Zoom’s next coup? Taking sci-fi’s favorite interface to the office

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In the Mexican region of Jalisco, two brick buildings are about to break ground—only 145 miles from a distillery operated by Kendall Jenner’s 818 Tequila brand.
The connection to 818 doesn’t end there because the buildings’ bricks are made with the company’s post-production agave waste. And if your weekend included a margarita or two, then you should know that, for every bottle of tequila produced, there are 11 pounds of agave wasted—or 2.7 billion pounds, based on last year’s sales in the U.S. alone. For today’s story, I spoke with the architect who’s turning that waste into bricks. Read it here.
—Elissaveta M. Brandon, @elissavetam
 
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Kendall Jenner’s 818 Tequila brand is turning agave waste into bricks

The first batch of bricks will be used to build a school library and a tasting room for a family-run distillery in Jalisco, Mexico.

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The gulf between workers and managers is growing, amid the return to office

Many managers are considering cutting pay, reducing benefits, or even firing employees who don’t want to return to the office, says a new study.

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Zoom’s next coup? Taking sci-fi’s favorite interface to the office

Zoom seems poised to take gesture control mainstream by not trying too hard.

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As Polaroid’s SX-70 turns 50, instant photography is booming

Digital cameras and smartphones are great. But photo prints that develop before your eyes? That was downright magical in 1972—and still meaningful today.

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impact
Microplastics are everywhere. These sponges could help capture them

As billions of tons of plastic waste have accumulated in the environment, microplastics are getting even harder to remove.

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tech
The Smithsonian and Meta are teaming up to let you experience the moon in VR

Stitching together thousands of archival photos and audio samples, the exhibit will let visitors walk in the Apollo astronauts’ shoes.

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architecture
Look inside the best green buildings of 2022

The American Institute of Architects chose the 10 most sustainable buildings of the year, factoring in their environmental and social impacts.

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This service helps you link your favorite apps together

Meet IFTTT, a digital assistant that saves you time.

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Despite recent pay hikes, many American workers are still a long way from a living wage

Even at the current rate of pay increases, it would take a full 10 years for a worker in the 20th percentile of the wage distribution to earn a living wage of $20 an hour.

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How to be better at saying ‘no’ to extra work

There are a lot of reasons why it’s hard to refuse additional assignments, but it’s often critical to avoid burnout.

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NEWS
Musk closes in on Twitter: What you need to know
The merry-go-round drama between Elon Musk and Twitter continues. Musk and Twitter are now in discussions again for the world’s richest man to take over the social media platform, according to several reports.
Twitter shareholders reportedly became more interested in a Musk takeover after the billionaire Tesla CEO assembled a $46.5 billion funding package from financiers.
Musk has called $54.20 a share his “best and final” offer. However, Reuters says some active longhorn Twitter shareholders want to give Twitter some time to raise the value of Twitter’s stock.
Bloomberg is reporting that a deal between Musk and Twitter could come as soon as today.
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