Rise of the ‘dead zones'

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Kim Jung-ju, the billionaire behind Nexon, is having a turbulent month. Shares of the Tokyo-listed gaming company have plunged 21% since it forecast a decline in profit earlier this month. The announcement suggested its strong lockdown performance won’t survive people leaving the house as part of a global reopening.

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa unveiled penalties for companies and individuals who engage in what the government describes as profiteering from the sale of hard currency it makes available at auctions.

Elon Musk’s proposed mission to Mars could be the riskiest human endeavor yet. More than half a century after Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon, the next space race is heating up. But this time, said Musk, “a bunch of people probably will die at the beginning.” 

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Coastal Water ‘Dead Zones’ Are Multiplying

They call them “dead zones.” Agriculture and untreated urban waste have been fouling coastal waters much longer than anyone’s living memory. Only now, the destruction has become turbocharged, and the ecological and economic damage catastrophic. Some scientists say that, short of a massive rethinking of how humans grow food or dispose of their detritus, radical solutions are needed. One of them involves massive underwater farms of seaweed that have already been proven to work.

Barry Costa-Pierce, left, examines a piece of kelp while Adam St. Gelais packs seaweed into a cooler aboard a boat in Saco Bay, Maine, in 2019.  Photographer: Portland Press Herald/ 

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