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'Microplastic Hot Spots' Are Tainting Deep-Sea Ecosystems

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 14:00
Scientists found 2 million microplastic particles in a square meter of sediment, as currents drag debris into seafloor versions of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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'A Community Of Desperation' Finding Sympathy And Solidarity In Dorothea Lange

The American photographer intimately documented the upheavals of the Great Depression. Now, amid the upheavals of the coronavirus, Lange's portraits of humanity and adversity still have a lot to say.

(Image credit: Dorothea Lange/Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York)

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A Mexican 'Lucha Libre' Wrestler Is Sewing Masks To Fight Coronavirus

Hijo del Soberano was already designing lucha libre costumes on the side. Since his wrestling venue shut amid Mexico's lockdown, he's turned to making masks. "I just altered my skills a bit," he says.

(Image credit: Jam Media/Getty Images)

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How The CARES Act Became A Tax-Break Bonanza For The Rich, Explained

New York Times reporter Jesse Drucker says the economic relief package is full of provisions aimed at big companies and wealthy individuals — some of whom may not have been impacted by the pandemic.

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Google Meet premium video meetings—free for everyone

Google Blog: “Today, we’re making Google Meet, our premium video conferencing product, free for everyone, with availability rolling out over the coming weeks. We’ve invested years in making Meet a secure and reliable video conferencing solution that’s trusted by schools, governments and enterprises around the world, and in recent months we’ve accelerated the release of top-requested features to make it even more helpful. Starting in early May, anyone with an email address can sign up for Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to our business and education users, such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including an expanded tiled view.  It’s important that everyone who uses Meet has a secure and reliable experience from the start, so beginning next week, we’ll be gradually expanding its availability to more and more people over the following weeks. This means you might not be able to create meetings at meet.google.com right away, but you can sign up to be notified when it’s available….”

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Predicted To Fall Nearly 8% — Largest Decrease Ever

Global energy demand, particularly for coal, is falling sharply this year, the International Energy Agency says. The drop is due to weather patterns and COVID-19 shutdowns.

(Image credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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Academically Speaking, the ‘COVID Slide’ Could Be a Lot Worse Than You Think

Education Week:  “Education leaders are already bracing for a worse “summer slide” this year for students whose schools were shut down to curb the spread of coronavirus. But new research suggests the so-called coronavirus or “COVID slide” is going to be significantly worse. In one study out April 9 2020, Beth Tarasawa and Megan Kuhfeld, reasearchers for NWEA, the Northwest Evaluation Association, analyzed student achievement and growth data from more than 5 million students in grades 3-8 who participated in NWEA’s widely used MAP-Growth test in 2017-18. The researchers used the data to project growth trajectories for the students under two scenarios: a “melt,” in which students basically gained no ground during the school closures; and a “slide,” in which students lost ground academically during the closures at rates similar to those seen over the long summer break. The researchers did not include potential effects of direct instruction during the school closures, which they set as running from March 15 until next fall. With the projections, the NWEA researchers hope to do for education what an Imperial College, London, study did for coronavirus infections: show the potential severity of the consequences if people do not act to mitigate the threat. Prior research on summer learning loss has found students can lose somewhere from two weeks to two months of academic growth over the summer. But NWEA’s projections suggest learning loss related to these closures would be anything but typical: If students return to school campuses in the fall without continuity of instruction during the closures, they could have retained only about 70 percent of their reading progress, compared to a normal year…”

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Early Remdesivir Data for Covid-19 Is Finally Here

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:09
Preliminary findings from a major clinical trial of the antiviral drug indicates it speeds recovery time for some patients. But much more testing lies ahead.
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The Dire Diplomacy of the Global 'Race for a Vaccine'

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 10:41
Stopping this pandemic will depend on scientists' ability to form  partnerships across borders. President Trump has only made us weaker at this game.
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AMC Theatres Splits With Universal After 'Trolls World Tour' VOD Release

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 10:37
Meanwhile, Netflix is making a short about social distancing. 
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'We Will Not Give Up': Marking 3 Months Since Coronavirus Became A Global Emergency

The World Health Organization declared the virus a global health emergency at the end of January. Since then, millions across the world have taken sick — but glimmers of hope have emerged, too.

(Image credit: Carl de Souza/AFP via Getty Images)

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Mumbai's Historic Ramadan Food Bazaar Closes For The First Time — Due To Coronavirus

The famous food stalls and shops on Mumbai's Mohammed Ali Road are closed during India's lockdown. "This is the first time I'm seeing Mohammed Ali Road come to a standstill," says a restaurant owner.

(Image credit: Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Jaguar Envisions Car Design for a Post-Pandemic World

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 10:00
Julian Thomson, the automaker's director of design, shares his predictions for what drivers can look forward to.
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An Online Exhibition Celebrates Photography's Rising Stars

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 10:00
The Circulation(s) Festival, which showcases the field's most promising up-and-comers, is staging an exhibition entirely on social media.
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The Coronavirus Disease 2019 Simulator

“The Coronavirus Disease 2019 Simulator (COVID-19 Simulator) is a tool to help policy makers decide how to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The tool evaluates the impact of different social-distancing interventions (by varying their intensity and timing) on reduction in the spread of coronavirus in 50 states and District of Columbia. The information presented can help policymakers understand consequences such as the rate of new cases, potential strain on the healthcare system, and projected deaths. The COVID-19 Simulator combines infectious disease modeling and statistical modeling to simulate the trajectory of COVID-19 at the state level from March 15, 2020 to August 31, 2020 in the United States. Utilizing the most recent reported data for each state, the COVID-19 Simulator considers state-specific disease spread dynamics…”

Categories: Law and Legal

The Weird Partisan Math of Vote-By-Mail 

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 09:41
Research says that expanding mail-in voting doesn’t help Democrats. So why are Republicans so afraid of it?  
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Forget the Techlash. The Lawlash Is Long Overdue

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 09:00
If we look closer, we may realize it’s not really the “tech” we’re upset about.
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Naked and Unafraid to Exercise in Virtual Reality

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 09:00
Get over yourself and try VR workouts already. It’s private, liberating, and doesn’t require gym shorts.
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Motorola Edge Plus Review: 2-Day Battery (And Some Quirks)

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 09:00
Motorola's first flagship in years is fantastic in many ways, but has a lot of quirks for a $1,000 phone.
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Covid Is Pushing Startups to Execute Long-Term Plans ASAP

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 09:00
WIRED editor in chief Nicholas Thompson talks to DoorDash CEO Tony Xu about how delivery services are adapting their operations over a matter of weeks—even days.
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