From: Fast Company Compass - Monday Nov 30, 2020 02:24 pm
Fast Company Compass
Good morning! The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many companies to tell employees that they’re welcome to work from anywhere on a permanent basis.  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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Good morning! The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many companies to tell employees that they’re welcome to work from anywhere on a permanent basis. That could be good news for more rural parts of the United States, where the cost of living is affordable but historic sources of employment have long been in decline.

But there’s a catch. As Jared Lindzon explains, these areas often suffer from poor internet connectivity. It may take both federal investment and new technology to get them up to speed.  

Harry McCracken
 
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Remote work can’t change everything until we fix this $80 billion problem

The U.S.’s rural areas still suffer from limited broadband availability. Addressing that may take both government investment and new technologies.

 
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One person in the room with you has COVID-19. Here’s how long it takes to get infected

MIT researchers have built a simple tool to give clear guidelines on indoor safety in the midst of a pandemic.

 
coronavirus
How to ask someone in public to put a mask on—while avoiding conflict (and droplets)

A compromise—when science is on your side—is not ideal. But maybe it’s better than getting coughed on.

 
 
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This burger doesn’t require land or fresh water to produce: It’s made with kelp

Kelp farms are enormous carbon sinks, so kelp jerky company Akua is looking for ways to get people to eat more seaweed.

 
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Why people are turning to robots when they’re sad and anxious at work

A 12,000-person survey found that workers around the globe are looking to AI-powered digital assistants and chatbots to cope with mental health during the pandemic.

 
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The 6 winners of the ‘Green Nobels’ for environmental activism show that change is possible

The Goldman Environmental Prize announced its 2020 winners, including an activist who used shareholder meetings to push back against financing coal mines and a beekeeper who took on Monsanto.

 
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Feel like you never have enough time? Try these 5 ways to cope with the anxiety

Similar to productivity shame–the feeling that you’ve never done enough–time anxiety is when you feel you never have enough time to meet your goals or that you’re not maximizing the time you do have.

 
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NEWS
Moderna files for emergency use authorization from the FDA: What to know
Moderna today will officially file for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine. The company made the announcement alongside updating its vaccine efficacy rating from its phase 3 trial.
An emergency use authorization (EUA) is a mechanism that allows drugs, vaccines, and other medical interventions to come to market much quicker than they normally would. 
Moderna’s EUA request comes just a week after Pfizer requested an EUA for its own COVID-19 vaccine. 
Previously the company said the vaccine had an efficacy rating of 94.5%. That rating now stands at 94.1% after further testing.
 
 
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