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An airborne virus is a threat worth taking seriously - Financial Times. Scientists are questioning whether droplets can explain all cases of coronavirus transmission

Wall Street Gets the Flak, but Tech CEOs Get Paid All the MoneyBloomberg. Rightly or wrongly, Wall Street CEOs are still excoriated as greedy fat cats who exemplify everything that’s wrong with executive pay. But look around corporate America these days, and you’ll find any number of executives, particularly in tech, taking home far more than those bankers ever made—even during the boom years before the financial crisis—without a fraction of the scrutiny or the outrage.

Climate change: what Antarctica’s ‘doomsday glacier’ means for the planet - Financial Times. Dubbed the “doomsday” glacier, Thwaites, perhaps more than any other place in the world, holds crucial clues about the future of the planet.

9 charts that show the good, the bad and the alarming of this early economic recovery - Washington Post. Parts of the economy are more than 80 percent back, but others are barely 25 percent recovered.

I've Seen the Future Without Cars, and It's Amazing - NY Times.  "The one thing we know for sure, because we understand geometry, is that if everyone drives, nobody moves,” Brent Toderian, the former chief planner for the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, told me. Even if you’re a committed daily driver, “it’s in your best interest for walking, biking and public transit to be as attractive as possible for everyone else — because that means you’re going to be able to drive easier.”

How Nespresso's Coffee Revolution Got Ground Down - The Guardian.  Nestlé’s sleek, chic capsule system changed the way we drink coffee. But in an age when everyone’s a coffee snob and waste is wickedness, can it survive?

The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for COVID-19Quantamagazine. Herd immunity differs from place to place, and many factors influence how it’s calculated.