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Cigarette smoking makes comeback during Coronavirus Pandemic

August 6th, 2020 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

Marlboro maker Altria says stimulus checks and e-cigarette restrictions are driving sales of traditional cigarettes  Americans are smoking more during the coronavirus pandemic because they are spending less on travel and entertainment and have more opportunities to light up. They are also switching back to traditional cigarettes from vaping devices in the wake of federal […]

Meet the teenage ‘beauty boys’ coming for the cosmetics industry

August 2nd, 2020 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Gen-Z boys online are chipping away at the taboo against men wearing makeup – with or without the makeup industry’s help In March of 2019, 17-year-old Elliot Ceretti walked into his local convenience store with a couple of friends. He had been re-watching the 10th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and one of the show’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Send your ashes into orbit for a funeral in space

July 14th, 2020 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Services such as Celestis and Aura Flights send remains to the skies in an epic final journey. Even in the freezing cold, Steven Schnider would often drag his wife Christine outside to look up at the night sky. He’d point out everything from planets to comets to satellites he’d tracked down using an app called […]

How virtual reality overcame its ‘puke problem’

July 14th, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

For years, VR devices caused motion sickness – known as the “barfogenic zone”. Have engineers finally solved it, asks Colin Barras, or just replaced it with a different kind of queasiness? Back in the early 1990s, virtual reality was poised to revolutionise gaming. Games giant Sega, makers of the hugely popular Genesis console, had just […]

Six experts on how we’ll live, work, and play in cities after COVID-19

July 13th, 2020 at 4:57 pm » Comments Off

Architects and urban planners from Gensler, Harvard, and Bloomberg Associates explain the changes coming to our shared spaces. For Fast Company’s Shape of Tomorrow series, we’re asking business leaders to share their inside perspective on how the COVID-19 era is transforming their industries. Here’s what’s been lost—and what could be gained—in the new world order. […]

How many people are actually fleeing to the suburbs permanently?

July 11th, 2020 at 12:49 am » Comments Off

  You’ve seen the headlines: “Coronavirus Escape: To the Suburbs” in the New York Times, “Coronavirus: Americans flee cities for the suburbs” in USA Today, “Will the Coronavirus Make the Suburbs Popular Again?” in Architectural Digest. The coronavirus pandemic’s stay-at-home orders have residents of dense urban areas like New York City pondering a permanent move […]

Coronavirus responses highlight how humans have evolved to dismiss facts that don’t fit their worldview

July 9th, 2020 at 2:08 pm » Comments Off

Science denialism is not just a simple matter of logic or ignorance Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s ineffective pandemic response on an American “anti-science bias.” He called this bias “inconceivable,” because “science is truth.” Fauci compared those discounting the importance […]

Coronavirus has turned America into a nation of savers. But how long will it last?

July 8th, 2020 at 3:16 pm » Comments Off

With a busy life in Los Angeles, Anna McKitrick has trouble saving. The 25-year-old waitress and aspiring actress estimates she spends $200 a month on coffee, snacks, on-the-go meals, and other purchases she could live without. Now thanks to the coronavirus, McKitrick is stuck in her childhood home in New Jersey, living rent-free for the […]

Americans are actually drinking less during the pandemic

July 4th, 2020 at 8:16 am » Comments Off

  During the coronavirus pandemic, people are drinking less. (Yes, you read that correctly.) While the masses are buying more booze from grocers and liquor stores to drink at home, that hasn’t been enough to fill the gaping hole created by declines in shipments to restaurants, bars and sporting venues that were closed to slow […]

Data fog: Why some countries’ coronavirus numbers do not add up

July 3rd, 2020 at 9:56 pm » Comments Off

Reported numbers of confirmed cases have become fodder for the political gristmill. Here is what non-politicians think.  Have you heard the axiom “In war, truth is the first casualty”? As healthcare providers around the world wage war against the COVID-19 pandemic, national governments have taken to brawling with researchers, the media and each other over […]

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