Central banks face a Herculean task to keep economies right-side up.
- 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.
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.
A global brainstorming marathon is throwing together brilliant ideas from around the world to rapidly develop solutions to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
- 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.
A team of scientists created a new type of robot inspired by an octopus, and it could be a major breakthrough in the field.
- 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.
The space agency is ready to establish a base camp by 2024.
- 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.
Astronaut Garrett Reisman talks NASA, SpaceX, and where we're headed next.
- 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.