Daily Archives: May 1, 2020

Comparing Coronavirus Deaths in NYC and Seattle – Charles Duhigg Explains | Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company

Apr 30, 2020
New Yorker journalist Charles Duhigg has been comparing the pandemic responses in New York and Seattle. Both cities were hit by the outbreak at around the same time, from late February to early March. Today, New York accounts for more than 30% of all U.S. coronavirus deaths, and fewer than 2% are in Washington. Duhigg speaks to Michel Martin about exactly how this disparity developed.

What Meaning will History Subsequently Accord this Pandemic?

VOA News

Apr 30, 2020

The U.S. State of West Virginia has had thankfully few cases of COVID. But the State is still in lockdown, and VOA’s Jamie Dettmer is there, and he’s been struck by the resilience of the residents of this American State.

President Donald Trump’s Pattern Of Peddling Conspiracies | Deadline | MSNBC


Apr 30, 2020

Former FBI general counsel Andrew Weissman weighs in on reporting that the American intelligence community is being pushed to investigate a conspiracy theory linking Covid-19 to a lab in Wuhan. Aired on 4/30/2020.

President Donald Trump Pushing The Limits Of Government To Rewrite History | Deadline | MSNBC


Apr 30, 2020

New reporting on Trump’s efforts to fast track a vaccine and to have his intelligence agencies investigate a conspiracy theory about the virus’s origin in China. Aired on 4/30/2020.

Infectious Disease Experts Says We Need To Vaccinate Entire World To Be Safe Of This Virus | MSNBC


Apr 30, 2020

Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the development of a coronavirus vaccine and the challenge of scaling up production to accomplish the widespread distribution needed. Aired on 4/30/2020.

We Are Writing The Climate Future of The Next Decade Now | David Wallace-Wells |Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion

Apr 30, 2020

“Every aspect of our lives will be touched by climate change, climate is not something that is happening elsewhere, it’s not happening to other people, even if it may be hitting other populations more intensely then it’s hitting the one you’re in, it will touch every life and transform every life…,” – David Wallace-Wells Rebroadcast with permission from RSA.

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Political dysfunction defines U.S. COVID-19 response


Apr 30, 2020

Political dysfunction has defined Washington’s #COVID19 response. Even with the best medical infrastructure, the U.S. still has the most coronavirus cases and largest death toll. It seems party politics has become the Achilles’ heel of the U.S. system.

The 1995 Hubble photo that changed astronomy


Sep 21, 2016

The Hubble Deep Field, explained by the man who made it happen.

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If you hold a pin at arm’s length up in the air, the head of the pin covers approximately the amount of sky that appears in the Hubble Deep Field. The iconic 1995 image is crowded, not because it’s a broad swath of sky but because it’s a broad swath of time. The Hubble Deep Field is more than 12 billion light-years deep.

Robert Williams was the director of the Hubble’s science institute back in 1995, and it was his decision to attempt a deep field observation with the telescope. Previous calculations had indicated that Hubble would not be able to detect very distant galaxies, but Williams figured they’d never know unless they tried.

His team chose a completely dark part of the sky, in order to see beyond the stars of the Milky Way, and programmed Hubble to stare at that spot for 10 days. It was unusual to use precious observing time to point the telescope at nothing in particular, but that’s what they did.

“We didn’t know what was there, and that was the whole purpose of the observation, basically — to get a core sample of the universe,” Williams said, borrowing the concept of the “core sample” from the earth sciences.

“You do the same thing if you’re trying to understand the geology of the Earth: Pick some typical spot to drill down to try to understand exactly what the various layers of the Earth are and what they mean in terms of its geologic history.”

What makes the Hubble Deep Field an atypical core sample is that rather than observing the material as it is now, the telescope collected images of galaxies as they appeared millions and billions of years ago. Since light can only travel so fast, the telescope is a peephole into the history of the universe.

Click here to download the Hubble Deep Field images: http://www.spacetelescope.org/science…

To Scale: The Solar System

To Scale:

Sep 16, 2015

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.
A film by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh

The Corona Oil Shock

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Apr 29, 2020

Join Professors Jeff Colgan and Mark Blyth for a discussion around the implications of COVID-19 on global politics and the environment, followed by an interactive Q&A. Oil used to be a big story. If it rose we feared inflation. If it fell we celebrated a boost to consumption while worrying about green investments. Over the past few months, the story about Oil has disappeared under an avalanche of COVID-19 concerns. But its price has collapsed and this time few are celebrating, or even worrying that much. Mark Blyth, Director of the Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs talks with Professor Jeff Colgan, the Richard Holbrooke Associate Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, about why Oil is still a big story and why we need to pay it more attention.