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From War to Peace

Don't let a conflict at work fester—be assertive and get it resolved

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Sooner or later it happens. A client gets angry with you; your manager disagrees with something you did; your co-worker gets annoyed at you for not doing a task that you don't recall agreeing to do. Conflict in the office is unpleasant and stressful—but inevitable. Learning how to resolve work-related disputes effectively is vital to success in your career. So what to do?

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Special Report: Top Tech 2021

After months of blood, toil, tears, and sweat, we can all expect a much better year

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Photo-illustration: Edmon de Haro

Last January in this space we wrote that “technology doesn't really have bad years." But 2020 was like no other year in recent memory: Just about everything suffered, including technology. One shining exception was biotech, with the remarkably rapid development of vaccines capable of stemming the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year's roundup of anticipated tech advances includes an examination of the challenges in manufacturing these vaccines. And it describes how certain technologies used widely during the pandemic will likely have far-reaching effects on society, even after the threat subsides. You'll also find accounts of technical developments unrelated to the pandemic that the editors of IEEE Spectrum expect to generate news this year.

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