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Exclusive: Santa Clara County COVID data reveals more than 250 workplace outbreaks

SAN JOSE — Santa Clara County recorded more than 250 workplace coronavirus outbreaks in 2020 and 2021, new data shows, giving the most comprehensive picture to date of how the virus spread through essential businesses during the peak months of the pandemic. The outbreaks impacted almost every sector, including retailers and grocery stores, restaurants, construction […]

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People craving adrenaline are fueling a ‘major increase’ in demand for extreme sports after a year at home

Rock climbing in Samarskaya Luka National Park, Russia Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images Adventure-sports company Extreme told Insider that demand has surged during the pandemic. Some companies credit the adrenaline craze to last year’s prolonged indoor confinement. The industry has 490 million participants worldwide, bringing in over $200 billion per year. See more stories on […]

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COVID-19 symptoms are overlapping again with colds, flu, and seasonal allergies. Here’s how to tell the difference.

A medical worker performs a PCR test for COVID-19 in Montreuil, France on August 31, 2020. Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images Respiratory infections may become more prevalent again now that Americans are ditching their masks. Some cold or flu cases could be easily confused with a mild COVID-19 infection. Headaches and runny noses seem to be more […]

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NFTs are to physical art what music streaming is to vinyl records, says a crypto expert who sees a whole new social world for digital collectibles

Digital artist FEWOCiOUS auctions 5 unique NFT works of art, along with 5 physical paintings and drawings in a collection at Christie’s in NYC. Noam Galai/Getty Images Crypto art is revolutionizing how celebrities showcase and sell their work, says Wave Financial’s cofounder. As vinyl records are to streaming, NFTs are to existing physical art, Les […]

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A new McKinsey study shows that inclusion isn’t just compatible with economic growth – it’s absolutely necessary

McKinsey’s new report unveils the high price of economic discrimination against minorities and women in the US. 10’000 Hours/Getty Images Paul Constant is a writer at Civic Ventures and cohost of the “Pitchfork Economics” podcast with Nick Hanauer and David Goldstein. In the latest episode, they spoke with JP Julien, head of McKinsey & Company’s […]

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Trump Jr’s high-profile girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle is ‘annoying’ Trump after she took a job with disgraced former governor, report says

Former President Donald Trump (L) and Kimberly Guilfoyle (R). Donald Kravitz/WireImage/Drew Angerer via Getty Images Trump is annoyed Kimberly Guilfoyle is working for Eric Greitens’ Senate campaign, Politico reported. The former president is reportedly afraid that Guilfoyle’s job will be seen as an endorsement. Greitens resigned as Missouri governor in 2018 after multiple scandals including […]

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What will space tourists get when they fly with SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic? Spacesuits, sleeping bags … and Jeff Bezos

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (left), Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos (center), and Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson. Patrick Pluel/Getty; Alex Wong/Getty; Hollis Johnson/Insider Virgin Galactic’s $250,000 ticket to the edge of space includes a spacesuit. Passengers paying $55 million for SpaceX’s mission to the ISS get sleeping bags, hygiene products. Blue Origin’s $28 million spaceflight […]