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A sociologist explains how Joe Biden's jobs plan will give child and home care workers the support they need

Over 85% of the 3.6 million people employed as home care workers are women. Maskot/Getty Images Joe Biden wants to use his job and infrastructure plan to strengthen childcare and long-term care. The care economy in need of support is disproportionately made of women and people of color. These workers deserve to be valued, as they are essential to families, communities, and the economy. See more stories on Insider's business page. A fiery debate has erupted over the definition of "infra...
Tags: US, America, Trends, Strategy, Childcare, Joe Biden, Infrastructure, Wages, Biden, Department Of Homeland Security, Personal Care, Nordic, Contributor, Home Care, The Conversation, Contributor 2019


Why business schools often lack diverse faculties and how to make hiring more inclusive

Many business schools lack diverse faculty. SDI Productions/Getty Images Researchers Sonya A. Grier and Sonja Martin Poole examined how business schools select their faculty. They found that to avoid the discomfort of discussing race, it's not mentioned during the selection process. Selection committees also lack a clear definition of 'diversity' and believe themselves to be already diverse. See more stories on Insider's business page. Despite the among America's coll...
Tags: Education, US, America, Trends, Strategy, Diversity, Black, Nordic, Faculty, Contributor, The Conversation US, Business Schools, The Conversation, Contributor 2019, Higher Educaiton, Sonya A Grier


A bunch of 2,400-year-old teeth may change what we know about Greek military history

Warner Bros In 2008, Italian archaeologists uncovered wht appeared to be soldiers buried at a Greek colony on the north-central coast of Sicily. Analysis of their teeth indicates that early historians didn't pass down the whole story and rewrite parts of Greek military history. See more stories on Insider's business page. Ancient historians loved to write about warfare and famous battles.While these millennia-old stories still feed modern imaginations - Homer's "Iliad" provide...
Tags: Trends, Earth, Warner Bros, Syracuse, Tunisia, Teeth, Mediterranean, Sicily, Herodotus, Carthage, Ancient Greece, Sicily Italy, The Conversation, Diodorus Siculus, Military & Defense Contributors, Military & Defense


Many wealthy countries have vaccinated their most vulnerable. An Oxford professor says now it's time to share shots with low-income nations - here's why.

Immunity is not being spread widely enough around the world as vaccine availability remains concentrated in high-income countries. Pete Bannan via Getty Images Oxford professor Andrew Pollard says rich countries have "a moral duty" to share COVID-19 vaccines. As these countries come out of lockdown, many low-income countries are still being ravaged by the virus. Pollard says it benefits everyone globally if all countries are able to vaccinate their population. See more stories on Insider&#...
Tags: UK, Opinion, India, US, Trends, Healthcare, Oxford, Brazil, Who, University of Oxford, Nordic, Pollard, Andrew Pollard, Contributor, The Conversation US, The Conversation


Why we remember more by reading rather than listening to audio or watching video

Reading print is generally more effective for learning than video or audio. Luis Alvarez/Getty Images Comprehension differs when reading onscreen versus in print, and when listening to or viewing content. Factors like the tendency to multitask while consuming digital content contribute to this difference. Print is the best way to consume content in terms of concentration, learning, and remembering. See more stories on Insider's business page. During the pandemic, many college professo...
Tags: Books, Learning, Opinion, US, Trends, Strategy, Spain, Cyprus, Reading, Norway, Print, Nordic, Understanding, Contributor, Naomi S Baron, Standardized Testing


From tulips to bitcoin to NFTs - here's how the act of speculation became a financial mania

Grimes Battle of the WarNymphs NFT on Nifty Gateway. Nifty Gateway University of Pittsburgh professor Gayle Rogers says financial speculation wasn't always seen as "mania." From NFTs to bitcoin, he says what's being called mania should really be considered financial speculation. He says using the term mania tells us "only a small and potentially misleading part of the story." See more stories on Insider's business page. In the late 1990s, America experienced a dot-com mania. In...
Tags: Opinion, America, Trends, Strategy, Bitcoin, United States, Philadelphia, Gamestop, Rush, Aristotle, Adam Smith, Nordic, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, NFT, Mackay


Why collaborative agreements between the government and the community are the most effective way to reform policing in the US

Protestors standoff with police during a protest against the police brutality in Florissant, Missouri, on June 27, 2020. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant It will take more than just courtroom justice for police reform to be successful across the US. Efforts in Baltimore have that shown federal intervention doesn't necessarily guarantee lasting change. Cincinnati's collaborative agreement approach is a better blueprint for other cities to follow. See more stories on Insider's business...
Tags: New York, Congress, Loretta Lynch, Opinion, Police, US, America, Trends, Strategy, Georgia, Chicago, Missouri, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Philadelphia, Police Brutality


How Biden's federal paid family leave package would improve employee retention and boost the economy

Currently most US women lack paid maternity leave and even fewer men can take time off to welcome a new baby. Getty Images Joya Misra is a professor and sociologist who studies how public policies influence inequality. She says President Biden's proposed paid family leave plan will benefit both employees and employers. The plan will help new mothers keep their jobs, reduce employee turnover, and boost the economy. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Biden administrat...
Tags: New York, California, Opinion, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Strategy, Economy, Canada, United States, Connecticut, New Jersey, Biden, District Of Columbia, Rhode Island, Maternity Leave


Massive stellar flare from our closest star is a bad sign for aliens (the next web)

The Sun isn’t the only star to produce stellar flares. On April 21, 2021, a team of astronomers published new research describing the brightest flare ever measured from Proxima Centauri in ultraviolet light. To learn about this extraordinary event – and what it might mean for any life on the planets orbiting Earth’s closest neighboring star – I spoke with Parke Loyd, an astrophysicist at Arizona State University and co-author of the paper. Excerpts from our conversation are below and have been e...
Tags: News, Earth, Arizona State University, Proxima Centauri, The Conversation, Parke Loyd


Extending the child tax credit could lift children out of poverty and set them up for a better future - here's how

Economic stability in childhood helps children live better lives as adults. ESB Professional/Shutterstock Economists studying poverty believe the COVID relief child tax credit could have lasting benefits. Lifting children out of poverty can improve their health and ability to get a good education. Cash welfare in childhood has also been linked to higher earnings in adulthood. See more stories on Insider's business page. As part of the latest COVID-19 relief package, the federal govern...
Tags: Kids, Education, Parents, Congress, Opinion, America, Trends, Strategy, United Kingdom, University Of California Berkeley, Biden, Tax Credit, University Of Maryland, Nordic, Snap, Internal Revenue Service


An immunologist explains why the benefits of taking the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risks

Part of the reason Johnson & Johnson was paused was to inform healthcare providers on how to treat the rare blood clot side effect if it occurs. Mario Tama/Getty Images Dr. William Petri infers the rare blood clot side effect from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be managed. The blood clots occur "with a low platelet count" and has occurred "at most in one in 100,000 young women." He recommends women under the age of 50 be immunized with another vaccine while those over 50 can receive ...
Tags: Europe, Cdc, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Johnson, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Nordic, Johnson & Johnson, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Contributor, TTS, ACIP


How NFTs could change global business models beyond the art industry

Grimes' Battle of the WarNymphs NFT on Nifty Gateway. Nifty Gateway NFTs are tokenized versions of unique assets like works of art that can be traded on a blockchain. They create opportunities for business models that didn't exist before, like artist stipulations. Future NFT developments could transform markets like property, vehicles, and land ownership. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sotheby's has become the latest establishment name in art to dive into NF...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Opinion, US, Trends, Strategy, Bitcoin, Gartner, Grimes, Blockchain, Gamestop, Nordic, Christie, Pak, NFT, Sotheby


What might have happened to the missing submarine KRI Nanggala in its final moments

The KRI Nanggala-402 submarine. M Risyal Hidayat/Antara Foto via Reuters The wreckage of missing Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala has been found more than 800 meters beneath in the Bali Sea. Indonesia now needs to decide how much effort to devote to examining and salvaging the wreckage. But there's no certainty the cause of disaster will ever be confirmed, writes James Goldrick. See more stories on Insider's business page. After a five-day search, wreckage from Indonesia's mis...
Tags: Indonesia, Navy, Singapore, Trends, Ap, United States, Solidarity, San Juan, Reuters, Indonesian Navy, The Conversation, Bali Sea, Military & Defense Contributors, Military & Defense, News Contributor, KRI Nanggala


Vaccine mandates aren't the best way for employers to encourage workers to get their shots - here's what actually works instead

Encouraging employees to get vaccines could be more effective than forcing them. Getty Vaccinated employees will make offices the safest, but employers might not need to mandate vaccines. More subtle methods like on-site vaccinations or free transportation and can be just as effective. Marketing promotions and making it a hassle to avoid getting vaccinated can also be persuasive. See more stories on Insider's business page. A workplace showdown may be brewing over mandating vaccination...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Microsoft, Safety, US, Alabama, Trends, Chobani, Walmart, North Dakota, Healthcare, Vaccinations, Vaccine, Joe, Nordic, Mandate


A bioethicist breaks down the ethical dilemma of choosing not to get vaccinated

Herd immunity will only be reached if a majority of the population gets vaccinated, but the vaccine is optional. Emaz/VIEWpress Travis N. Rieder is director of the master of bioethics degree program at Johns Hopkins University. He says that although there are overwhelming reasons to get vaccinated, it's not a moral obligation. Rieder believes the best way to achieve herd immunity is to encourage rather than demand people get vaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page. ...
Tags: Opinion, US, Trends, Ethics, Healthcare, Vaccinations, Morality, Nordic, Rieder, Johns Hopkins University, John Stuart Mill, Contributor, Obligation, The Conversation, Margaret Little, Herd Immunity


Why the fight for vaccine equity needs to focus on public policy tools, according to global health experts

AstraZeneca worked with 20 partners from over 15 countries and 20 testing sites in the development of its vaccine. Nipah Dennis/AFP via Getty Images Global health experts think vaccine equity can be achieved by focusing on available policy tools. Multilateral solutions like the COVAX scheme don't address the problem of supply chain governance. To secure vaccine equity, states should be prepared to disrupt power relations within supply chains. See more stories on Insider's business ...
Tags: London, Indonesia, India, Trends, South Africa, Chile, Healthcare, Switzerland, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, WTO, Vaccine, Nordic, King s College, University of Manchester, World Trade Organization WTO


Competition is heating up in the Arctic, but the US isn't prepared to counter Russia

US Navy Los Angeles-class submarine USS Hartford surfaces near Ice Camp Sargo during Ice Exercise 2016, March 15, 2016. US Navy/Adam Bell With Arctic ice now thinner and disappearing sooner in the spring, several countries are eyeing the region. Russia has been investing in Arctic capabilities and assets, and the US still has a lot of catching up to do. See more stories on Insider's business page. For decades, the frozen Arctic was little more than a footnote in global economic competi...
Tags: Mississippi, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, China, Russia, US, International, America, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Trends, European Union, Canada, Nato


3 ways officials can improve COVID-19 public health messaging, according to science communication experts

Dr. Anthony Fauci, center, has been one of the most prominent US public health officials during the pandemic. Getty Public health officials have struggled to find persuasive ways to convince people to get vaccinated. Researchers in science communication say being straightforward is the best way to make an impact. They suggest being honest with uncertainty, ensuring consistency, and tapping into a crowd mentality. See more stories on Insider's business page. Persuading people to get a C...
Tags: Opinion, US, Trends, Communication, Healthcare, Vaccines, Anthony Fauci, Nordic, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Wisconsin Madison Read, Contributor, Dominique Brossard, Emily Howell, Todd Newman, The Conversation, Coronavirus


Digital nomads have been escaping big cities for years. Here's why remote workers are starting to do the same.

The pandemic has led some employees to leap into the digital nomad lifestyle. Cavan Images/Getty Images The pandemic gave workers an opportunity to "reinvent their relationship with work." Burnout is a prime factor behind workers seeking out a better work-life balance. The digital nomad lifestyle is an attractive option to employees who may not want to return to the office. See more stories on Insider's business page. If one thing is clear about remote work, it's this: Many peopl...
Tags: Asia, New York, London, Bali, Indonesia, Opinion, US, Trends, Strategy, Thailand, United States, Burnout, West Virginia University, Digital Nomads, Chiang Mai, Nordic


What you should know about coronavirus variants, according to a virologist

(Author not pictured) Epidemiologists predict that within a year current vaccines could need to be updated to better handle new variants. Pedro Vilela/Getty Images Dr. Paulo Verardi is an associate professor of virology and vaccinology at the University of Connecticut. He says people should be aware of the currently identified five COVID-19 variants. Assume these variants will continue to evolve and adapt, stay vigilant, and get vaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page....
Tags: UK, England, California, Opinion, India, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Brazil, Pfizer, Vaccines, Nordic, UK South Africa, Contributor, University of Connecticut He


How NY Gov. Cuomo's 'apologies' fail to recognize that power imbalances are at the root of sexual harassment

New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Andrew Cuomo has issued denials, defenses, and apologies in response to misconduct accusations. His "I never intended" responses miss the point - that power is at the heart of sexual harassment. Ending sexual harassment will require a critical rethinking of the distribution of workplace power. See more stories on Insider's business page. In recent weeks, multiple women have reported demeaning and sexualized workplace behavior...
Tags: New York, Opinion, Trends, Strategy, Power, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Nordic, Sexual Harrassment, Contributor, Sexual Misconduct, Catharine MacKinnon, Georgia State University Read, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The Conversation, Charlotte Alexander


Checking in on your friends and coworkers isn't enough - here are steps you can take at work to help fight racial discrimination

A stop Asian hate rally following the violence in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 2021. Zhao Gang/Xinhua Diksha Kale is a criminal defense attorney who researches gender studies and criminal law. She says it's important to do more than just mental health check-ins on your friends during violent times. Take action by demanding better policies and donating to or volunteering at organizations working on the ground. See more stories on Insider's business page. Recently, my friend and I...
Tags: Opinion, US, Trends, Strategy, Atlanta, Mental Health, United States, Violence, Donald Trump, Hate, Racial Discrimination, Nordic, Atlanta Georgia, Contributor, Michel Foucault, The Conversation


What to expect from potential COVID-19 vaccine side effects, according to an immunologist

Temporary redness and swelling at the injection site can be common after receiving the vaccine shot. Getty/David Greedy Serious side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine are "exceedingly rare," says immunologist Matthew Woodruff. Temporary redness or swelling at the injection site is normal after receiving the shot. Other mild side effects can include tiredness, muscle aches, chills, and short-term nausea. See more stories on Insider's business page. If you have not received your COVID...
Tags: Trends, Healthcare, Pfizer, Nordic, Johnson Johnson, Janeway, Contributor, Moderna, Vaccine Side Effects, The Conversation, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Contributor 2019, Covid Vaccine, David Greedy Serious, Matthew Woodruff


The Ever Given getting stuck showed how much our lives depend on lots and lots of big metal boxes

The Ever Given container ship in the Suez Canal, after it was fully freed and floated. Sayed Hassan/picture alliance via Getty Images The Ever Given incident introduced many people to the complexity and interdependence of modern supply chains. Essential to those chains are the plain metal containers that are loaded with everyday goods and piled high on cargo ships. See more stories on Insider's business page. Take a look around you.Perhaps you're snacking on a banana, sipping some ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, England, China, US, Trends, Egypt, Shanghai, Pacific Ocean, Mediterranean, Reuters, Container Ship, Suez Canal, McLean, Darren Whiteside, Arabia


3 signs that your manager or boss may be a narcissist

Narcissists can pretend they care about other people, but they're really only interested in their own gain. Vladimir Vladimirov/Getty Images Narcissistic people often consider themselves to be the most important person in the room. Managers or bosses who are narcissistic are likely to put their own interests ahead of everyone else. These types of managers often make people feel unsafe to take risks or express themselves openly. See more stories on Insider's business page. Relations...
Tags: Opinion, Trends, Strategy, Management, Narcissism, Nordic, Work Life, Contributor, Narcissist, The Conversation, Contributor 2019, Vladimir Vladimirov Getty, Melvyn R W Hamstra


How a $15 minimum wage would improve health and life expectancy in the US, according to a public health scientist

In early March, the Senate failed to advance a bill that would have raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images Dr. Utibe Effiong is a board-certified internal medicine physician and public health scientist. He says a federal minimum wage of $15 would improve lives as well as life expectancy in the US. Research has shown that a well-paying job leads to more happiness, better health, and higher quality of life. See more stories on Insider's busines...
Tags: Congress, Senate, US, Trends, Strategy, Minimum Wage, Unemployment, Biden, Quality Of Life, Nordic, Congressional Budget Office, Contributor, Utibe Effiong, Fight For 15, Minimum Wage Increase, US Research


Women are just as capable as men in computing skills - but they're not as confident. Here's how that's contributing to the gender gap in tech.

Women are less confident than men in their technical skills. FG Trade/Getty Images Matthew Liberatore and William Wagner are professors who studied performance across men and women in mid-level jobs. They found women were strikingly less confident when asked to self-rate how they performed. It's hard to know why, but studies suggest women tend to believe they're less skilled at STEM-related tasks. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In the workplace, women are ...
Tags: Technology, Opinion, Stem, Trends, Strategy, Diversity, Gender Discrimination, Gender Gap, Nordic, William Wagner, Contributor, The Conversation, Matthew Liberatore, Contributor 2019, FG Trade Getty, Matthew J Liberatore


If you're experiencing Zoom burnout, try audio-only meetings to help boost productivity and imagination

When we have Zoom fatigue from too much screen time, we tend to remember less information. Delmaine Donson Zoom fatigue is more than eye strain from screen time - it hurts our productivity and job performance. Over video, we work harder to send and receive nonverbal cues, and this can become exhausting. Try audio-only meetings instead to stimulate the imagination and help prevent mental overload. See more stories on Insider's business page. Just as other brand names make their way int...
Tags: Trends, Strategy, Zoom, Nordic, Screen Time, Phone Call, Contributor, Paul Levy, Video Call, The Conversation, Contributor 2019, Work Meeting, University of Brighton Read


The US patent system often stifles the innovation it was designed to encourage - here's how it can be fixed

US patents are meant to protect inventions, but the system needs to be reworked to actually benefit inventors. Golubovy/Shutterstock The US patent system works for certain types of inventors, but fails many others. There are too many patents with too little information, and many reach beyond their realm. Clear descriptions of inventions, increased fees, and stricter screenings would improve the system. See more stories on Insider's business page. Over his career Thomas Edison garnered ...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Opinion, US, Samsung, Trends, Strategy, Inventions, Bill Gates, Innovation, Patents, Inventor, US Patent And Trademark Office, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Nordic, Thomas Edison


Why the gender gap in economics is even larger than in STEM

The lack of female role models may be one of the reasons fewer women study economics. 10'000 Hours/Getty Images Women represent fewer than 15% of full professors in economics departments, according to a recent study. Economist Veronika Dolar says the gender gap in economics has long been one the largest of any field. She says having more female economist role models could help encourage women to study economics. See more stories on Insider's business page. There is no shortage of d...
Tags: Opinion, Washington, US, Trends, Strategy, Diversity, Economics, Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve, National Bureau of Economic Research, SUNY, Gender Gap, Nordic, Fed, American Economic Association, Contributor