💰This $360 billion e-commerce trend is huge in Asia—and it’s coming to the U.S. next

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Buildings have a lot of “embodied carbon”—all of the emissions from the materials used in construction. That’s one reason why a new building material made from mushrooms is interesting: It’s actually carbon negative, meaning it has a positive impact on the climate. Biohm, the U.K.-based startup bringing the product to market, uses mycelium, the root-like threads that grow under mushrooms, to produce an alternative for foam insulation panels. The product outperforms the fossil fuel version, and at the end of its life, it can be used to make a new panel—or composted. Read more here.
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Your next house could be insulated by mushrooms

Biohm grows mushrooms in sawdust and agriculture waste, and then uses mycelium, the thread-like roots that connect the fungus, to make clean, effective insulation panels.

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This $360 billion e-commerce trend is huge in Asia—and it’s coming to the U.S. next

Social e-commerce, where goods are sold through social networks, is well established in China and on the rise in Southeast Asia.

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How to convince your boss to consider a four-day workweek

Research suggests that a four-day workweek could make workers more productive. Now you just need to convince your manager.

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To use fewer trees and less water, this paper is made from grass

Processing wood into paper requires a lot of water, energy, and chemicals. Creapaper mixes in grass, reducing the need for trees—and all the resources necessary to process them.

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5 free web apps to save you time and money

Fight spam, edit images, encrypt messages, and more with these powerful free tools.

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Before Michael Dell built a PC empire, he was a teenage Apple II nerd

In an excerpt from his new book, the founder of Dell Technologies writes about his early days as a computer user—and an in-person encounter with Steve Jobs.

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Americans spend $3 billion on Halloween costumes each year. It’s an environmental nightmare

Here’s how to make your own instead.

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Inside New York City’s 9,000-square-foot exhibit about weed

The Stone Age is a fun exhibit with a serious mission to destigmatize cannabis and explore its complicated relationship with mass incarceration, social justice, the opioid epidemic, and sexual wellness.

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No cars, no unemployment: Walt Disney’s surprisingly radical vision of the city of tomorrow

The version of Epcot visitors encounter at Disney World is hardly what Walt Disney had imagined in 1966. It’s an acronym for ‘Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow,’ which should give you a clue.

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Want to prevent burnout? Try negotiating

It’s not just about money. Based on seven years of research, Kathryn Valentine says you can (and should) also negotiate work hours, location, your project, who you work with, when you will qualify for the next promotion, additional support, a bigger team, etc.

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Forget the watercooler: Use these 5 tactics to collaborate creatively from anywhere

There are two consistent challenges to collaboration says creativity strategist Natalie Nixon, PhD, but there are simple strategies to tap so you can collaborate and innovate even virtually.

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Gen Z and millennials: Not so different?
According to a new report from financial firm Piper Sandler, the top brands and celebrities among American teens include a surprising number of millennial favorites. 
Adam Sandler, a comedy actor famed for turn-of-the-millennium classics like Happy Gilmore and Anger Management, topped the list of teens’ favorite celebrities, beating out the survey’s previous winner, Kevin Hart, a stand-up comic who rose to prominence in the last decade. 
Also making a comeback: Olive Garden, which epitomized classy, white-tablecloth fine dining for early-aughts middle schoolers, and then became a target of pop culture ridicule in later years. It’s No. 5 among restaurants. However Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Chipotle, and McDonald’s still came out on top.
Piper Sandler recently conducted its biannual survey of U.S. teens, polling 10,000 Gen-Z-ers with an average age of 15.8 years on their preferred clothing, snack foods, makeup, and cellphones.
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