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Museum visits in the COVID-19 era

There was a time when avoiding crowds in museums was a challenge. Getting to the Egyptian mummies at the British Museum before everyone else was a nearly impossible feat, and managing to get a peek of the Louvre’s Mona Lisa without hundreds of people blocking your view was the stuff of myths. But since mid-March, […]

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Double-decker plane seat design

Airplanes might soon get the British bus treatment. To increase comfort and social distance, an ingenious design called Zephyr Seat, featuring double-decker lie-flat seats, is being considered by major airlines. The design, the brainchild of designer Jeffrey O’Neill of Zephyr Aerospace, would allow Economy Plus Class passengers to lie flat or sit upright with their […]

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Priest squirting holy water

Religious services are problematic in multiple ways when it comes to social distancing, especially when it comes to the more interactive elements of a service. Receiving the host at Catholic mass is quite a challenge when you’re not supposed to come within six feet of another human being — no less being fed a cracker […]

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Phone data on social distancing

In a world where just about everything is traceable, it does not come as a surprise that Americans’ cell phones are now a great way to track who is self-isolating and social distancing. Unacast, a company that collects and analyzes phone GPS location data, just revealed its “Social Distancing Scoreboard” that shows which residents around […]

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Impact of virtual drinking trend

Life changed slowly in the beginning of 2020, and then all at once when the realities of COVID-19 set in. Restaurants and bars that were filled in February were shuttered until further notice by mid-March. Thousands of hospitality workers lost their jobs, and small-business owners had to make the tough decision to stay open for […]

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Great American Takeout Tuesdays

Though everyone in America is feeling the strain of the COVID-19 crisis, few industries have been negatively impacted on the same scale as the restaurant industry. Just a few weeks ago, our nation was experiencing a renaissance of fresh food and local chefs, but now nearly all have seen their dining rooms shut down in […]

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Exercising outside while distancing

If ever there were a time to be a couch potato without feeling guilty or unproductive, it’s now. But staying home doing nothing gets old pretty quick for those used to being active outdoors, particularly when spring has sprung and the sun is shining over your favorite local trail. But is it safe to walk, […]

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Queer events you can attend online

As the coronavirus pandemic alters daily life, queer events around the world are getting canceled, but there’s one event COVID-19 can’t touch: Couchella. That’s right — the hottest ticket in town is the house-party-of-one you’re hosting from your living room. Proximity doesn’t preclude us from gathering in the digital age. While it’s necessary to practice […]