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A new FDA-authorized COVID-19 test doesn’t need a lab and can produce results in just 5 minutes

March 29th, 2020 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

There’s a new COVID-19 test from healthcare technology maker Abbott that looks to be the fastest yet in terms of producing results, and that can do so on the spot right at point-of-care, without requiring a round trip to a lab. This test for the novel coronavirus causing the current global pandemic has received emergency […]

Instacart is hiring 300,000 grocery shoppers

March 29th, 2020 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

The company will provide with paid sick leave in case they’re diagnosed with COVID-19. Instacart plans to hire an additional 300,000 “full-service” contractors to help it deliver groceries to people during the coronavirus pandemic. With so many individuals and families stuck inside as a result of social distancing measures and shelter in place orders in […]

The coronavirus isn’t alive. That’s why it’s so hard to kill.

March 28th, 2020 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

This novel coronavirus is a sneaky variety similar to those that have been responsible for the most destructive outbreaks of the last 100 years. Viruses have spent billions of years perfecting the art of surviving without living – a frighteningly effective strategy that makes them a potent threat in today’s world. That’s especially true of […]

What should the government spend to save a life?

March 28th, 2020 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Economists have a way of measuring the cost of protecting people from COVID-19. Economists have done the math. The staggering economic toll of the new coronavirus is becoming abundantly, unavoidably clear. On Thursday, a Department of Labor report showed that a record-shattering 3.3 million people applied for initial unemployment claims last week. And with entire […]

Man “walks” dog with a drone while in quarantine

March 28th, 2020 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

This is some next level problem solving As preventative measures against COVID-19 are increasing around the world, more and more folks are staying inside. This is especially fantastic news for pets. They have no idea what’s going on, but suddenly their humans are home all the friggin’ time. Literally pet heaven. However, stricter lockdown rules […]

For the first time, Uber drivers and other gig workers qualify for unemployment insurance as part of the Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill

March 27th, 2020 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

A protester outside Uber’s office in Massachusetts. The Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus economic bailout bill includes help for gig-economy workers, like Uber and Lyft drivers, who have seen their livelihood dissolve during the coronavirus crisis. For the first time, these workers would qualify for unemployment insurance. They would also qualify for the additional four months […]

Coronavirus pandemic could prove ‘tipping point’ for robots looking after humans, scientists and experts say

March 27th, 2020 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

A hotel in China used a robot to deliver food to people in coronavirus quarantine ( XHN ) Robotics experts say AI and machines could save lives by performing the ‘dull, dirty and dangerous’ jobs The development of robots to save lives and reduce human exposure to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak could lead to a […]

The rich are scrambling to escape COVID-19 on private jets

March 26th, 2020 at 10:59 am » Comments Off

As air travel becomes more restrictive around the globe, the ultra-wealthy are becoming more desperate to get to where they want to be for the crisis. Small countries are taking extreme measures to halt international travel in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Those accustomed to private jet travel are used to demanding […]

Once the pandemic is over, we will return to a very different airline industry

March 26th, 2020 at 10:55 am » Comments Off

The airline industry will wear the scars of the coronavirus pandemic for a very long time.  On Thursday, Qantas announced it was grounding its entire international fleet. American Airlines suspended three quarters of its long haul international flights on Monday. Significant demand shocks aren’t new to the airline industry. In this century alone it has […]

As coronavirus forces millions to work remotely, the US economy may have reached a ‘tipping point’ in favor of working from home

March 25th, 2020 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

Companies are enabling remote work to keep business running while helping employees follow social distancing guidelines. A typical company saves about $11,000 per half-time telecommuter per year, according to Global Workplace Analytics. As companies adapt to their remote work structures, the coronavirus pandemic is having a lasting impact on how work is conducted. With the […]

Amazon looking to buy four Fairway stores amid coronavirus chaos

March 25th, 2020 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

The Woodland Park, New Jersey Fairway Market (pictured) is one the locations Amazon is targeting. Amazon is on the prowl once again — and this time it’s eyeing a handful of supermarkets owned by New York City grocer Fairway Market, The Post has learned. The tech juggernaut run by Jeff Bezos is bidding on four […]

Elon Musk has made 250,000 scarce N-95 masks. Sending them out tomorrow

March 23rd, 2020 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

Elon Musk has shifted his work and is making ventilators and N95 masks at a time when they are in greatest need in the fight against Covid-19. Ventilators are needed, but the N95 masks are in short supply and desperately needed by health care workers all over the country. In fact, the lack of N95 […]

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