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Thursday Headlines: Is it strange to dance so soon?

"What it has proven is that a drug can block this virus." A clinical trial of remdesivir shows promising results—though an earlier trial in China found no "significant clinical benefits."

"If the first results from antibody surveys in the US are anything to judge by, simply not enough people are immune."

How long will it take to develop a COVID-19 vaccine? An interactive timeline lets you adjust parameters to see what may be possible.

The head of a Japanese physicians’ group says holding the Olympics in 2021 without a vaccine will be “exceedingly difficult.”

The US economy shrank at an estimated 4.8% annual rate in the first quarter this year, and next quarter might become the worst on record.

See also: European economies contracted significantly, with Italy at 4.7%, Spain at 5.2%, and France at a record 5.8%—meaning France is technically in recession.

Workers at Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target, and FedEx plan to strike on Friday, seeking "better protections and benefits in the pandemic."

Those afraid to return to work won't be eligible for unemployment, providing states with a massive, perverse incentive to reopen.

The largest mall owner in the US will reopen 49 properties this weekend—though some tenants may decide to remain closed.

How the coronavirus could rebuild economics—i.e., the free market can't be the solution to everything.

As deaths in the US top 60,000, COVID-19 will soon be deadlier than any flu season since 1967.

California Gov. Newsom will order all beaches and parks to close, starting tomorrow.

The lockdown is estimated to reduce emissions by 5.5% this year—but we need them to go down 7.6% every year until 2050.

Scientists say that if the pandemic had come a year later, they might have been able to stop it from spreading on airplanes.

Related: A concept for the future of healthy plane seating reverses each row's middle passenger and adds shielding between every seat.

A roundup of all the ways summer might temporarily slow the spread of COVID-19—from heat and humidity to fewer indoor activities.

"Every day now looks like the weekend." Spotify says people's daily listening habits have significantly changed during quarantine.

Related: Finding inspiration in the peaceful calm of Marfa Public Radio.

Watch and listen: A soothing visualizer of DJ Python's wonderful new album, Mas Amable.

Following Roc Nation’s fling of a takedown order against the Vocal Synthesis YouTube channel, Google reinstated the videos of an AI version of Jay-Z rapping “We Didn’t Start the Fire" and the “To be, or not to be…” soliloquy.

For a lot more background and an interview with the Vocal Synthesis creator, make sure to read this post over at Waxy.

Mel Baggs, who blogged extensively about life as a person with non-verbal autism, has died at age 39.

Watch: Nick Cave covers "Cosmic Dancer" by T. Rex.

In honor of Willie Nelson's 87th birthday yesterday, a ranking of all 143 of his albums.

Experimental archaeologists are deciphering ancient combat techniques by recreating one-on-one fights with replica weapons.

Friends of illustrator Jason Polan—who died in January—hope to turn his work into a commemorative USPS postage stamp.

Creative toasts, including zen gardens constructed using condiments, nuts, and other toppings, by Manami Sasaki.

Video: A time-lapse of artist Paul Barton painting portraits with the help of his daughter from birth to age five.