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The origins of a glass recycling empire

Aug 19, 2022
The sand Glass Half Full creates from processed bottles is repurposed for flood disaster relief and mitigating coastal erosion, among other things.
Glass Half Full turns the glass it collects into a sand product that can be used in anything from art to disaster relief.
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Frustrating user-experience tactics can have real harm, "dark pattern" expert says

Aug 10, 2022
Website and app design strategies that trick users can cost consumers time and money, Harry Brignull says.
From hidden fees when booking a rental property, to a subscription that seems impossible to cancel, dark patterns are annoyances that can cost you time and money.
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Business school felt like a better bet than art, but an adviser encouraged her to take the plunge

Aug 5, 2022
"I know that art is something that I'm very interested in, but I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make money doing it," says Devin Tormey.
Devin Tormey paints wedding scenes live.
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A 60-year-old program for workers hurt by globalization comes to a close

Aug 3, 2022
The Trade Adjustment Assistance program aids workers laid off due to trade competition. It stopped taking applications in July.
Towns with one main industry have been particularly hurt by globalization. Above, Steubenville, Ohio, sits near the Ohio River.
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Hollywood can't keep up with TV screen tech

Aug 1, 2022
As the TV in your living room gets better, the special effects in big-budget Hollywood films are starting to look worse. Lane Brown of New York magazine discusses.
Lots of films were designed to appear on theater screens or high-definition television. On 4K TVs, some special effects may look fuzzy.
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When we expect big things from tech, the economy does better, according to new research

Jul 28, 2022
There's a link between anticipating future technology and spending decisions in the present, says macroeconomics professor Cristoph Görtz.
News of future technology rollouts can boost spending, new research shows, but some tech events can make people feel poorer.
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New gun control law puts emphasis on mental health

Jul 18, 2022
There's a disconnect between mental health funding and who actually commits mass shootings. The greatest effect may be on suicides.
The new law includes funding and legislation for mental health facilities. But only 3% to 5% of violent acts are committed by people with serious mental illnesses.
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TikTok has a problem with paid ads going undisclosed

Jul 14, 2022
The FTC requires social media influencers to clearly disclose paid advertisements, but not everyone does.
Regulating whether content creators are properly disclosing paid ads is an "impossible job," said Sara Morrison, a senior reporter for Recode at Vox.
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