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Weekly News Digest

There's a Wire Above Manhattan That You've Probably Never Noticed - Mental FlossIt's hard to imagine that anything literally hanging from utility poles across Manhattan could be considered "hidden," but throughout the borough, about 18 miles of translucent wire stretches around the skyline, and most people have likely never noticed. It's called an eruv (plural eruvin), and its existence is thanks to the Jewish Sabbath.

Inside the airline industry's meltdown - The Guardian. Coronavirus has hit few sectors harder than air travel, wiping out tens of thousands of jobs and uncountable billions in revenue. While most fleets were grounded, the industry was forced to reimagine its future. 

Mapped: America’s $2 Trillion Economic Drop, by State and Sector - Visual Capitalist. In just a few months, the U.S. economy reeled from COVID-19. As the GDP suffered, which states and industries were the hardest hit?

The Inside Story of MacKenzie Scott, the Mysterious 60-Billion-Dollar Woman - MarkerThe quiet, literary, 50-year-old billionaire, who overnight became one of the most influential philanthropists in the world, and who set a new bar for giving, has learned from experience what money can accomplish — and what it can’t.

A Columnist Makes Sense of Wall Street Like None Other (See Footnote) - The New York Times.  "In financial news — a medium not known for cultivating eccentric or literary voices — there’s no other writer quite like Mr. Levine, a former Goldman Sachs banker whose deadpan style mixes technical elucidation and wit."

The Elusive Peril of Space Junk - The New Yorker.  Millions of human artifacts circle the Earth. Can we clean them up before they cause a disaster?

Early Vote Analysis - U.S. Elections Project. Early voting continues at a record pace. A reliable data rich source for tracking early voting patterns.

The Power of the Dissenting Voice - Lawrence Yeo. Perhaps the most common version of conformity we encounter is a phenomenon called pluralistic ignorance. This is when many members of a group are doubting the dominant view, but since no one else is expressing their doubts, they think they’re the only ones that have the dissenting opinion.

Humans Are All More Closely Related Than We Commonly Think - Scientific American. Humanity’s most recent common ancestor and so-called genetic isopoint illustrate the surprising connections among our family trees.