Brooks: Democrats Have Tried to ‘Get the Issue’ on COVID Relief Rather Than Solve Problem – GOP Wrongly Thinks It’s ‘Normal’ Circumstance

Brooks said, “I think, on the larger issue, the Republicans probably have this one wrong. They’re treating this as a normal fiscal circumstance, where it’s important to save money and be fiscally responsible. And they point out that hundreds of billions of dollars of the last CARES package have not been spent yet. But the […]

Could unlocking the mystery of the mealworm’s gut help solve our plastic crisis?

Brandon says degrading plastic with bacteria outside the mealworm is currently slower than the rate a mealworm is capable of, but under the right conditions, the degradation is “more rapid than other bacterial systems to date.” She cannot share some details — including the names of the bacteria — as the research has not yet […]

Why is there a problem with getting a test for Covid-19 in the UK?

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said it would take “a couple of weeks” to boost capacity and solve the issue in the short term. But Prof Alan McNally at the University of Birmingham, who helped set up the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Lab, was puzzled by the explanation. “If people are asking for tests and being […]

Climate change: Seven technology solutions that could help solve crisis

The European Union has established an energy labelling scheme that labels appliances for how energy efficient they are, informing consumers about how much it will cost them to run refrigerators and washing machines, as well as other products from light bulbs to televisions.

Agriculture 2.0: With drones, analytics and mobile apps, agri-tech startups are tackling India’s farming problems

Three years ago, when Naveen Kumar V, then a banker, had been to his hometown, Warangal, he witnessed the funeral of a farmer, who’d committed suicide. At HDFC and later at apnaloanbazaar.com, he’d sanctioned loans to many farmers. So, to see one from his hometown ending his life because of low yield of cotton moved […]

Palm oil producers in Malaysia look to prisons, rehab centres to solve labour crunch amid Covid-19

The Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) estimated the industry has lost up to 30% of its potential yield as the labour crunch delays harvesting, and pegged the country’s crude palm oil output to be much lower than last year’s 19.9 million tonnes.

Microsoft admits there’s a serious problem with Windows 10

While it’s good that Microsoft has now acknowledged this problem, there isn’t an official fix at the moment, with the documentation just saying that “Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.”

How even a short walk can boost your memory: Exercise improves concentration and problem-solving skills, scientists discover

The authors, from Jonkoping and Linkoping universities, conclude: ‘This systematic review strongly suggests that aerobic, physical exercise followed by a brief recovery… improves attention, concentration, and learning and memory functions in young adults.’

New gravitational-lensing study hints at problems for dark matter models

Meanwhile, in the actual Universe… To test those predictions, the researchers used images from the Hubble space telescope to map out all the objects in and around a large collection of galaxy clusters. Follow-up imaging using the Very Large Telescope helped identify the distance of those objects based on how much their light was shifted […]

Former cop on New York Times’ op-ed calling police ‘the problem’: ‘It has gone too far’

The article concluded, “Systems of oppression, like slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration, must be reduced and abolished — not reimagined. Police officers, who primarily put people in cages, are the enforcers of mass incarceration. We must reckon with the reality that the police are part of the problem and stop investing money, power and […]