Coronavirus turns bustling border into ghost town
TIJUANA, Mexico — Tijuana’s border has become a ghost town.Gone from the city’s typically bustling border region are the students off to class, the grumbles from taxi drivers competing for customers, and the scent of freshly cooked tortillas.Closed because of coronavirus restrictions, the now-empty square in front of the El Chaparral border crossing looks abandoned — its vacancy exposing graffitied, trash-strewn streets and crumbling sidewalks.“It looks like something out of a scary movie,” said Carlitos Vargas, who has worked for 20 years in a pharmacy at Plaza Viva Tijuana, directly across f...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Vivid 'pandemic dreams' and nightmares keep nation awake during coronavirus outbreak
Something called “pandemic dreams” is being blamed for keeping stressed out Americans up at night during the coronavirus outbreak.These dreams are described as vivid, weird and occasionally horrifying on Twitter, where examples are being shared via #pandemicdreams.Many involve fear of death, threats against loved ones and the anxiety associated with venturing out into an unfamiliar world of empty streets, closed stores and potentially infected people.“In my dream, I called an Uber, but a hearse showed up instead. Not liking these #pandemicdreams,” Sarah Schachner posted March 23 on Twitter.“La...
The Charlotte Observer
How to sleep when you can't stop thinking about coronavirus: Experts offer tips
There’s nothing like a dark, quiet bedroom to send a stressed-out mind down a rabbit hole of worry, and the coronavirus is giving us all a new set of possible catastrophes to feast upon.As your head hits the pillow, or maybe when you stir at 2 a.m., you start to wonder: Does that little sore throat mean you’re doomed? What if that guy who stood too close at the grocery store had the virus? Can your father or grandfather — or you — survive this?It goes on and on, and pretty soon you’re worried that you’ll never get to sleep, and you’ll feel horrible the next day. Plus, you need sleep for a stro...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Silicon Valley will feel this:' Business impact of coronavirus won't go away any time soon
Silicon Valley’s reliance on the global economy, along with its use of agile just-in-time inventory and cheaper oversees manufacturing were supposed to be a strength. But not right now.Experts worry those same strengths could expose the Bay Area to economic fallout from coronavirus that stretches well beyond canceled conferences and declining stock prices. Some say the outbreak could cause lasting damage to companies’ global supply chains, slowing product cycles and manufacturing.“Silicon Valley will feel this perhaps more acutely than most regions around the country,” said Peter Leroe-Muñoz, ...
The Mercury News
Foxconn's Wisconsin factory isn't what it initially promised. Can it still create a high-tech hub?
By the end of the year, Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn expects to start production at a brand-new liquid crystal display manufacturing plant in southeast Wisconsin.The million-square-foot building’s outline is visible from what used to be quiet two-lane roads, widened to accommodate the surge of activity Foxconn is expected to bring to an area that was once largely farmland. A handful of additional buildings and a power substation are taking shape nearby.Foxconn’s plans have changed dramatically since its initial announcement, feeding skepticism over whether it can deliver on a pledge to ...
Bluetooth stickers on your clothing? Startup Wiliot gets $20M for tracking tech
Giants in technology and consumer products are funneling more cash into a small tech startup in San Diego that’s developing tiny bluetooth stickers that can transform everyday items — like clothing, wallets, or Amazon packages — to trackable “connected” devices.The startup, called Wiliot, just raised $20 million from PepsiCo and Verizon’s venture capital arm, among several other investors. Last year, the company attracted the attention of tech giants Amazon and Samsung, which have also backed Wiliot.With the new cash, the startup’s executives say they’re ramping up to mass-produce their tiny b...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Is it 'torture'? California inmate going to court over prison noise keeping him awake
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — All Christopher Lipsey Jr. wants is a fighting chance at a good night’s sleep.But the 34-year-old Corcoran State Prison inmate says he and hundreds of other prisoners have been subjected to virtual “torture” through the use of nightly welfare checks in the security housing unit, or SHU, conducted every half hour with pipe-like electronic devices that cause loud clanging noises and increase the possibility of suicide and mental degradation.“I have experienced medical problems from the lack of sleep, including sleep deprivation, including headaches, dizziness and sudden fain...
The Sacramento Bee
Change these habits for a better night's rest
MINNEAPOLIS — Wellness coach Amy Mattila likes to say that “your habits make your life.”We’ll put that to the test this week. For our Snooze Goal we’re going to focus on “sleep hygiene,” a set of prescribed habits that help us sleep well. We’ll also look at the science behind these seemingly simple habits.Over the next seven nights, try at least one of these recommendations from sleep experts. Your sleep diary will give you clues about which ones might make the most difference for you, so take it out to pinpoint your interruptions and issues.Keep it dark: When our eyes are exposed to light, it...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
James Lileks: New purchase fails to spark joy
Last week, Gallup released a poll that said that 90% of Americans describe themselves as “happy.” I’ll bet they all have Instant Pots. Those are supposed to change your life, right?But the Instant Pot we bought did not change our lives. I think I was the first to admit it, and I brought the matter up to my wife one day. “Let’s be honest. That sense of adventure, of excitement, the idea that a whole new world of pressure-enabled cooking was opening up before us — it hasn’t panned out, has it?”We talked it through and hugged it out. But it nagged at me for a while. The Instant Pot was a highly t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)