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Zack Rosebrugh

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Up, up, and away

A jumpsuit for space tourism. Virgin Galactic and Under Armour collaborated on a one-piece suit, underwear, and boot set for those who book an Enterprise spaceflight ticket.

The first commercial spacesuits are like soft, high-tech pajamas

I love the way the spacewear looks and I love the way it feels. I also love the fact that the next time I put it on, I will be on my way to space.

One of my favorite bits from the unveiling that didn't make it into the story was when Tom Westray, creative director at Virgin Galactic, likened the space suit to a wedding dress. "We realized that this suit is created for this one day," he said—like a wedding dress. It led them to consider reusability

One of my favorite bits from the unveiling that didn't make it into the story was when Tom Westray, creative director at Virgin Galactic, likened the space suit to a wedding dress. "We realized that this suit is created for this one day," he said—like a wedding dress. It led them to consider reusability in the design. Not sure how many people will be wearing them around after, but the designers hope they will at least sometimes.

Saving WeWork

WeWork is getting a lifeline. SoftBank Group and JP Morgan both have plans to bail out the struggling office-sharing company, CNBC reports. WeWork's board will review the proposals by the end of the week and opt for one or a combination.

SoftBank, JP Morgan to submit separate WeWork bailout proposals in coming days

WeWork is a textbook example of a flawed Silicon Valley start-up. All of this talk of funding and valuation is a way of say that the business was built irrespective of the revenue they got from customers. It would seem that WeWork has (metaphorically) built an empire of solid gold toilets and now investors

WeWork is a textbook example of a flawed Silicon Valley start-up. All of this talk of funding and valuation is a way of say that the business was built irrespective of the revenue they got from customers. It would seem that WeWork has (metaphorically) built an empire of solid gold toilets and now investors are surprised that they can’t get enough customers in the door to keep the lights on.

What I never hear discussed in these talk about wavering SV companies is whether customers are buying their product. Have you looked at the price of a spot in a WeWork office? It’s astronomical for someone starting a small business and apparently the current price point isn’t even enough to cover the costs of goods (I.e. office space) much less turn a profit. Golden toilets.

The Guardian reported that WeWork is close to laying off close to 2,000 employees. But I'm not sure if cutting costs, even at that rate, is going to save the company. It also makes me wonder how a fairly simple business—renting co-working spaces—spiraled out of control. Even though SoftBank has given

The Guardian reported that WeWork is close to laying off close to 2,000 employees. But I'm not sure if cutting costs, even at that rate, is going to save the company. It also makes me wonder how a fairly simple business—renting co-working spaces—spiraled out of control. Even though SoftBank has given WeWork close to $11 billion, the company might be beyond rescue. Hard to say whether SoftBank's throwing good money after bad. Right now, all WeWork has going for it is the company's existing contracts & what's left of its brand. The next month will be intriguing to watch.

Quartz at work

There’s a new generation of networking groups for people of color. Niche social spaces providing a place to get advice, consult with others, network, and vent about work situations, are on the rise.

The impact of workspaces for people of color go beyond feeling welcome

Being the only one in a whatever dominant space is mental gymnastics and can become exhausting (it's a psychological workout!). Anyone's that's spent a significant period in a space as "the other" know this exact feeling. Culture is complex. It's nuanced and full of cues, etiquette, decorum -- unspoken

Being the only one in a whatever dominant space is mental gymnastics and can become exhausting (it's a psychological workout!). Anyone's that's spent a significant period in a space as "the other" know this exact feeling. Culture is complex. It's nuanced and full of cues, etiquette, decorum -- unspoken and explicit. Trying to learn all the rules and perform them perfectly puts one in a state of "constant translating" as one of my colleagues aptly described. Now couple this state of existence with the historical power structures that create a specific cultural dominance in the corporate and white-collar workplaces. The mere appearance of a diverse workspace isn't inclusivity. Culture manifests in the shows discussed the next day, the humor, language and colloquialisms (code-switching), ideas valued, food eaten in the office, promotions, perception of intelligence, opportunities given, salary, and in media (my industry) the stories considered worth telling. I could go on as this is a complex topic, but TDLR, a place of respite to lay my head and rub minds with folks whom I share similar culture and experience is much needed.

Look, diversity is hard work. It’s a two-way dialogue that requires indomitable humility and incessant curiosity. The world is so big. And in the workplace where foreign backgrounds and experiences clash — let them clash and create new conversations and relationships. Sometimes, you gotta ditch the bagel for some jollof rice. They’re both carbs.

I recommend several NPR’s Code Switch episodes:

1. You Are What You Eat: This week, we tackle reader questions on vegetarianism, the specter of grocery store Columbuses, and the quiet opprobrium directed at "smelly ethnic foods" in the workplace.

2. Respect Yourself - “What does "civility" look like and who gets to define it? What about "respectable" behavior? This week, we're looking at how behavior gets policed in public.”

3. Getting a Foot in the Door - Anali, a young woman from Los Angeles, wants to break into the film industry. A local program taught her the skills of the trade and the language, but will any of that that matter in an industry that runs mostly on connections?”

4. Talk American - What is the “Standard American Accent?" Where is it from? And what does it mean if you don’t have it. Code Switch goes on a trip to the Midwest of find out.

US-China tech diplomacy

Apple users in China: Beware. Privacy advocates worry about the US tech giant’s partnership with Tencent, which has close ties to Beijing, as they think it could share the IP addresses of internet users who try to visit blacklisted sites.

Apple’s data sharing with firms tied to the Chinese government may endanger dissidents

Have you visited a fraudulent site? If so, you likely got a warning from Google. But in China, users get warnings from Tencent, a co. close to the Chinese government. Thus, a service meant to protect users could threaten their freedom. Staying safe (and private) is hard.

The World in 50 Years

Apple's Indian revival

Marking 30 years of the web

The mysterious sounds that defined the early days of the internet. Before we were always online, logging on to the internet was a journey through sound. Here’s what those sounds actually meant.

A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the Internet

The dial up sound was the soundtrack to a very distinct period in my life, and I never thought about that until I saw a video of the reactions of kids who had never heard it. I found this piece deeply satisfying for a question I never knew I had.

My dad worked on satellites when I was a kid, so my house was an early adopter of many things—including dial-up. I’d constantly request my dad “make the computers talk”—I was obsessed with the sounds modems made! I didn’t realize till I read this article how spot-on my childhood simplification was.

Locked up in America

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Colorado is the first state to cap skyrocketing insulin co-pays

Colorado is the first state to cap skyrocketing insulin co-pays

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From Our Members

  • We dream about a world where we find cures to diseases. Yet we live in a world where the cures are often tools of extortion... insulin prices triple in a decade? The problem with this solution is not that it wont help, it will, but this is an insurance regulation. Meaning this only changes the amount

    We dream about a world where we find cures to diseases. Yet we live in a world where the cures are often tools of extortion... insulin prices triple in a decade? The problem with this solution is not that it wont help, it will, but this is an insurance regulation. Meaning this only changes the amount that can be passed on to the 'insured' as a direct cost. The fact is these regulations add to the cost on insurance which patients pay for. This does not change the fact that the cost has risen to pad the pockets of the manufacturers, that would be a great place to attack next.

  • Finally, politicians doing something about this. I love that states are taking action here because our Federal Government is kinda morally bankrupt and in the lobby pockets of these companies.

    The Patriot Act with Hassan Minhaj episode called Drug Pricing lays out the [legal] corruption and immoral

    Finally, politicians doing something about this. I love that states are taking action here because our Federal Government is kinda morally bankrupt and in the lobby pockets of these companies.

    The Patriot Act with Hassan Minhaj episode called Drug Pricing lays out the [legal] corruption and immoral things happening with insulin market prices in the US and how our government is literally doing NOTHING about it. Just because it's legal, doesn't make it OK. Gaming the patent laws on insulin to drive up prices to ridiculous immoral levels just to profit is so morally bankrupt. Yah, capitalism is great but not when it's used AGAINST society and becomes anti-competitive driving prices UP instead of innovating and becoming more inefficient and driving prices DOWN. Oh wait, that IS NOT capitalism and I cannot stand how some of these companies argue that competition, etc. results in those prices. It's so predatory then they lobby, attack and smear opponents and usually win because...they have more money, money from being anti-capitalistic.

    That's one hell of a broken system and wheel that we must break. Where's our Dany, who will break the wheel with fire breathing dragons, when we need her? Minus, of course, the crazy mad queen parts =D

    Again the solution is to vote out incompetent politicians who are in the pockets of these corporations and make sure we are protecting the integrity and spirit of capitalism otherwise people will die and no real innovation happens. Also, it's a affects communities not just the lives lost, but the discretionary income--all that WASTED money going into sky high insulin and drug prices impact the local economies of communities.

    Most of this has to do with Republican politicians who don't do anything about this, so it's time for the Republican party and corrupt politicians (including corrupt Democrats) to get voted out and go away. And we need Millennials and the young generation to do this, to vote and quit being apathetic and lazy because it's about time we exercise our right to vote and ultimately, our right to control our future.

  • Go Colorado. Legislators get things done (“get after it”). Important national issue for which Colorado is now the first model.

    “The average cost of insulin has tripled over the course of a decade. It went from $4.34 per milliliter in 2002 to $12.92 per milliliter in 2013, according to a study published

    Go Colorado. Legislators get things done (“get after it”). Important national issue for which Colorado is now the first model.

    “The average cost of insulin has tripled over the course of a decade. It went from $4.34 per milliliter in 2002 to $12.92 per milliliter in 2013, according to a study published in the medical journal JAMA in 2016. A report from the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent research group funded by four health insurance companies, found that individuals with Type 1 diabetes spent, on average, $5,705 per person on insulin in 2016, an increase of $2,841 since 2012...

    The American Diabetes Association supported the Colorado legislation, saying it's the first of its kind in the nation. “...people with diabetes often face financial hardships affording their insulin," said LaShawn McIver, senior vice president of government affairs & advocacy for the ADA. "Many are faced with tough decisions to either cut back or skip doses, or forgo other necessities to pay for insulin." More than 400,000 Coloradans live with diabetes, the ADA said. There are more than 30 million Americans who have diabetes and 7.4 million of them rely on taking insulin daily to survive.”

  • There is a huge difference between drugs prices in Europe and USA. Drugs like insulin shall be easily accessible to the patients.