Signs of Economic Hope Are Growing, Some With Superlatives – The New York Times

Soaring retail sales and a sharp drop in jobless claims are the latest reflection of a quickening recovery and suggest a year of remarkable growth.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/04/15/business/economy/economy-retail-sales-unemployment-pandemic.html

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal – review | Science and nature books | The Guardian

Virtually every ‘uniquely human’ characteristic has turned out not to be so. This engaging study has the latest thinking on the intelligence of humans and other animals
— Read on www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/06/are-we-smart-enough-to-know-how-smart-animals-are-frans-de-waal-review

What People Can Learn From How Animals Think – The Atlantic

A new look at what humans can learn from nonhuman minds
— Read on www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/how-animals-think/476364/

This Vegan Chain Isn’t Waiting for the Government to Raise Minimum Wage to $15. It Just Doubled Employee Earnings

While the government drags its feet on implementing a $15 federal minimum wage, vegan chain HipCityVeg commits to doubling its wages to support workers and families hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Read on vegnews.com/2021/4/vegan-hipcityveg-raise-minimum-wage-to-15

Alternative Proteins Make Meat Inroads | Progressive Grocer

Plant-based popularity surges as animal proteins set new sales records
— Read on progressivegrocer.com/alternative-proteins-make-meat-inroads

Isilon founder lifts the hood on farming startup Carbon Robotics and its weed zapping machine – GeekWire

Carbon Robotics, a Seattle company led by Isilon Systems co-founder Paul Mikesell, is unveiling its self-driving robot that uses artificial intelligence to identify weeds growing in fields of vegetables, then zaps them with precision thermal bursts from lasers.
— Read on www.geekwire.com/2021/isilon-founder-lifts-hood-farming-startup-carbon-robotics-weed-zapping-machine/

Future FinTech Stock Falls Despite Cryptocurrency Miner Acquisition | The Motley Fool

The equity stake won’t cost Future FinTech much. But it’s providing a lot of cash to fund growth.
— Read on www.fool.com/investing/2021/04/14/future-fintech-stock-falls-despite-cryptocurrency/

Future FinTech Stock Falls Despite Cryptocurrency Miner Acquisition | The Motley Fool

The equity stake won’t cost Future FinTech much. But it’s providing a lot of cash to fund growth.
— Read on www.fool.com/investing/2021/04/14/future-fintech-stock-falls-despite-cryptocurrency/

Mask adherence and rate of COVID-19 across the United States

Our analysis suggests high adherence to mask wearing could be a key factor in reducing the spread of COVID-19. This association between high mask adherence and reduced COVID-19 rates should influence policy makers and public health officials to focus on ways to improve mask adherence across the population in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

— Read on journals.plos.org/plosone/article

Top Fintech Companies for Investors to Watch | INN

The top fintech companies are leading the digitization of the financial services industry. Learn more about the biggest US-listed stocks.
— Read on investingnews.com/daily/tech-investing/fintech-investing/top-fintech-companies/