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By Shui Se Phoe ’21
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After governments imposed nationwide lockdowns in response to COVID-19, people in countries that have normally resisted Amazon are now succumbing to the e-commerce giant. Italy, one of the first countries to be hit hard by the virus, was the most noticeably transformed as Italians shifted to buying items online in record numbers. And now that it’s started, the trend toward online shopping in Italy has yet to slow down despite the Italian government’s relatively successful response to the pandemic and current reopening of retail stores. Small and midsize businesses, an integral part of society and the economy in Italy, were forced to sell on Amazon during the lockdown and have expressed fear that they may lose out against the monopoly that Amazon is beginning to gain.
By Lucy Jones ’21
The COVID-19 pandemic undeniably put this year’s Spring 2021 Paris Fashion Week to the test. With necessary 6-foot distancing, mask wearing and limited traveling, it would be an understatement to say each fashion house had its setbacks. Pre-pandemic, each show would be packed with photographers, bloggers, editors and the world’s socialites, but just as everyone else has been forced to adjust, so has the fashion industry. This year, houses such as Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Chloé wanted to create a physical runway show but in a new and pandemic-safe style. From creating digital seating to using socially distanced runway locations, each house added its own personal touch to the necessary precautions each had to take.
By Niclas Swahn '22
Ten years ago, Chinese entrepreneur and software engineer Eric Yuan started a small video conferencing company in the face of scrutiny from the market. Investors doubted the possibilities of another service in a market dominated by Microsoft’s Skype. It only took nine years and a pandemic for Zoom to take over the video-conferencing world and become a staple in our daily lives as students.
By Margot Douglass '22 and Ceci Owen '22
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Now that masks are a part of our daily lives, it's important to remember that they can be so much more than just bland surgical masks. Masks can be a cute accessory or even a statement that everyone stands in awe of. We all know that masks can be a bother, so why not make them fun? Many companies have started designing their own masks, so here are just a few recommendations for the safest and most fashionable ones.
By Kellen Seeley '22
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This September, an international team of astronomers discovered phosphine gas in Venus’ atmosphere approximately 55 kilometers above its surface. The team detected phosphine gas by using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile. Investigations are now underway to determine if the phosphine is of biological origin.