So far, new variants of the virus have shown relatively few mutations, so the original vaccines should continue to work. “The spike protein is very big—it’s like 350 amino acids, so that’s big for a protein, and what that means is that there are many, many different sites that antibodies can recognize,” Weissman says. The variant in the U.K. had only a handful of mutations. … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?
Looking for clues People are still hugely reliant on clues and weaknesses in the presentation of online content as ways to detect misinformation. For example, many participants told us they watch for things like bad spelling and grammar and flaws in the interface (like unprofessional designs) as ways to identify if something is not quite right. Unfortunately, in the age of sophisticated and convincing misinformation attacks, this technique might not be as successful as it once was. … [Read more...] about Twitter, Facebook, and Google could combat disinformation with this simple design tweak
On Sunday night, congressional leaders revealed that they finally reached an agreement on another COVID-19 stimulus package—this one totaling $900 billion. The new stimulus package contains the first direct payments to Americans since the spring. However, those waiting for another stimulus check may be a bit disappointed. … [Read more...] about Second stimulus checks will be worth $600: What you need to know
A limited series format could also free networks and studios from the awkward burden of having to cancel a regular series after just one season. Back in October, Netflix caught heat for axing a bevy of shows, most of which were led by women, people of color, or LGBTQ+ focused. Many decry early cancellations as not giving shows enough time to build an audience. But not all premises are necessarily worth the investment of multiple seasons. Streaming services have already pared down the average number of episodes to which networks were once beholden (between 20-22) in order to fill a nine-month season. So maybe it’s time to narrow the scope even further by rethinking what a limited series can do. … [Read more...] about Hollywood is redefining Peak TV—for better and for worse
46% said they took on additional projects or programs. 44% said they took on a broader range of functions. 39% said they took on responsibilities related to e-commerce. 36% said their new responsibilities were duties from other departments than the one they were in. 31% said they were supervising more employees. Looking ahead, the same report asked retailers what they think 2021 will bring. Post-pandemic, 23% of retailers expect their company to only be an in-office work environment. More than half (56%) said they would take the hybrid approach (in-office and remote), and 16% said they would be an all-remote workplace. … [Read more...] about Taking on additional responsibilities at work? You’re not alone