Sweden has largely remained open while most of the countries observed an overall shutdown of business. Opting for the rather controversial approach of keeping restaurants, schools and parks open for public (while banning gatherings of more than 50 people and shutting museums), Sweden’s Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said that the country is focusing on long-term sustainability over drastic short-term tactics. In fact, Sweden’s ambassador to the United States said last month that the capital of the Nordic country, Stockholm, could reach Herd Immunity in May. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
Kasparov fight for liberty
The idea is to speed up a natural process that normally takes place very slowly, over geological time. “When rain falls on volcanic rocks, those rocks dissolve a little bit, and it triggers a chemical reaction that pulls carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into the water as a molecule called bicarbonate,” Green says. Grinding up olivine, and then spreading it on beaches where ocean waves can further break it down, triggers the same chemical reaction that pulls CO2 out of the air. In the water, marine organisms use the bicarbonate to build shells, and it will eventually end up as limestone on the floor of the ocean. … [Read more...] about Ever been to a green sand beach? The newest geohack to fight climate change
The Fed's lending programs are backstopped by the US Treasury under rules reserved for emergencies. And in an effort to stabilize financial markets, the Fed has ballooned its balance sheet, which it had been trimming before the coronavirus pandemic, to a record-setting level of more than $7 trillion (5.7 trillion pounds). It may need to do more before the crisis is over, to keep borrowing rates low even as the economic recovery takes hold. … [Read more...] about Fed’s Jerome Powell fears second coronavirus wave, reiterates crisis-fighting pledge
And that’s where the opportunity comes in: New platforms with missions and models that don’t require endless controversy and conflict may have an opening. There’s a window where venture capitalists may be more likely to invest. There’s a window to focus on individual, niche areas of social engagement without having to worry as much that Facebook or Snap is just going to hire 10 engineers to do the exact same thing. There’s now time to develop a product, attract customers, grow and evolve. Whatever happens next, the uncertainty around Section 230 creates a climate for innovation in social networking that hasn’t existed in years. … [Read more...] about Trump vs. Twitter: Is there a silver lining in the Section 230 fight?
Monáe and her Wondaland team have been exploring other ways to give back during the pandemic, including education initiatives to help parents keep their kids engaged while teaching them at home. But #WondaLunch has been Monáe’s main focus—even taking precedence over her creative endeavors. … [Read more...] about Janelle Monáe fights COVID-19 food insecurity with #WondaLunch