Test to Treat initiative

News roundup for Fri, Mar 4, 2022

Editor’s note: We’re thinking about how to improve these roundups and want to hear your ideas in the comments!  Ukraine invasion: Siege tactics are increasing and some cities are beginning to fall to Russia. Huge convoys are converging on Kyiv, and at least 6 active nuclear reactors are under Russian onslaught but still operating. Shelling

Are Russians queuing at ATMs

News roundup for Tue, Mar 1, 2022

Ukraine invasion: Russia has taken over Chernobyl and is stirring up radioactive dust and debris by occupying the area. Radiation levels are exceeding known control readings in multiple places. There is concern that radioactive material from Chernobyl and from other, damaged Ukrainian nuclear facilities could be weaponized against Ukrainians. In the wake of Putin’s escalation

Has Ukraine being invaded by Russia

News roundup for Fri, Feb 25, 2022

Russia invades Ukraine: Here are CNN’s and BBC’s free live feeds to keep up to date with the latest developments. The attacks started with long-range artillery against Kharkiv and missile attacks near Kiyv. Civilians are hiding underground: CNN's @clarissaward talks to Ukrainians taking cover in bomb shelters in Kharkiv. "We try be brave, because we

Has a Brazilian mudslide killed more than 100 people

News roundup for Tue, Feb 22, 2022

Ukraine conflict: Putin recognized the independence of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine fears that the recognition of the rebel-held areas could justify separatist leaders to request military help from Russia, paving the way for an invasion. Putin has indeed ordered troops into eastern Ukraine, but experts are weighing if this constitutes an invasion. Both

Does the US government store 1.4 billion pounds of cheese

News roundup for Fri, Feb 18, 2022

All’s quiet on the Canadian front. All border blockades have ended, and CNN reports that the protests may end soon as Ottawa police consider no-go zones. After the Canadian government gave banks the go-ahead to freeze protestors’ bank accounts, there was speculation that it could cause a bank run. We haven’t seen evidence of that,

Has Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergency Powers Act

News roundup for Tue, Feb 15, 2022

In the news, we have big happenings on two fronts: Canada and Ukraine. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invoked the Emergency Powers Act, putting Canada into a state of martial law to quell the trucker protest that has been happening for over two weeks. Trudeau stopped short of deploying the military but has empowered

Can a war in Ukraine create hunger around the world

News roundup for Fri, Feb 11, 2022

American truckers are rallying in support of the Canadian trucker protests. Alaskan truckers have formed a convoy, and there are rumors that a convoy is planning to make its way from Los Angeles (starting Super Bowl Sunday) all the way to DC. Major trade routes between the US and Canada have been blocked by numerous

Do beavers help restore ecosystems after wildfires

News roundup for Tue, Feb 8, 2022

Ottawa has declared a state of emergency as a sustained trucker protest over mandatory vaccination policies causes trouble. A surprising number of these protesters are from America: An oil production and storage vessel containing 60,000 barrels of oil (but capable of holding millions of barrels) exploded off the coast of Nigeria this week: As Russia

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Securing crypto passwords in physical steel with the Keystone Tablet Plus

If you hold cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, your digital money is held in a digital wallet. To keep that wallet private, you unlock it with a seed phrase, which is a long set of passwords in a specific order (think: “apple, car, boat, ball…”). You might hold your coins in a personal decentralized wallet like Metamask.

News roundup for Fri, Feb 4, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in the US in the wake of a broad winter storm. Thousands of flights are grounded, and roads are a mess. 100,000 people are dying of diabetes every year in the US. It’s going to take broad policy changes to address this crisis, and medicating it away

Are frozen iguanas falling off trees in Florida because it's too cold

News roundup for Tue, Feb 1, 2022

Russia insists all the hullabaloo about a potential Ukrainian attack is invented, Western nonsense. In the meantime they’ve literally surrounded Ukraine with enough military assets to easily overtake Ukraine’s defensive capabilities. And they’ve shipped in blood (which is only good for about 42 days) and medical supplies: Winter storm Landon is driving freezing temperatures across

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Review: the Halo Bolt Air jumpstarts dead car batteries and fills flat tires

One of the things we’ve been most excited about in the vehicle prepping market over the last few years is how modern battery technology enabled a new category of personal, portable chargers for jumping a dead battery and other power-hungry vehicle fixes. I’m a big believer in buying high-quality devices that do one thing well

Has there been a coup in Burkina Faso

News roundup for Fri, Jan 28, 2022

The US Commerce Department says we’re so short of semi-conductors that production shutdowns could occur downline.  Car and medical device industries are anticipated to feel the impacts the most. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jerusalem are experiencing snow. Folks in parts of Egypt are particularly concerned as residential dwellings and other buildings are not generally constructed