‘Spread out? Where?’ Smithfield says not all plant workers can be socially distanced

Smithfield Foods, the world’s biggest pork processor, said workers cannot be socially distant in all areas of its plants, in response to U.S. senators who pressed meatpackers on coronavirus outbreaks in slaughterhouses. Meatpackers are under mounting pressure to protect workers after more than 16,000 employees in 23 states were infected with COVID-19 and 86 workers […]

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Royals to sign Matt Harvey

Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are expected to sign free agent pitcher Matt Harvey. It will likely be a minor league deal. Harvey expressed interest in prolonging his career back in May. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan notes that the Royals are looking towards 2021 with Harvey. So this could be a multi-year minor league contract. […]

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Pioneering the study of genetic diseases with quantum computing

University of Virginia School of Medicine scientists are harnessing the mind-bending potential of quantum computers to help us understand genetic diseases—even before quantum computers are a thing. UVA’s Stefan Bekiranov, Ph.D., and colleagues have developed an algorithm to allow researchers to study genetic diseases using quantum computers, once there are much more powerful quantum computers […]

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She dreamed of a Black-owned bookstore in Inglewood. Now, she’s going to run one

Asha Grant was always a bookworm. As a little girl growing up in Inglewood, she spent hours poring over stories like Debbie Allen’s “Dancing in the Wings,” Sandra Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street” and Veronica Chambers’ “Marisol and Magdalena.” Her parents were delighted, but also frustrated by how challenging it was to find stories […]

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