Fruits and veggies can rot quickly because of a pesky gas called ethylene. Here are the items you should never store together.

By Anne workforce / November 9, 2019

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If freshly bought bananas, melons, or greens rot quickly in your kitchen, you’re probably storing your produce incorrectly.
Some fruits (and a few vegetables) emit a gas called ethylene, which breaks down chlorophyll, the chemical that keeps plants green and helps them make energy. 
Some fruits and vegetables make lots of ethylene, some wither in its presence, and some are unaffected.
Here’s where to store produce to prevent rot and decay.
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If you’ve ever bought bananas, avocados, apples, or greens only to find them rotting the next day, take note: You could be storing the wrong fruits and veggies together.

Many fruits produce a barely detectable chemical called ethylene as they ripen. Too much ethylene can lead to a loss of chlorophyll, the pigment that makes plants (and their bounty) green and allows them to convert light into energy. When chlorophyll breaks down, leafy greens turn yellow or brown.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Africa poised to lead way in global green revolution, says report

By Anne workforce / November 9, 2019

Continent is set for massive urbanisation but can avoid relying on fossil fuels, says IEA

Africa is poised to lead the world’s cleanest economic revolution by using renewable energy sources to power a massive spread of urbanisation, says an IEA report.

The IEA, or International Energy Agency, predicts that solar energy will play a big role in supporting the continent’s growing population and industrialisation over the next 20 years.

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From aging dinosaurs to failed startups, these are 13 of the biggest tech companies that went under in the 2010s

By Anne workforce / November 8, 2019

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The 2010s saw booming growth across the tech industry, but some companies didn’t survive the decade.
Many of the companies that went under in the past decade were aging dinosaurs that couldn’t adjust to changes brought about by new technology.
Other high-profile casualties included startups who raised hundreds of millions in venture capital before ultimately collapsing.
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The 2010s were a decade of massive transformation for the tech industry. Advances in technology brought nearly every industry online, and the proliferation of mobile devices and social media fundamentally changed the way consumers and businesses interact.

The 2010s were also a bloodbath for companies that couldn’t keep up with seismic technological changes.

Dozens of high-profile companies went under in the past decade. While some were doomed by their reliance on outdated tech, others were new startups that raised millions before burning out.

These tech and media companies are now synonymous with obsolescence, but their decline and failure can provide valuable lessons about how fast industries are changing and what happens to entities that can’t keep up.

Here are 13 of the most notable tech companies to go under in the past decade.

2010: Blockbuster
Yelp/Guy B.

Year founded: 1985

Peak valuation: $8.4 billion in 1994

Declared bankruptcy: September 2010

Even though Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy nearly a decade ago, there’s one privately-owned Blockbuster franchise store left in the world. Read more about it here.



2011: Solyndra

Founded: 2005

Peak revenue: $140 million in 2010

Went out of business: 2011

The solar power startup was the first to receive a clean energy loan guarantee from the federal government in 2005. It shuttered in 2011, just five months after a visit from President Barack Obama.

2011: Palm

Founded: 1992

Peak valuation: $53.3 billion in 2000

Went out of business: 2011

One of the largest beneficiaries of the dot com bubble of 2000, Palm was once valued higher than McDonalds, Chevron, and General Motors.

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Pollutionwatch: Africa increases its reliance on fossil fuels

By Anne workforce / November 8, 2019

Continent is embarking on a huge expansion of power stations, most of which will burn coal

Last week the UN secretary general, António Guterres, called for an end to new coal-fired power plants. Many European countries including the UK and Germany are decreasing their dependence on coal, but this is not the case everywhere. Across Africa many people rely on standby diesel generators to supplement erratic electricity supplies, leading to local air pollution problems and high emissions of climate-heating carbon dioxide.

Although Africa is in a unique position to leapfrog dependence on fossil fuels and utilise abundant renewable sources such as wind and solar, the continent is embarking on a massive expansion of fossil fuel electricity. More than 200 new power stations are planned, the majority of which will burn coal. Power ships – vast floating power stations, some burning highly polluting bunker oil – are already moored in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Mozambique.

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Ford reveals 6 custom-modified trucks as part of a collection of 50 vehicles going on display at SEMA

By Anne workforce / November 8, 2019

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Ford has revealed some of its upgraded trucks that will be on display at the 2019 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) on November 5-8.
Most of the upgrades are geared toward outdoorsy people, with the exception of the Tjin Edition Ford Ranger, which was lowered to a “street-ready stance.”
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Ford is previewing six custom upgraded trucks that will be on display at the 2019 Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show.

More than 50 vehicles will be part of Ford’s exhibit at SEMA, making the automaker the largest original-equipment manufacturer display at the show.

“The automotive aftermarket space continues to grow at a tremendous pace from powerful street machines to the latest trends in overlanding and off-road,” Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories Global Director Eric Cin said in a statement.

“The Ranger and Transit are great fits for this space, capable of being modified in countless ways to give owners the flexibility to make their vehicle as unique as they are.”

SEMA runs November 5-8. Take a look at the six upgraded trucks ahead of their debuts:

The Advanced Accessory Concepts Ford Ranger is a “must-have accessory for exploration,” the automaker says.

It was built on the chassis of a 2019 Ford Ranger XLT with wheels that have been optimized for off-roading. The upgraded truck has stronger bumpers, a skid plate to shield its underbelly, rock sliders to protect the chassis, and Ford Performance features. 

There’s also an aluminum tray bed with a canopy, a tent, and a 50-quart refrigerator.

“This Hellwig 2019 Ford Ranger targets the ultimate adventure vehicle for outdoor enthusiasts who value sustainability,” the automaker said in a statement.

The truck — powered in part with solar energy — has an upgraded suspension, wheels, and tires. The sway bars stabilize the vehicle and a cat-back exhaust improves performance, rear-differential covers protect the car. There’s a recovery kit, too.

The tent, stove, and first-aid kit make the truck outdoor-ready. The Hellwig also has improved rock sliders and bumpers, lighting, and fender flares to protect the wheels and tires.

This Ford Performance Parts Ford Ranger is a part of the automaker’s overlanding series.

The truck has an additional two-inch front lift and upgraded wheels, tires, hood-hinge lights. There’s also rigid underbody rock lights, lightbars, a recovery kit, tow hooks, and cube lights in the fog light openings.

The additional rooftop tent, truck bed storage system, refrigerator and freezer optimizes it for the outdoors.

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I’m a 6-figure freelancer. This is exactly what I do every day.

By Anne workforce / October 30, 2019

kelly burch home officeCourtesy Kelly Burch

I work from home full-time as a freelance writer and am on track to break $100,000 this year.
I do most of my work from my home office, but also go to coffee shops once a week.
I try to get most of my work done without children around, but my daughters often sneak into work time. 
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This year, I’m on track to crack $100,000 working from home as a freelance writer. When I used to think about six-figure jobs, I envisioned sleek suits and corner offices. My reality is far from that. 

Here’s what it really looks like: carving out large and small chunks of time to get work done when I can. Getting the 5 year old on the bus at 7:45 am and off at 3:45 pm each day, and the 1 year old to daycare on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Sometimes, it looks like taking a call in my car, or working in a parking lot while the baby sleeps, or trying to squeeze some exercise into my days and telling myself it’s brainstorming time. It looks like trying to get out of the house now and then. 

Here’s a glimpse.

I mostly work from my home office.
Courtesy Kelly Burch

Although the lines are blurred between home and work, it’s important to me to have designated work space.

I do about 80% of my work in my home office. Sometimes I’m at my desk, but often I’m in my rocking chair. I initially bought it for rocking babies, but in reality it’s nurtured more stories than infants because it’s just so comfortable. 

One of the biggest challenges about working from home is being able to ignore the mess. Putting in a load of laundry, sweeping the floor, or stopping into the grocery store are all quick tasks, but combined they can take hours from my work day. 

Having a clean office space where I can shut the door on the endless household tasks allows me to really focus on work.

It’s tough, but I manage to balance full-time work with parenting two young daughters.
Courtesy Kelly Burch

Peeking into my week, it’s sometimes hard to tell where work stops and home life begins. I work about 30 hours a week, with most of that concentrated Monday through Thursday.

I reserve Fridays for email, light work, or any necessary catch-up, but I’m usually too mentally exhausted by then to do any in-depth work.

My oldest daughter is in school every day, but my little one (15 months) is not. She goes to daycare two days a week (and I add a third day if it’s a busy week). 

Still, that means I do a significant chunk of work while she’s home. Sometimes, that means letting her make a mess while I type away. 

I break up my day by taking a purposeful lunch break.
Courtesy Kelly Burch

When you work at home, for yourself, there’s no structure to the day. Instead, I have to find my own. Generally, I aim to be “butt in seat” working by 9 am (on the days the kids are both gone). That gives me a solid three hours before lunch. This is my best working time, perfect for writing long stories or delving into reporting. 

Then, I take a 30-minute lunch break, which doubles as a mental reset. Usually I’m working on a different assignment in the afternoon, so I like to clear my head during lunch by avoiding anything work related. Sometimes, that means making cookies, but more often it’s heating up leftovers and maybe turning on a podcast.

Early afternoon is my most challenging time of day because I need to motivate myself when I would much rather be napping (and my bed is oh-so close). That’s when I head outside to work in the sunshine, or at least with a view of nature. This is always a good stretch to work, since my baby is napping if she’s home

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Elon Musk called the lawyer who interviewed him for a Tesla shareholder lawsuit ‘a bad human being’ and other insults during a bizarre deposition (TSLA)

By Anne workforce / October 30, 2019

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk repeatedly expressed his frustration with a lawyer interviewing him during a June 1 deposition, calling him “a shameful person” and other insults.
“You seem like a very, very bad person. Just a bad human being,” Musk said. “And I hope you come to regret your actions in the future, but you probably won’t. And that’s sad.”
Musk suggested that his irritation stemmed from a belief that the lawyer’s conduct represented an effort to undermine the work Tesla has done to promote sustainable energy.
The tone of Musk’s comments was reflective of his brash personality, and echoed prior exchanges with financial analysts, reporters, and critics.
The deposition was part of a 2016 lawsuit filed by Tesla shareholders alleging that the members of Tesla’s board of directors, which included Musk at the time, acted in their own best interests, rather than in those of Tesla’s investors, when they approved the $2.6 billion acquisition of the solar-panel company SolarCity in 2016.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk repeatedly expressed his frustration with a lawyer interviewing him during a June 1 deposition, calling him “a shameful person” and other insults.

“You seem like a very, very bad person. Just a bad human being,” Musk said to Randall Baron. “And I hope you come to regret your actions in the future, but you probably won’t. And that’s sad.”See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Research suggests that boys have a comparative advantage in math because they’re worse at reading than girls

By Anne workforce / October 29, 2019

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Alex Tabarrok is the Bartley J. Madden chair in economics and an economics professor at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
He’s been writing on the research and economics of gender imbalances in different fields. 
Notably, he writes, boys have a “comparative advantage” in math because they are generally worse at reading than girls.
Men may be overrepresented in STEM fields because they are underrepresented in reading fields.
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In an earlier post, “Do Boys Have a Comparative Advantage in Math and Science?” I pointed to evidence showing that boys have a comparative advantage in math because they are much worse than girls at reading. (Boys do not have a large absolute advantage in math.) If people specialize in their personal comparative advantage this can easily lead to more boys than girls entering math training even if girls are equally or more talented. As I wrote earlier:

“[C]onsider what happens when students are told: Do what you are good at! Loosely speaking the situation will be something like this: Females will say I got A’s in history and English and B’s in science and math, therefore, I should follow my strengthens and specialize in drawing on the same skills as history and English. Boys will say I got B’s in science and math and C’s in history and English, therefore, I should follow my strengths and do something involving science and math.”See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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