What are we reading? July 2, 2020

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


Kirk LaPointe, publisher/editor-in-chief:

Two exceptional tales about the virologist who discovered asymptomatic coronavirus, but the world wouldn’t listen. How the world missed the story. – Wired and The New York Times.




Fretting about investment? Some simpler moves might navigate the gyrations of the market. – The New York TImes



Are shopping malls ever returning to their glory? The outlook is rather grim. The Walrus



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Add this to your 21st century anxiety inventory: the rapidly rising dark art of cybercrime. – National Institute of Standards and Technology



Some help, perhaps, in the global initiative to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector: the International Transport Forum has just released its transport climate action directory for public use. It includes a wide range of options to help decision makers with viable ways to decarbonize transportation in their jurisdictions. They/we need all the help we can get in cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transport, which emits an estimated 23% of the world's energy-related CO2



Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor:

I had no idea crabs had anything to do with vaccines. Apparently they do – quite a bit, in fact. Horseshoe crab blood is key to making a COVID-19 vaccine, but the ecosystem may suffer. – National Geographic



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor

One of the big hurdles in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is air travel – jet engines are megapolluters. A Chinese discovery may offer a way to solve the problem. Researchers have developed a prototype design for a jet engine that uses microwave air plasmas, powered by electricity instead of fossil fuel – UPI



When my wife sent me a link to this story about “giant vampire anchovies,” I assumed it was a gag, but no. Scientists say new research into a pair of fossils reveals that the tiny modern plankton-noshing fish had sabre-toothed ancestors, too big to end up on any pizza and prone to using their outsized fangs to snag other fish as prey. – Global