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When Returning To Your Job Means A Cut In Pay

For more than two out of three unemployed workers, jobless benefits exceed their old pay, researchers say. That can raise awkward questions for workers, bosses and policymakers.

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High in the Alps, Giant Blankets Slow a Glacier's Ice Melt

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 10:00
Despite preservationists' best efforts, the Rhône Glacier may not have long.
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Virgin Orbit’s Air-Launched Rocket Failed Its First Test

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 09:48
LauncherOne failed a few seconds into its first flight. But that’s OK—the only two US rocket startups that made it to orbit failed their first attempts, too.
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New York Stock Exchange Reopens Trading Floor After 2-Month Closure

Traders are wearing masks and must undergo a health screening before entering the New York Stock Exchange, which shifted to electronic trading in March because of COVID-19.

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8 Best Cheap Laptops For 2020: Our Picks for $700 or Less

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 09:00
We tested lots of affordable Windows laptops, Chromebooks, and 2-in-1 tablets. You don't have to spend a fortune to get a good notebook.
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This Citizen Science Gig Pays People to Match Space Photos

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 09:00
Astronomers at the Hubble Image Similarity Project are employing their out-of-work neighbors to help them train a neural net to recognize celestial objects.
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7 Best Gaming Headsets for PS4, Xbox, PC, and Switch

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 08:00
We picked the best gaming headsets for every budget and gaming system—PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC, Mac, and mobile.
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How an Immunology Blog Became a Covid-19 Guide to Going Out

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 08:00
With lockdowns ending, people have a lot of questions about how to calculate the risks of returning to everyday activities. Erin Bromage has answers.
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Covid-19 Flares Up in America's Polluted ‘Sacrifice Zones’

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 07:00
Researchers find that areas with high levels of airborne dust or toxic chemicals also have more deaths from the coronavirus.
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Trump's New Intelligence Chief Spells Trouble

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 07:00
John Ratcliffe is the least-qualified director of national intelligence in history—and a staunch partisan as well.
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VIDEO: Virus Hunters Seek To Solve The Mystery Of Coronavirus Origins

Evidence points to wildlife as the starting point. But it could take years to pinpoint the source.

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How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 06:00
The occasion will mark the first time a private company blasts NASA astronauts into space. Here's everything you need to know.
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Behind The Scenes, Presidential Transition Planning Is Underway

In recent years, Congress has approved laws formalizing the transition process and ensuring there is buy-in from the two major candidates, even at this stage of the campaign.

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Pandemic Puts A Crimp On Voter Registration, Potentially Altering Electorate

Most places where Americans usually register to vote have been closed since March. It's led to a big drop in new registrations right before an election that was expected to see record turnout.

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As COVID-19 Cuts Deadly Path Through Indiana Prisons, Inmates Say Symptoms Ignored

Prisoners and their relatives have contradicted state officials about the conditions and medical care inside Indiana prisons. Some say didn't learn an imprisoned relative had COVID-19 until he died.

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The Pandemic Is Driving America's Schools Toward A Financial Meltdown

With state income and sales tax revenues crashing, one expert predicts, "We're about to see a school funding crisis unlike anything we have ever seen in modern history."

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Leroy Chiao Makes a Bubble in Space

NASA Image of the Day - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 03:20
In this iconic image, Staion Commander Leroy Chiao of NASA watches a water bubble float between him and the camera.
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California Houses Of Worship, In-Store Retailers May Reopen

The new guidelines stipulate religious centers must limit attendance to 100 persons or 25% of the building's capacity, whichever is lower. They also recommend against singing and group recitation.

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Stockholm Won't Reach Herd Immunity In May, Sweden's Chief Epidemiologist Says

Sweden's controversial strategy has become a rallying cry of anti-lockdown protesters in the U.S. But not even the official behind the country's coronavirus approach is sure it was the right call.

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WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial Over Safety Concerns

The WHO cited a scientific study published last week suggesting that proposed COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroqine may do more harm than good in halting its study to review data.

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