Looking ahead In some ways, Harris takes a page from Michelle Obama’s sartorial playbook. The former First Lady recognized that her outfits would be closely studied, so she chose to direct observers’ attention to emerging Black designers like Maki Oh and Duro Olowu, along with other designers of color, including Thakoon and Prabal Gurung. At today’s inauguration, Obama also chose to wear an outfit by Hudson: A striking eggplant-colored pantsuit with a gold belt, and a matching coat. … [Read more...] about Decoding the fashion at Biden’s inauguration
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“With an RNA vaccine, it’s very easy to switch,” says Drew Weissman, an immunologist at the University of Pennsylvania whose early research helped make mRNA vaccines possible. The vaccines contain the genetic instructions for cells in the body to make the spike protein, the part of the virus that invades human cells, helping trigger an immune response so the body is ready to respond if it encounters the actual virus. (Other vaccines, like the one from Johnson & Johnson that is likely to be approved soon, would also be fairly simple to update, though the process would take a few more steps—and thus more time—than the new shots that use mRNA.) … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?
E. coli outbreak in 2018 that killed five people and hospitalized nearly 100, the CDC traced the strain of the bacteria back to the lettuce-growing region near Yuma, Arizona, but couldn’t link it to a single farm, processor, or distributor. In a second outbreak the same year that left a healthy toddler legally blind and unable to speak or move and dozens of other sick, it took a month for the government to link the illnesses to romaine. When they did, they didn’t know the specific source, so they simply told Americans to throw away any romaine lettuce, sending truckloads of food to landfills. Another month later, they linked it to a farm, but they finally concluded that it may have come from multiple farms. … [Read more...] about These invisible, edible biological tags help track down the cause of E. coli outbreaks
And as we shift into this next phase—amid a vaccination program that has lagged after missing its target goals for last year, and that recent reports suggest had no real strategy to begin with—some essential businesses are employing new policies to help expedite the process, by making it easier and more beneficial for workers to get inoculated. … [Read more...] about Chobani offers workers paid time off to get coronavirus vaccines
“Instead of lobbying for corporations to come build a skyscraper to bring jobs and tax dollars, a much more sustainable approach is ‘Let’s build the most livable town we can, and people will bring their own jobs,'” Murph says. “At the same time these major cities that are straining to handle the populations that they have, it will benefit them too if some of the people who don’t really want to be there move to places that are more aligned with who they are, and the people who have been displaced from these cities can actually afford to live there.” … [Read more...] about The office as we know it is over—and that’s a good thing