Spice Up Your Pandemic Love Life

For many people, the monotony of the last 160-plus days has depleted just about everything. You aren’t alone if you barely recognize yourself, let alone your partner and the special qualities that attracted you to him or her in the first place. Stress and worries over health or financial hardship might have increased, and romance and excitement in your daily life may have disappeared.

“Newness, curiosity and diversions are things we don’t have right now,” said Kathryn Smerling, a couples therapist in New York City. “During Covid, couples have become lazy. They’re required to do a lot of things but

Trump keeps telling people to vote twice, even though that’s a crime

President Donald Trump violated Twitter rules once again on Saturday, by encouraging North Carolina voters to commit a felony offense.

In a tweet, the president urged voters in the state, which is expected to feature a number of competitive races in November, to vote twice — once by mail and once in person. Voting twice is illegal in the state of North Carolina, as it is in all states. Twitter quickly hid the tweet for violating site rules about protecting “civic and election integrity,” though it has not been taken down, having been deemed to be of public …

Trump officials are reportedly manipulating the CDC’s Covid-19 reports

Political appointees have repeatedly pressured Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials to manipulate reports, in order to make them more closely align with President Donald Trump’s public statements about the pandemic, according to a new report from Politico’s Dan Diamond.

Diamond writes that “CDC officials have fought back against the most sweeping changes,” but the report finds that Trump appointees have nevertheless succeeded in politicizing public health and the response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has now killed more than 193,000 people in the US. These officials have reportedly worked to suppress reports on the ineffectiveness of …

How to Build a Soma Cube

Sonobe modules follow the rules of traditional modular origami, beginning with a flat square of paper and then combining pieces into structures without tape or glue. The cube that you can make from this simple start is particularly elegant and appealing. It is the same on all six sides and very stable, and it can be combined to make other structures.

Four Sonobe blocks make a bigger cube, but why stop there? They also form the building blocks of what is called a Soma cube, which was invented in the early 1930s by Piet Hein, a Danish mathematician who invented

How to Declutter Your Digital Life

Working remotely may have eliminated your commute and allowed you to spend the day in your pajamas, but it also means you’re most likely bombarded with digital communication every second of the day — from personal and professional emails crowding your inboxes to push notifications reminding you of every news development to the nonstop viral allure of Twitter and Instagram.

If you are suffering from tech fatigue, or simply trying to become more productive online, here are steps you can take to organize your digital landscape.

Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University who writes about

A new California law will help inmate firefighters join fire departments upon release

On Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that would make it easier for the state’s inmate firefighters to pursue a career in the field after their release.

The bill clears the way for inmates who serve as firefighters to have their convictions expunged upon release, according to state assemblywoman Eloise Reyes, who sponsored the bill, and to apply for most types of state licenses — including EMT certification, which is needed for most full time municipal jobs — without listing their prior convictions.

Previously, anyone convicted of a felony in California was barred from receiving an EMT

How to make sure the census counts you

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April 1 was the official Census Day. Although you are legally obligated to participate in the census, that doesn’t mean you needed to respond on or by April 1. So if you still haven’t filled out your census, don’t worry. There’s still time.

Census Day is basically a benchmark that gives everyone a specific, universal date to tell the government what their household looks like. That’s why you might fill it out on March 15 or September 15, but you’re telling the government what your household looked like on April 1. The important thing is that you fill it out. …

“Unprecedented”: What’s behind the California, Oregon, and Washington wildfires

The one word experts keep using to describe the gargantuan ongoing wildfires in the western United States is “unprecedented.”

Nearby coastal states like Oregon and Washington are also seeing record blazes, some of which are encroaching on major population centers. In Oregon, more than 500,000 people, about 1 in 10 residents, have …