News: Lyft is buying legitimacy through its deal with bike-share company

Lyft is expanding it’s transportation network horizontally — at least in the economic sense. Horizontal integration means they’re attempting to capture another transportation avenue, and in this case, it’s through the nation’s most successful bike-share company. It’s a noteworthy development as we keep an eye on trends filtering out in the successful urban centers of our country.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: To help poor Americans live longer, doctors are copying Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Brazil

What does a health care delivery model that’s working in some of the poorest parts of Africa have to do with health care in one of the wealthiest countries in the world? Everything when you acknowledge that the conditions on the reservations of the northern prairie are in dire need of improvement. Quartz has the story on innovation that is improving and increasing life.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: The number of Americans working for themselves could triple by 2020

The pace at which the world is changing seems to be on the increase, and one of the big transitions taking place: the way we make our money. The corporate ladder is no longer the goal. Instead, workers with valuable skills are choosing quality and autonomy of life over the perception of prestige. Trends like this will matter in Minot as we look to make a place that...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Physics can explain human innovation and enlightenment

Have you ever had an object in your way but because it was always there or because you were used to where it sat, you walked around it? Or imagine a large obstruction being removed from a fast flowing river; everything is different after the object is removed. This is the foundation of the flow-theory known as constructal law, and researchers are starting to use the idea as...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: African elephants are migrating to safety—and telling each other how to get there

Travel by night, because that’s safer. Poachers are out during the day. Listen for the language the people are speaking, that will tell you if they’re dangerous. Botswana is your goal; it’s safe there. The manner in which African elephants are adapting to an increasingly hostile world is extraordinary. This article tells the story.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Schools around the world are now teaching kids to spot fake news

In the information age, the great irony of our time is that we seem to be less and less trustful of information. And so it would seem one of the great skills that we’re in need of quickly developing is the ability to properly evaluate news and information we’re asked to consider as we make determinations about the world around us. That’s exactly the goal of one profit...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Learn, News: The cult of productivity has a counterproductive flaw

Imagine you figure out a new way to do something at work, saving you five hours each week. Over a year, you’ll save 260 hours. Now suppose you spent 10 hours teaching this work hack to 10 of your colleagues. At the end of the year, your productivity would be 4% lower (you’d only save 250 hours in total). But your 10 coworkers would save a combined 2,600...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Learn: The simple step parents can take to teach their kids persistence and grit

If at first you don’t succeed, then what? Phrased in a way that will matter to every parent, if at first your child doesn’t succeed, then what? Dealing with failure and adversity has everything to do with how kids are taught persistence and grit. And it starts at a young age. Check out this article from Quartz for more on the topic.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: A look inside the small US towns that will be crushed by the trucking revolution

Disruption is coming. Automated cars have been a regular topic here on The Minot Voice, and that will continue. The reason, the technology is going to reshape the base fabric of this country. One of the likely less considered implications, how the transition to self-driving technology will change the small towns and roadside truck stops that service the nation’s transportation infrastructure. Quartz peaks inside the issue to see...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Belgian beer culture has been added to UNESCO’s protected list of “intangible cultural heritage”

How do you build a sustainable economy focused on value-added agricultural products? How do you build an economy that attracts people from all over the world? In Belgium, they accidentally focused on beer (probably because they liked drinking it), and a few hundred years later, their beer culture has been recognized worldwide. Hmm… in North Dakota, we like beer; we drink a lot of it, and we’ve got...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Costco has officially raised the alarm on US tariffs

With recent discussions about NAFTA making headlines, it’s always worth noting when and where possible how businesses react to political posturing. The first law of politics and policy should be, “beware the unintended consequences”. And in the case of the tough talk over North American trade policy, it’s fair to say the private sector is taking notice. Hopefully, the rhetoric doesn’t serve as a cooler for economic growth and...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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