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Italy Considers Permits For Undocumented Migrants To Fill A Big Farmworker Gap

The country faces a shortfall of up to 350,000 laborers just when it is bracing for deep economic impacts from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson And Fiancée Carrie Symonds Announce Birth Of Son

Mother and baby are doing "very well," according to a spokesperson for the couple. Johnson returned to work Monday after being treated for COVID-19.

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A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 11:00
A bot created by Facebook aims to make conversation with people more natural, though it also could enable better fakes.
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Irrfan Khan Dies; Indian Actor Appeared In Crossover Hit 'Slumdog Millionaire'

The versatile actor vaulted to international stardom after playing a police inspector in the 2008 film. Khan, 54, was adored in India despite not being a Bollywood heartthrob.

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DeVos To Use Coronavirus Relief Funds For Home Schooling 'Microgrants'

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a longtime advocate of alternatives to public schools, including home schooling. The secretary has also created a grant for work-based learning programs.

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Colorado City Employee Donates Stimulus Check To 3 Local Charities

Scott Severs and his wife Julie Bartlett have been able to pay their mortgage and they have a healthy emergency fund. So he donated his federal rescue check, though he acknowledges not everyone can.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Scott Severs)

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The Covid-19 Tracker

STAT News: “As the virus that causes Covid-19 spreads worldwide, this dashboard offers a snapshot of the crisis right now. Click on a country name to get a more detailed geographic breakdown at the state, province, or county level. Please note that because of limited testing capacity in some areas, the actual number of cases is believed to be higher. The datasets are drawn from over 15 sources and can be reviewed here. In some cases, data on hospitalizations were not available. This dashboard was produced through a partnership between STAT and Applied XL, a Newlab Venture Studio company. This tool will be updated with new datasets in the future, based on additional reporting and reader input. You can participate by sharing your ideas. What kind of data should we explore next? Let us know.” [In the past two days, the U.S. had a total of over 2,500 coronavirus deaths…]

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Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 10:00
The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with NASA's Mars Perseverance rover, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020.
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6 Best Board Games You Can Play With Friends Over Zoom (Video Chat)

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 10:00
Don't let the Covid-19 quarantine turn you into a hermit. Video chat with some friends and play a game together.
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Commuting In A Pandemic: These Health Workers Are Trekking And Canoeing

And a canoe is not the best option when the paddler can't swim. Here's how doctors and nurses are getting to work in Uganda after the government clampdown on traffic to slow the spread of COVID-19.

(Image credit: Maria Nakalanda; Edward Arineitwe; Charles Batte)

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What Great Zombie Movies Say About This 'Zombie' 'Apocalypse'

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 09:00
Together, they teach us one crucial thing: You are not a zombie—yet.
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What Singapore Can Tell the World About Personal Liberty

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 09:00
In a state of emergency, more than a few of us will find ourselves cutting deals with god, the devil, or the government alike.
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Amazon Smart Oven Review: Don’t Let It Anywhere Near Your Kitchen

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 09:00
Connected kitchen gadgets are supposed to streamline cooking, but this one just gave me a headache.
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The US Supreme Court Rules That Laws Can’t Be Paywalled

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 08:00
The ruling over Georgia's official law code sets an important precedent that will help secure the right to publish other legally significant public documents.
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Best Bar Accessories (2020): Shakers, Strainers, Juicers, and More

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 08:00
Crafting a good cocktail is a game of milliliters (and great technique). It helps to have the right bar equipment to make a winner.
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Physicists Clear the Air With a Sweet Frickin' Laser Beam

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 08:00
Fast laser pulses produce a shock wave in air that pushes water vapor aside. That clears channels in clouds for transmitting optical data from satellites.
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Planes Are Still Flying, but Covid-19 Recovery Will Be Tough

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 07:00
Air travel is down more than 90 percent from last year, and analysts say the rebound will be slower than following 9/11 or the financial crisis.
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Stewart Brand Is 81—and He Doesn’t Want to Go on a Ventilator

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 07:00
The legendary thinker and founder of the *Whole Earth Catalog* raised a public conversation about end-of-life care during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Microbe Mappers Are Tracking Covid-19's Invisible Traces

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 07:00
Armies of microbiologists are swabbing subways, ATMs, and hospitals in search of the novel coronavirus. Their data could help cities reopen responsibly.
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'Tip Of The Iceberg': Economy Likely Shrank, But Worst To Come

New numbers due out Wednesday are expected to show GDP contracted as the coronavirus lockdown began. It would be the first quarterly drop in six years and a precursor to a deep recession.

(Image credit: Nam Y. Huh/AP)

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