Why it matters: With large gatherings still banned due to the coronavirus pandemic, the official commemorations on the beaches of Normandy have been canceled. Many of the events have been moved to online platforms. Perhaps one silver lining to this story is that the virtual nature of the commemorations this year means more people around the world will be able to participate.
Why it matters: Even before the coronavirus pandemic, many organizations began incorporating "hot desking" protocols to maximize office space and optimize work flow. But can such concepts aimed at flexibility diminish workers' comfort and concentration levels? Research out of Australia leveraged artificial intelligence to tackle that question and the answer is yes.
Why it matters:Seismic waves from Saturn's interior push out with such strength that they cause the planet's rings to vibrate. The discovery is significant because it indicates some of the interior of Saturn is stable.
Why it matters: Sorry James Bond fans, but new research suggests some diamonds aren't forever. The massive amount of CO2 being released as the African continent splits in two is bringing instability to diamonds in the area.
Why it matters:If all the predictions about work-from-home arrangements becoming more commonplace come true, it stands to reason that the crowds and rush of rush hour might dissipate a bit. But do we really need to have a rush hour?
Why it matters: Of course men can grow boobs big enough to need a bro, but can someone really die from licking too many envelopes? Does broccoli actually taste like a "vile weed" to some people? And what exactly is the human biology behind ... ahem ... shrinkage?
Why it matters: Even die-hard fans of "The Goonies" might not realize how influential the formula for the movie became in Hollywood movie-making circles. Perhaps the lesson here is that instead of focusing on big budget flicks that drown in special effects, savvy filmmakers would do well to begin with a simple premise ... like what a group of kids might want to do on a rainy day.
Why it matters: Jump in your ride and hit the road! Thank you to all the readers who submitted songs. I didn't include every single song that was submitted, but I tried to include at least one from every reader (some of you submitted quite a few tunes!). If you sent me an email and don't see any of your songs on the playlist, please re-send your songs.
You will undoubtedly know many of these songs, but there are probably a few tunes with which you might not be unfamiliar. Please enjoy them all and you might just be able to broaden your musical horizons ... while you chase the actual horizon.
Why it matters:I am sure a sensible solution will be found to overcome concerns about the NBA's older coaches being unable to practice social-distancing during games. If the there are no fans near the court, there is plenty of room for everyone to space out. I would love to hear what Gregg Popovich has to say on this matter. And if the NBA is truly worried about old guys being too close to young guys, how is Vince Carter supposed to play defense?
Why it matters: Relax, you still have time. Today is National Donut Day and this Fast Company article tells you how to score some free yummy deliciousness.
Donut Lassies?: The history of National Donut Day might surprise you. It turns out the day was created as a way to honor the "Donut Lassies" who served the sweet treats to soldiers on the frontlines of World War I. While that name hasn't aged too well, the tradition has.
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