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The pandemic’s spread across Africa is being tempered by a young population, for now

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Africa has seen lower numbers of cases and death compared with other continents, on a “per million” basis.But the numbers have been on a steady rise and in recent weeks there’s been a spike as the continent crosses the 500,000-mark. It took about 100 days for cases to reach 100,000 in the continent, about 20...

The world is blowing its chance to “build back better” from Covid-19

Global economic crises have historically presented a critical opening for government investment in the climate. In 2009, for example, the Obama administration set the stage for today’s booming clean energy market by pumping $90 billion in recovery funds into the sector.So when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, many economists called on world leaders to “build...

Boohoo’s labor issues are a far too common problem in fashion

Boohoo, a UK fast-fashion retailer, is under pressure after damning reports emerged about labor conditions at factories in Leicester said to be making clothes for the company.An undercover investigation by The Sunday Times alleged that workers at one factory contracted by Boohoo to produce its clothes earned as little as £3.50 (about $4.40) an hour,...

Tracking the $5.1 billion the US has spent on Covid-19 medical research

With over 45,000 new cases a day, the US is very far from flattening the Covid-19 curve. But if the government came short when it comes to containing the epidemic, it is sparing no efforts in supporting medical research.On July 6, the US government announced an investment of $1.6 billion to support pharmaceutical company Novavax in the development of...

Japanese venture capital firms are stepping up their investments in African startups

One of the biggest trends in African tech last year was the spike in inflow of investment from China.For startups on the continent, increased interest from China offered an even more diverse pool to source capital from after years of Silicon Valley and European venture capital firms being the primary source of investment.As it turns out, that pool is...

Robinhood is making far more money from the options boom than from stocks

Brokerages like Robinhood and TD Ameritrade are riding high from the boom in trading. For these brokers, the big money isn’t in the stock market—it’s in options.There are signs that everyday traders are going bonkers for equity options, which offer a cheap way for traders to bet on a stock going up or down in price without having to actually purchase...

The engineering culture clash that defines America’s newest spacecraft

Software didn’t just eat the world; it ate space, too.Computing and the US space program are inextricably linked. The Apollo Flight Computer was famously the first built around silicon chips, as NASA engineers realized that the breadth of calculations required to hurl people to the moon demanded a high-speed electronic solution.Today, computer decision-making...

There’s an AI for every step in the hiring process

The firms that sell AI tools to automate recruiting have started to work the pandemic into their pitches to prospective clients: As the economy tanks and the hiring process moves almost entirely online, AI recruiting tools offer a chance to save some money and make use of new troves of digital data on prospective candidates.In fact, the field is expected...

ICE’s ruling is a staggering blow to the US’s computer science departments

Universities across the US stand to lose the lifeblood of key science and technology programs after the Trump administration announced earlier this week that international students cannot stay in the country if the institutions they attend are only offering online classes.International students make up the bulk of enrollment in graduate computer science...

Where do international students who have always called America home go now?

Here’s a question for the Donald Trump administration: How do you send student visa-holders “back home” if their home is America?Children of those on H-1B in the US have to forego their H-4 dependent visa once they turn 21, and often switch to F-1 or M-1 student visas to continue living with their parents in the US.But the Trump administration’s recent...

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