Icelandic designer makes ‘scary’ masks to encourage distancing | AFP

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic the effectiveness of masks has been under debate, but Icelandic designer Yrurari’s knitted face coverings aren’t so much to stop airborne droplets as to keep people at a distance by displaying scary tongues or fangs. The knitwear designer, real name Yr Johannsdottir, was inspired by the television and films she watched during self-confinement in the Icelandic capital in March and April. Textile museums in the United States and the Netherlands have already expressed interest in adding Johannsdottir’s masks to their collections as a reminder of the pandemic era.

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Iceland’s beloved swimming pools lie empty during pandemic | AFP

The British have their pubs and the French have their cafés. For Icelanders though, it’s all about the pools. The country’s outdoor swimming pools are popular spots that lie at the very heart of Icelandic life, but have been closed for weeks because of the coronavirus.

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How Iceland Could Hold The Key To Understanding Coronavirus

Back in 2013, a little-known genetics company in Iceland made international headlines back in 2013, when it developed the Islendiga-App (App of Icelanders”), an app that would alert users if they were related to one another.

The idea was to prevent accidental incest on the tiny Icelandic dating scene.

Just don’t ask Dr. Kári Stefánsson, CEO of deCODE Genetics, about it.

“It’s a little bit of a joke. Nobody uses it, but the international press likes to write about it. That’s all.”

And perhaps that’s fair. Stefánsson says the genetic information deCODE has collected on the people of Iceland has contributed to our understanding of schizophrenia, cancer and autism, just to name a few.

And now the company has turned its attention to COVID-19.

Using its unique repository of information about the genetic makeup of the Icelandic population, deCODE is planning to screen 15,000 asymptomatic people to learn about the virus.

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Christmas helps keep Icelandic storytelling alive | AFP

With an outstanding storytelling and writing tradition, Icelanders usually give books to loved ones as a present for Christmas. Two-thirds of books in Iceland are published in the two-month period before 25 December, known as the ‘jolabokaflod’, or the Christmas book flood.

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Iceland students bear witness to shrinking glacier | AFP

Icelandic sixth-grade students take an unusual field trip to measure the Solheimajokull glacier, recording how much it has shrunk in the past year and witnessing climate change first-hand.

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NASA descends on Icelandic lava field to prepare for Mars | AFP

To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for the job. With its black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjokull, was chosen as a stand-in for the Red Planet’s surface.

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Passengers stranded as Icelandic airline collapses

Icelandic budget airline WOW Air ceased operations on Thursday, stranding passengers across two continents. (March 28)

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Vikings invade Moscow! Iceland fans gear up ahead of team’s clash with Argentina

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