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Headlines Edition

Wednesday headlines: A drone with a view.

Over 80,000 Americans have died of coronavirus. Millions are out of work. And the president is busy constructing a separate reality to keep fans distracted.

A list of Mr. Trump's favorite coronavirus talking points (i.e., lies) that Fauci's Senate testimony debunked.

Regarding meat plants: How did the president arrive at “requiring civilians to risk their lives for the sake of a particular food?”

Iceland's two whaling companies will skip the whale hunt this summer for the second straight year.

A new study finds that a shallow ocean and habitable conditions may have persisted on Venus for as long as 3 billion years.

One couple won the chance to be innkeepers on an island off San Francisco. Now it's a nice place to wait out the pandemic.

See also: The journey of a California floater mussel; satellite images of blooms in the California Poppy Reserve; a drone’s eye view of LA’s longest drive-thru lines.

The EU pushes to reopen borders to try and salvage the tourism sector.

Pre-pandemic, Anthony Lane goes full romantic on the pleasures found in riding trains across Europe.

Machine-learning algorithms trained on normal behavior are suffering from our actions during the pandemic.

Johns Hopkins unveils a course to teach Americans the fundamentals of contact tracing.

Why tribal nations in the US have been hit hard: fragile health care systems, large numbers of people with pre-existing conditions, “the collapse of tribal economies.”

Anti-Semitic incidents in the US in 2019 were the highest in 40 years, with over two-thousand acts of assault and harassment.

Russia’s interference in the 2016 election may wind up remembered as the experimental prelude "that foreshadowed the attack of 2020."

A recent poll finds Americans are more worried about China’s contributions to climate change than global health. 

Investments to reduce greenhouse gases for the Paris Accords could cost around $100 trillion by 2100—and pay off many trillions more.

Facebook agrees to pay $52 million to thousands of US content moderators for any PTSD acquired from looking at horrible things.

Twitter tells its staff they can continue working from home forever.

See also: The American version of The Office has been adapted for Slack.

Artist Zhijun Wang, known for making masks out of sneakers, even IKEA bags, explains how to make a mask on your own.

In Kibera, outside the Kenyan capital Nairobi, young girls wear the “coronavirus hairstyle.”

“Too black, too queer, too holy.” Why Little Richard never gets his due.