Weekly#383

  • DNA Linked to Covid-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds…The stretch of six genes seems to increase the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus.
  • Tesla is taking reservations for its Cybertruck in China
  • ‘Westworld’ creators are developing a ‘Fallout’ TV series for Amazon
  • $1 billion-plus made-in-Japan machine called Fugaku, whose brisk operating speed of 416 quadrillion calculations per second officially makes it the world’s fastest supercomputer.
  • New mathematical principle used to prevent AI from making unethical decisions
  • Hydrogen storage solutions
  • Walmart is converting its parking lots into pop-up drive-in theaters for the summer
  • Hackers Use Java to Hide Malware on the Data Center Network
  • Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear
  • Coronavirus: Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech
  • Core of a gas planet seen for the first time
  • Stanford research provides a snapshot of a new working-from-home economy

“...Growth of city centers are going to stall. During the pandemic, the overwhelming share of employees who shifted to telecommuting previously worked in offices in cities. I estimate that the loss of their physical presence slashed total daily spending at city center restaurants, bars and shops by more than half…This upsurge in working from home is largely here to stay, and I see a longer-run decline in city centers. The largest U.S. cities have seen incredible growth since the 1980s as younger, educated Americans have flocked into revitalized downtowns. But it looks like that trend will reverse in 2020 – with a flight of economic activity out of city centers…