Roundup: COVID ‘here to stay’ / LSU research / Cashier-less supermarket  

    Mutations: COVID-19 is likely “here to stay with us” as the virus continues to mutate in unvaccinated countries across the world and previous hopes of eradicating it diminish, global health officials said Tuesday, CNBC reports. “I think this virus is here to stay with us and it will evolve like influenza pandemic viruses, it will evolve to become one of the other viruses that affects us,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said at a press briefing. Read the full story. 

    Stone crabs study: The LSU College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E, is leading a team of researchers that has been awarded $922,033 from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the Florida stone crab—a $30 million commercial industry that has seen a 30% decline in harvest over the past 20 years. See the LSU announcement.   

    Whole Foods: Amazon announced this morning plans to bring its cashier-less technology to two Whole Foods stores for the first time next year, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. Cameras and sensors track what’s taken off shelves. Items are charged to an Amazon account after customers leave the store with them. Read the full story.