What are we reading? March 12, 2020


Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.


Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

A big boost to the viability of battery farms as major contributors to the power grid courtesy of Elon Musk. – Popular Mechanics



More encouraging news on the carbon conversion front: how waste CO2 is being converted into fuels and other usable products. – The Coversation



This U.S. call for aspiring space cadets might be a good career option considering the upwardly spiralling COVID-19 hysteria. – USAJOBS



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

The Italian government has announced that mortgage payments will be temporarily suspended for its locked-down population. – Business Insider



Talking Points Memo boss Josh Marshall notes how state and municipal governments have rushed to fill the leadership vacuum left by the “drifting and headless” Trump administration’s piecemeal and misinformation-strewn response to COVID-19. – Talking Points Memo



Tyler Orton, reporter:

“Dear readers: Please stop calling us ‘the media.’ There is no such thing.”

Want to annoy a journalist? Refer to them as “the media.” It’s a concept that really doesn’t exist in the way many consumers of information seem to think. – The Washington Post



“Mark Carney heads to Ottawa”

The highly esteemed central banker returns home after trying to shepherd the U.K. through the Brexit. Carney is known to be a character with a penchant for hard rock and cheeseburgers. But he has his sights set on combatting climate change at this stage in his career. – MacLean’s 



Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor: 

Barnes & Noble’s new plan is to act like an indie bookseller. Those who remember the 1998 film Who’s Got Mail?, in which Meg Ryan’s indie bookstore was losing business to Tom Hanks’ Fox Books (which was based on giant bookseller Barnes & Noble), may find this latest development interesting. Bloomberg