Month: January 2022

10+ Brands That Embraced the Circular Economy in 2021

Pledges to use more recycled materials are increasingly falling short as the public grows more concerned about the global waste problem and people seek out solutions to lighten their footprints. While many of those solutions still need to scale, a growing number of brands are looking to pave the way toward a circular economy in which nothing becomes waste. From reusable and dissolvable packaging to giving secondhand goods a new life, read on for some of the top circular economy solutions that caught our eyes in 2021.  

(Image courtesy of Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons tests reusable packaging with help

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‘Rough’ words feature a trill sound in languages around the globe

The prevalence of trilled /r/ for ‘rough’ vs ‘smooth’ in 112 languages from 25 unrelated families. The paper reports 4 studies of a larger range of languages and a larger range of words, including from the Americas, where trilled /r/ is rare and the pattern consequently absent. This simplified map combines Figure 2 and Fig 4A from the Scientific Reports research paper. Credit: Bodo Winter et al.

In languages spoken around the world, words describing rough surfaces are highly likely to feature a “trilled /r/” sound—a linguistic pattern that stretches back over 6,000 years, a new study reveals. The international

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Politicians in Washington state are going on a censorship jag

I guess it was inevitable, as political tribalism rises, that the impulse would also grow to simply suppress stuff that one camp or another sees as wrong or dangerous or uncomfortable.

We’re only two weeks into 2022 and politicians here and elsewhere are off on quite the censorship jag.

Weighing in locally is, among others, Gov. Jay Inslee. He’s proposed jailing, for up to one year, any local or state elected official or candidate who makes false statements about the Washington state election system or past local election results. The bill, released earlier this month, says that to qualify

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KBOIBSU student raises over $100,000 for a scholarship following Yenor controversyBoise State student Ally Orr was horrified after hearing the comments made by BSU professor Scott Yenor who said men should be prioritized….2 days ago

KBOIBSU student raises over $100,000 for a scholarship following Yenor
controversyBoise State student Ally Orr was horrified after hearing the comments made
by BSU professor Scott Yenor who said men should be prioritized….2 days ago… Read More

Scholarship recipient honors MLK Jr.’s legacy

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The who’s who of Kansas politics and law enforcement honored the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Monday evening.

Kansas Governor Kelly and Kansas Attorney General Schmidt spoke at the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Overland Park.

“Dr. King showed us the power of an unshakable commitment to loving one another,” Schmidt said.

It’s something that Elissa Almaguer Smith knows all too well. The Olathe East High sophomore wrote an essay on Dr. King’s legacy based on one of his quotes: “Love is the only force capable

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A Bill Proposed a New Way to Teach History. It Got the History Wrong.

Amid a flurry of bills nationwide that seek to ban the teaching of critical race theory in schools, one such proposal in Virginia stood out.

Tucked inside a bill introduced by Wren Williams, a Republican delegate, was a glaring error: Among the concepts that school boards would be required to ensure students understood was “the first debate between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.”

But as scholars, Mr. Williams’s colleagues in the House of Delegates and others on social media noted, that debate was between not Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist, but Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, a Democratic senator from

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Opinion | A flailing Biden sold his ‘whole soul’ in political desperation

During his venomous speech in Atlanta on Tuesday, President Biden attacked his fellow Americans who oppose blowing up the Senate filibuster to pass his partisan election law by comparing them to racists and traitors, accusing them of standing with George Wallace, Bull Connor and Jefferson Davis. Not only that, he explicitly called them “enemies” of America, thundering, “I will defend the right to vote, our democracy against all enemies — foreign and, yes, domestic.”

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IU student Elvin Irihamye to head to Oxford University on scholarship

Elvin Irihamye’s journey has taken him to many places. Kentucky. The Pacific Northwest. China. Bloomington.

Come October, the Indiana University student will start another chapter of his life at Oxford University in the United Kingdom as part of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship program.

Since its establishment at the start of the 20th century, the scholarship has paid to send promising students from around the world to study at the renowned university in England.

More than 2,300 students applied for the American scholarships this time, according to a Rhodes Trust press release. Of those, 826 students received the endorsement

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Workforce changes will continue to affect economy: ‘Power has shifted and it has shifted to labor,’ Richmond Fed president says | Business News

Thomas I. Barkin is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the job market seems likely to have long-lasting effects on the U.S. economy, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond said Thursday.

“We have been living for decades in a world of excess workers, driven by the baby boom, improved health, women in the workforce, immigration and offshoring,” Thomas I. Barkin said in a speech given online to members of the Virginia Bankers Association.

“These kept wages and benefits and effectively cost-driven inflation down,” said Barkin, who

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