'Metabolic trick' in squirrels' guts could help astronauts in deep space: researcher

In this June 18, 2017, file photo, thirteen-lined ground squirrels congregate near the ninth hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) In this June 18, 2017, file photo, thirteen-lined ground squirrels congregate near the ninth hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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A new billionaire has been minted nearly every day during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been good for the wallets of the wealthy. Some 573 people have joined the billionaire ranks since 2020, bringing the worldwide total to 2,668, according to an analysis released by Oxfam on Sunday. That means a new billionaire was minted about every 30 hours, on average, so far during the pandemic.

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