Improving Productivity for Remote and Distributed Work ForcesAs work from home and distributed teams become a new normal, it's critical to recognize that managing remote teams comes with some different challenges. Here are four tips to achieving stronger communication and productivity gains.
Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, keeps some places closedLANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan's nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. The governor moved regions comprising 93% of the state's population to phase 4 - "improving" - two weeks after she announced that northern Michigan could advance to that stage. Businesses where close contact is necessary, such as gyms, hair salons, theaters and amusement parks, will remain closed. Retailers can reopen to customers without an appointment on Thursday and restaurants can offer dine-in service on June 8, with capacity limits. Children's day camps and pools can open June 8. Groups of up to 100 can gather outside if they stay 6 feet apart, up from a threshold of 10 people. In-home services such as housecleaning can resume. Whitmer said her goal is to shift the state to phase 5 - "containing" - before July 4. "While Michiganders are no longer required to stay home, we must all continue to be smart and practice social distancing, and encourage those who meet the criteria to get tested for COVID-19," she said in a statement before a scheduled news conference. Nearly 5,500 people have died from coronavirus complications in Michigan, fifth-most in the country. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
Nanoparticles can make home refrigeration more accessible for low-income householdsPower consumption of a home refrigerator can be cut by 29% while improving cooling capacity. Researchers replaced widely used but environmentally unfriendly R134a refrigerant with the more energy-efficient R600a dosed with multi-walled carbon nanotube nanoparticles (MWCNT). This drop-in refrigerant replacement can be deployed in the field by trained technicians, says an engineer from the University of Johannesburg.