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This week: How does this end? / Jellyfish may inherit the Earth / Birdsongs comprise the coronavirus soundtrack / When a mathematical proof sends shockwaves / The rise and fall of Zoom

This week: How does this end? / Jellyfish may inherit the Earth / Birdsongs comprise the coronavirus soundtrack / When a mathematical proof sends shockwaves / The rise and fall of Zoom

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1. There Is No Plan for the End of the Coronavirus Crisis
By David Wallace-Wells | Intelligencer :: New York Magazine | April 2020
“[H]ow and at what point and in what ways we will try to exit this temporary-but-indefinite wartimelike national bunkering almost all 330 million of us now find ourselves in. What, exactly, is the endgame here?”

2. Sealab
American Experience :: PBS | February 2019
“On a February day in 1969, off the shore of northern California, a U.S. Navy crane carefully lowered 300 tons of metal into the Pacific Ocean. The massive tubular structure was an audacious feat of engineering — a pressurized underwater habitat, complete with science labs and living quarters for an elite group of divers who hoped to spend days or even months at a stretch living and working on the ocean floor.”

3. Jellyfish, not the meek, might inherit the Earth
The Economist | April 2020
“They figure in the grand scheme of nature, providing food for sea turtles, penguins, lobsters and (primarily in Asia) humans. They act as a sink for greenhouse gases; they have played a role in Nobel-prizewinning research in chemistry and medicine.”

4. Letting Birdsong Fill This New Pandemic Silence
By Shobha Rao | LitHub | April 2020
“But as I journey through these sounds, almost always, at the end of it, I’ll hear birdsong. And that’s it. That’s when I know I’ve reached the end. That I will reach no greater sound.”

5. The Coronavirus Coups Are Upon Us
By Adam Weinstein | The New Republic | April 2020
“Emergency contagion measures are quickly eroding democracy worldwide.”

6. Mathematical Proof That Rocked Number Theory Will Be Published
By Davide Castelvecchi | Scientific American | April 2020
“But some experts say author Shinichi Mochizuki failed to fix fatal flaw in the solution of a major arithmetics problem”

7. Did My Fundamentalist Upbringing Prepare Me For Coronavirus?
By Sarah Jones | Intelligencer :: New York Magazine | April 2020
“For American Evangelicals, the ’90s were the era of apocalyptic fantasia. Almost everyone I knew believed that Christ would return soon, and rapture his saints into heaven to spare them the death throes of the world.”

8. Zoom faces a privacy and security backlash as it surges in popularity
By Tom Warren | The Verge | April 2020
“The pressure mounts as Zoom risks becoming a victim of its own success”

9. Roommates
By Meher Ahmad, Alessandra Bergamin and Joy Shan | The California Sunday Magazine | April 2020
“The creative and sometimes cramped ways people live together”

10. ‘Overwhelming and terrifying’: the rise of climate anxiety
By Matthew Taylor and Jessica Murray | The Guardian | February 2020
“Experts concerned young people’s mental health particularly hit by reality of the climate crisis”

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