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April 9, 2020

This week: The ultimate coronavirus love story / The return of board games / Retracing the journey from the earth to the moon / Celebrating the sex appeal of pregnant women / How this world will never be the same

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1. Lockdown love stories: how to date at a distance
By Sergio Colombo | 1843 :: The Economist | March 2020
“Amid strict quarantine measures to contain coronavirus, residents of Milan are rediscovering their romanticismo
Also see, from The New Republic: The Disunited States of America
Also see, from The Atlantic: The Coronavirus Is a Disaster for Feminism

2. Table-top generals
By Tim Cross | 1843 :: The Economist | December 2017
“Board games are back, thanks to the lessons their designers have learned from computer games.”

3. African killifish may hold key to stopping ageing in humans
By Nicola Davis | The Guardian | February 2020
“Turquoise killifish is able to suspend its development for longer than its average lifespan”

4. Chasing the Moon
By Robert Stone | American Experience :: PBS | July 2019
“It took millions of steps to make one giant leap.”

5. We should celebrate the sex appeal of pregnant women, not shame them
By Yomi Adegoke | The Guardian | February 2020
“Nothing makes me happier than seeing women such as Jodie Turner Smith deem their bump a part of their body to show proudly.”

6. Scientists in Israel grow date plants from 2,000-year-old seeds
By Nicola Davis | The Guardian | February 2020
“Seeds found in Judean desert are male and female, leading to hopes of producing dates”

7. ‘We can’t go back to normal’: how will coronavirus change the world?
By Peter Baker | The Guardian | March 2020
“Times of upheaval are always times of radical change. Some believe the pandemic is a once-in-a-generation chance to remake society and build a better future. Others fear it may only make existing injustices worse. ”

8. A Therapist’s Advice for Couples Isolating Together
By Jane Starr Drinkard | The Cut :: New York Magazine | April 2020
“Thanks to tight quarters (and looming existential dread), couples are arguing about everything and nothing at all.”

9. Go grocery shopping every two weeks? You can — and without hoarding
By Ann Maloney | Voraciously :: The Washington Post | April 2020
One tip: “Buy products that you will use even after the pandemic is over. Don’t buy items that you don’t like or are allergic to just because they have a long use-by date and are available.”

10. Stubble in mind: what growing a ‘crisis beard’ represents
By Priya Elan | The Guardian | February 2020
“From Beto O’Rourke and Justin Trudeau to Sylvester Stallone and David Letterman, sprouting whiskers at a certain age is loaded with symbolism”

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