Kathryn Rowe, the Baltimore Orioles' first mental skills coordinator, has been hosting virtual sessions for players, including separate Spanish-language meetings, to help them deal with stress. "My focus has been getting them on a routine because that helps during an awkward, confusing, scary time like this," she says.
While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon more than 50 years ago, their colleague Michael Collins was in orbit inside the command module, safe and sound but relatively unnoticed. Former Weezer band member Matt Sharp and his band, The Rentals, have released a song about Collins titled "Forgotten Astronaut."
Why it matters: Here at WYWW, we talk quite a bit from time to time about autonomous cars. But I must admit it has never occurred to me that giant shipping vessels might also one day operate autonomously. The technology is still being perfected, but two vessels are scheduled to conduct transatlantic tests later this year. In a nice ode to history, one of vessels is named the Mayflower Autonomous Ship and plans to journey from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Why it matters: Modern medicine never ceases to amaze. Researchers say surgery performed on a fetus with spina bifida while it's still in the womb boosts the chances that normal brain structure can be restored in the fetus.
Why it matters: Fintech platforms like Venmo and Cash App have been angling to be involved in distributing the $1,200 stimulus payments the US government is sending to taxpayers, but Chime just went ahead and did it. To be precise, Chime fronted the funds, selected 1,000 of its users and sent them the money as a proof of concept. Now the Treasury Department, which I fear will struggle to distribute the payments quickly, needs to step up and leverage such fintech platforms to speed up the process.
On student loans: Speaking of financial assistance from the US government, I wrote recently about a program to help borrowers pause the interest on student loans or grant temporary forbearance. Some WYWW readers reached out to tell me the program is quick and easy to utilize, while other readers have reported trouble getting their loan servicers to expedite the process. So if you are someone in need of help, hang in there and keep trying.
Why it matters: Stitching together footage of 5 former boy band heartthrobs is cool and all, but how about doing the same with 50 orchestra musicians? The National Orchestra of France was up for the challenge and the result is très magnifique. Special tip of the chapeau to the violinist who broke free from his living room to perform lakeside (while observing social-distancing protocols, of course).
Why it matters: Should a coronavirus vaccine be developed, determining who gets it first is going to be complicated process. If access to the diagnostic tests is any indicator, it is plausible to conclude the vaccine will go to the wealthy and others with some kind of special access. That would be, shall we say, problematic. This piece looks at how such a vaccine should be mass-produced and distributed around the world.
What about anti-vaxxers?: I don't have any interest in sparking a vaccine debate, but I will be very curious to see how people who have previously been opposed to vaccines react should a coronavirus vaccine become available. Will they refuse it based on principle? Drop their protests immediately and get in line? Or perhaps equivocate and say that this vaccine is OK? Hmm...
Why it matters: Today's dose of mental vacationing takes you to outer space...
This photo gallery features images from a competition called "Tournament Earth" that is being hosted by NASA's Earth Observatory. The pics are the best of the best from NASA's awesome collection.