Here’s how cities can keep congestion reduced post-coronavirus

This article was originally published on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News. The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted transport behavior, and lockdowns have shown how much healthier city life could be without clogged streets, deafening noise and polluted air. According to the latest data from the AA, the traffic on Britain’s roads during the weeks in which lockdown measures were imposed was at a similar level to… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Tech helped fight COVID-19 in the short term — but it might backfire in the long term

Among all the things that have proven to be broken and overlooked or underestimated because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and between all the industries and niches that came to a halt, technology adoption was the exception. While simple (and old) measures such as quarantines, social distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks were still the most effective, our modern society wanted to give a modern answer to the virus. Thus, the pandemic became an accelerator for the more widespread use of technology — Zoom meetings and home deliveries became more prevalent, as some even tried it for the first time after… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Why mixing optimism with entrepreneurship can be dangerous for startups

Most business startups end badly. While the number of new businesses created in the UK in 2016 – 414,000 – looks impressive at first, it is less so when set against the number that failed that same year: 328,000. Failure has always been the hallmark of entrepreneurship – only around 50% of businesses survive their first five years. And not only are the chances of survival slim, but there is evidence that on average business owners earn less than if they had remained as someone else’s employee. They also work substantially longer hours than their counterparts in paid employment. So… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Facebook has been barely impacted by big advertisers’ boycott — here’s why

Facebook has faced a lot of criticism over the years for failing to moderate hate speech. Its policies have come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks thanks to the Stop Hate for Profit campaign. Started by civil rights groups in the US, the campaign has led to some of Facebook’s biggest customers pulling their ads from the social media platform for the month of July. As much as 99% of Facebook’s US$70.7 billion (£55 billion) in revenues come through advertising and the boycott initially resulted in an 8% knock to Facebook’s market value (amounting to US$72 billion). Yet, even with… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook...
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How interplanetary migration could impact human evolution

The future of human evolution in space will be driven by challenges both similar — and different — to those that have guided our development for countless generations. Since our species, Homo sapiens, first evolved in Africa roughly 315,000 years ago, we haven’t changed much when it comes to physical characteristics. Globally, our species seen a decrease in the overall body size and brain size, together with reductions in the proportions of our jaws and teeth. Regional populations also show differing physical characteristics, due to climate and lifestyle. “We are now generally shorter, lighter and smaller boned than our ancestors… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Why sustainable start-ups should consider corporate venture capital first

Urgent issues like the climate crisis, environmental degradation threatening millions of species, social inequality and other challenges mean that the global economy needs to immediately transform itself to become sustainable. Sustainable start-ups are showing us the way with smart business models having economic, social and environmental value. Toronto’s Ripple Farms is an example demonstrating the power of aquaponics to sustainably produce organic greens and seafood throughout the year. To connect urbanites with the land, the company’s business model combines product offerings with education on urban agriculture. Similarly, Waterloo Energy Products sells a full range of residential and commercial renewable energy… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Sperm have fooled scientists for 350 years — they spin not swim

Sperm is critical for the fertilization of almost every living organism on our planet, including humans. To reproduce, human sperm have to swim a distance equivalent to climbing Mount Everest to find the egg. They complete this epic journey simply by wiggling their tail, moving fluid to swim forwards. Though over 50 million sperm will fail to reach the egg – the equivalent to more than six times the entire population of London or New York – it only takes one single sperm in order to fertilize an egg that will eventually become a human being. Sperm was first discovered… This story continues at The Next Web...
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How thermal cameras can play a key role in slowing down the coronavirus spread

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the world has rushed to deploy infrared thermal imaging cameras (also known as infrared radiometers) to measure people’s temperature and the technology has become big business. Since the pandemic began, thermal cameras have been deployed in areas of high-density foot traffic such as airports, shopping centers, nursing homes, factories, office buildings, schools, even hairdressers. This is raising questions about their safety and accuracy. And while the accuracy of these devices depends on how they are used, we can say for certain that the technology poses no harm to people and is perfectly safe. How… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Forget cars, we should focus on electrifying trucks and buses instead

We need to change our transportation system, and we need to do it quickly. Road transportation is a major consumer of fossil fuels, contributing 16 per cent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, which warm up the Earth’s atmosphere and cause changes to the climate. It also pollutes the air, threatening health and costing taxpayers billions of dollars annually. At the same time, electric vehicles are getting cheaper, and vehicle range and the availability of charging stations are improving. This is exciting for many because it seems to suggest an easy and convenient answer to the problem of transportation emissions:… This story continues at The Next Web...
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What my biggest mistake as a junior engineer taught me about taking ownership

This article was originally published on .cult by Tomasz Łakomy. .cult is a Berlin-based community platform for developers! We write about all things career-related, make original documentaries and share heaps of other untold developer stories from around the world! Building software is what we — developers — are paid for. Unfortunately, more often than not we’re also paid to break stuff, then we get an “amazing” opportunity to fix what we’ve broken. I don’t think we talk enough about those stories. You know how your Instagram feed is full of absolute highlights? Well, it’s the same when it comes to… This story continues at The Next Web...
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