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'Law & Order' Elliot Stabler Spin-Off: Everything We Know About The 'SVU' Sequel
The "Law & Order" universe is about to be expanded with another series that will see Christopher Meloni return as his "Special Victims Unit" character Elliot Stabler for the first time in a decade.
Too Much Salt May Lower Your Ability to Fight Bacteria—Here Are Four Ways to Help Boost the Immune System
Tests in mice and humans suggest too much salt can dampen the body's response to infection. A healthy diet, sleep, exercise and reducing stress may help the immune system function.
Hawaii expands coronavirus self-quarantine rules to include inter-island travel, threatens $5,000 fines and jail
Hawaii will expand its coronavirus 14-day self-quarantine rules to include all residents and visitors traveling between any of the islands.
Finally, Candor Was in Trump’s Best Interest
The American people have done Donald Trump a giant favor. By telling pollsters they want to extend social-distancing restrictions, they’ve persuaded him—for the moment—to act in his own political self-interest. Trump has great difficulty accepting short-term pain in exchange for long-term gain—even though in the case of COVID-19, doing so is his best reelection strategy. Luckily for him, ordinary Americans are demanding that he do exactly that. Until this week, Trump had spent most of the year downplaying the threat from COVID-19. As The Washington Post noted in a timeline of Trump’s statements, he minimized the coronavirus threat until mid-March. Then, after briefly announcing that the United States was at war with the virus, he minimized the danger again late last month when he demanded that the U.S. economy reopen by Easter. But this week his tone changed dramatically. Trump—who had previously said the coronavirus would soon “disappear”—on Tuesday indicated that because of the administration’s “goals of community mitigation,” it would kill only 100,000 to 240,000 Americans.Before Trump’s about-face, some commentators rightly noticed that, politically, he was making a mistake by downplaying the virus. “The strangest part” of Trump’s initial refusal to take the virus more seriously, the New York Times columnist David Leonhardt observed, was “that it’s almost certainly damaging his chances of re-election.” Leonhardt’s point was that what Trump should care about most is not his approval rating now but his approval rating when Americans vote in November. Thus, from the moment scientists started warning about the COVID-19 threat, Trump should have called for extensive measures to contain it. Yes, those measures might have hurt the economy—and his popularity—in the short term. But they would have increased the chances that America tamed the virus by summer, thus allowing an economic rebound in the fall, as Americans went to the polls.Why didn’t Trump do that? The answer may lie in an insight from behavioral economics called hyperbolic discounting. The insight is that people overvalue the present and undervalue the future. Some overvaluing is reasonable: Better to get $10 today than $10 in a week, because there’s always some uncertainty about whether a future promise will come true. But people choose what researchers call the smaller-sooner reward over the larger-later reward to an irrational degree.Some people, however, overvalue the here and now more than others do. A 2014 study in the journal Neuroimage examined the effect of the “Big Five” personality traits on hyperbolic discounting. Two traits stood out. The first was conscientiousness: a person’s diligence, self-discipline, and efficiency. The second was neuroticism, which is often linked to emotional instability. The researchers found that conscientious people were less prone to hyperbolic discounting—less likely to discount the future in favor of the present. Neurotic, or emotionally unstable people, by contrast, were more susceptible to hyperbolic discounting. They were more likely to overvalue what happens right now. “The highly neurotic person will choose the $8 now,” the researchers wrote, “while the highly conscientious person will choose the $10 in five days.”To understand what this has to do with Donald Trump and COVID-19, it’s worth looking at what we know about his personality. Last year, two political scientists, Jürgen Maier and Ferran Martínez Coma, asked 60 scholars to evaluate Trump’s personality using the same “Big Five” categories used in the 2014 Neuroimage study. (Although mental-health professionals, in what’s called the Goldwater rule, have historically avoided diagnosing subjects they can’t observe up close, a growing number have proposed revising that in response to Trump.)The scholars rated Trump “extremely low” on conscientiousness and emotional stability—which is to say, extremely high on neuroticism. In other words, they rated him as lacking the very qualities needed to avoid hyperbolic discounting and defer gratification in the present in order to gain greater benefits in the future. Tony Schwartz, who co-wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump, has noticed the same tendency. In a 2016 New Yorker profile, Jane Mayer reported that Schwartz considered Trump to be “pathologically impulsive.”For Trump, prioritizing the short term over the long term has at times proved politically beneficial. In 2016, when he demanded that Mexico pay for a border wall, he was prioritizing the slogan’s short-term appeal to nationalistic voters over its negative long-term consequences to the U.S.-Mexico relationship. In 2017, when he signed a massive tax bill, he was mildly stimulating the economy—thus boosting his reelection chances—while massively increasing the budget deficit, which can be left to his successors.What makes COVID-19 different is that the politician who would pay the greatest long-term political price for prioritizing the short-term is Trump himself. By minimizing the threat posed by the virus in an attempt to prop up the economy and his own approval ratings this spring, he increased the chances that the economy will remain moribund this fall—thus hurting his chances of reelection. In this case, Trump’s hyperbolic discounting was politically obtuse.But the American people may be coming to his political aid. In explaining why Trump this week abandoned his call for reopening the economy, Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times reported, “Political advisers described for him polling that showed that voters overwhelmingly preferred to keep containment measures in place over sending people back to work prematurely.” Trump didn’t stop prioritizing the instantaneous approval he craves. He just realized that a majority of Americans want to accept painful consequences now—in the form of social distancing and an economic downturn—to limit COVID-19’s long-term effects. Because most Americans are prioritizing the future, Trump—who prioritizes the present—can acquiesce to their current wishes and benefit his reelection chances at the same time.All this may change; Trump is famously erratic. For now, however, he has gotten lucky. He may be unusually prone to hyperbolic discounting. But the American people are not.
Who is Dame Jean Macnamara? Google Doodle Celebrates Australian Doctor and Medical Scientist
Dame Jean Macnamara developed new methods of treatments and rehabilitation for patients of polio and her research played a crucial step towards the production of a vaccine.
I moved from the UK to France during lockdown. Here's what I found
Moving homes during the coronavirus outbreak is a stressful ordeal. Moving to a country with severe restrictions is something else entirely.
Asia may have been right about coronavirus and face masks, and the rest of the world is coming round
In the coming weeks, if they have not already, your government is likely to begin advising you to wear a face mask to protect against coronavirus.
Trump urges Florida governor to allow coronavirus-stricken ship to dock
President Trump Tuesday urged Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to allow passengers from a cruise ship where four people have died of the coronavirus to dock in the state a day after the governor said that would be a “mistake.”
Elephants in Thailand face starvation as coronavirus severely impacts tourism
Over 1,000 elephants in Thailand could be facing starvation as the coronavirus pandemic has greatly impacted revenue generated from tourism in the country.
On This Day: 1 April 1984
In 1984, soul icon Marvin Gaye was pronounced dead, after being shot at his parents' house. (April 1)
Concerns Over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Security Arrangements as They Begin New U.S. Life
Princess Diana's former police protection officer tells Newsweek that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle need police involvement in order to be safe.
Tucker Carlson: WHO is a lapdog to the powerful, sucks up to China during coronavirus crisis
The World Health Organization's leadership tells you that China "set the standard" for the outbreak to the response. Apparently, that standard includes disappearing doctors who tell the truth about it.
NFL teams rely on tape with virus altering pre-draft routine
NFL teams are having to rely more heavily on game film of college prospects as they prepare for the draft at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has halted business as usual across the globe.
'Rick And Morty' Season 4 Episode 6 Release Date: Trailer Confirms When Next Episode Is Out
"Rick And Morty" Season 4, Episode 6 now has a release date thanks to an April Fools Day trailer released by the Adult Swim show.
A century ago, sports rises from ravages of war and disease
The world in 1919 was hardly a place for fun and games.
Strong Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Hits Idaho for First Time in 50 Years, as Quakes Recorded in Yellowstone and Salt Lake City
The Idaho earthquake was the biggest since the Borah Peak earthquake in 1983.
Virus infects over 50 at California nursing home
Over 50 residents of a Southern California nursing home have been infected with the coronavirus. Cedar Mountain Post Acute Rehabilitation in Yucaipa was told to assume that all of its patients have COVID-19, a health official said. (April 1)
AS Roma assists elderly supporters in Italy
With Italy hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the Italian football club AS Roma has started to deliver 'Roma Cares' packages to all of the team's season ticket holders who are 75 and older.
Cost of failing to respond to virus could be 'unimaginable'
South Africa's homeless are being rounded up into an open stadium with no real sanitation, no social distancing and limited food. CNN's David McKenzie reports.
Why coronavirus grocery buying spree may leave farmers in the lurch
Farmers across the country say they are continuing to grow and sell their goods during the pandemic, despite a slump in prices and safety concerns.
The race for a COVID-19 vaccine: Fast, but fast enough?
A vaccine within 12 to 18 months is "probably not going to happen."
As coronavirus patients surge, medical students rushed into practice
Medical students nationwide, just months away from becoming resident doctors, are eager to alleviate the pressure on health care professionals.
NCAA throws baseball coaches a curve with added eligibility
Widely hailed as the right thing to do for student-athlete welfare, the NCAA's decision to extend spring sports athletes' eligibility a year because of the coronavirus pandemic is causing consternation for baseball coaches.
Herman Boone Trends After ESPN Asks to Name the Greatest Fictional Coach, Twitter Points Out He Was Real
Denzel Washington portrayed Boone in the movie "Remember the Titans," but the coach was a real-life figure.
More coronavirus shortages come into focus: ventilator operators, critical drugs
Some hospitals and health care workers are worried that they will run short on personnel and drugs needed to use ventilators on critically-ill COVID19 patients.
Noted doctor Andrews temporarily halts Tommy John surgeries
Prominent orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has temporarily halted Tommy John operations at his Florida medical center in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
China has fewer new coronavirus infections, starts posting symptom-free tally
Mainland China reported dwindling new infections on Wednesday in a global coronavirus pandemic, and started to publish the daily change in cases that are free of symptoms, although the latter could complicate the picture of trends in the disease.
Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus
Japan is struggling to hold the line against the coronavirus and is on the brink of crisis with medical experts particularly worried about preparations in Tokyo, officials said on Wednesday, raising the prospect of emergency lockdowns.
Medicare and Medicaid patients get access to telemedicine, but challenges remain
Medicare and Medicaid patients were given temporary authorization to use telehealth services amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Economists Warn Full Recovery Could 'Take Years' as Fed Index Sees Worse Collapse Than During the Great Recession
The global economy is also on course for its worst year since the end of the Second World War, Capital Economics said.
Masks on the field? Ahmed ready if games can be played
In order to get back on the baseball field, Nick Ahmed is willing to play as a masked man.
"I heard the roar": Strong earthquake rocks central Idaho
The 6.5 temblor was felt in a wide region but there were no early reports of injuries or damage. One seismologist called it a once in 30 or 40 year event.
Coronavirus Forces Ballot Measure Campaigns To Shut Down Amid Health Fears
Efforts to raise taxes, change redistricting rules and legalize gaming machines have all fallen victim to social distancing rules to make it nearly impossible to collect signatures.
The breast cancer survivor hoping to make her fifth Olympics in 2021
Chaunté Lowe is accustomed to having her world turned upside down.
South Korea's top 2 LPGA Tour players on longest break ever
Jin Young Ko figures to be plenty rested whenever the LPGA Tour resumes.
'Nightmare on Elm Street' star Robert Englund on why it's unlikely he'll play Freddy Krueger again
Robert Englund has found a new way to keep Americans across the country up at night.
Underlying Health Disparities Could Mean Coronavirus Hits Some Communities Harder
In the U.S., health and wealth are often linked. As the coronavirus spreads, experts worry low-income communities will be especially vulnerable — and ill-equipped to respond.
Some Snowbirds Headed North Told To Stay In Their Southern Nests
People who migrate South for winter are being told not to return to their year-round homes in the North. Some places that typically welcome their return are asking people to stay away.
Burger King France gives instructions for making a Whopper using store-bought ingredients
Burger King France has spilled its royal secrets, revealing how you can get that same Whopper taste while self-isolating.
Coronavirus updates: Deadliest day yet puts U.S. COVID-19 toll over 4,000
Globally the disease has claimed more than 42,000 lives, and the White House says it could kill more than 200,000 in America alone.
Von Spakovsky, Adams & Mitchell: Coronavirus and elections — changes increase risk of voter fraud
If relief money to the states for elections isn't spent wisely, the integrity of the elections will be at risk.
Coronavirus for kids without internet: Quarantined worksheets, learning in parking lots
As coronavirus closes schools, half of America lacks broadband internet service. Even with so much online learning, Congress hasn't acted.
Pablo Escobar's 'cocaine hippos' may be helping river ecosystems in Colombia
Hippos that were brought to Colombia decades ago by Pablo Escobar, the notorious cocaine kingpin, are now thriving in the country's river ecosystems. Scientists even suspect that river habitats may benefit from the presence of these non-native hippos, with the large herbivores filling an ecological niche that has been vacant in the region for thousands of years.
A coronavirus coloring book from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Helping kids understand COVID-19
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital released a coloring book to help explain COVID-19 to its patients. The book is available for download.
Here are the companies mass hiring during the coronavirus pandemic
Companies are still hiring even as coronavirus pandemic cripples economy.
Tips From Someone With 50 Years Of Social Distancing Experience
Billy Barr has living alone in a cabin in a Colorado mountain ghost town for 50 years. He offers advice on how to find and maintain happiness in isolation.
‘Impossible’ puzzle features clear pieces, 4 difficulty levels
Hey, puzzlers — looking for a real challenge? We have a clear-cut winner here.
Column: Max Brooks: We've had plans for a crisis like coronavirus for years. Why aren't we using them?
'We were ready for this. And since the end of the Cold War, we've been dismantling systems because they cost money and we don't want to spend the money.'