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The coronavirus pandemic has communities returning to the library, KQED reports.

The big picture: Beyond offering books, "School libraries have become tech hubs for educators teaching from home, while public libraries have worked to expand access to the internet," KQED writes.

  • Americans' use of library services has increased significantly, as children’s ebook checkouts have more than doubled since most business closures began, according to an NPR report.
  • Most libraries have continued virtual community events, like makerspaces and summer camps.

Why it matters: It comes amid an increased need for access to digital tools, as most schools have moved to distance learning because of the coronavirus.

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Oct 21, 2020 - World

Spain becomes first nation in Western Europe to exceed 1 million COVID-19 cases

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Spain exceeded 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, becoming the first country in Western Europe to hit the milestone, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The state of play: Spain, which reported 16,973 cases over the previous 24 hours, was one of the most affected countries when the pandemic started, and cases have been on the rise since September, according to NPR.

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  1. Politics: Chris Christie: Wear a mask "or you may regret it — as I did" — Senate Democrats block vote on McConnell's targeted relief bill.
  2. Business: New state unemployment filings fall.
  3. Economy: Why the stimulus delay isn't a crisis (yet).
  4. Health: FDA approves Gilead's remdesivir as a coronavirus treatment How the pandemic might endMany U.S. deaths were avoidable.
  5. Education: Boston and Chicago send students back home for online learning.
  6. World: Spain and France exceed 1 million cases.
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Oct 21, 2020 - Science

Biology is having its industrial revolution

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Bioscience research is undergoing a wave of automation and digitization, turning a manual, laborious practice into a true industry.

Why it matters: Biotechnology promises to revolutionize everything from medicine to energy, but for that to happen, the field needs to move out of the traditional lab and into something resembling a foundry. The growth of robotics and cloud-based remote research can help make that happen.