Because people around the world are stuck at home, Minecraft holds a huge appeal. Mitch Smith, managing director of the Minecraft-server-hosting service Shockbyte, told The Verge that demand for the game has risen sharply since March 12, the day after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic (and right around the time the Japanese in-game graduation went viral on Twitter). Now, college seniors in the U.S. are creating not just their own virtual graduations but their larger campus environments, too. … [Read more...] about With graduations canceled, students are using ‘Minecraft’ to recreate college campuses
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"At present, swab samples from Aurangabad are being sent to Pune's National Institute of Virology for testing and the process has become time consuming due to the lockdown," superintendent of Government Medical College and Hospital Dr Suresh Harbade told PTI. … [Read more...] about 8 private labs in Maharashtra get ICMR nod for coronavirus testing
In addition, the government would be spared of the burden of doling out more relief measures, including cash transfers, especially at a time when the government finances are in a precarious state. Workers, too, would have the satisfaction that they have contributed to the nation in the hour of crisis. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Pandemic | How to keep the production lines uninterrupted
The current crisis is unprecedented, and I can’t pretend to understand what you’re experiencing. Economists are struggling to predict how the next few months and years will play out. It will depend, in part, on how quickly we are able to lower the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. But as someone who entered the job market after the Great Recession, I have an inkling of what it is like to approach your career with dread and apprehension, rather than excitement. And besides the insight that comes from living through it, I’ve spent two years delving into social science research to better understand how economic downturns can impact a person’s career for my forthcoming book, The Rocket Years: How Your Twenties Launch The Rest of Your Life. … [Read more...] about How Gen Z can succeed during a recession, from a millennial who’s been there
When the price of oil cratered because of the coronavirus crisis and a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia, the Trump administration proposed spending $3 billion to fill up the U.S.’s strategic oil reserve and save the oil industry—a line item that didn’t make it in the Senate’s final stimulus bill, but that the administration plans to continue to pursue. Some environmentalists have a different suggestion: With the price of oil so low, the value of fossil fuel companies has also cratered, so the government could just take ownership of the reeling fossil fuel industry, dismantle it in a way that’s fair to workers and states, and help speed the necessary transition to a zero-carbon economy. … [Read more...] about Big Oil is cheap: Should the government take it over?