Amazon has promised to check temperatures and provide surgical masks for workers at its fulfillment centers and Whole Foods grocery stores starting next week. Instacart workers have not received similar promises. The news came in the midst of brewing turmoil among employees. Some full-time and contract workers at Whole Foods, Amazon and Instacart walked out or called in sick on Monday and Tuesday.
Facing backlash, the company will offer face masks and temperature checks for staff in all of its U.S. and European warehouses and Whole Foods stores.
Amazon is rolling out new measures to protect its employees from the coronavirus outbreak. By early next week, the company will offer face masks and temperature checks for staff in all of its U.S. and European warehouses and Whole Foods stores, and it will install artificial intelligence software to its camera systems to monitor whether workers congregate too closely.Read Full Story
The agency’s iconic logo is coming back into orbit.
In 1992, NASA retired its iconic 1975 “worm” logotype in favor of the original 1959 “meatball” logo, which features a blue planet behind an orbiting spacecraft and the agency acronym in white serif type. Now NASA is bringing the worm back.Read Full Story
The CDC is poised to tell everyone to wear a cloth mask in public. Here’s why.
A little over a month ago, after the first community-spread cases of COVID-19 were reported near Seattle, U.S. surgeon general Jerome Adams tweeted a message to the American public: “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!” The standard advice of the WHO and the CDC was the same—people shouldn’t be wearing masks unless they were already infected with the coronavirus or caring for someone with the disease. But now the CDC is expected to change its guidance to say that all people should wear cloth masks in public.Read Full Story
This respite in seismic noise, while it lasts, will allow scientists to better study the natural activity of the Earth’s crust.
With roughly one-third of the world’s population on lockdown, our planet has fallen silent. So silent, in fact, that the Earth has quite literally stilled—a reduction in the hum of human activity has caused a decrease in the Earth’s crust vibrations, scientists say.Read Full Story
Big change is rare; what’s more common is a continuous ﬂow of much smaller changes that accumulate quickly.
Though the business world gloriﬁes big disruptive ideas, in reality, most progress is achieved by implementing hundreds or thousands of minor improvements that can have a big cumulative impact. Nevertheless, and once in a blue moon, one small change can result in a big return because of the internet’s massive scale.Read Full Story
Biking is suddenly the safest and most convenient way to get around a lot of cities—and cities are responding by making it easier to bike. But when people can start driving to work again, will everything go backwards?
As the coronavirus crisis has shut down some public transit service and taken so many cars off roads that the air has visibly cleared in cities such as Los Angeles, bikes have emerged as the right tool for a pandemic—a way to quickly get around cities and get exercise while staying a safe distance from everyone else.Read Full Story
The CDC looked at new cases in Singapore over a seven-week period. Transmission from presymptomatic people was discovered in seven clusters.
Are symptom-free people spreading the coronavirus? Yes. Big yes. YES.Read Full Story
The former Fountains of Wayne frontman, who passed away due to coronavirus complications, was the go-to guy for movies that needed convincing hit singles.
It’s one of the simplest rules in storytelling: Show, don’t tell.Read Full Story
Being quarantined together is trying even for happy couples. For those going through a divorce or in a dysfunctional relationship, it can be harrowing.
When Sally* moved back to the U.S. a few years ago, she had hoped it would be a fresh start. Her marriage had been shaky since the recession, and she wanted to give the relationship a second chance. But things took a turn.Read Full Story