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How coronavirus threatens the seasonal farmworkers at the heart of the American food supply

How coronavirus threatens the seasonal farmworkers at the heart of the American food supply

Many Americans may find bare grocery store shelves the most worrying sign of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their food system. But, for the most part, shortages of shelf-stable items like pasta, canned…

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Mexican president calls on Russia, Saudi Arabia to end oil price war By Reuters

Mexican president calls on Russia, Saudi Arabia to end oil price war By Reuters

© Reuters. Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Saturday called on Russia and…

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‘Zoombombers’ want to troll your online meetings. Here’s how to stop them

‘Zoombombers’ want to troll your online meetings. Here’s how to stop them

“Zoombombing” in case you haven’t heard, is the unsavoury practice of posting distressing comments, pictures or videos after gatecrashing virtual meetings hosted by the videoconferencing app Zoom. With hundreds of millions around the world now…

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How high will unemployment go? During the Great Depression, 1 in 4 Americans were out of work

How high will unemployment go? During the Great Depression, 1 in 4 Americans were out of work

CC BY-ND The U.S. unemployment rate climbed from a half-century low of 3.5% to 4.4% in March – and is expected to go a lot higher. But could the rate, as some predict, surpass the…

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Starbucks Latin America franchise holder suspends 1,600 jobs in Chile By Reuters

Starbucks Latin America franchise holder suspends 1,600 jobs in Chile By Reuters

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – The company that holds the franchise for Starbucks in Chile has suspended the contracts of 90% of its employees in the country, where most cafes are shut as part of efforts to…

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Fossil track sites tell the story of ancient crocodiles in southern Africa

Fossil track sites tell the story of ancient crocodiles in southern Africa

“The Pleistocene” often evokes images of ice ages – with much of the planet covered by great ice sheets. In reality, this geological epoch that started 2.6 million years ago and lasted until about 11,700…

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China’s big donors are pitching in to deal with the new coronavirus – and not just in their own country

China’s big donors are pitching in to deal with the new coronavirus – and not just in their own country

Less than a month after China confirmed the emergence of what soon became the new coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba pledged US$144 million in medical supplies for Hubei province and its capital city…

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U.S. biofuels industry seeks bailout to weather ‘collapsing demand’: letter By Reuters

U.S. biofuels industry seeks bailout to weather ‘collapsing demand’: letter By Reuters

(Reuters) – The U.S. biofuel industry has asked the Trump administration for funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation to help it survive a demand slump triggered by the coronavirus outbreak, according…

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Fossil find suggests ‘Homo erectus’ emerged 200,000 years earlier than thought

Fossil find suggests ‘Homo erectus’ emerged 200,000 years earlier than thought

The human evolutionary path is complicated. It’s almost impossible to say exactly when we modern humans became “us”. This quandary is best articulated by the famous naturalist Charles Darwin in his book The Descent of…

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How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk

How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk

Economic activity is slowing rapidly, both in the United States and around the world. Social distancing, stalling global trade, widespread illness and the closing of borders, restaurants and schools will all contribute to the next…

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