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The End of Handshakes—for Humans and for Robots

Wired
May 27, 2020
Researchers have spent years teaching robots to shake hands—an effort possibly doomed by a global turn against human contact.

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended social norms, especially greetings. In France, the government has warned against cheek kissing. In New Zealand, a Maori tribe has banned the traditional hongi greeting, in which people press their noses together and inhale each other’s breath.

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Watch: How researchers will study Covid-19 vaccines

STATNews
May 27, 2020
The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, has sickened millions of people around the world and upended everyday life in unprecedented ways. A vaccine has the potential to return society to something that resembles normal. Scientists are racing to develop one, but they must first ensure that it is both effective and safe.

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