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Europe is beginning to overtake the US in rising Covid case numbers, and member states are going back into various levels of lockdowns.
In France, the rules mostly apply to a night-time lockdown. Residents of larger cities such as Paris will have a curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for the next four weeks.
In Germany, group sizes were once again limited and an earlier curfew was instated for bars and restaurants. Germany has had a very low death toll for the virus but still saw case number spike to a daily record on Thursday to 6,638 in a single day.
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Climate: Stand Up And Take a Bow
kenichiro yoshida, CEO of top-ranked Sony, credit: Bloomberg
Sony was named the most sustainably managed company in the world by the Wall Street Journal. The paper graded companies based on the sustainability of manufacturing, delivery, supply chain, and data management practices, among other factors.
Most of this came from self-reported data from companies. The Journal points out that many companies are still reluctant to release this data because of the arduous nature of tracking it and fear of non-compliance. But government regulations are increasingly asking for this information so companies that rank high in sustainability will not feel the burden when the business world forces their hands.
Surprisingly, hardware companies are over-represented in the top 20. Philips, a company that buys back and refurbishes all of its hardware, is just behind Sony at #2. LG is #6, HP is #8, Ericsson, Xerox and Caterpillar are also in the top 20.
12,000 pounds. That is how much a World War II bomb weighed that exploded on Monday underwater. The Polish Navy was attempting to diffuse it but, well, it didn’t work. Thankfully no one was hurt.
400 years old. That is the age of a Dutch trading ship that was discovered in the Baltic Sea. Researchers say it is in pristine condition with some of its rigging still scattered on deck.
15 million. That is how many have people participated in early voting so far. In Texas yesterday 1 million people voted in one day! Actually, that was an early estimate. The actual number is expected to be much higher.
11 days. That is how long it took a bar-tailed godwit to fly from Alaska to New Zealand without taking a break, a record cross-continental flight. At least international travel is still open for some.
6,000 feet. That is how high a man in a jet pack was flying when a pilot for China Airlines reported him to the tower in Los Angeles. This is the second jet pack flyer spotted in the SoCal skies in just under two months. No word if it’s the same person.
Scientists have found a way to take plastic trash and turn it into hydrogen, which can then be used for clean fuel. This comes out of a study from the University of Oxford.
Plastic is an abomination. Nearly 5 tons of plastic ends up in a landfill or in nature and this number is just growing, killing wildlife and disrupting ecosystems. A new documentary asserts that recycling was actually a marketing idea from the plastics industry so that people felt good about buying more plastics.
The Oxford scientists used microwaves to initiate a catalytic deconstruction process to turn plastics into hydrogen. Don’t do this in your home microwave. It’s not the same and also, what would you do with raw hydrogen if you succeed?
Wells Fargo has fired over 100 people for taking Covid relief funds for themselves. It is amazing how many of these abuse stories keep on coming.
The bank says that staffers made “false representations in applying for coronavirus relief funds for themselves.” Recall that Wells Fargo was among the banks that could not process applications because it ran out of funds within hours of the program opening. Wells Fargo will now cooperate with government investigations around these thefts.