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The New York Times

Don’t fear cryptocurrencies. Manage them

Brian Feinstein and Kevin Werbach of the Wharton School wrote about calls to regulate cryptocurrencies and claims by crypto advocates that regulatory actions will depress trading activity. Feinstein and Werbach’s research “found no evidence that regulatory announcements affect crypto trading volume,” they wrote.

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The Conversation

Neuralink’s monkey can play Pong with its mind. Imagine what humans could do with the same technology

Anna Wexler of the Perelman School of Medicine expressed skepticism about Neuralink, a company developing brain-machine interfaces. “Neuroscience is far from understanding how the mind works, much less having the ability to decode it,” she said.

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The Verge

How the Johnson & Johnson pause could move the needle on vaccine fears

Melanie Kornides of the School of Nursing spoke about the FDA’s recommendation to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. “I think that they did the right thing,” she said. “The worst possible thing that they could do would be—if they had a legitimate concern, which it seems like they did—to investigate it without announcing, which would make it seem like they were covering something up.”

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The New York Times

The White House issues its first-ever proclamation on Black maternal health

Elizabeth Howell of the Perelman School of Medicine said that severe maternal morbidity, in which women experience severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, impacts more than 50,000 U.S. women each year. “Similar to maternal mortality, Black and brown women have elevated rates of maternal morbidity,” she said.

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The Wall Street Journal

COVID-19 vaccine issues present new challenge for J&J

Cait Lamberton of the Wharton School weighed in on how the FDA’s recommendation to pause distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine will affect the company’s reputation. “I don’t think this is going to be a huge dagger in J&J’s heart,” she said. “They’ve seen this stuff before. They’ve had plenty of product crises.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

After 159 years, the UPenn Glee Club goes co-ed

Penn’s Glee Club has formally merged with the Penn Sirens to create a gender-neutral singing group. “The main consideration is we can expand our repertoire,” said Glee Club President Jake Milner, a senior in the Wharton School. “We can do more musically than we currently can when we have singers with all the voice ranges.”

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The New York Times

Zoom burnout is real, and it’s worse for women

Emily Falk of the Annenberg School for Communication said the results of a recent Stanford study, which found women scored higher than men on all types of fatigue associated with video calls, were unsurprising but that Zoom itself may not be fully responsible for burnout. “It’s correlational data, and there could be other potential variables at play here,” she said. “When we’re feeling exhausted right now, how full is our emotional or mental tank to begin with?”

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The New York Times

NRA chief takes the stand, with cracks in his armor

David Skeel of the Law School commented on the NRA’s bankruptcy proceedings, which were filed after Wayne LaPierre, the organization’s executive vice president, gained financial control via a new employment contract. “There’s a real question whether the employment contract was a legitimate authorization for bankruptcy,” said Skeel. “The language is quite vague. It could be construed as simply allowing Wayne LaPierre to make cost-saving organizational changes, not to file a bankruptcy petition.”

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CNBC

Many colleges will require the COVID vaccine—here are some of the challenges ahead

Eric Feldman of the Law School weighed in on COVID vaccine requirements at colleges and universities. “The question is, at Rutgers, for example, where students exercise the exemptions that they’re allowed to exercise, either religious or medical and don’t get back to vaccinated then will they be allowed back on campus?” he asked. “Or will they not be allowed on campus? And what’s Rutgers’ legal responsibility to provide accommodation for them?”

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Reuters

Regeneron to seek U.S. OK for COVID-19 cocktail to be used for prevention

Katharine Bar of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about her research on the efficacy of a new preventative treatment for people in households where someone has contracted COVID-19. “These data pave the way for REGEN-COV to be used before patients become symptomatic,” she said.

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