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Protesters demand a federal $15-per-hour minimum wage near the White House in February. Photo: Erin Scott/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Eight in 10 Americans think the federal minimum wage is too low and two-thirds support increasing it to $15 per hour, according to a poll from Amazon and survey producer Ipsos published Tuesday.

Why it matters: A raise in the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour was not included in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package passed by Congress this month, despite progressives pushing to add a minimum wage provision to the bill. This poll suggests there's widespread nonpartisan support for an increase.

What they're saying: Chris Jackson, senior vice president of public affairs at Ipsos, noted in a statement that "this level of agreement is practically unheard of in contemporary America and reflects an overwhelming public consensus that elected officials should think twice before disputing."

Zoom in: The poll of 6,354 people, conducted Jan. 28-Feb. 8, found that 80% believe large employers should play a role in raising the federal minimum wage — compared to 73% for politicians and policymakers.

● Even when including undecided respondents on the matter, 56% support a $15 per hour minimum wage, the poll notes.

  • The margin of sampling error for the poll is plus or minus 1.23%.

Of note: Amazon announced in 2018 a $15 minimum wage for 350,000 employees, both full-time and seasonal. But the retail giant's working conditions have come under scrutiny in recent months.

  • New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit against Amazon last month, alleging it hasn't complied with workplace rules during the pandemic. The company denies the claims.

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More surprises await scientists at Antarctica's "Doomsday Glacier"

Cliffs along the edge of the Thwaites Ice Shelf in West Antarctica. Photo: James Yungel/NASA

Researchers like David Holland, an atmospheric scientist at New York University, are in a race to understand the fate of a massive glacier in West Antarctica that has earned a disquieting nickname: "The Doomsday Glacier."

Why it matters: Studies show the Thwaites Glacier (its official name) could already be on an irreversible course to melt during the next several decades to centuries, freeing up enough inland ice to raise global sea levels by at least several feet.

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The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Omicron's blitz around the world has underscored the need for a new arsenal of COVID vaccines and therapeutics, experts say — and that may require an effort akin to Operation Warp Speed 2.0.

Why it matters: The virus will continue to evolve, potentially in a way that further escapes vaccine protection, and the best way to prevent more global disruptions to everyday life is to have tools ready to combat whatever comes next.

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Microsoft's metaverse maneuvering

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Microsoft is pitching investors and regulators that its $68 billion Activision Blizzard deal is all about the metaverse, that nebulous buzzword taking the tech world by storm.

What they're saying: By my colleague Stephen Totilo's count, Nadella used the word "metaverse" at least five times in his conference call discussing the deal. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick mentioned the metaverse four times, while Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer used the term twice.