Where Have All the Coins Gone?

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert,” the economist Milton Friedman once quipped, “in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.” The U.S. Mint, to its credit, had a much longer run. The Federal Reserve, which purchases coins from the Mint and distributes them to depository institutions, announced it would begin rationing coins “based … Continue reading Where Have All the Coins Gone?

3 States Account for 42 Percent of All COVID-19 Deaths in America. Why?

In a recent article in The Atlantic, Thomas Chatterton Williams decried America’s handling of the coronavirus. The words “utter disaster” are used, and Williams, an expatriate, contrasts America’s response to that of France, where he currently lives. “As Donald Trump’s America continues to shatter records for daily infections, France, like most other developed nations and … Continue reading 3 States Account for 42 Percent of All COVID-19 Deaths in America. Why?

How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden

Home gardening is having a boom year across the U.S. Whether they’re growing their own food in response to pandemic shortages or just looking for a diversion, numerous aspiring gardeners have constructed their first raised beds, and seeds are flying off suppliers’ shelves. Now that gardens are largely planted, much of the work for the … Continue reading How to manage plant pests and diseases in your victory garden

Which drugs and therapies are proven to work, and which ones don’t, for COVID-19?

I am a physician and a scientist at the University of Virginia. I care for patients and conduct research to find better ways to diagnose and treat infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Here I’m sharing what is known about which treatments work, and which don’t, for the new coronavirus infection. Keep in mind that this field … Continue reading Which drugs and therapies are proven to work, and which ones don’t, for COVID-19?

What doctors know about lingering symptoms of coronavirus

With over 2 million cases in the U.S. since the coronavirus pandemic began in late December, there are now many people who have recovered from COVID-19. At the same, there have been reports of people who continue to have long-term side effects from the infection. I am a professor and physician and I specialize in … Continue reading What doctors know about lingering symptoms of coronavirus

I’m Reporting From Seattle’s CHOP. Here’s What It’s Really Been Like.

SEATTLE—Mason McDermott and his father caught a would-be arsonist and put out the fire he set at their auto repair shop, but they couldn’t get police to come out and arrest him. The McDermotts’ 49-year-old business is on the edge of central Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, six blocks controlled by demonstrators, and police were … Continue reading I’m Reporting From Seattle’s CHOP. Here’s What It’s Really Been Like.

Paycheck Protection Program: Who Lent to Whom, and Where?

It’s been 11 weeks since Congress passed the CARES Act, which, among its many other provisions, established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Nearly three‐​quarters of U.S. small businesses have so far availed themselves of this program. But it turns out that fewer small businesses got a PPP loan in the states hardest‐​hit by the Covid‐​19 pandemic than elsewhere. … Continue reading Paycheck Protection Program: Who Lent to Whom, and Where?

Trump’s Cancellation of Work Visas Will Hurt American Economy

The Trump Administration has just issued an proclamation that will restrict the issuance of many temporary economic migrant work visas. The proclamation will go into effect on June 24 at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time. The visas affected are the H-1B visa for skilled temporary migrant workers, the H-2B visa for temporary lower‐​skilled non‐​agricultural employment, most J visas, and L visas for intracompany transfers. … Continue reading Trump’s Cancellation of Work Visas Will Hurt American Economy

Half the matter in the universe was missing – we found it hiding in the cosmos

In the late 1990s, cosmologists made a prediction about how much ordinary matter there should be in the universe. About 5%, they estimated, should be regular stuff with the rest a mixture of dark matter and dark energy. But when cosmologists counted up everything they could see or measure at the time, they came up … Continue reading Half the matter in the universe was missing – we found it hiding in the cosmos