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A few months ago, I apologised for the increased prominence of articles around COVID-19. It seemed at that point that this weird bat flu was going to be something important. Over the last few weeks, we have tried to wrestle with our new lives, to try to make sense of what we have lost - and occasionally ponder about what we have gained.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will be stepping into a new abyss, that new normal of supposed freedom. Some of us are there already, but until we reach a collective immunity or most likely find a vaccine, the end of the tunnel is still some way off. In this collection of articles, I hope you will find some clarity through Ed Yong's attack on misinformation, but also some clarity on the confusion. For my friends in education, article 2 is on the money.
Stay sane, stay safe!
Onward! - Rahim
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My recommendations for this week
1. The Problem With Stories About Dangerous Coronavirus Mutations Link - Another Ed Yong Corker
2. Dawn of the Age of Digital Learning Link - Interested in education and what's happened? - read this
3. The Lipstick effect and post-pandemic consumer trends Link - yes, lipstick.
4. 'Biggest failure in a generation': Where did Britain go wrong? Link - Boris Fail
5. Back to Work Resilience Link
6. Can we escape from information overload? Link - must read
7. The world’s most nutritious foods Link - some surprises
8. A New Kind of Superhero Link - cute
9. Flattening the Truth on Coronavirus Link - clarity on the confusion / confusion on the clarity
10. I Have Seen the Future—And It’s Not the Life We Knew Link
My Tech Recommendations for this Week
1. Virtual reality is about to have its iPhone moment Link
2. A Neuroscience Startup Uses Helmets to Measure Brain Activity Link
3. We Chat, They Watch Link
4. The System That Actually Worked Link
5. COVID Moonshot: Can AI Algorithms and Volunteer Chemists Design a Knockout Antiviral? Link
6. Cloning COVID antibodies Link
7. Human Fallibility and the Case for Robot Baseball Umpires Link
8. An AI Algorithm inspired by how children learn is harder to confuse Link
9. Naked and Unafraid to Exercise in Virtual Reality Link
10. AI and Efficiency Link
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