Tag: policy

GDP Surged But Americans Are Struggling With Inflation—Record 79% Say It Will Get Worse

Topline Despite solid economic growth, a record number of Americans predict higher inflation, according to a … [+] new Gallup poll. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Key Facts The U.S. economy grew 6.9% in the fourth quarter—despite surging inflation—thanks to an uptick in consumer spending, exports and private investments, the government said Thursday. For the full year, […]

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Self-Driving Car Users Shouldn’t Be Held Responsible For Crashes, U.K. Report Says

Topline Self-driving car users would be given immunity from offenses like dangerous driving, breaking speed limits and running red lights under legal reforms proposed by the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission. Voxrpo CEO Dan Kiely takes his hands off the wheel of his Tesla Model S P100D at a […]

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Where legal, voting by those in prison is rare, study shows

The voting rights of people with felony convictions is a controversial issue across many U.S. states — not least because many people assume expanding those rights could significantly affect election outcomes. A study by MIT scholars of voting patterns among the imprisoned now suggests that is unlikely to be the case. The study examines the […]

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Life Sciences Supermind Report outlines proposed solutions to re-imagine the global health ecosystem

The Covid-19 pandemic sent shockwaves through the life science ecosystem, uniting the scientific community with a common purpose and re-imagining pathways to address global health challenges. To help accelerate that innovation, the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, the MIT Media Lab’s Community Biotechnology Initiative, and MilliporeSigma — the U.S. and Canadian life science business of […]

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FERC And The Connecticut Governor Lamont’s Shortsighted Decision To Block A Natural Gas Plant

Earlier this month the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, acquiesced to protests by activists and government officials and officially terminated a contract involving a natural gas plant slated to be built in Connecticut that would improve reliability of the region’s energy grid.  The objections of Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s administration, as well as the […]

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MIT Energy Initiative launches the Future Energy Systems Center

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) has launched a new research consortium — the Future Energy Systems Center — to address the climate crisis and the role energy systems can play in solving it. This integrated effort engages researchers from across all of MIT to help the global community reach its goal of net-zero carbon emissions. […]

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Trump-Appointed Judge Blocks Fed Worker Mandate With Anti-Vaxxer Tropes

On January 21, federal district judge Jeffrey Vincent Brown blocked the Biden mandate requiring federal employees to get COVID vaccinations.  This got national attention.   Brown’s ruling was pegged as another right-wing blow to Biden’s vaccination effort.  It may seem strange that a federal judge would block something like a vaccination requirement so vital for public health, […]

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‘I’m Not Joe Biden’: Bernie Sanders Snaps Back At President

Topline Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hit back at President Joe Biden Sunday morning, saying the two have “strong differences,” four days after Biden similarly distanced himself from the democratic socialist politician. President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) square off during a debate amid the 2020 … [+] Democratic Party presidential primary that […]

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Mississippi’s 29 By 29 Occupational Licensing Review Is Good First Step

Jackson, Mississippi, USA cityscape at dusk. getty Nearly 25% of U.S. workers are directly impacted by occupational regulation, up from 5% in the 1950s. These regulations, especially licensing that requires workers to get government approval before they can earn a living, restrict opportunity, raise costs for consumers, and provide negligible safety benefits. Mississippi is the […]

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Seeing into the future: Personalized cancer screening with artificial intelligence

While mammograms are currently the gold standard in breast cancer screening, swirls of controversy exist regarding when and how often they should be administered. On the one hand, advocates argue for the ability to save lives: Women aged 60-69 who receive mammograms, for example, have a 33 percent lower risk of dying compared to those […]

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The Biden Administration Embraces “Democracy Affirming Technologies”

President Biden delivers opening remarks at the Summit for Democracy on December 9, 2021 President Biden convened a “Democracy Summit” in mid-December. The aim was to bring together democratic nations in Washington, D.C. (virtually) and help reestablish the leading role of the United States as a global defender of democratic values in a world of […]

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Pricing carbon, valuing people

In November, inflation hit a 39-year high in the United States. The consumer price index was up 6.8 percent from the previous year due to major increases in the cost of rent, food, motor vehicles, gasoline, and other common household expenses. While inflation impacts the entire country, its effects are not felt equally. At greatest […]

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Fintech in 2022: CBDCs, Superapps, and Regulation

This piece originally appeared in FIN, James Ledbetter’s fintech newsletter. Fintech will have a tough time topping 2021 (which might be a good thing—the world doesn’t need a repeat of the Robinhood-enabled Gamestop Götterdämerung, or Better.com’s CEO accusing hundreds of employees he Zoom-fired of “stealing” from the company). Private investment in fintech is likely to retreat slightly, at […]

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