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Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising faster than ever

  • In April, new cases never topped 100,000 in one day, but since May 21, there have only been less than 100,000 on five days, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
  • But many countries, particularly in South America, the Middle East and Africa, the rate of transmission still appears to be accelerating, according to a CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.
  • Its case numbers are second only to the US, where just under 1.9 million cases have been reported and 108,211 deaths.
  • A number of countries that passed their initial peak -- such as South Korea, Germany and China -- have since seen new clusters of infections after restrictions on movement were eased, raising fears of a second wave.
  • Authorities in 214 countries and territories have reported about 6.6 million Covid-19 cases and 391,000 deaths since China reported its first cases to the WHO in December.

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Oldest known parasite is a worm-like animal from 512 million years ago

  • Hundreds of fossilised animals seemingly covered in worm-like creatures are the oldest hard evidence of parasitism, dating from 512 million years ago when complex animals were still new.
  • Zhang’s team found hundreds of fossilised brachiopods, animals with two shells resembling those of clams, called Neobolus wulongqingensis.
  • Evidently these animals lived with the brachiopods, but was it a cooperative relationship or a parasitic one?
  • If the worm-like creatures were parasites, brachiopods that hosted them should have been less healthy than those without them.
  • Strotz also argues that they were obligate parasites, meaning they couldn’t survive without their hosts, but Ma says there isn’t enough evidence.
  • “We don’t know what this tube-dwelling organism is,” says Ma. It isn’t clear whether the creatures are some of the first animal parasites, or if there were older examples that haven’t been fossilised.

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The pandemic will put billionaires’ commitment to journalism to the test

  • Over the last decade, billionaires like Powell Jobs have picked up prestige media outlets and won respect from those who saw these deals as a form of civic leadership and public service.
  • And what decisions these billionaires make will be telling about a larger trend: Have their purchases over the last few years been an expression of pure philanthropy — a charitable commitment that they expect to lose money on, or at least are prepared to — as they and their admirers have made them out to be, or are they a financial investment and therefore subject to the same cold, hard math that applies to businesses like Amazon or Salesforce?
  • When the Atlantic deal was announced in 2017, Powell Jobs called the publication “one of the country’s most important and enduring journalistic institutions,” and waxed eloquent about the publication’s 160-year history and ties to Ralph Waldo Emerson, after whom her philanthropy, Emerson Collective, is named.

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