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A drawing of emergency workers wearing protective gear, working together to sanitize a basketball, symbolizing actions taken to protect players and officials.
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What made the NBA bubble work? Data

The league’s success in Florida shows how the spread of COVID-19 can be controlled by tracking data from digital health devices.
by Kevin Maney
Two women emerge from neighboring fitting rooms and happily discover they are wearing the same dress

What people like you like

In his new book, MIT Sloan School research fellow Michael Schrage explores the powerful effects of recommendation engines and where they might lead.
by Theodore Kinni
A photo of several Ford Model T cars from the early 1900s.
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The little engine that could

The novel The Magnificent Ambersons reveals the dangers of complacency in the face of transformative new technologies.
by Daniel Akst
A chef cracks an egg into a frying pan, revealing an unexpected rainbow of colors.

Uncertainty on the menu

University College London professor Vaughn Tan offers lessons in innovation from the world of high cuisine.
by Theodore Kinni
GMO

Amping up innovation

Leading global utilities are using R&D and innovation to advance their market competitiveness — but investment levels remain low.
by Tom Flaherty, Tom Haddon, and Amy Zhao
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Clocking in, 21st-century style

In the era of telecommuting, what qualifies as “working time”? A new paper proposes a way to track employees’ hours on the job while respecting their time off.
by Matt Palmquist
GMO

Keeping African goods moving

Obi Ozor, the founder of Kobo360, a data-driven logistics startup based in Nigeria, explains how COVID-19 is accelerating digitization, which in turn is improving food security in Africa.
by Adedoyin Amosun and Deborah Unger