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The Secret Life of the White House

Before Inauguration Day, the White House residence staff were already exhausted. For several weeks, many of them had worked sixteen-hour days preparing for the transition—the approximately six-hour-long window between when the Trumps would depart and the Bidens arrive. White House transitions typically demand superhuman effort, but this year’s was among the most physically demanding in recent memory. At risk of falling ill with the coronavirus, staffers worked in close quarters to transform the upstairs rooms of the White…

Markets Suggest the Economy Is Booming. The Recovery Has a Long Way to Go, Though.

Markets are signaling that an economy that plunged into its deepest recession in decades just a year ago is ready to roar.Major U.S. stock indexes have set 32 record highs in 2021, including Wednesday’s 424-point surge by the Dow industrials to 31962. Long-term bond yields are rising, showing increasing demand for funds from consumers and businesses, and inflation expectations are at multiyear highs. The price of everything in markets, from a barrel of oil to a share of mall retailer GameStop Corp. to a bitcoin, seems to be…

Souvankham Thammavongsa Reads “Good-Looking” | The New Yorker

Photograph by Jennifer RowsomSouvankham Thammavongsa reads her story from the March 1, 2021, issue of the magazine. Thammavongsa has published four volumes of poetry and the short-story collection “How to Pronounce Knife,” which won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Source link
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Stocks End Wild Session Little Changed

U.S. stocks ended a wild session not far from where they started

Representative Jamie Raskin on Impeaching Donald Trump—Again

Photograph by Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post / GettyTommy Raskin, a twenty-five-year-old law student, took his own life on New Year’s Eve, after a long battle against depression. His family laid him to rest on January 5th, and, the next day, his father went to the United States Capitol, where he serves in Congress. Representative Jamie Raskin, from Maryland’s Eighth District, had an enormous task ahead of him: he was mounting the defense of the Electoral College vote. When a violent mob incited by Donald Trump breached…

Airbnb Reviews Decoded | The New Yorker

Review: The bathroom is clean and bright, equipped with all the essentials!Decoded: Truly, just the essentials. I guess, technically, you don’t need a designated faucet for the tub. You can use a showerhead to draw a bath. It just takes longer. Bonus: the tap water was incredibly hard and gave both me and my boyfriend a new greasy-and-sticky hair texture to experiment with!Review: Their bed has the fluffiest pillows we’ve ever slept on. . . .Decoded: Too fluffy. Little to no support. We had severe neck and shoulder pain…

Meet SG3: The Élite Legal Squad That Vowed to Safeguard the Election

Last March, after President Trump declaimed that the only way he could lose the election was if there was fraud

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‘We’re all part of the story’: behind Will Smith’s 14th…

Chances are it is the most influential amendment to the US constitution that you aren’t familiar with. Given its…

Gavin Williamson says 2021 exam grades will depend on teachers, not…

Gavin Williamson said ministers were putting their trust in teachers to  mark pupils' GCSEs and A-Levels today as…

Deb Haaland faces hostile Republican questioning in confirmation…

Deb Haaland, seeking to make history as the first Native American to hold a cabinet secretary position in the US,…

Covid lockdown England: People ignore rules on meeting and haircuts

Boris Johnson's cautious approach to easing restrictions quickly came under strain as lockdown-weary Britons jumped…

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Markets Suggest the Economy Is Booming. The Recovery Has a Long Way to Go, Though.

Markets are signaling that an economy that plunged into its deepest recession in decades just a year ago is ready…

Stocks End Wild Session Little Changed

U.S. stocks ended a wild session not far from where they started

Unemployed on Reddit – The New York Times

In early December, Alex Branch’s car broke down. A 23-year-old former arcade employee in southern

U.S. Stocks Close at Records

Stocks rose to records Monday as investors wagered that a new round of stimulus spending would bolster the…

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‘We’re all part of the story’: behind Will Smith’s 14th…

Chances are it is the most influential amendment to the US constitution that you aren’t familiar with. Given its…

Gavin Williamson says 2021 exam grades will depend on teachers, not…

Gavin Williamson said ministers were putting their trust in teachers to  mark pupils' GCSEs and A-Levels today as…

Hot houses: the race to save bats from overheating as temperatures…

Steve Latour and his wife were enjoying their usual early morning coffee in the sun outside their lake house in the…

Australian company behind Covid vaccine bungle is put on notice…

An Australian contractor at the centre a Covid vaccine overdose bungle at a nursing home has been put on notice.A…

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The Secret Life of the White House

Before Inauguration Day, the White House residence staff were already exhausted. For several weeks, many of them…

Souvankham Thammavongsa Reads “Good-Looking” | The New Yorker

Photograph by Jennifer RowsomSouvankham Thammavongsa reads her story from the March 1, 2021, issue of the magazine.…

Representative Jamie Raskin on Impeaching Donald Trump—Again

Photograph by Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post / GettyTommy Raskin, a twenty-five-year-old law student, took…

Airbnb Reviews Decoded | The New Yorker

Review: The bathroom is clean and bright, equipped with all the essentials!Decoded: Truly, just the essentials. I…

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Scientists Demonstrate Two-Way Communication with Dreaming Persons during Lucid Dream | Astronomy

New research from Northwestern University shows that individuals who are asleep and in the midst of a lucid dream — aware of the fact that they are currently dreaming — can perceive questions from an experimenter and provide answers using electrophysiological signals. Konkoly et al. implemented procedures for two-way communication during polysomnographically verified REM sleep in 36 individuals. Image credit: Konkoly et al., doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.01.026. Dreams take us to a different reality, a hallucinatory world that…

Electrostatic bellow muscle actuators and energy harvesters that stack up

INTRODUCTIONThe development of electromechanical devices that are mechanically soft or compliant is expected to lead to robotic systems that can interact safely with humans and other living creatures (1). A key component of these robots is the actuation system, which is required to contribute to different motoric tasks, including soft joint motion/stretching, similar to mammalian muscles, or interaction with objects through inflatable/bendable interfaces (2, 3).In response to this need, the past decade has seen a huge effort…

Supermassive Black Holes Could Form from Dark Matter | Astronomy

Theoretical physicists from Italy, Spain and Argentina propose a new mechanism for the creation of supermassive black holes from dark matter. Galaxy halos could harbor a very dense nucleus of dark matter, which may potentially mimic the effects of a central black hole, or eventually collapse to form one. Image credit: Sci-News.com. Standard formation models involve normal baryonic matter collapsing under gravity to form black holes, which then grow over time. A research team led by Dr. Carlos Argüelles of the Universidad…

Springhares Glow Orange and Red under Ultraviolet Light | Biology

Scientists have discovered a vivid porphyrin-based biofluorescence in two species of springhares, Pedetes capensis and Pedetes surdaster. Captive Pedetes capensis photographed under visible light (three insets) and under 395 nm UV light with a 470 nm longpass filter to documenting the orange to red biofluorescence ( 650 nm) of springhare. Images contain two different captive-bred, captive individuals (female — bottom two larger images under ultraviolet light; male — all remaining images) from the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo…

Facebook tests new tools to detect and remove content showing child sexual abuse

Facebook is making an effort to end child exploitation on its platform with new tools for detecting and removing such photos and videos.The features include a pop-up message that appears when users search terms associated with child exploitation and suggestions for people to seek help to change the behavior.Another tool is aimed at stopping the spread of such content by informing users that attempting to share abusive content may disable their account.The move comes as Facebook has been under scrutiny for allowing child…

Large Galaxies Strip Molecular Gas from Their Satellites | Astronomy

A research team led by International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) astronomers has studied the molecular-gas content of nearby massive galaxies in a cosmological simulation, focusing on how it depends on galaxy environment. An artist’s impression showing the increasing effect of ram-pressure stripping in removing gas from the spiral galaxy NGC 4921 and its satellite galaxies. Image credit: ICRAR / NASA / ESA / Hubble Heritage Team / STScI / AURA. “Our study provides new systematic evidence that small…

Hot Super-Earth Found around Gliese 740 | Astronomy

A team of astronomers from Spain, Italy and Germany has discovered a short-period super-Earth exoplanet circling the nearby red dwarf Gliese 740. An artist’s impression of the super-Earth planet Gliese 740b and its parent star. Image credit: Sci-News.com. Gliese 740 is a bright M1-type star located 36.2 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens. Otherwise known as GJ 740, HD 176029, LHS 470 and TYC 461-366-1, the star is roughly 60% the size and the mass of the Sun. “Despite the fact that red dwarfs are the most…

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