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This week: The future of the office / Faces of power / COVID-19 on my phone? / Meeting the “macho banana” / Autism and friendships

This week: The future of the office / Faces of power / COVID-19 on my phone? / Meeting the “macho banana” / Autism and friendships

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1. Is the office finished?
The Economist | September 2020
“The fight over the future of the workplace”
Also see, from The Guardian: Covid will force us to reimagine the office. Let’s get it right this time

2. Faces of Power: 80% Are White, Even as U.S. Becomes More Diverse
By Denise Lu, Jon Huang, Ashwin Seshagiri, Haeyoun Park and Troy Griggs | The New York Times | September 2020
“The most powerful people in the United States pass our laws, run Hollywood’s studios and head the most prestigious universities. They own pro sports teams and determine who goes to jail and who goes to war. … Even where there have been signs of progress, greater diversity has not always translated to more equal treatment.”

3. Spanish court sends ex-colonel to prison for 1989 Jesuit killings in El Salvador
By J.J. Galvez | El Pais | September 2020
“Over three decades after a massacre that drew international attention, Inocente Orlando Montano was found guilty of ‘terrorist’ crimes”

4. Will This Be a Lost Year for America’s Children?
By Emily Bazelon | The New York Times Magazine | September 2020
“As students across the country start school, education experts reckon with the long-term implications of remote learning, vanishing resources and heightened inequality.”

5. Can COVID-19 survive on my phone?
Viral Questions :: Associated Press | May 2020
“Yes. That’s why a daily wipe down of “high-touch” surfaces like phones, keyboards and tablet computers is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

6. Plantain, the ‘macho banana’
By Niki Segnit | 1843 :: The Economist | April / May 2020
“Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? It’s definitely more than just a big banana”

7. Citigroup becomes first big Wall Street bank to be run by female CEO
By Jasper Jolly | The Guardian | September 2020
“Scottish-American banker Jane Fraser will replace Michael Corbat in February”

8. The Chocolatier for the Hip-Hop Ear
By Majorie Hernandez | Narratively | March 2014
“A soul-searching Los Angeleno finds religion in the rhythm of hip-hop and seeks to spread the faith, one sweet boom-box-shaped bite at a time.”

9. Praying in time of COVID-19: How world’s largest mosques adapted
By Arwa Ibrahim | Al Jazeera | April 2020
“As mosques ban congregational prayers due to coronavirus, many set up live-streaming to broadcast prayers and sermons.”

10. How People with Autism Forge Friendships
By Lydia Denworth | Spectrum :: Scientific American | April 2020
“Most autistic individuals want to and can make friends, though their relationships often have a distinctive quality”

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This week: Grappling with disconnected grief / The Kardashian legacy / Guys, cats and dating profiles / Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump / Regretting the success of the gender reveal party

This week: Grappling with disconnected grief / The Kardashian legacy / Guys, cats and dating profiles / Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump / Regretting the success of the gender reveal party

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1. The Grief Americans No Longer Share
By Garrett M. Graff | The Atlantic | September 2020
“So why does the grief of 2020—when the coronavirus pandemic has actually filled hospitals in New York and in communities across the country—feel so different? Why does our country, so united after 9/11, feel so splintered now?”
Also see, from The Atlantic: The 9/11 Era Is Over

2. Will We Ever Admit That the Kardashians Changed the World?
By Kevin Fallon | The Daily Beast | September 2020
“What happens when the TV show that, for more than a decade, was proclaimed the death of culture, art, and civilized society as we know it … actually ends itself?”

3. We studied what happens when guys add their cats to their dating app profiles
By Lori Kogan and Shelly Volsche | The Conversation | September 2020
“Prior studies suggested that women do judge a potential male partner based on whether he has pets. While they favor men with dogs, the results showed that they also give men with cats an edge over non-pet owners. Because of this, we reasoned that men pictured with cats would probably be viewed as more attractive and desirable than men who didn’t pose with any animals.”

4. Here’s how Joe Biden would combat the pandemic if he wins the election
By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Laurie McGinley | The Washington Post | September 2020
“Joe Biden has created a war-cabinet-in-waiting on the coronavirus pandemic, with major figures from the Obama, Clinton and George H.W. Bush administrations drafting plans for distributing vaccines and personal protective gear, dramatically ramping up testing, reopening schools and addressing health-care disparities.”

5. Can I get the coronavirus from my pet?
Viral Questions :: Associated Press | April 2020
“There’s no evidence pets are spreading the virus to people.”

6. How Mitch McConnell Became Trump’s Enabler-in-Chief
By Jane Mayer | The New Yorker | April 2020
“The Senate Majority Leader’s refusal to rein in the President is looking riskier than ever.”

7. The Shape-Shifter
By Rachel Syme | The New York Times Magazine | October 2018
“Lady Gaga wants to wear every costume, live out every type of known stardom. A Star Is Born is just her latest reinvention.”

8. I started the ‘gender reveal party’ trend. And I regret it
By Jenna Karvunidis and Molly Langmuir | The Guardian | June 2020
“When I first saw that a gender-reveal party had caused a forest fire I cried because I felt responsible. But here’s the thing – when planes crash no one goes after the Wright brothers. … Now I think the whole thing is not great at all, though. The problem is they overemphasize one aspect of a person.”

9. At Least 37 Million People Have Been Displaced by America’s War on Terror
By John Ismay | On War :: The New York Times | September 2020
“A new report calculates the number of people who fled because of wars fought by the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.”

10. Tamarind delivers a double punch of sweet and sour
By Niki Segnit | 1843 :: The Economist | February / March 2020
“The ginger-coloured pods taste like the sweet of your dreams – until you notice the enamel-like seeds rattling around in your mouth”

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This week: How to hold it all together / Celebrating Spanish women writers / Improving one’s life during the pandemic / Einstein proven right again / The return of art deco

This week: How to hold it all together / Celebrating Spanish women writers / Improving one’s life during the pandemic / Einstein proven right again / The return of art deco

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1. Holding it Together, Falling Apart
By Matthew Salesses | LitHub | September 2020
“Holding it together (as apt a phrase as any for this moment of self-isolation, anxiety, and political failure) implies that there is something coming apart. But what?”

2. Remembering the Forgotten Women Writers of 17th-Century Spain
By Theresa Machemer | SmartNews :: Smithsonian Magazine | September 2020
“A show in Madrid highlights female authors who penned histories, biographies, poetry, novels, scripts and more”

3. The Age of Innocence is a masterclass in sexual tension
By Sam Jordison | Reading Group :: The Guardian | September 2020
“In Edith Wharton’s wonderful novel about New York high society, a simple tap of a fan or glance across a crowded room can feel intensely charged”

4. 11 Ways Smart People Are Using This Crisis to Improve Their Lives
By Andrew Snavely | Primer | September 2020
“In this strange, unprecedented time, we have been given a unique opportunity with social distancing: More space and more time.”

5. Is it safe to open mail and packages during the pandemic?
Viral Questions :: Associated Press | April 2020
“There is no evidence that COVID-19 is spreading through mail or parcels, according to the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

6. A star orbiting the Milky Way’s giant black hole confirms Einstein was right
By Emily Conover | Science News | April 2020
“Decades of observations revealed the rotation of the star’s elliptical orbit”

7. A century after art deco’s birth, designers say we’re due for a revival
By Michelle Brunner | The Washington Post | April 2020
“A hundred years after the 1920s came roaring in, the era’s signature aesthetic continues to inspire design snobs and regular folks alike. Art deco — that familiar style of art, architecture and design with a sometimes-wacky blend of historic and futuristic influences — is still beloved. And if trend forecasters are to be believed, we are ripe for a full-scale art deco revival.”

8. I Dream of COVID
By Grace Gravley | Spring 2020
“I was curious to know how the anxieties of the moment would translate to our dreams.”

9. Can You Tell If Someone Is Smiling Just by Their Eyes?
By Katie Heaney | The Cut :: New York Magazine | April 2020
“Though Tyra Banks taught us to smize, I personally have gotten the sense that people I’ve smiled at from behind my mask haven’t really understood that I’m smiling at them.”

10. The charm of elderberries
By Niki Segnit | 1843 :: The Economist | December / January 2020
“A cooked elderberry tastes somewhere between a ripe red plum and a prune. Just don’t eat them raw”

Juan Nepomuceno Cortina

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Today in Texas history, marks the beginning of what is known as the first Cortina War.  On July 13, 1859, Juan Nepomuceno Cortina, shot Brownsville marshal, Robert Shears, after watching Shears violently drag to jail one of Cortina’s former ranch employees.  This conflict came after much racial tension between Anglo and Mexican Texans.  Here are two images of Juan Nepomuceno Cortina from the General Photograph Collection.

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This week: Face masks and military uniforms / ProPublica and diversity / Drive-in churches for the faithful / Islamic State sees an opportunity / The myth of free shipping

This week: Face masks and military uniforms / ProPublica and diversity / Drive-in churches for the faithful / Islamic State sees an opportunity / The myth of free shipping

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1. Safeguarding Digitial Democracy: Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative Roadmap
By Karen Kornbluh, Ellen P. Goodman and Eli Weiner | The German Marshall Fund of the United States | March 2020
“The United States is woefully unprepared for disinformation wars.”

2. ‘No skull and crossbones’: Here’s how the six services are implementing military face mask guidance
By Chad Garland | Stars and Stripes | April 2020
“Balaclavas may be OK, but ski masks may not be, depending on which uniform a service member wears, under service-specific guidance on the Pentagon’s new facial covering requirements.”

3. What ProPublica Is Doing About Diversity in 2020
By Caroline Chen, Liz Sharp and Richard Tofel | ProPublica | April 2020
“Here is our annual report on the breakdown of our staff and how we’re working to create a more diverse news organization and inclusive journalism community.”

4. Drive-in churches an option for faithful who want closeness
By Giovanna Dell’Orto | Associated Press | April 2020
“Physical presence is no gimmick, but rather embodies the strength that communities of worshippers draw from one another, gatherings central to Christianity and other faiths.”

5. Islamic State Aims for Comeback Amid Virus-Expedited U.S. Withdrawal
By Pesha Magid | Foreign Policy | April 2020
“Iraqis fear their country will become a new battleground between ISIS and Iran-backed militias.”

6. The 500-million-year-old reason behind the unique scent of rain
By Rich Haridy | New Atlas | April 2020
“New research from an international team of scientists is suggesting that instantly recognizable earthy smell after rain is released by bacteria trying to attract a particular arthropod as a way to spread its spores. The smell is a 500-million-year-old example of chemical communication, evolved to help a particular type of bacteria spread.”

7. The Poison Squad
American Experience :: PBS | January 2020
“By the close of the Industrial Revolution, the American food supply was tainted with frauds, fakes, and legions of new and untested chemicals, dangerously threatening the health of consumers.”

8. Cooking and healing in my mother’s Vietnamese kitchen
By Kim O’Connell | Al Jazeera | December 2019
“In the midst of misunderstandings and estrangement, one woman and her mother found solace in making spring rolls.”

9. Stop Believing in Free Shipping
By Amanda Mull | The Atlantic | January / February 2020
“How retailers hide the costs of delivery — and why we’re such suckers for their ploys”

10. ‘Is This the Worst Possible Time to Break Up With Someone?’
By Heather Havrilesky | The Cut :: New York Magazine | April 2020
“Does your breakup advice shift, knowing that we might be stuck and unable to access social supports and friends and bars etc. for an indefinite amount of time?”

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This week: Losing any sense of time in the coronavirus crisis / Reading ‘Moby Dick’ while alone / How humans endure isolation / The natural world is blossoming / Sex workers in Spain adjust to the pandemic

This week: Losing any sense of time in the coronavirus crisis / Reading ‘Moby Dick’ / How humans endure isolation / The natural world is blossoming / Sex workers in Spain adjust to the pandemic

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1. Why Coronavirus Makes February Feel Like Six Months Ago
By Jesse Singal | Intelligencer :: New York Magazine | April 2020
“As the new reality of coronavirus has swept over the country and gradually sunk in, it has brought with it a strange distortion of time. March, naturally, was the month most affected: It feels like someone physically stretched it out, like it took 100 days for it to unfold in all its horror and weirdness.”

2. How to Read Moby-Dick, The Perfect Book for Troubled Times
By Alex Scordelis| InsideHook | April 2020
“Two chapters a night, at your desk, with a glass of Scotch”

3. The Big Burn
American Experience :: PBS | January 2019
“In the summer of 1910, the largest fire in American history raged in the Northern Rockies.”

4. The Pandemic Is Turning the Natural World Upside Down
By Marina Koren | The Atlantic | April 2020
“Widespread social-distancing measures have produced some jarring effects across land, air, and sea.”
Also see, from the Houston Chronicle: Seismologists search for new earthquake data in suddenly silent world

5. Inside the Male-Dominated Meme Hijacked by Lib-Bashing Trumpsters
By Soham Gadre | The Daily Beast | April 2020
“The new documentary ‘TFW NO GF (That Face When No Girlfriend)’ examines the wildly popular Wojak meme — and why lost, lonely young men relate to it so deeply.”

6. How the coronavirus crisis has affected sex workers in one of Europe’s biggest brothels
By Rebeca Carranco | El Pais | April 2020
“Women at a well-known club in the Catalan border town of La Jonquera were turned out on the street from one day to the next”

7. How will humans, by nature social animals, fare when isolated?
The Economist | April 2020
“Covid-19 will harm people’s mental health”

8. Exxon’s Snake Oil
By Savannah Jacobson | Columbia Journalism Review | Spring 2020
“The story of oil company propaganda begins in 1914, with the Ludlow Massacre.”

9. “When can we really rest?”
By Nadja Drost, Carlos Villalón, Bruno Federico and Lisette Poole | The California Sunday Magazine| April 2020
“More migrants than ever are crossing the Colombia-Panama border to reach the U.S. Five days inside the Darién Gap, one of the most dangerous journeys in the world.”

10. ‘The Woman in Michigan’ Goes National
By Tim Alberta | Politico Magazine | April 2020
“Governor Gretchen Whitmer is dealing with a historic pandemic, a bullying president and a big job tryout.”

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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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This week: A coronavirus baby boom? / The Legacy of Bill Withers / A doctor’s view of ground zero / Seasonal wildflowers pose a new danger / The man who saved millions of lives

This week: A coronavirus baby boom? / The Legacy of Bill Withers / A doctor’s view of ground zero / Seasonal wildflowers pose a new danger / The man who saved millions of lives

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1. Will the coronavirus lockdown lead to a baby boom?
The Economist | April 2020
“Deadly epidemics seem to depress birth rates in the short term”

2. New Mystery: What Happens When Animals Get Infected by Humans?
By David Axe | The Daily Beast | April 2020
“Animal experts, especially those working with non-human apes, are worried that the virus is set to spread.”

3. What’s Become of the Arctic
By Tom Kizzia | Columbia Journalism Review | Spring 2020
“Alaska is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the country. Will journalists find a way to tell the whole story?”

4. Bill Withers: The Soul Man Who Walked Away
By Andy Greene | Rolling Stone | April 2015
“In 1970, the singer was a guy in his thirties with a job and a lunch pail. Then he wrote ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ and things got complicated”

5. California’s Wildflowers Are Blooming, Will Influencers Resist the Urge for a Selfie?
By Winston Ross | The California Sunday Magazine | April 2020
“The blooms in California’s poppy and wildflower fields have started, making some nervous that even a fraction of last year’s crowds could be a major problem.”

6. Women in War: On Great Correspondents Past and Present
By Jacqueline Winspear | LitHub | April 2020
“From Sapper Dorothy in WWI, to the Citizen Journalists of Today”

7. ‘A Matter Of Common Decency’: What Literature Can Teach Us About Epidemics
By Melissa Block | The Coronavirus Crisis :: NPR | April 2020
“Professor Alice Kaplan has been scrambling to revise her lectures for the French literature class she teaches at Yale University. … She is one of many readers who are revisiting and rethinking literature about mass disease in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.”

8. Flat Earthers: What They Believe and Why
By Steve Mirsky | Scientific American | March 2020
“Michael Marshall, project director of the Good Thinking Society in the U.K., talks about flat earth belief and its relationship to conspiracy theories and other anti-science activities.”

9. The Doctor Holding the Camera
By Patrick Schnell and Anna Silman | Intelligencer :: New York Magazine | April 2020
“‘Today, I was there for maybe five hours. In that time, five patients died.'”

10. The Man Who Tried To Feed The World
American Experience :: PBS | April 2020
“In 1966, drought and an exploding population confronted India with the imminent threat of a severe famine. … India turned to Norman Borlaug, an unassuming plant breeder from Iowa whose combination of scientific knowledge and raw determination had made him a legend among a small handful of fellow specialists.”

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This week: Getting married in the coronavirus era / Help discover a new galaxy / Why Don DeLillo deserves the Nobel Prize / The obesity factor in coronavirus danger / You are what you read during the quarantine

This week: Getting married in the coronavirus era / Help discover a new galaxy / Why Don DeLillo deserves the Nobel Prize / The obesity factor in coronavirus danger / You are what you read during the quarantine

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1. An Oral History of a Socially Distanced Wedding
By Madison Malone Kircher | The Cut :: New York Magazine | March 2020
“The whole event happened in just three minutes. This is how you pull off an impromptu wedding amid a global pandemic.”

2. Comprehensive coverage of COVID-19
By Patrick Maks | The Definitive Source :: Associated Press | April 2020
“From Italy to Spain and New York to New Orleans, AP journalists around the world are working tirelessly to tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic in all formats.”

3. Email Coroniquette: What ‘I Hope You’re Doing Well’ Really Means
BY Madison Malone Kircher | Vulture :: New York Magazine | April 2020
“Communication, though, is always about transaction.”

4. Why I’m Not Going to South Padre Island
By Helen Anders | Texas Monthly | April 2020
“Even though it’s legal for property owners like me to be there, it’s not the right thing to do.”

5. Using COVID-19 to wage war on reusable grocery bags
By Emily Atkin | Heated | March 2020
“Conservative interests are teaming up to bring back the single-use plastic bag, using scientifically questionable claims that reusable bags spread coronavirus.”

6. NASA Moon Program and Hubble Telescope Successor Face COVID-19 Delays
By Irene Klotz | Scientific American | April 2020
“Space agencies must balance keeping staff safe and meeting launch deadlines”

7. Cooped Up at Home? Help Scientists Spot Penguins from Space or Seek Out Galaxies
By Meghan Bartels | Space.com | March 2020
“Some citizen science projects can be done during quarantine”

8. Stockholm, Are You Listening?
By Gerald Howard | BookForum | April / May 2020
“Why Don DeLillo deserves the Nobel”

9. What Your Go-To Quarantine Read Says About You
By Emily Temple | LitHub | April 2020
“Some of us are reading for comfort, some for distraction, some for enlightenment, some for visions of the apocalypse. Some are just reading so that they can stop staring at a screen for a little while. While everyone is dealing with this in their own way, you can tell a lot about someone from the first book they turn to in a crisis.”

10. Why is New Orleans’ coronavirus death rate twice New York’s? Obesity is a factor
By Brad Brooks | Reuters | April 2020
“New Orleans residents suffer from obesity, diabetes and hypertension at rates higher than the national average, conditions that doctors and public health officials say can make patients more vulnerable to COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.”

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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

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”