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Happy Trends

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The happy news continues for December. Enjoy.

1.Hydrogen Trains Before Trucks
Cummins, the top maker of heavy-duty diesel engines, is gearing up for a zero-emissions future with big plans to supply hydrogen-electric power systems and electrolyzers that make the clean fuel, says Forbes magazine. And while its core market right now is trucks, trains look like a bigger commercial opportunity in the near term. Yeah hydrogen, yeah trains!

2.Someone tell Pres. Biden
Someone should tell President Biden about trains, and how young people ride them, how train ridership is setting records, how more routes are being built, how they are environmentally friendly, and how business and employers like trains because people can work on them.

Oh wait, President Biden has been riding trains for decades. Nevermind.

3.Nonprofits Challenge Big Tech
In what the New York Times calls an ‘unlikely alliance,’ nonprofits, economists, antitrust scholars, activists and lawyers are working to break up Big Tech, just like they did 100 years ago with Rockefeller and Big Oil.

“There is a counterweight growing in reaction to Big Tech similar to what we’ve seen in relation to Big Oil over these past decades,” says Martin Tisne, managing director of the foundation Luminate.

4.Paternity Leave Doubles to 28 Days in France
Europe keeps leading the way in infrastructure for the 21st century, and North America will follow suit. This month France doubled paternity leave and require fathers to take at least one week off.

Other European countries offer even more days, with Finland allowing fathers to take up to nine weeks off.

5.More Companies Make Remote Work Permanent
Don’t expect all of business to go back to the office after the pandemic. Target, Ford, Microsoft, Google, Uber, and Slack are just some of the companies that will allow employees to work from home permanently, the New York Times reports.

Target said it “was using this time as an opportunity to reimagine the role of its office in a post-pandemic era.” LERN reimagined the office 22 years ago- – we got rid of it.