Month: March 2020

In a Surprise Move, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Is Considering Dipping Into Its $3.6 Billion Endowment to Cover Costs

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is extending staff pay until May 2—a cost that could be covered by the museum’s endowment. Forecasting a budget shortfall of as much as $100 million, the Met is looking into taking the unprecedented...

/ March 31, 2020
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Antibody tests: to get a grip on coronavirus, we need to know who’s already had it

With much of society now effectively in lockdown, how will we know when it’s safe to resume something like normality? It will largely depend on being able to say who is safe from contracting the coronavirus, officially named SARS-CoV-2, which...

/ March 31, 2020
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23 Approved Cryptocurrency Exchanges in Japan — Number Rises Despite Pandemic

Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, Japan continues to approve more cryptocurrency exchanges to legally operate in the country. The latest one was approved on Monday, bringing the total number of legal crypto exchanges in Japan to 23. Also read: 2x...

/ March 31, 2020
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Coronavirus is a wake-up call: our war with the environment is leading to pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world is a crisis of our own making. That’s the message from infectious disease and environmental health experts, and from those in planetary health – an emerging field connecting human health, civilisation and the...

/ March 30, 2020
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Anatomy of a heatwave: how Antarctica recorded a 20.75°C day last month

While the world rightfully focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic, the planet is still warming. This summer’s Antarctic weather, as elsewhere in the world, was unprecedented in the observed record. Our research, published today in Global Change Biology, describes the recent...

/ March 30, 2020
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Editors’ Picks: 11 Things Not to Miss in the Virtual Art World This Week

Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. We are currently highlighting events and exhibitions available digitally. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all EST unless otherwise...

/ March 30, 2020
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IMF Declares Global Recession, 80 Countries Request Help, Trillions of Dollars Needed

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has declared that we have entered a global recession — one that is as bad as or worse than the previous global financial crisis. 80 countries have already requested emergency assistance from the IMF. Meanwhile,...

/ March 30, 2020
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The government’s coronavirus mobile app is a solid effort, but it could do even better

ShutterstockThe Australian government has launched an app offering up-to-date advice and information on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Australia app, available on the Apple App Store and Google Play, was released alongside a new WhatsApp messaging feature. As this pandemic...

/ March 30, 2020
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Street Artists Around the World Are Spreading an Urgent Message: Stay Home. See Their Works (From Your Couch) Here

As countries around the world enter lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, street artists everywhere are responding, bringing a dose of humor—and urgent messaging—to a weary public. In Miami, Jules Muck painted a cautionary mural of Anna Nicole...

/ March 30, 2020
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COVID-19 – We’re Fighting a War, But There’s Hope

Stay safe out there! In this episode we learn about covid-19 (otherwise known as the coronavirus), along with some emerging treatments including the controversial chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine drugs. --- About ColdFusion --- ColdFusion is an Australian based online media company...

/ March 29, 2020
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The Economy of Cuba

Cuba. This picturesque nation between the gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean is home to possibly the most bizarre economy in the world. #cuba #economics #cubanomics ⭐️ Want to see more vids just like this? Support Economics Explained on Patreon!...

/ March 29, 2020
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Microsoft Patents New Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data

Microsoft has patented a cryptocurrency mining system that leverages human activities, including brain waves and body heat, when performing online tasks such as using search engines, chatbots, and reading ads. “A user can solve the computationally difficult problem unconsciously,” the...

/ March 29, 2020
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Major South Korean Bank Prepares to Launch Crypto Services as Government Green-Lights Regulation

Following the approval of a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies by the South Korean government, one of the largest banks in the country is preparing to launch a range of crypto services. KB Kookmin Bank has applied for trademark registration, reportedly...

/ March 28, 2020
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In a Dramatic About-Face, the Kunstmuseum Basel Will Compensate the Heirs of a Jewish Collector for Disputed Works in Its Collection

The Kunstmuseum Basel has had a change of heart. The Swiss museum had long defended its decision to purchase some 200 works on paper owned by Jewish collector Curt Glaser at a Berlin auction in 1933. Now, 12 years after...

/ March 27, 2020
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New York City Is Empty, But Street Artists Are Still Working. Here’s How They’re Adapting Their Methods for Our Time

Like cities across the world, New York City has largely shut down, with the government ordering residents to practice social distance and cease all non-essential business. But over the past few weeks, a handful of intrepid street artists still went out...

/ March 27, 2020
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Coronavirus Relief: Cryptocurrency Aid Programs Launched to Combat Covid-19 Outbreak

Cryptocurrencies are being used to help fight the global coronavirus pandemic. Crypto companies are doing their part to provide coronavirus aid to countries, hospitals, and people suffering from covid-19. A coronavirus relief campaign, a Red Cross bitcoin fundraiser, and an...

/ March 27, 2020
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Tracking your location and targeted texts: how sharing your data could help in New Zealand’s level 4 lockdown

New Zealand and much of the world is now under an unprecedented lockdown. Public health experts say this is the best way to suppress the spread of the virus. But how long will such a lockdown be socially sustainable? As...

/ March 27, 2020
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MyGov’s ill-timed meltdown could have been avoided with ‘elastic computing’

DAN PELED/AAPThese past few weeks have shown the brittleness of Australia’s online systems. It’s not surprising the federal government’s traditionally slow-moving IT systems are buckling under the pressure. On Sunday, the federal government announced it would double unemployment benefits as...

/ March 27, 2020
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Privacy vs pandemic: government tracking of mobile phones could be a potent weapon against COVID-19

Borders, beaches, pubs and churches are closed, large events are cancelled, and travellers are subject to 14 days’ isolation – all at significant cost to taxpayers and the economy. But could telecommunications technology offer a more targeted approach to controlling...

/ March 27, 2020
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I studied what happens to reef fish after coral bleaching. What I saw still makes me nauseous

Victor Huertas, Author providedThe Great Barrier Reef is suffering its third mass bleaching event in five years. It follows the record-breaking mass bleaching event in 2016 that killed a third of Great Barrier Reef corals, immediately followed by another in...

/ March 27, 2020