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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Will the Denver, Boulder Area Be the Next Quantum Tech Hub?

The region in Colorado is slowly emerging as a hub for quantum technology, which is already being used in cellphones and medical devices, and could provide a major boost to the state’s economy.

By Joe Rubino, The Denver Post  |  April 16, 2021
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Flying Taxis: They May Be More Than Just Pie in the Sky

Ten years from now, we could be zipping through town by air like the Jetsons. But there are many complications to be worked out first.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  April 15, 2021
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Which State Is the Greenest, Most Environmentally Friendly?

A new report analyzes which states have the most eco-friendly behavior, good environmental quality and contribute the most to reduce climate change. Rankings are split between blue and red states.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  April 14, 2021
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California Plans to Safely Reopen Despite Vaccine Naysayers

Gov. Gavin Newsom hopes to reopen the state by June 15, but that timeline relies on low hospitalization rates and a consistent supply of COVID vaccines. It also counts on the state achieving herd immunity.

By Hannah Wiley, The Sacramento Bee  |  April 13, 2021
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Lawmakers Should Allow Sidewalk Delivery Robots to Stay

The use of robots from companies like Starship Technologies for last-mile deliveries skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and legislators would do well to make them easier to deploy on city sidewalks.

By Daniel Castro, Government Technology  |  April 11, 2021
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Transforming Farms and Food Production With Solar Panels

Agrivoltaics — putting solar panels on farmland — lead to astonishing productivity gains and improved energy efficiency. Except when they don’t.

By Chris Malloy, The Counter  |  April 11, 2021
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Indiana Lawmakers Battle Over Election, Voter ID Regulations

A bill that would have required voter identification when applying for mail-in ballots has been revised to just online applications. The bill’s author is adamant about the role ID would have in tightening election security.

By Elizabeth DePompei, The Indianapolis Star  |  April 8, 2021
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Hawaii’s Vaccine Passports Will Have to Wait Another Month

Gov. David Ige has said the technology is being tested but will not be ready for at least four weeks. The state is slowly beginning to consider lifting some of its other travel restrictions.

By Allison Schaefers and Dan Nakaso, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser  |  April 6, 2021
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Maine Bill Would Allow Online Voter Registration by 2023

The bill would establish a system that allows voters to submit their voter registration materials online, enable electronic approval of applications and let residents digitally update their voter registration information.

By Scott Thistle, Portland Press Herald  |  April 5, 2021
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Carmakers Investigate Fuel Alternates to Reduce Emissions

As the auto industry begins transitioning towards all-electric vehicles, some carmakers are trying to develop low-emission synthetic fuel for internal combustion engines in the meantime. But fuel alternatives are costly.

By Kaela Hall and Jordyn Grzelewski, The Detroit News  |  April 5, 2021
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Amtrak to Expand Service Under Biden Infrastructure Plan

The proposed American Jobs bill will award $80 billion across eight years for Amtrak improvements, and the railway would use some of the funding to add up to 30 new routes by 2035.

By Emilie Munson, Times Union  |  April 2, 2021
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