This startup within the White House would not exist if President Obama had hewed strictly to how history has defined the institution he inhabits. Similarly, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has never been restrained by conventional wisdom about what a company can accomplish in the world, using his pulpit to tackle such issues as health care, jobs, and, most controversially, race. Starbucks endured a barrage of criticism for its Race Together initiative earlier this year, and yet Schultz, who instigated the campaign, is unbowed. In “Wake-Up Call,” senior writer Austin Carr joins the CEO as he speaks with employees and the public about race in America and explores what role a company should play in society. The coup de grace: Despite all the negative press and social media, Race Together has strengthened Starbucks’s credibility with key constituents, most notably its employees. “You can’t attract and retain great people if your sole purpose is to make … [Read more...] about Hail To The Geek!
Player-racket interaction The higher stiffness of composite rackets means that they lose less energy to vibrations upon impact, so the player can hit the ball faster. However, there may be an increased risk of overuse injury to the arm when using a high stiffness racket with a large head. A lightweight modern racket with a lower swingweight (moment of inertia about the handle) is also easier for the player to wield, and they tend to swing them faster during strokes. … [Read more...] about How racket design made tennis faster—and more fun to watch
KH: I have two daughters, 17 and 12, and I had a doula and midwife for the births of both. My first birth was as unpredictable and as dramatic as a birth can be, but because of the women surrounding me, I had an incredibly positive experience. I was so transformed by it that I considered switching professions at that time and going back to school to become a midwife! However, I said to myself, “You need to get a grip. You have an architecture degree and a burgeoning firm—that’s what you need to focus on.” … [Read more...] about Childbirth is a design problem
Alden Ehrenreich has an incredibly tall order to fill in the lead role and based on the internet’s initial excitement, this feels more like a Chewie and Lando Star Wars story. Of course, everyone’s favorite Wookie and Donald Glover–not to mention Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson–are much more well known than Ehrenreich (Stoker, Beautiful Creatures), but so far the signs are encouraging. … [Read more...] about At Last, The First Trailer For “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
The device was created by entrepreneurs Howard Levin and Mark Gelfand, who specialize in treating chronic diseases with devices inspired by long-abandoned surgical technicques. The Symplicity used a complex surgical technique known as “renal denervation,” which at the time had shown extraordinary promise in small clinical trials. The American Heart Association was enormously excited about its prospects. The esteemed Cleveland Clinic named it the top innovation of the year in 2012. Meanwhile, a similar treatment was already gaining favor in Europe. All the lights, so to speak, were flashing green. … [Read more...] about Medtronic’s Symplicity And The Complexity Of Healthcare Innovation