America is unlikely to lead the effort to understand the Omicron coronavirus variant

America is unlikely to lead the effort to understand the Omicron coronavirus variant

The race to find out how dangerous the Omicron variant is is likely to be a global effort, but some experts are skeptical that the US will play a dominant role. Why it’s important: The CDC has repeatedly come under fire for inadequate data collection throughout the pandemic – and figuring out how to respond … Read more

United States looking for Omicron cases

United States looking for Omicron cases

Laboratories across the United States are looking for the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, which officials have said will almost inevitably be discovered here. Why it’s important: The world is on high alert, while scientists are vying to understand if the variant could be a game-changer in the pandemic. Early detection in theory gives officials more … Read more

Countries are increasingly addressing travel bans on Omicron

Countries are increasingly addressing travel bans on Omicron

The travel bans and border closures caused by the Omicron variant are unlikely to completely prevent its proliferation, but it will prevent countries from relying on the measures. Why it’s important: The rapid pace at which countries turned to travel bans with the advent of Omicron indicates that border controls will increasingly become a weapon … Read more

The Schmidt Futures report recommends billions for US bioeconomy

The Schmidt Futures report recommends billions for US bioeconomy

A new report makes the economic and environmental argument that the United States is investing billions of dollars to build what is known as the bioeconomy. Why it’s important: The transition to bio-based food, fuel, materials and more can greatly reduce carbon emissions and form the basis for a more sustainable production economy. But while … Read more

China, India seem to intend to ban citizens from crypto

China, India seem to intend to ban citizens from crypto

The two largest countries in the world seem to intend to effectively ban their citizens from participating in crypto, posing a serious threat to the crypto agenda. Why it’s important: The crypto world is global – but the real world is fragmented into nation states, each claiming control of what happens within its borders. Driver … Read more

The startup that will disrupt major ISPs

The startup that will disrupt major ISPs

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break broadband monopolies across the country. Why it’s important: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it is not ubiquitous and can be both slow and unaffordable in parts of the country. What happens: Underline, a … Read more

Mikese Morse’s case highlights how Florida is failing those with mental illness

Mikese Morse’s case highlights how Florida is failing those with mental illness

After 13 years of living with mental illness and three years of fighting in court, Mikese Morse finally receives treatment for mental health. The cost: another man’s life. Why it’s important: Mike’s saga illustrates how Florida treats those in need of involuntary mental health care – as criminals who rely on the police and the … Read more

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