Innovate Recycle Ltd

Only 2% of the 400,000 tonnes of discarded carpets in the UK is recycled. The rest goes into landfill or incinerated. Innovate Recycle aims to build a new carpet recycling plant in Northamptonshire that, once it is complete, would be able to recycle carpet into reusable materials. It has already received a grant funding of up to £2.35m. Of the circa 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet generated in the UK each year, around 44% is currently diverted from landfill. However, the bulk goes to incineration and shredding for outdoor equestrian flooring. Neither approach is true recycling. Carpets can contain more than 59+ toxic substances. As waste they are harmful to health, and CO2 is released when incinerated. In the end, only 2% is genuinely recycled. Reusable polypropylene within the carpet is lost to burning and shredding. This is a wasted opportunity.

How to Create and Sell Your First NFT

Digital art is undergoing a renaissance and in this article we’ll cover everything you need to know to start creating and selling your own art on the blockchain.

NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token. It’s an alienesque term that I don’t like saying aloud, but you can think of it as a digital certificate of authenticity. In real life – classic works of art, antiques, and other historical items are often sold at auctions with a receipt certifying that they are genuine. NFTs serve the same purpose but for digital items. They allow GIFs, videos, jpegs, mp3s, and just about any other file format to be certified as one-of-a-kind. This technology enables a new kind of “ownership” for digital files that wasn’t previously possible. NFTs can be purchased, collected, sold, and even destroyed just like physical items. Thanks to the blockchain, they come with a transparent transaction and pricing history visible to anyone with an internet connection.

Everything You Need to Know About NFTs—the Crypto Art Selling For Millions

Your guide to the cryptocurrency collectibles that are taking the digital art and music world by storm.

Here’s a riddle: What features a naked former president lying prostrate in the grass, cannot be touched or held in your hands, is free to download for anyone with an internet connection, and costs millions of dollars? Answer: the digital artist Beeple’s NFT piece, “CROSSROAD” which recently sold for $6.6 million, making history as the most expensive digital art sale ever made. If this information leaves your brain in total shambles, you’re not alone. The burgeoning market for NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, is turning the art, music, and finance worlds upside down. This week, Grimes sold almost $6 million of her digital art—renderings of tattooed, spear-wielding cherubs floating in purple-hued post-apocalyptic ruins—as NFTs on Nifty Gateway, the “premier marketplace” for NFTs.

The Shrinking of the Scholarly Ranks

The pandemic may do lasting damage to the pipeline of academic researchers.

When a smattering of doctoral programs announced last spring that they wouldn’t admit an incoming class in fall 2021, the idea felt drastic. To some, it felt desperate. But as the summer and fall wore on, more departments announced that they, too, would close their application portals. Nor were the pauses limited to small programs at less wealthy institutions; doctoral programs at seven of eight Ivy League schools and a coterie of other high-profile institutions decided to forgo new cohorts. A list of admissions suspensions maintained by The Chronicle since September now includes 131 programs. Still more programs admitted smaller cohorts than normal.

Punta Gorda, Florida: How 2 Math Grads are Disrupting the Auto Insurance Industry

Punta Gorda, Florida – With over 260 million licensed drivers in the US, it’s no wonder this startup is taking off and saving people money, for free!

Are you aware that you could receive a large discount by using this new startup’s service? In addition, if you live in certain zip codes, you may get extremely low rates. And drivers with low annual mileage often pay even lower rates. For a long time, there was no easy way to compare quotes from all of these huge car insurance companies.

Budget 2021: What we know so far about Sunak’s spending plans

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will set out the government’s tax and spending plans on Wednesday afternoon, and rumours are rife about what giveaways and cuts lie in wait.

However, he has also announced a number of his plans ahead of the speech. Here is what we know already:

Rollins Ranked No. 1 for Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Rollins for its uncommon commitment to teaching undergraduate students.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rollins No. 1 for best undergraduate teaching programs among regional universities in the South in its 2020 rankings of the nation’s best colleges. Rollins was ranked No. 1 among the 120 colleges and universities in its category, which is composed of schools that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs. U.S. News & World Report’s best undergraduate teaching rankings focus on schools that have faculty with an unusually strong commitment to teaching undergraduate students. As a result, Rollins claiming the category’s top spot should come as little surprise. After all, Rollins is the epicenter of engaged learning.

Harvard Students Tell Biden: Don’t Use Us As An Excuse To “Water Down” Student Loan Forgiveness

President Biden recently cited Harvard University and other elite private universities as a reason to limit student loan forgiveness. Today, Harvard hit back. At a CNN town hall last week, Biden rejected efforts by progressive lawmakers and student loan borrower advocates to convince him to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt using executive authority. He stated firmly that he “would not make that happen.” Biden did say he would support a smaller amount of student loan forgiveness — $10,000 per borrower — and would prefer that Congress pass legislation providing for this relief. He has expressed skepticism of the legality of cancelling student loan debt through executive action.

Biden is already backtracking on his promises to provide student debt relief

At his recent town hall, Joe Biden made a series of convoluted and condescending comments about American student debt. His remarks cast doubt on his ability, or willingness, to confront this country’s ballooning student loan crisis. Within hours, #cancelstudentdebt was trending on Twitter. Biden’s rambling justification of the status quo was peppered with straw men, invocations of false scarcity and non-solutions. He pitted working-class Americans against each other, implying that people who attend private schools aren’t worthy of relief, as though poor students don’t also attend such schools.

Proposed Changes To Carried Interest Would Negatively Impact Diversity In Venture Capital

In his must-read new book, Post Corona, Scott Galloway calls Section 1202 a tax law that “is nothing but a transfer of wealth from other taxpayers to venture capitalists.”  In my previous article on how this section of the U.S. Tax Code can actually increase diversity in VC, I address how it’s actually not §1202 that’s a problem.

Stanford study into “Zoom Fatigue” explains why video chats are so tiring

A new study from Stanford University communications expert Jeremy Bailenson is investigating the very modern phenomenon of “Zoom Fatigue.” Bailenson suggests there are four key factors that make videoconferencing so uniquely tiring, and he recommends some simple solutions to reduce exhaustion.

SPACs Are On the Prowl for Early-Stage Startups

Late last year, Nautilus Biotechnology CEO and founder Sujal Patel had a decision to make. The biotech startup backed by Jeff Bezos’ venture fund could raise a Series C round of VC funding, as a four-year-old startup would typically do. Or it could go public through a special purpose acquisition company. Patel chose the latter option. Nautilus is one of a growing number of young startups going public by merging with a SPAC (a shell company that has raised cash for the sole purpose of acquiring another business), according to founders and investors. Space technology company Momentus and autonomous vehicle-technology company Innoviz Technologies, both less than four years old and generating $5 million or less in annual revenue, have also taken this route.