The surprising way covid-19 may be affecting scented candle reviews

“There are angry ladies all over Yankee Candle’s site reporting that none of the candles they just got had any smell at all,” she wrote on Twitter last week. “I wonder if they’re feeling a little hot and nothing has much taste for the last couple days too,” she added, a nod to other common coronavirus symptoms.

Nelson’s observation, which generated thousands of retweets and likes on the social media site, read like the punchline of a late-night joke. But it caught the attention of Kate Petrova, a research assistant with the Harvard Study of Adult Development at Bryn Mawr College, who decided to test the hypothesis by scraping roughly 20,000 reviews of the most popular scented and unscented candles on Amazon.

“It is rare, at least in my line of work, to stumble upon an anecdotal observation that can be examined using such vast amounts of easily accessible

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sold its Costco stake last quarter. Here are 3 reasons why that’s extremely surprising

Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger are posing for a picture: Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger REUTERS/Rick Wilking

  • Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway sold its Costco position after investing more than 20 years ago, a filing revealed this week.
  • The billionaire investor’s company grew its stake in the big-box retailer from 355,000 shares worth $32 million in 1999, to 4.3 million shares worth $1.3 billion in June of this year.
  • The sale is a shock because Buffett famously invests for the long term, two of Berkshire’s directors sit on Costco’s board, and both Buffett and his business partner, Charlie Munger, have repeatedly praised the retailer.
  • “If once or twice in a lifetime you’re associated with such a business, you’re a very lucky person,” Munger said about Costco in 2011.
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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway revealed this week that it dumped its stake in Costco last quarter, exiting an investment it made more than

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Some tropical forests show surprising resilience as temperatures rise

The world’s hottest rainforest is located not in the Amazon or anywhere else you might expect, but inside Biosphere 2, the experimental scientific research facility in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona. A recent study of tropical trees planted there in the early 1990s reported a surprising result: They have withstood temperatures higher than any likely to be experienced by tropical forests this century.

The study adds to a growing tally of findings that are giving forest scientists something that’s been in short supply lately: hope. Plants may have unexpected resources that could help them survive—and perhaps even thrive—in a hotter, more carbon-rich future. And while tropical forests still face both human and natural threats, some researchers believe dire reports of their impending decline due to climate change may have been exaggerated.

“Biology is ingenious,” says Scott Saleska, an ecologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson and co-leader of the

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Surprising Changes Ahead For B2B Sellers

B2B sales forces have seen major disruptions in 2020 due to the prevalence of their customers and prospects working from home. But many of these changes were already underway, says Mary Shea, principal analyst at Forrester, who just released the firm’s predictions for 2021. According to Shea, “I’m calling 2020 the year that B2B, sales, marketing and buying has changed forever. But these trends that are occurring as a result of COVID-19 hardships are trends that were already in play, The face-to-face sales meeting has been on a downward trajectory since 2017 when one in seven business buyers said they’d actually rather not meet in person with a sales rep.”

So what’s in store for B2B sellers in 2021? Forrester is predicting four major themes:

  1. AI and automation
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3 Surprising Advantages Of A Remote-First Workforce

For many, this is their first time experiencing remote work. Under the conditions of a pandemic, however, it is no surprise that many have had a negative experience. Taking calls from your bedroom or kitchen table instead of a home office; spouses and children underfoot; and blurred boundaries between when the workday starts and ends are hallmarks of pandemic home working. These point-in-time conditions, however, are unique to Covid-19 — and are not truly representative of remote working.

Remote working means the ability to do the job from any location. It does not mean working from home. Many “remote” employees not located near a main campus or site still go into a coworking space such as a WeWork or Spaces or some other designated collaboration space. In this

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New Apple Documents Confirm Surprising MacBook Pro Detail

Apple has already announced changes to the Mac hardware with its ambitious move away from Intel to ARM for its processors. That’s not the only change that is being considered, with Apple publishing details on a new keyboard technology that could light up the understated MacBook family. 

The innovation is the coloured keyboard. Not of the keys themselves – which no doubt will stay black on the laptop and white on the bluetooth ‘Magic’ keyboards – but the lights underneath the keys that help the typography stand out. The details come from a newly published patent titled, deep breath here, “Mixed input lighting using multiple light sources and control circuitry to change a combined white light spectrum based on ambient light data.” Malcolm Owen reports:

 “The backlighting system of MacBook Pro keyboards could be upgraded to include TrueTone capabilities, with Apple examining the use of

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The Surprising New Way To Connect Employers With Talent

Millennials navigated one of the most challenging job markets following the 2008 stock market crash, and now Gen Z is being put through the test in one of the most perplexing – and challenging – job markets. Though the interview process often contains virtual elements, now the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding process has gone entirely virtual: career fairs, interviews, and even training programs are digital due to a global pandemic. So, what tools do students have available to them to succeed through these obstacles?

Recently, Handshake, the number one site for early talent to find jobs, launched a new virtual platform that provides those first in their career with the tools they need to find jobs and internships, nail the interview process, and start strong. Recent Handshake data highlighted that an average of 93.3percent of campus fairs and events would run virtually this fall, showing the increasing demand for virtual

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Surprising leap in ancient human technology tied to environmental upheaval

For 700,000 years, our species’ ancient relatives in East Africa led rather stable lives, relying on an enduring set of skills and survival strategies. They made large, simple hand axes from nearby stones, perhaps using them to slice up prey, cut down branches, or dig for tubers.

But by 320,000 years ago—around the same age as the earliest fossil evidence of Homo sapiens—these early humans drastically changed their ways. They began crafting smaller, more nimble points that could fly through the air as projectiles, some made from obsidian gathered from many miles away. They collected red and black pigments—substances later humans frequently used in symbolic ways such as cave painting.

Now a new study in Science Advances suggests that one major reason behind this sudden shift in behavior lies underground: tectonic activity that fragmented the landscape.

Scientists have long pointed to changes in climate, such as the onset of

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