Elite Hackers Are Using Coronavirus Emails to Set Traps

Elite Hackers Are Using Coronavirus Emails to Set Traps

In a week dominated by news of the global Covid-19 pandemic, companies scrambled to find ways of securely supporting employees working from home. But the challenges are extensive, and in sectors like critical infrastructure and government defense, there’s often no safe way for workers to be remote.Meanwhile, President Donald Trump suggested (not for the first…

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

The Elegant Mathematics of Social Distancing

My cousin had to cancel his bar mitzvah, which was planned for Saturday in Washington, DC. Some 100 people were scheduled to be there, but like many houses of worship this week, the synagogue suspended its services to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. For my cousin, it means postponing the payoff from years…

Covid-19 Fears Shouldn’t Trash Your Zero Waste Efforts

Covid-19 Fears Shouldn’t Trash Your Zero Waste Efforts

This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.It’s official: Your reusable mug has been tainted—with suspicion. Starbucks announced last Wednesday that it is “pausing the use of personal cups and ‘for here’ ware in our stores” due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and Dunkin’ and Tim Hortons quickly followed…

Panic, Pandemic, and the Body Politic

Panic, Pandemic, and the Body Politic

Infections don’t just attack weaknesses in the human body. They also exploit weaknesses in human society.Some disasters are small, and some disasters are just very far away. Covid-19 is neither. It’s big, and it’s here, and it’s fast. Infection rates are currently doubling roughly every three days. It’s going to be bad, and it’s going…