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South Korea will begin exporting coronavirus tests to the US. American regulators granted three unnamed companies permission to deliver the devices, as South Korea has ramped its production up to 350,000 tests per day.Agence France-Presse
Coronavirus kicked off a mad scramble for 100-ounce bars of gold. As the price of gold futures fluctuates erratically, traders have been left with the odd task of actually finding and shipping physical bars of gold in the midst of a pandemic to fulfill their contracts.finance.yahoo.com
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The biggest shifts in fashion have not come from runway trends but from historical events that disrupt society. The French Revolution killed hoop petticoats. World War II gave us more pants. Beyond face masks, how do you think coronavirus is going to change fashion?Quartz
I was fully ready to make a joke about my wardrobe shifting to sweatpants and the occasional ball gown for funsies, but this take from Marc Bain is really smart—we can likely expect that trends will go back to minimalism when we come back to seeing each other.
US-China tensions could be robbing the world of scientific progress. A string of government investigations into scientists with ties to China is threatening global transparency and collaboration on research, including work for a Covid-19 cure.Quartz
The crisis proves the internet should be a public utility. In the 21st century, the internet is a basic necessity, like running water, gas, and electricity. Those without a connection right now may not be able to work, access vital information, or educate their children.Quartz
Imagine if you had no internet access and had to deal with these wild times offline. While some internet service providers are stepping up in the face of coronavirus and relaxing their rules to ensure that more people without service can get it now, their charitable actions only show that such an essential
Imagine if you had no internet access and had to deal with these wild times offline. While some internet service providers are stepping up in the face of coronavirus and relaxing their rules to ensure that more people without service can get it now, their charitable actions only show that such an essential service should be a public utility.
Genpact’s response to coronavirus is a lesson in what not to do during a pandemic. The firm allegedly forced its employees to come to work, even promising Rs1,000 ($13) per day, besides free food and tea, if they showed up.Quartz
One couple adapted when coronavirus scrambled their wedding plans. They planned to elope to Iceland. Then they thought they'd have a small ceremony at city hall. Instead, they staged a wedding via a Zoom call.Quartz
Daniel Wolfe describes in loving detail the surreal experience of watching two of your best friends take their vows via a videoconference. It’s a touching reminder that even in a time of isolation and social distancing, you can always find a way to stay connected to your loved ones.
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Learning from the last crisis. We’re still coming to grips with everything in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed by the US Congress. At least compared to the 2008 bailout of banks and automakers in the financial crisis, the government has picked up a few lessons. The Wall Street Journal outlines how the rescue avoids past mistakes by going big from the outset, targeting aid to workers, and imposing stricter rules on companies. Now we just have to find all the new mistakes. —Tim Fernholz, senior reporterThe Wall Street Journal
How the pandemic will end. The Atlantic’s Ed Yong offers up tough truths that preserve in amber the uncertainties and realities of this strange moment. Though the onset of this crisis may have seemed fast, particularly in the US, pulling ourselves out of it will likely be anything but. Americans are reminded of the sobering fact that our system has failed in most of the ways that count, shattering the illusion of our superiority. —Alexandra Ossola, special projects editorThe Atlantic
There are problems in housing, too. Americans collectively hold over $100 trillion in wealth, much of which is in the form of homeownership. So any economic shock—including the current one—that causes people to not pay their mortgages can lead to a new financial crisis. For Bloomberg, Matt Levine explains what lessons the Federal Reserve learned from the last housing crisis, and what’s different about this time. —Max Lockie, deputy news editorBloomberg
We know little about the virosphere. Yes, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 has already been identified, genetically sequenced, and given a name (SARS-CoV-2). But don’t let that fool you: For all our scientific progress, we remain woefully ignorant about the many, many viruses out there, as Carl Zimmer explains in the New York Times. Consider: There are fewer than 7,000 named species of virus, but possibly trillions waiting to be found. —Steve Mollman, weekend editorThe New York Times
We’re obsessed with skeuomorphs
Skeuomorphs are visual throwbacks. You’ve seen them in your online "shopping cart," or if you've dragged a file to your computer’s recycle bin. In digital design, the term refers to icons that hearken back to what was once a necessary physical feature. But now, skeuomorphism itself is becoming obsolete.Quartz
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