Traditionally catering to the wealthy, cities’ healthy aspects—if made available to all—could help slow future pandemics.

Traditionally catering to the wealthy, cities’ healthy aspects—if made available to all—could help slow future pandemics.

The cities of the world are sick. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, people living in metropolitan areas have been among the worst hit, unable to socially distance effectively and sometimes plagued with preexisting conditions that their cities helped create. Many municipalities weren’t built with highly transmissible infectious disease—or human health—in front of mind, and the…

Covid-19’s Toll on Prison Labor Doesn’t Just Hurt Inmates

Covid-19’s Toll on Prison Labor Doesn’t Just Hurt Inmates

While millions of Americans shelter in their homes, America’s prisoners are at work. In at least 20 states, from Florida to Michigan to Texas to California, incarcerated workers are making hand sanitizer, face masks, and protective gowns at prison manufacturing facilities. In Indiana, they’re making plastic face shields. In Oregon, they’re doing hospitals’ laundry. If…

Microsoft Build Looks Very Different in 2020

Microsoft Build Looks Very Different in 2020

This morning, Microsoft kicks off the first-ever virtual iteration of Build, its annual conference for the developers who make software for the company’s platforms. As in years past, Microsoft will detail updates to its sprawling suite of software: improvements to Windows; expansions of the Azure cloud-computing platform; and enhancements to Teams, the office productivity tool…

TCL 10 Pro and 10L Review: A Promising Debut

TCL 10 Pro and 10L Review: A Promising Debut

I’ve been testing a lot of budget phones lately. You’d think my favorites would come from established brands like Samsung and Motorola, right? Not quite. The phones I’ve really enjoyed using come from a brand you may not associate with mobile devices: TCL, a company better known in the US for making affordable televisions.TCL has…

The Drive to Replace Summer-Only ‘Peaker’ Power Plants

The Drive to Replace Summer-Only ‘Peaker’ Power Plants

This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.As the US approaches another scorching summer, the power grid will be tested once again. Energy use typically spikes during heat waves due to the massive amount of electricity required by widespread air-conditioning. This extra demand is met by so-called peaker plants,…