Monday, April 19, 2021

Gregory Barber

Coinbase Makes Its Debut—and Bitcoin Arrives on Wall Street

The big cryptocurrency exchange goes public through a direct listing, and it could make a bigger debut than Facebook.Physicists are constantly rethinking how bubbles burst. It’s one of those nagging problems in physics, deceptively simple, like working out the...

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

In countries without much sequencing, new versions of the Covid virus can go unnoticed. Scientists across Africa are collaborating to track them down.In mid-February, three travelers were stopped at the airport in Luanda, Angola. Even during the pandemic, the...

The Ionizer in Your School May Not Do Much to Fight Covid

Manufacturers say the devices remove 99 percent of viruses. Researchers say such claims are unproven, and cheaper air filters are more effective.Last fall, Jeff Kreiter, director of operational services for the school district in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, found...

As Digital Currency’s Popularity Rises, So Do Privacy Fears

Backers see a way to reach the unbanked. But any system could give the government a record of every dollar you spend.  There’s big business in distributing your stimulus check. Most people will get it through direct...

NFTs Are Hot. So Is Their Effect on the Earth’s Climate

The sale of a piece of crypto art consumed as much energy as the studio uses in two years. Now the artist is campaigning to reduce the medium’s carbon emissions. Two years ago, Joanie Lemercier, a French...

The Secret Behind North Dakota’s Speedy Vaccine Rollout

The state’s independent rural drugstores are showing the power of small. The pharmacy in Hankinson, North Dakota, a town of about 900 people at the state’s extreme southeastern tip, has been in operation since 1897. The town...

When the Grid Goes Down, Can a Fleet of Batteries Replace It?

In a power crisis, maybe the solution is a network of smaller energy sources distributed across multiple places—like your garage. Last week, as millions of his fellow Texans were plunged into unrelenting darkness and cold, Nicholas Littlejohn...

If Work Is Going Remote, Why Is Big Tech Still Building?

Google, Facebook, and others promise more flexibility to work from home. But they’re charging ahead with plans for more offices. Kim Walesh has lived steps from downtown San Jose for two decades, and she readily admits that...

Would You Trade a Bitcoin for a Tesla?

The maker of electric vehicles said it had invested $1.5 billion in bitcoin and plans to accept the cryptocurrency as payment for its cars. For a brief moment on Sunday, before Tesla said it had invested $1.5...

More Covid Vaccine Choices Mean New Equity Challenges

Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine can be delivered in a single dose, but it’s also slightly less effective. Who should get it? Since December, when the process began, the approach to Covid-19 vaccinations could be described with a...

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