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Christo, Famous For His Monumental Works Of Art, Dies At 84

The artist Christo died at his home in New York City on Sunday. He's known for major outdoor art installations that often involved wrapping buildings and elements of nature in fabric.

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Workers Around The World Are Already Being Monitored

BuzzFeedNews – By Digital Contact Tracing Apps – “Imagine you arrive at work. Before you’re allowed to clock in, you have to complete a quiz on your phone that asks if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. If you’re healthy, you get to walk in. Once inside, you go about your day while your phone uses Bluetooth beacons, GPS tracking, or both to determine the people you have been near. If one day you do come down with symptoms, the app alerts HR, which then alerts the people you’ve been in contact with. This is already a reality for thousands of workers around the world — in particular, those working in sectors like mining, energy, manufacturing, field services (like appliance installation or repair), construction, or hospitality. Digital contact tracing — using an app or another form of technology to track who you’ve been in touch with, with the goal of stopping the spread of the coronavirus — isn’t mandated by any states or governments in the US. But there’s nothing stopping private companies from encouraging or even requiring workers to participate…”

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US Small Business Owners Say COVID Will Have Lasting Impact on How They Operate

Survey of 1,400+ Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses participants highlights status of loan funds and that COVID-19 will change how they operate their businesses – “The impact of COVID-19 on small businesses and communities all over the world is significant. Consistent with our firm’s purpose of advancing sustainable economic growth and financial opportunity, Goldman Sachs is committed to supporting relief efforts, elevating the voices of our small business community to policymakers, and working across sectors on innovative sources of funding…”

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Biden Leaves Home To Visit Delaware Protest Site

Former Vice President Joe Biden left his house for the second time in a week to visit the location of protests last night. Posting about the unannounced trip, Biden wrote "We are a nation in pain."

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New tools aim to tame pandemic paper tsunami

COVID-19 – New tools aim to tame pandemic paper tsunami, Jeffrey Brainard, Science  29 May 2020: Vol. 368, Issue 6494, pp. 924-925. DOI: 10.1126/science.368.6494.924. “Timothy Sheahan, a virologist studying COVID-19, wishes he could keep pace with the growing torrent of new scientific papers related to the pandemic. But there have just been too many—more than 5000 papers a week. “I’m not keeping up,” says Sheahan, who works at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “It’s impossible.” A loose-knit army of data scientists and software developers is pressing hard to change that. They are creating digital collections of papers and building search tools powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that could help researchers quickly find the information they seek. The urgency is growing: The COVID-19 literature has grown to more than 31,000 papers since January and by one estimate is on pace to hit more than 52,000 by mid-June—among the biggest explosions of scientific literature ever. The volume of information “is like what you would get in a medical conference that used to happen yearly. Now, that’s happening daily,” says Sherry Chou, a neurologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center who is studying COVID-19’s neurologic effects…”

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Reopening Plans in Everyday English

Library Journal – NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL – “We understand our plans may not be applicable to everyone’s situation. In fact, our experience shows how specific needs and situations will drive the different decisions each library makes. Our campuses range from dense urban centers to suburban settings. Even within the same city, our five libraries have different plans for re-opening.

  • One library with a very small staff is only offering remote services as long as instruction at their college remains online-only.
  • Another library supports several healthcare assistant training programs requiring in-person instruction. We need to re-open that library as soon as possible for those students.
  • Staff at another library want to be very cautious. They interacted with someone later confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 from the Mount Vernon, WA, choir practice at which 45 of 60 choir members got sick even while following distancing guidelines.

It’s important to consider what’s best for your situation and review local and state health organizations recommendations…”

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Former NAACP Head Cornell Brooks Blames Derek Chauvin For Violence At Protests

"There would be no protests, there would be no demonstrations, had Derek Chauvin not killed George Floyd," former NAACP President Cornell Brooks tells All Things Considered.

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How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 05/31/2020 - 15:27
Law enforcement has more tools than ever to track your movements and access your communications. Here's how to protect your privacy if you plan to protest.
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Target Says It Will Temporarily Close Stores In Several States As Protests Continue

The move comes after several Target stores were ransacked and damaged during protests.

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Trump Lays Blame For Clashes On 'Radical-Left Anarchists'

As overlapping crises convulse an anxious nation, Trump seeks to cast blame for widespread protests gripping cities on "radical-left anarchists" like Antifa.

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Photos: Protests In Response To The Death Of George Floyd Shake The Nation

Photos show demonstrators and police clashing as anguish and rage swept through cities across the nation in response to George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody.

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Ohio Congresswoman Pepper Sprayed While Demonstrating Against Death Of George Floyd

Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) about the recent protests surrounding the death of George Floyd.

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Tech Startups, Shut Out From Federal Stimulus Loans, Seek Aid From Congress

Some members of Congress want to let tech startups access federal stimulus loans. But venture-capital-backed startups aren't like other small businesses — they fail even in good economic times.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Successfully Docks With The International Space Station

The docking came above China and Mongolia as the ISS was traveling at 17,000 mph. It docked 19 hours after the historic launch with NASA astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center.

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Should We Purposely Infect Healthy Volunteers With Covid-19?

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 05/31/2020 - 10:00
Such studies could speed up the development of a vaccine—but would mean deliberately giving people a disease that could kill them.
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The Women of Ukraine's Railroads Keep the Trains Running

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 05/31/2020 - 10:00
The under-sung heroes of the country's rail system keep vigilant watch from colorful mini-castles.
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How to Add a Weighted Vest to Your Workouts at Home

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 05/31/2020 - 09:00
Why the weighted exercise vest is the best piece of home workout gear you're not using.
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A Taylor Swift, 'Killing Eve' Mystery Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 05/31/2020 - 09:00
Last week, social media did some sleuthing to figure out who recorded a haunting cover of the singer's “Look What You Made Me Do” for the BBC America show.
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What's It Like To Be Black In America Right Now?

We want to hear your thoughts about recent high-profile incidents involving harm to black people.

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Should I Get Tested For Coronavirus Just For The Heck Of It?

Access to tests has improved significantly, and in some places, people can now get tested without having to demonstrate any symptoms. We asked experts how much you can really learn from the result.

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