Are central bankers tinkering with interest rates too much?

Central banks face a Herculean task to keep economies right-side up.

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  • In the shadow of COVID-19, we're rapidly approaching the point where there's nothing to buy, and no one has any money to buy it with.
  • Central bankers have responded to the coronavirus's economic fallout by tinkering with interest rates and instituting quantitative easing (QE) plans.
  • Artificially lowering interest rates essentially incentivizes debt and discourages fiscal responsibility, whereas other measures, such as subsidized furloughs, may be more effective and better suited to the current situation.
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How you can improve your life with mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness has been clinically proven to help you de-stress and boost positive feelings

  • A recent study showed that 40 days of mindfulness training lead to structural changes in the brain and helps improve quality of life.
  • Previous research has shown meditation to be helpful in reducing emotional pain.
  • Daily mindfulness practice helps practitioners maintain focus and boost their cognitive abilities.
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The Global Hack is calling for help to address COVID-19 with innovative ideas

A global brainstorming marathon is throwing together brilliant ideas from around the world to rapidly develop solutions to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • The Global Hack is a 48-hour online brainstorming marathon beginning on Thursday, April 9.
  • The event is open to anyone with a solution to address the COVID-19 pandemic and socioeconomic problems caused by it.
  • The prize pool is estimated at 120,000 euros, or about $130,000 U.S. dollars.

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Researchers create soft, free-wheeling hybrid robot

A team of scientists created a new type of robot inspired by an octopus, and it could be a major breakthrough in the field.

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  • A team of Stanford researchers created a new type of soft robot that can morph into new shapes and freely move around like an octopus.
  • They call it an "isoperimetric robot": a human-safe soft robot that can grasp and manipulate objects as well as roll around in controllable directions.
  • It's possible that this kind of robot could be used in space travel in the future, because of its malleability and dynamic qualities.
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The Moon as a launchpad to Mars: NASA's Artemis Project moves forward

The space agency is ready to establish a base camp by 2024.

The Orion spacecraft seen during the Nasa Unveil event. The spacecraft is the first step in NASA's Artemis Lunar mission; aiming to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024.

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  • NASA's Artemis program plans on establishing a base camp on the Moon as soon as 2024.
  • After testing technologies and securing resources on the surface of the Moon, NASA plans on exploring Mars.
  • A number of robotic missions will first establish the Gateway, the flight path between Earth and the Moon's south pole.
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The future of space travel is starting right now

Astronaut Garrett Reisman talks NASA, SpaceX, and where we're headed next.

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  • 2020 is off to rocky start, but there are some exciting things happening on the space travel front.
  • Private companies like SpaceX and Boeing have partnered with NASA to get American spacecrafts into space, back to the moon, and onwards to Mars.
  • "I think in a hundred years first of all we're going to be celebrating 2020, so 2120 get ready for a big party," says astronaut Garrett Reisman.