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During Coronavirus, Trump Sits on Clean Energy Loans

WASHINGTON — As the government struggles to keep businesses afloat through the pandemic, the Trump administration is sitting on about $43 billion in low-interest loans for clean energy projects, and critics are accusing the Energy Department of partisan opposition to disbursing the funds. Congress is already considering more coronavirus relief, despite a growing concern for […]

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How A.I. Steered Doctors Toward a Possible Coronavirus Treatment

In late January, researchers at BenevolentAI, an artificial intelligence start-up in central London, turned their attention to the coronavirus. Within two days, using technologies that can scour scientific literature related to the virus, they pinpointed a possible treatment with speed that surprised both the company that makes the drug and many doctors who had spent […]

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The Sun Is a Bit Boring, Which May Make It Special

The sun, like all stars, is a blazing ball of fusion-powered plasma. From its surface emerge magnetic field lines that can cause dark patches known as sunspots. Turn up the activity of these magnetic whorls, and you get more solar storms flinging deadly charged particles and radiation throughout our solar system. If enough of these […]

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How A.I. Steered Doctors Toward a Possible Coronavirus Treatment

In late January, researchers at BenevolentAI, an artificial intelligence start-up in central London, turned their attention to the coronavirus. Within two days, using technologies that can scour scientific literature related to the virus, they pinpointed a possible treatment with speed that surprised both the company that makes the drug and many doctors who had spent […]

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High School Seniors Are Making Yearbooks on Instagram

As high school seniors across the country mourn the loss of year-end rituals like dressing for prom and walking across the stage at graduation, at least one tradition is alive and well: yearbook signing, though not with a pen. Hundreds of students have created yearbook accounts on Instagram to celebrate their classmates’ achievements and share […]

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The F.B.I.’s Director, a Critic of Strong Encryption, Once Defended It

As recently as last month, Christopher A. Wray, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was pushing tech companies like Facebook to give law enforcement access to what he called “warrant-proof encryption.” It was the latest salvo in an intensifying battle between the government and Silicon Valley over so-called end-to-end encryption, which protects users’ […]

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Live Coronavirus Tracker Updates – The New York Times

3.8 million more workers filed for unemployment benefits last week. That’s probably an undercount. The figures announced Thursday by the Labor Department bring the number of workers joining the official jobless ranks in the last six weeks to more than 30 million, and underscore just how dire economic conditions remain. Many state agencies still find […]

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I’m Grateful for Bad Virtual Life

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Having to live virtually stinks. But not having virtual life would be worse. Now that many people around the world are weeks or months into staying home as much as possible, the flaws of working, schooling and […]