A Window Into The Future Of Work

Upwork, the globe’s largest remote talent platform, posts three million jobs and transacts $1 billion of work each year. It recently released Freelance Forward 2020: The U.S. Independent Workforce Reportbased on insights from 6,000 U.S. workers about the impact of COVID-19. It shows that 12% of the workforce started freelancing during the pandemic for the first time.

All up, 59 million people are freelancing – that’s more than a third of our total workforce. Some 36% of them freelance full time, which is eight percent up on last year. For those who left a job to freelance, only a quarter are making less income than previously. Half of freelancers are highly skilled, offering services such as in computer programming, marketing, IT and business consulting, etc. And it’s not just Millennials who freelance. Half

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The Looking Glass Portrait is a cheaper holographic window to your smartphone photos and more

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Looking Glass Factory, a company that designs personal holographic displays, just launched a Kickstarter for its new Looking Glass Portrait, a smaller, more affordable take on its previous light field display. The new Looking Glass can operate as a standalone device, and in a clever move, supports portrait mode photos from smartphones like the iPhone for creating simple holograms.


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The Looking Glass Portrait displays holographic photos, videos and 3D models in a 58 degree viewing cone, which basically amounts to the experience of a 3D video or hologram, but viewable by multiple people without the need for special glasses. Holographic light field tech isn’t new, particularly in smaller sizes like a cellphone screen. Where Looking Glass Portrait differs from other displays, like Sony’s $3,000 Spatial Reality Display, is with a much lower price point of $349 (without promotional Kickstarter pricing).

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Don’t Let Vaccines Close Your Window To Reshape The Future Of Work

I’ve participated in dozens of meetings with senior executives in recent months to talk about the future of work (including at my own firm, BCG). I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard something like, “It’s still early. We’re waiting to see how this whole remote thing plays out.” And now with a vaccine on the horizon people are talking again about “going back” to work – implying largely going back to the way it used to be.

It’s all I can do to keep from jumping through the screen, shaking them and screaming, “Wait for it

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Wildlife movements offer window on climate change effects

Stephen Lewis sees a golden eagle flying over Mount Sentinel and feels the whole Arctic Circle exhale.

That eagle might be one he radio-collared while working in Alaska’s Denali National Park. The collar traces the bird’s migration path between the Arctic and the Lower 48 states. That trace entwines with about 50 other eagles the wildlife biologist has collared for his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study. And that study now joins hundreds of other research projects from around the planet in a new Arctic Animal Movement Archive.

When all those radio-collared eagles, caribou, whales, wolves and other critters get their travels animated on a computer map, it looks like the whole Northern Hemisphere is breathing in and out.

“I have a couple hundred-thousands of location points for eagles,” Lewis, who’s working on a doctorate degree at the University of Montana, told the Missoulian. “With the archive, we have

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Window And Door Frames Market Is Driving Business Growth With Various Emerging Technology Till 2026

Selbyville, Delaware, United States, November 9 2020 (Wiredrelease) Global Market Insights, Inc :The window and door frames market is expected to grow substantially over the coming years ascribed to increasing application of u-PVC windows and doors in commercial as well as residential buildings. Burgeoning demand for smart window and door frames are projected to offer new business opportunities to industry players.

European countries are experiencing a surge in renovation of old buildings and lucrative investments in new construction projects. Meanwhile, increasing awareness about energy-efficient products in emerging economies like India, Brazil, South Africa and Indonesia is fueling the demand for sustainable doors and window frames.

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In 2019, North America observed a considerable rise in product demand credited to surge in renovation projects. The U.S. holds a major share in North America market. The region’s commercial sector is projected to witness a

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PS5 Ad Gives Launch Window for Horizon: Forbidden West

A new PlayStation 5 ad confirms the current release window for Sony’s upcoming slate of exclusive games. The video details when highly anticipated games like Horizon: Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7 are coming in 2021.

The one-minute video features a reel of game footage, which includes both launch games and subsequent titles. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice some fine-print part way through the video: “Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Returnal: Anticipated first half of 2021. Horizon: Forbidden West: Anticipated second half of 2021.”

While still somewhat vague, those time frames do bring Sony’s 2021 plans more into focus. Sony previously said that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart would release in the console’s “launch window,” making it one of the console’s biggest exclusives following launch day. Details on Gran Turismo 7 have been comparatively sparse, though the release window lines up with one that appeared

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Scientists develop energy-saving ‘liquid window’ — ScienceDaily

Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a liquid window panel that can simultaneously block the sun to regulate solar transmission, while trapping thermal heat that can be released through the day and night, helping to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

The NTU researchers developed their ‘smart window’ by placing hydrogel-based liquid within glass panels and found that it can reduce up to 45 per cent of energy consumption in buildings in simulations, compared to traditional glass windows. It is also around 30 per cent more energy efficient than commercially available low-emissivity (energy-efficient) glass, while being cheaper to make.

The ‘smart window’ is the first reported instance in a scientific journal of energy-saving smart windows made using liquid, and supports the NTU Smart Campus vision which aims to develop technologically advanced solutions for a sustainable future.

Windows are a key component in a building’s design, but

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Transparent soil-like substances provide window on soil ecology — ScienceDaily

By using two different transparent soil substitutes, scientists have shown that soil bacteria rely on fungi to help them survive dry periods, says a study published today ineLife.

The findings indicate that these soil-like substrates may enable researchers to observe the complex interactions of the myriad microscopic creatures that live in soil. This ability is crucial to help us better understand the role that soil and soil microbes play in healthy ecosystems.

Millions of microscopic organisms such as fungi and bacteria live in the soil. They are essential for healthy ecosystems because they support the growth of plants and capture and store carbon from the atmosphere. But studying these processes in real soil can be challenging.

“To advance the study of soil processes, we used transparent soil substitutes that allowed us to use microscopes and other experimental techniques to see and measure the activity of soil bacteria and

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