While teenagers are celebrating birthdays over Zoom with one another, children are chatting with friends over online games and young adults are ordering food via delivery apps, some older people are intimidated by such technology. According to a 2017 Pew Research study, three-quarters of those older than 65 said they needed someone else to set up their electronic devices. A third also said they were only a little or not at all confident in their ability to use electronics and to navigate the web. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | As life moves online, an older generation faces a digital divide
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This is new! And potentially a hot mess. Typically, making a withdrawal before age 59.5 would trigger a 10% penalty plus applicable income taxes. Now you can remove as much as $100,000 penalty-free before December 31, simply by telling your retirement plan company that you’re “experiencing adverse financial consequences” due to COVID-19 or facing personal or household COVID-19 diagnoses. Taxes are due in three years. Maximum loans against 401(k)s are also doubled, to $100,000. (FYI, IRA loans are not a thing.) … [Read more...] about The coronavirus stimulus package lets you withdraw from your 401(k), but should you?
While the government has said that lockdowns and state-wide curfews are extreme measures, they need to be implemented considering the situation. The number of COVID-19 positive cases in India crossed 500 on March 24, with Maharashtra having reported the most number of cases, followed by Kerala. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic: As states impose restrictions, here’s the difference between curfew and lockdown
The newly discovered bacteria can’t fully break down foam: The long polymers in the material first have to be broken down enough for them to eat. Then the bacteria can chew through the smaller sections. Right now, it still takes chemicals to get the polyurethane ready for the bacteria, but “a biology-based solution to that first step in the process might also be conceivable,” Hallinan says. As with the enzyme that Cambridge Consultants is developing for use with PET, the enzyme from the new bacterium can be used separately from the bacterium itself, and potentially tweaked to work more effectively. … [Read more...] about These bacteria can eat the unrecyclable foam in couch cushions and running shoes
Before it attracted a wider readership through its pandemic coverage, Stat drew praise for its investigations of the marketing and prescribing of OxyContin; IBM’s efforts to harness artificial intelligence to cure cancer, which, Stat found, fell short of the hype; and how groupthink may have stymied an Alzheimer’s cure. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus | The medical news site that saw the COVID-19 coming months ago