Worldwide COVID-19 Pandemic Death Toll Tops 6 Million

With the pandemic now going into its third year, the worldwide COVID-19 death toll has topped six million.

The latest figure comes from the team behind the Center for Systems Science and Engineering atJohns Hopkins University, with a subsequent report from the Associated Press highlighting that remote Pacific islands are now seeing “outbreaks and deaths” after previously being protected from such spikes.

Disney Is Planning to Develop Residential Communities Across the United States

Disney is expanding into real estate with residential community developments geared, Fortunereports.

The company announced its planned real estate effort, Storyliving by Disney, which will see Disney create these communities that will be designed by the same team behind the company’s theme parks. The first of the Imagineer-designed communities will be built in Rancho Mirage, California, which also happens to be the location of one of Walt Disney’s former homes. 

New US stock exchange will use the blockchain to track trading activity

This week, America’s first blockchain-based stock exchange obtained regulatory approval from the Securities and Exchange. In a filing the SEC uploaded to its website on late Thursday evening, it said the Boston Security Token Exchange (BSTX) could use the nascent technology to offer faster trade settlements. Compared to a traditional exchange where it typically takes two days to settle a trade, BSTX will offer same-day and next-day settlements. It will also use a private blockchain to offer a market feed that will allow members to see their own trades, as well as that of others, on an anonymous basis.

Here’s What Scientists Know About the Tonga Volcano Eruption

While residents of Tonga struggle to recover from a devastating volcanic explosion that smothered the Pacific island nation with ash and swamped it with water, scientists are trying to better understand the global effects of the eruption.

They already know the answer to one crucial question: Although it appeared to be the largest eruption in the world in three decades, the explosion of the Hunga volcano on Saturday will very likely not have a temporary cooling effect on the global climate, as some past enormous eruptions have.