Links 9/22/21

Links for you. Science:

What animals think of death
‘You bloody fool’: Duck mimics human sound during mating display
Komodo Dragons Are Now Endangered and ‘Moving Toward Extinction’
A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That’s Good News for Humans.
“Things Are Looking Good and Going According to Plan”: In an interview, BioNTech founders Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci explain why booster shots are needed to combat the Delta variant of the coronavirus, and they say that a vaccine for five- to 11-year-old children is on its way.

Other:

The Lives Lost to Undervaccination, in Charts
I was supposed to have life-saving surgery. Tennessee’s covid-19 surge cost me a hospital bed.
Build Back Better
Infrastructure Summer: The Sophie’s Choice of the Reconciliation Bill
Traffic violence wreaks havoc on our city and its residents. But it doesn’t have to.
Teaching Without Mask and Vaccine Mandates
Do A Few Things Right
D.C. Unveils Go-Go Mural At The Apartment Building Where #DontMuteDC Began
George Packer’s Center Cannot Hold
How Amy Coney Barrett might know she’s a political hack
I Am Begging Sports Commentators To Teach Me The Nuts And Bolts Of The Game
Why do Covid rapid tests cost so much even after Biden’s push for lower prices?
Covid-19 and the new merchants of doubt
How the Budget Rules Hobble the Progressive Imagination
Mitch McConnell’s debt limit game-playing is lunacy, and we should say so
Missouri Is the Next Front in the COVID Culture War
How a key Biden tax idea got crushed
What’s Behind the Wave of Immersive Van Gogh Exhibits
How the English Basements of Washington, D.C., Came Into Their Own
The McMansion Hell Yearbook: 1980
The Republican concept of the upper middle class
Ten Months After Senate Election Loss, Sara Gideon Still Has $10 Million in Unused Campaign Funds

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