Millions of Americans are watching the impeachment hearings—and not doing their work. advertisement That’s costing businesses $2.1 billion per hour, according to an estimate by the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry began yesterday morning and people are following the developments—whether minute-by-minute or sporadic recaps—in any number of ways, including smartphones, social media, podcasts, and TV. And all that time dedicated to what’s happening on the Hill means it’s not being spent on the jobs they’re paid to do. To a degree, the loss of productivity is to be expected, as a historic event unfolds in Washington, D.C. Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported a similar dip during Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at now-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. One key difference: The impeachment inquiry will last much … [Read more...] about The impeachment hearings are costing American businesses $2.1B an hour in lost productivity
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It sounds like science fiction: A stent made of bioabsorbable plastic simply dissolves back into the bloodstream within a year or two after its work opening an artery is done–similar to the way sutures or bone screws are ultimately absorbed. advertisement advertisement Stent designers have spent decades pursuing this goal, with little success. But drug and medical-devices company Abbott Laboratories –the leader in old-style, bare-metal stents, with $24 billion in revenues–is finally showing progress. Abbott’s new stent, called Absorb, is made of polylactic acid and coated with a drug called Everolimus; the water in the artery wall eventually breaks down the polylactic acid into lactic acid, a naturally produced substance. That lactic acid is then absorbed into the body as carbon dioxide and water, leaving nothing behind. Absorb’s human trials in 30 patients showed positive results at the nine-month mark, with a low rate of major cardiovascular … [Read more...] about Artery, Heal Thyself
In many ways, Lakshmi Niwas Mittal’s global trek began with the acquisition of a plant in Trinidad & Tobago in 1989.Earlier in 1976, as a 26-year-old, he set up a plant in Indonesia for his father Mohanlal Mittal. But it was far away in the Caribbean island that Mittal first sowed seeds of a global strategy, which over the next two decades made him the largest steelmaker in the world. ArcelorMittal’s presence would go on to include plants in 18 countries and offices in 60.Thirty years since that first acquisition though, the Trinidad and Tobago unit is a part of Mittal’s global empire that doesn’t make for a pretty picture.Close ArcelorMittal closed the Point Lisas plant in 2016, a day after the worker’s union got a favourable decision from the courts on a pay hike. Low steel prices and increasing costs had already impacted the operations. related news Bharti Airtel posts staggering Rs 23,045 cr net loss in Q2 after AGR provisioning Glenmark … [Read more...] about Lakshmi Mittal ‘s global empire: An asset or a liability in his Essar Steel bid?
Google’s Pixel 4 phone gives up on a lot of what made the Pixel line great. At least in my personal opinion! But it does feature an intriguing technology that the company has barely explored. It’s called Soli. Led by UX legend Ivan Poupyrev in a project out of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, it’s a radar that lives just above the phone’s screen to see shapes. advertisement advertisement On the Pixel 4, Soli allows you to do things like air swipe to skip forward and backward on Spotify, or wave to Pokemon in the phone’s live wallpapers. And now, in partnership with the creative studio UsTwo, Google is launching a free game called Headed South to showcase the technology in a fully realized app. “Overall, the project goal in itself was a mix between an onboarding experience and play experience,” says Anders Oscarsson, the design lead at UsTwo who headed the project. “It wasn’t specifically about … [Read more...] about Try a free game that demonstrates Google’s latest UI tech