger-Stanford | Feb. 10, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine business cancer research ultraviolet-light

Women in STEM: Professor Laura Itzhaki

Professor Laura Itzhaki is a group leader in the Department of Pharmacology and a Fellow of Newnham College. Here, she tells us about forming her own spin-out company, pitching to investors and her research on the 'workhorses' of the cell. 

Cambridge University News | Jan. 23, 2020 | cambridge
~2 mins   

Tags: women-in-stem spin-out business commercialisation innovation protein

Are big tech monopolies ruining American capitalism?

Listen to this podcast to hear an economist explain how big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon are threatening capitalism.

U. Chicago | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture business competition economics facebook google united-states

The history of bagels is an American tale

Check out this video to learn the history of bagels, including why one expert says no one's had a real New York bagel since 1967.

Jorge Corona-NYU | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture business food history immigration judaism united-states

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