Monthly Archives: August 2020

Amazon adds 1,800 electric delivery vans, this time from Mercedes | Mashable

It’s not 100,000 electric delivery vans from new car company Rivian, but Amazon is adding nearly 2,000 new Mercedes vans to its fleet. Instead of diesel or gas-powered vans, however, every vehicle making Amazon deliveries from the German carmaker will be fully electric.

Amazon recently announced a partnership with Mercedes-Benz to incorporate 1,800 new delivery vans into its delivery service across Europe by the end of 2020. Those vans include 1,200 eSprinter vans and 600 eVito vans.

The electric Sprinter van is the newest commercial electric vehicle from Mercedes and is a bigger version of its eVito van, which has 93-mile range. Rivian’s e-vans are supposed to start delivering for Amazon in 2021. Its first two vehicles, an electric pickup truck and SUV with 400-mile range, still haven’t arrived yet.

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It’s almost impossible to avoid triggering content on TikTok | Mashable

TikTok’s algorithm is almost too good at suggesting relatable content — to the point of being detrimental for some users’ mental health.

It’s nearly impossible to avoid triggering content on TikTok, and because of the nature of the app’s never-ending For You Page, users can easily end up trapped scrolling through suggested content curated for their specific triggers.

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Does your personality change as you get older? | Live Science

Between adolescence and adulthood, you go through a host of changes — jobs, regrettable haircuts, and relationships that come and go. But what about who you are at your core? As you grow older, does your personality change?

Personality is the pattern of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors unique to a person. People tend to think of personality as fixed. But according to psychologists, that’s not how it works. “Personality is a developmental phenomenon. It’s not just a static thing that you’re stuck with and can’t get over,” said Brent Roberts, a psychologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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What are locusts and why do they swarm? | Live Science

Locusts are large grasshoppers that live on almost every continent of the world and are known for their propensity to gather in large, destructive swarms. However, locusts often live for several generations, spanning decades, in the solitary, sedentary style that’s characteristic of other species of grasshoppers. It’s when locusts come together that their behavior changes.

Locusts are able to sense when their population density begins to increase, said Hojun Song, an entomologist at Texas A&M University. And in response, “they become gregarious, attracted to each other. They eat more [and] develop faster,” he said.

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What to Do If Your Business Gets Sued | Business News Daily

If you’re sued, the first thing you need to do is contact a business attorney.

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, upset, and indignant, but if you want to keep your business and its reputation intact during this time, it’s important to follow every step of the process carefully.

Common types of business lawsuits include breach of contract, slip-and-fall accidents and other premises liability, and discrimination.

This article is for small business owners who have been sued, or who worry about being sued.

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LLC vs. Inc.: Which Entity Is Right for Your Business? | Business News Daily

LLCs limit owner liability and offer more flexible taxation as a pass-through entity.

Corporations, such as S-corps and C-corps, are entities for larger, profitable businesses or those with shareholders.

How you incorporate your business entity has a profound effect on the organization of your company, the distribution of profits and losses, and the way your business is taxed.

This article is for entrepreneurs trying to determine the best type of business entity for their company when preparing to incorporate.

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How Mind Mapping Helps You to Brainstorm More Great Ideas

There are many ways to plan out projects, ideas, and plans. You could use a simple piece of paper, a digital planning tool, or you could use a mind map.

I first came across mind mapping when I was at school. One of my teachers showed us how to structure an essay, and his method was to create a mind map and develop arguments using the branches of the map, so you never lost sight of the question.

The next time I use mind maps extensively was when I began creating presentations in the early 2000s. As an English communication teacher teaching business executives in Korea to better communicate with their English speaking partners, I was not teaching vocabulary, grammar, and structure—my students already had that. I was teaching more about the culture of communication in the English speaking world.

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5 Reasons Why it is Important for Goals to be Measurable | Life Hack

The secret to a successful life is effective goal setting, and the secret to effective goal setting is SMART goals. The magic wand that works it wonders in SMART goals is the ‘M.’

Do you why it’s so important for goals to be measurable? This one property plays the role of the backbone in SMART goals. It eases the way for the rest of the process and increases your chances of moving forward successfully.

Today, you’ll find out all about the significance of measurable goals and how they can enhance your ability to achieve goals in life!

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Bond is using lab-grown chicken protein to make dog treats | Fast Company

While some “cultivated meat” startups work on the technology to grow steak and burgers to serve in restaurants in place of farm-raised beef, a startup called Bond is using biotech to satisfy a different palette: Its animal-free chicken protein is going in dog treats. And there’s a possibility that cell-based pet food might make it to market faster than the versions designed for humans.

Bond, like other companies working on cultivated meat, wants to tackle the environmental and animal welfare problems posed by meat production without relying solely on plants as alternative ingredients. Plant-based proteins, says Bond CEO Rich Kelleman, can cause some nutritional challenges for dogs and cats.

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Anti-mask store confrontations: CDC says use panic buttons | Fast Company

Attention, retail and service industry workers: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now has your backs when it comes to customers not covering their faces.

Concerned about workplace violence, the CDC has released a list of tips for employees dealing with people who refuse to listen to stated rules about masking, social distancing, and the number of individuals allowed inside at a time.

Among the suggestions are:

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