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A Staggering Toll: 30 Million Have Filed For Unemployment

Another 3.8 million people filed claims for unemployment last week, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to weigh on the U.S. job market. That brought the total for the past 6 weeks to 30.3 million.

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Moxie Is the Robot Pal You Dreamed of as a Kid

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 08:00
Four years ago, Paolo Pirjanian set out to “reinvent” companion robots. Now he’s ready for the world to meet his creation.
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The Kids of 'Teenager Therapy' Just Want You to #Feel

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 08:00
In the desert of ignored teen emotions, five high school podcasters have become a go-to resource on everything from dating to depression.
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Trek Checkpoint SL 7: The Next High-Tech Gravel Racer

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 08:00
An advanced frame design and a wireless drivetrain put this bike at the top of the list for any cyclist who loves adventure riding or racing.
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In Forecasting Hurricane Dorian, Models Fell Short

When Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas last year, it was the strongest ever to devastate the Caribbean country. Now, meteorologists are trying to learn why some of their forecast models fell short.

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3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 07:00
Companies are blasting us with free trial offers while we’re stuck at home. That’s a good thing—until the bills show up.
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The Cubicle Is Back. Blame (or Thank) the Coronavirus

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 07:00
As businesses reopen, social distancing rules will lead to new partitions between workspaces, reminiscent of the fabric-clad dividers of the 1980s.
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Shining a Light on Dark Matter

NASA Image of the Day - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 06:48
Dark matter, although invisible, makes up most of the universe’s mass and creates its underlying structure.
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South Korea Reports No New Domestic Coronavirus Cases

The country, which saw infections ramp up quickly in February, has seen them trend down for weeks. In a milestone on Thursday, officials reported just four new cases, all imported.

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27 Days in Tokyo Bay: What Happened on the Diamond Princess

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/30/2020 - 06:00
The cruise ship captivated the world as it docked in Yokohama, harboring Covid-19—and 3,711 people who became subjects in a life-and-death quarantine experiment.
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Biden Announces Vice Presidential Search Committee

Former Vice President Joe Biden has kicked off the next phase of his campaign, appointing former and current Democratic officials to help him pick a running mate. Biden has said he'll choose a woman.

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Civilian Mariners Say Strict Navy Coronavirus Restrictions Are Unfair

The Navy has imposed strict rules on a small branch of civilian mariners. They're locked down on their ships and say it's an overreaction — and they're suing.

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A Next-Generation Coronavirus Test Raises Hopes And Concerns

An antigen test could be quick, and much simpler and cheaper than the PCR tests now used to spot people infected with the novel coronavirus. But some scientists worry about an antigen test's accuracy.

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Virus Outbreak Poses Political Challenge For Republican In Key Senate Race

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) is seeking re-election and has allied himself with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to support the state's stay-at-home order even as many Republicans want to see the state reopen.

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Tell Us: What Will Your New 'Normal' Look Like?

As states consider gradually loosening stay-at-home orders, tell us what you plan to do. Our reporters may contact you for a story featured on NPR.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Complicates Getting Groceries With SNAP

Most SNAP benefit recipients need to shop in person— a problem for those at high risk for COVID-19

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Calif. Governor Expected To Order Closure Of All Beaches And State Parks

After large crowds cooled off along the shoreline last weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom warned that type of behavior would put the state's progress battling the coronavirus in jeopardy.

(Image credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

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Los Angeles City And County Offer Free Coronavirus Testing To All Residents

The announcement by Mayor Eric Garcetti makes L.A. the first major city to offer free testing to all its residents. It came as county health officials reported another 1,541 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

(Image credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

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CDC Guide – Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

“…CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance…” The site provides tutorials on how to make several versions of sew and no-sew masks with readily available fabric…”

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British Museum offers 1.9 million photos of its collection available for free online

“Get closer to the British Museum’s collection and immerse yourself in two million years of history, across six continents. Collection online has been completely redeveloped, making it much easier to find what you want. It allows access to almost four and a half million objects in more than two million records. The search is more intuitive and now offers suggestions as you type. High definition images can be enlarged and examined in detail which will enable you to view the incredible workmanship on the Royal Game of Ur, the intricate carving on this African hunting horn, the amazingly preserved deerskin map from North America, or this delightful drawing by Raphael of an old man’s head – just a few of the thousands of highlights to discover.  Enjoy exploring the collection – from some of the earliest objects created by humankind to works by contemporary artists. Or choose from the curated collections below, which reveal the fascinating stories that transcend time…The majority of the 1.9 million object images are available for anyone to use for free under a Creative Commons 4.0 license. Users no longer need to register to use these photographs, and can now download them directly to their devices, making it easier and quicker to access them for non-commercial activities such as sharing on social media…”

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