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Americans Are Stress-Buying Baby Chickens To Cope With COVID-19

Chicken hatcheries are traditionally busiest in the weeks preceding Easter, during stock market downturns, and presidential election years. Wikimedia CommonsHatcheries are busiest in the weeks before Easter, during stock market downturns, and presidential election years. The whole world has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic,

A Brief History of the Census—and How Covid-19 Could Change It

The census survived the end of the Roman Republic and the transition to empire, though it receded in importance. Caesar Augustus considered three censuses, in 28 BCE, 8 BCE, and 14 CE, amongst his life’s achievements. The last recorded a count of 4,937,000 people, a

Apple Buys Dark Sky in an Android Worst-Case Scenario

Well, it was fun while it lasted. Dark Sky arrived on Android four years ago this May. On July 1, it will shutter forever, and its website will stop offering forecasts. Eighteen months after that, at the end of 2021, it will pull the plug

The Zoom Privacy Backlash Is Only Getting Started

The popular video conferencing application Zoom has been having a Moment during the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s not all positive. As many people’s professional and social lives move completely online, Zoom use has exploded. But with this boom has come added scrutiny from security and

The Quieter Side of Preparing for Disaster

Dutch photographer Lise Straatsma remembers the exact day that sparked her headlong dive into the world of prepping. It was November 13, 2015, when terrorists launched a string of coordinated attacks throughout Paris that killed 129 people. Straatsma was visiting the city for a photography

Why You Need a Soundbar for Your TV

If there’s one thing a global pandemic is good for, it makes you count your blessings. I’m grateful my family is healthy, and I’m thankful I still have my job. I’m also glad—and it’s a small enough thing—to live in the golden age of streaming.

The Dangers of Moving All of Democracy Online

Governments around the world are struggling to deal with the public health and economic challenges of coronavirus. While many have pointed to how authoritarian regimes exacerbated the pandemic, we’ve so far paid dangerously little attention to coronavirus’s challenge to democracy. In a democracy, citizens need

Now Might Be the Time People Need ASMR Most

Everything is anxiety-inducing and you’re on your own. You’re alone in an apartment as sirens blare outside in a quiet city, and you don’t know if it’s the police responding to a crime scene or an ambulance transporting another patient who may have Covid-19. You’re

Trump Eases the Way for More Gas Guzzlers 

After three years of tumult and revised scientific analyses, the Trump administration Tuesday formally relaxed Obama-era fuel economy rules that aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stall the effects of climate change. Under the new rules, automakers will have to meet less stringent targets

The State of Coronavirus Testing in the US

It’s difficult to know right now exactly how many people in the United States have been tested for Covid-19, but we do know that there are some big testing bottlenecks. The US Food and Drug Administration has issued clearances to manufacturers of testing machines that

What Happened To Don Lewis, Carole Baskin’s Husband?

Did Carole Baskin feed her husband to their tigers? After the Netflix documentary Tiger King brought new interest to the cold case, authorities are asking for help. While the Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness left viewers obsessed with Joe Exotic, he wasn’t

The Party Goes On in Massive Online Worlds

It’s easy to wax poetic about how videogames let you do things that you can’t in real life anymore. You can host house parties in Animal Crossing. You can play basketball with your friends in NBA 2K20. Whatever. The easy sell for MMORPGs in the

13 Best Galaxy S20 Cases (40+ Cases Tested)

For the longest time, I’ve refrained from putting a case on my phone. A case ruins the look and (sometimes) hides a fun color scheme! Then I dropped a phone hard enough to shatter its glass and immediately reconsidered my stance. Smartphones are expensive, and

Why Some States Are Resisting Social Distancing Measures

Alabama hospitals were nearing capacity when Governor Kay Ivey spoke with reporters on Thursday. Despite a dearth of tests, there were more than 630 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the state, more than 100 of whom were hospitalized, and dozens of patients on ventilators. Local reports

The US Army’s Virus Research Lab Gears Up to Fight Covid-19

The cinder block hallways inside the US Army’s top virus research lab are punctuated every few feet with windows that peer into tiny offices and laboratories crammed with scientific equipment. On each doorway, orange placards with that Vulcan-looking biohazard symbol keep visitors alert. Through one

Today’s Cartoon: Holy Paywall

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Solar Panels Could Be the Best Fad Ever

“Oh, you should totally do it,” my neighbor said. I was nursing a beer at his winter holiday party as he told me about the solar panels on his Brooklyn brownstone roof. They’d cut his electricity bill down so much that in a few years

How Airlines Are Trying to Boost Efficiency and Cut Emissions

“We will not have to stop air travel, but we will have to plan for it more carefully,” President Nixon told the nation in November 1973. Schedules would be reduced, loads increased, and the use of fuel for aviation cut by 15 percent. Then, as

How We Will All Solve the Climate Crisis

Not long ago, in more innocent times, I was driving with my three sons back from trying to ski on a mountain that doesn’t really have snow anymore, and we were talking about climate change. This was before the pandemic, and before our conversations shifted

Build Cities for Bikes, Buses, and Feet—Not Cars

The Parisian version of Octavia, it turns out, isn’t all he’d hoped. “We screwed this one up,” Tumlin says. “The island is too narrow, so the outside lanes are too wide.” Traffic pours off the still extant part of the old freeway toward the park,

The Fishy Fix to a Methane-Spewing Crop

Next time you sit down to a bowl of steaming rice, consider this: Of all the grains humans eat, rice has the biggest carbon footprint. Of course, rice is a staple for half of humanity, which partly explains the outsize footprint. The big problem, though,

What Plant-Based Burgers Can Teach Us About Saving the Planet

Pat Brown, the Stanford biochemist who founded Impossible Foods, was trying to be patient, as if he were addressing a dim sophomore. This was five years ago, and his company’s signature product—a bona fide burger made from plants and animated by a molecule from soy