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Inside the Gig Economy

Uberland details Uber’s growth model, which hinges on ignoring municipal regulation to enter new cities without heeding relevant taxi, registration, or background check regulations. Cities that have attempted to ban or restrict Uber struggle to enforce these restrictions.

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How Quarantine is Transforming Our Bodies’ Microbial Ecosystems

As we isolate ourselves in order to reduce the connections in our social webs, what happens to the whole society of microorganisms that exists on and between us? What happens when each person, or at least each home, becomes an island?

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Do-It-Yourself Pandemic: It’s Time for Accountability in Models

As we use models to guide policies for COVID-19, we should also use COVID-19 to stimulate thinking about setting better standards for models. Lessons from real-world engineering can help.

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  • Does Protecting Nature Pay?

    July 12, 2020

    With international organizations calling on nations to set aside 30% of their land and marine areas as conservation zones by 2030, an interdisciplinary group of researchers that studied the economic benefits of protecting nature reports that expanding areas under conservation could yield a return of at least $5 for every $1 spent and boost global economic output by about $250 billion annually. But the idea is controversial, and in Issues an economist has argued that using economic rationales for conservation could backfire and undermine other compelling arguments for protecting nature.

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  • COVID Science Speed Limit

    July 9, 2020

    As the coronavirus gained speed and deaths mounted, many doctors and patients, anxious for treatments, turned to drugs that had not been tested for effectiveness and safety in sound clinical trials. But “desperation is not a strategy,” a researcher and government adviser says, noting that “good clinical trials represent a solid strategy.” An Issues online exclusive earlier examined this shortcutting of customary scientific standards, abetted by politicians and the media, and pointed out that rushes for treatments have occurred all too often in medical history, with patients paying the price.

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