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Confronted with shortages, scientists combine heat and humidity to disinfect N95 masks

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept around the world early this year, shortages of protective equipment such as N95 masks left healthcare workers little choice but to reuse the masks they had -- increasing the risk of infection for both them and their patients. Now, researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford…

Supply shortages are requiring limitations on who can get a COVID-19 test, and it’s taking place at the worst possible time

Healthcare providers in the US are again limiting who is able to get a coronavirus test due to shortages of supplies needed to process the test, The Wall Street Journal reported.  These shortages come as the fall season the US is beginning.  Flu tests also require the same supplies that the COVID-19 test needs.  Visit…

Water shortages in U.S. West likelier than previously thought

CARSON CITY, Nev. — There’s a chance water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States could dip to critically low levels by 2025, jeopardizing the steady flow of Colorado River water that more than 40 million people rely on in the American West.After a relatively dry summer, the U.S. Bureau of…

In Cuba, families fear lacks will intensify as coronavirus impacts the economy

HAVANA — When Gilberto heard cooking oil had become available at his neighborhood store, he got on a long line to wait.Gilberto said he’s busy working as an electrician and does not really have the time to wait on the endless lines that have become customary in Cuba during the coronavirus pandemic.“It’s difficult. Everything is…

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© ERIC BARADAT/AFP via Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration is reporting shortages of Zoloft and the generic version of the antidepressant as demand soars and supply chains for key ingredients are interrupted by the pandemic. Pfizer, the maker of Zoloft, told the FDA it has a limited supply available of the 100-count bottles of 100-milligram pills due…

Food Shortages? Nope, Too Much Food In The Wrong Places

Together Inc. food bank workers distribute food at a drive-through location in Omaha, Neb., last week. Disruptions in the agricultural supply chain caused by the coronavirus pandemic are making it difficult for food banks. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Nati Harnik/AP Together Inc. food bank workers distribute food at a drive-through location in Omaha,…

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Australia shares set to open lower; New Zealand edges greater

FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians are reflected in a window in front of a board displaying stock prices at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in Sydney, Australia, February 9, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray(Reuters) - Australia shares on Monday ended at their lowest since the end of June, dragged lower by the so-called “Big Four” banks and major miners,…

Ginsburg death displaces violence in cities as dominant social media storyline

Ruth Bader Ginsburg-related social media interactions dwarfed all other topics this week — a departure from a run of weeks where, other than the coronavirus, violence in cities was the dominant storyline. The big picture: In just two days, there were 41 million interactions (likes, comments or shares) on stories about the late Supreme Court…

Drifting performance on river in Czech Republic provides convenience from Covid-19 tension

Spectators gathered for a floating concert on the Vltava River in the Czech Republic. Numbers of coronavirus cases have spiked recently in the country, so the concert was a moment of peace in the capital Prague. The Epoque Orchestra performed alongside British violinist Daniel Hope.Sept. 20, 2020

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The Soundtrack for Fargo Season 4 Is a Perfect Match

Season 4 of FX's smash anthology series Fargo, based loosely on Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 classic film of the same name, is primarily centered on a 1950 battle between crime syndicates. Given that setting, the season is full of era-appropriate music, featuring some classic jazz from Duke Ellington and others. We'll track every song…

Here’s What We Know About Season 2 of Utopia

If, a year ago, a television series suggested that somehow the SARS virus was introduced to China by a rogue American scientist—and that covert biological warfare raged between the superpowers—we all might have shrugged it off as good fictional fun. Amazon’s Utopia, based on the British Channel 4 series of the same name, turns epidemiological…

Here’s What Might Have actually Occurred if Darth Vader In Fact Got the Death Star Plans

The book has officially closed on the most recent Star Wars trilogy and the long-running Skywalker Saga, with fan opinion pretty divided on how it all ended. But certain corners of the fandom are still focused on Rogue One, the 2016 prequel to the very first Star Wars movie, and one of the only films…