Associated Press: COVID-19 surge in the US: The summer of hope ends in gloom

Associated Press: COVID-19 surge in the US: The summer of hope ends in gloom. “The delta variant is filling hospitals, sickening alarming numbers of children and driving coronavirus deaths in some places to the highest levels of the entire pandemic. School systems that reopened their classrooms are abruptly switching back to remote learning because of outbreaks. Legal disputes, threats and violence have erupted over mask and vaccine requirements. The U.S. death toll stands at more than 650,000, with one major forecast model projecting it will top 750,000 by Dec. 1.”

9to5 Google: Google Photos adds ‘Best of Summer 2021’ Memory collection

9to5 Google: Google Photos adds ‘Best of Summer 2021’ Memory collection I don’t know whether to be appalled by or admire the optimism. “There isn’t any rhyme or reason to the “Best of Summer 2021” collection, save plenty of sunshine in my own case, but there are plenty of flowers and sunny days in my own Google Photos library as it stands. Good weather appears to be a catalyst, but there are plenty of flowers and greenery included too, but a recent visit to a museum is also included in my own photo-taking exploits as of late.”

Wired: How to Watch the 2021 Summer Olympics

Wired: How to Watch the 2021 Summer Olympics . “Read on for the specific timing of some of the biggest events. NBC hasn’t yet indicated when it will replay most of the events, so these are all live times. Also, the times are likely to change as the actual games play out. You can find the full schedule of events on the official Olympics website. For all the events in Eastern time, use NBC’s official schedule.”

ABC 10: How to watch the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

ABC 10: How to watch the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony. “This year’s Olympic Summer Games, already postponed a year because of the pandemic, will be held without fans cheering from the stands after a state of emergency was declared in Tokyo in an effort to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases. Here is everything you need to know about the opening ceremony and how you can watch it live, on TV and online.”

Mashable: 5 trends that have shaped TikTok so far this year

Mashable: 5 trends that have shaped TikTok so far this year . “TikTok has been growing in popularity year over year, but for an app that’s been around for a while now it’s surprising just how many new trends are still popping up on it every day. We sorted through it all so you don’t have to. Here are five of the biggest trends that have shaped TikTok this year — so far.”

CNET: Discovery’s live cicada cam puts you in the heart of Brood X country

CNET: Discovery’s live cicada cam puts you in the heart of Brood X country. “This morning, a co-worker in Louisville, Kentucky, described hearing a chorus of cicadas buzzing outside her window. The most insect action I’ve gotten here in San Francisco today, on the other hand, is the lone bee I spotted outside my home office window. Yeah, I’m feeling pretty left out as trillions of Brood X cicadas descend on the Eastern US for the first time in 17 years. Thankfully, Discovery has launched a 24-hour live cicada cam to ease the cicada-FOMO of those of us fascinated by this natural phenomenon but not situated in Brood X country.” There are links to the livestream at the end of the article, but the only one I found with an actual LIVE feed was the Discovery site itself, so start there.

NASA: NASA Invites Public, Media to Watch Asteroid Mission Begin Return to Earth

NASA: NASA Invites Public, Media to Watch Asteroid Mission Begin Return to Earth. “NASA invites the public and the media to watch its first asteroid sample return mission begin a two-year cruise home at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, May 10, on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. The public can follow along on the NASA Solar System Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts using #ToBennuAndBack, and ask questions about the mission by commenting on an Instagram story between 12 p.m. EDT, May 10 and 12 p.m. EDT, May 11. Answers will post to NASA Solar System’s Instagram stories on May 11.”

Science Focus: How to see the Pink supermoon 2021 tonight

Science Focus: How to see the Pink supermoon 2021 tonight.”Missed last night’s Pink supermoon? Good news: the April full Moon, the fourth of 2021, will also be visible this evening. And, just like last night, it will appear a massive 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent larger than some previous full Moons. So, why exactly does the supermoon seem so large? What’s the best way to photograph it? And will it actually look even slightly pink? All answers to these lunar inquiries (and more) are below.” I had no idea there were astronomy photography apps.

White House: How to Watch the Livestream of President Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress

White House: How to Watch the Livestream of President Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress. “The President will address a Joint Session of Congress at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 9pm EDT. The White House livestream will feature supplemental information from senior Administration officials as part of our enhanced viewing experience. The White House feed will include ASL interpretation for accessibility.”

Washington Post: South Africa wildfire that burned University of Cape Town, library of African antiquities is under control

Washington Post: South Africa wildfire that burned University of Cape Town, library of African antiquities is under control. “Ujala Satgoor, executive director of UCT Libraries, described how ‘some of us watched, from on-site, with horror and helplessness’ as the building burned…. The library houses printed and audiovisual materials on African studies; 1,300 sub-collections of unique manuscripts and personal papers; and more than 85,000 books and pamphlets on African studies, including up-to-date materials and works on Africa and South Africa printed before 1925, according to the UCT website.”

April Fools’ Day 2021: Cauliflower Peeps, Duolingo toilet paper and more pranks (CNET)

CNET: April Fools’ Day 2021: Cauliflower Peeps, Duolingo toilet paper and more pranks. “April 1 is typically a day for silly jokes, and companies have put a lot of effort into trying to make people laugh. Last year was an exception, but some brands are venturing back into the realm of April Fools’ Day for 2021. We’re keeping an eye on the shenanigans all day and will update with the latest knee-slappers as they appear.”

Poynter: Looking back at a year that changed everything

Poynter: Looking back at a year that changed everything. “Certainly, a year ago, we were generally aware of the potential of stormy clouds on the horizon. But many had no idea of what was truly ahead. Predictions that we would all return to normal by July or August 2020 were wildly optimistic and not even close to realistic. They now seem almost childish in their wishful thinking. Fast-forward to today and July or August 2021 might be a little too hopeful. And, of course, worst of all, we could not fathom that more than half a million people in the U.S. would die.”

Knowledge@Wharton: What’s Ahead in the Second Year of COVID-19?

Knowledge@Wharton: What’s Ahead in the Second Year of COVID-19?. “When COVID-19 began its insidious march across the globe more than a year ago, it disrupted every industry and forced fast innovation as business leaders worked to adjust to a new world order. Last year, in Wharton’s Fast Forward video series, several of the School’s faculty offered their insight into what the second half of 2020 would look like during the pandemic. That insight is needed even more this year as the ground keeps shifting, vaccines are rolled out, and new coronavirus mutations emerge.”