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A plastic-free gift guide for last-minute stocking stuffers

Sustainable holiday gifts that are actually fun to receive. For many, waking up on Christmas morning to a tree overflowing with presents and stockings peeking over the mantel isn’t just a child’s fantasy—excess can be an iconic part of the holiday season. But even if you’re all about the joy of giving (or getting), the truth is that those gifts can...

Fri Dec 8, 2023 11:23
Why this Denver company is giving $750 a month to pregnant women

Goldbug is funding a guaranteed income pilot for pregnant women—the first privately financed program like it in the country. Maternal mortality has been on the rise in the U.S. at the same time that childcare, healthcare, and housing costs are rising. A new initiative in Denver hopes to help combat those issues by improving the mental and physical...

Fri Dec 8, 2023 10:53
Today’s top business headlines: Elon Musk’s AI venture, Shein IPO, and Meta’s Purple Llama announcement

The business news that we’re following closely today. Meta: Facebook and Instagram’s parent company announced Purple Llama, a project that prioritizes safety tools and best practices amidst the AI renaissance and the risks coupled with it. Read: Announcing Purple Llama: Towards open trust and safety in the new world of generative AIRead Full Story

Fri Dec 8, 2023 08:08
Scientists have yet to find a superconductor that works at room temperature—and that’s a big problem

Claims about the discovery of a coveted room-temperature superconductor peppered the news in 2023. If you hadn’t heard about superconductors before 2023, odds are you know what they are now. Researchers raised eyebrows early in the year with claims of operational room-temperature superconductors, though none has been substantiated, and one paper from...

Fri Dec 8, 2023 07:37
This new research hub wants to record your life history via your cells

The Allen Institute, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and University of Washington launch the Seattle Hub for Synthetic Biology to capture biology in real time. What mysteries might a time-lapse of a single cell unlock, and how might it transform our understanding of disease and the body’s most granular processes—over the long term and in real time, to...

Fri Dec 8, 2023 01:38
P(doom) is AI’s latest apocalypse metric. Here’s how to calculate your score

Silicon Valley is buzzing about this simple way to sum up tech doomerism. Where are you on the scale of 1 to 100? So, what’s your p(doom) score?Read Full Story

Fri Dec 8, 2023 00:23

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