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Op-ed: Let’s double down on PPP and save America’s endangered small businesses

July 29th, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

KEY POINTS We’re working to pass legislation that does two things: First, make Paycheck Protection Program funds available to eligible businesses through at least the end of this year, and second, authorize a second round of forgivable loans to the businesses most severely impacted by the pandemic. We want to double down on PPP because, […]



Touchless transit payments increased 187% since April: Visa

July 29th, 2020 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

  Visa released new data on Thursday that found contactless transactions for transit fares increased 187% through the end of June, up from an all-time global low in April. The company now works with more than 500 cities globally to implement or expand contactless payment solutions. To further engage in this trend, Visa announced a […]



This is what chief economists think about the global economy right now

July 29th, 2020 at 12:02 pm » Comments Off

Successfully rebuilding the economy will be about far more than growth. The World Economic Forum’s latest Chief Economists Outlook asks 40 chief economists for their views on the post-pandemic recovery. It identifies three key emerging challenges facing governments and business leaders. The crisis has made inequality worse – but it also provides unique opportunities to […]



How COVID-19 ended the Information Era and ushered in the Age of Insight

July 28th, 2020 at 8:35 am » Comments Off

Tech companies will play a crucial role in making the next wave of progress a reality. The COVID-19 crisis was the catalyst for rapid change and brought with it the opportunity to accelerate towards a brighter future; A new era that is defined by insights and discoveries that benefit all of society has arrived; Technology […]



If COVID Fatalities Were 90.2% Lower, How Would You Feel About Schools Reopening?

July 27th, 2020 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

According to the CDC, 101 children age 0 to 14 have died from influenza, while 31 children have died from COVID-19. No evidence exists to support the theory that children pose a threat to educational professionals in a school or classroom setting, but there is a great deal of evidence to support the safety of […]



Elon Musk advocates for universal basic income instead of second stimulus check

July 26th, 2020 at 1:57 pm » Comments Off

Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants his followers to know he still supports universal basic income, even though he thinks another coronavirus stimulus package from the U.S. government is a bad idea. In a Twitter thread published early Friday morning, Musk tweeted that any additional stimulus package from Congress is “not in the best interests of […]



NSA says Russian hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research

July 25th, 2020 at 11:11 pm » Comments Off

Russian hackers are trying to steal research on COVID-19 vaccines, according to intelligence services in the US, UK and Canada, The National Security Agency (NSA) said a group that has been linked to Russian intelligence has targeted health care organizations in the three countries.  The group — which is known as APT29, Cozy Bear or […]



What should we do with 45,000 half-empty public buildings?

July 22nd, 2020 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Could underutilized government offices, empty parking lots, or shuttered public schools help solve your community’s shortage of affordable housing or senior care facilities? Research suggests that it’s entirely possible. The U.S. government alone owns an estimated 45,000 underused or underutilized buildings, plus abundant surplus land. And, as a result of the current pandemic, organizations across […]



The role of cognitive dissonance in the pandemic

July 21st, 2020 at 2:28 pm » Comments Off

The minute we make any decision—I think COVID-19 is serious; no, I’m sure it is a hoax—we begin to justify the wisdom of our choice and find reasons to dismiss the alternative. Members of Heaven’s Gate, a religious cult, believed that as the Hale-Bopp comet passed by Earth in 1997, a spaceship would be traveling […]



7 ways Covid-19 has changed what we eat : Sourdough starters, canned soup and more food waste

July 20th, 2020 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

Whether it’s turning to food products that people thought were finished, shopping at unusual times or the fact that selling to supermarkets has resulted in more food waste, not less, there are some surprising outcomes from the pandemic. Here’s a breakdown of the major trends which are having an impact on the food sector.



University of Houston designs device that instantly zaps COVID-19

July 19th, 2020 at 3:04 am » Comments Off

University of Houston has found a way to instantly zap COVID-10. While the world rushes to find a COVID-19 vaccine, scientists from the University of Houston have found a way to trap and kill the virus — instantly. The team has designed a “catch and kill” air filter that can nullify the virus responsible for […]



When we’ll return to these ‘normal’ activities, according to experts

July 17th, 2020 at 2:12 am » Comments Off

Eating this close to a person outside your COVID bubble could be a long way offWictor Karkocha/Unsplash Epidemiologists answer your burning questions. Many Americans are clamoring to get back to normal life, whether the novel coronavirus is gone or not (and it most certainly is not). The banal hallmarks of everyday life—hair cuts! restaurants! physical […]



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