Links 12/31/21

Links for you. Science:

NASA-Russia Alliance in Space Is Shaken by Events on Planet Earth
Viral Dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 Variants in Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Persons
The Coronavirus Can Persist for Months in Brain, Heart, and Intestines, Major Study Finds
Johnson & Johnson booster slashed hospitalizations during omicron wave by 85 percent, South Africa study suggests
SARS-CoV-2 Omicron VOC Transmission in Danish Households (not sure about the conclusion re superspreading though)
SARS-CoV-2 spike T cell responses induced upon vaccination or infection remain robust against Omicron (good!)

Other:

2 decades of left turns. Leftists are stronger than they have been since the 1940s. But it might not last. (excellent; I’m older than Cooper and this seems to match my recollection)
The very bad day at the CDC
Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Technology Secures Emergency Use Authorization in India
Seriously, Upgrade Your Face Mask Omicron is everywhere. Dr. Abraar Karan explains why cloth masks don’t cut it.
Home prices are up. For Black families, is selling Grandma’s house the right choice?
Do Clap Popular Things Clap
First, do no harm: An argument for a radical new paradigm for treating addiction
Biden inks $137 mln contract to boost supply of key material for COVID tests
There’s no mask shortage. You can buy certified N95s for $1. Does omicron have you worried? That’s understandable. Here’s how you can upgrade your mask for cheap.
‘An American Tradition’: Lessons from a year covering conspiracy theories
Overwhelmed Connecticut testing site forced to close after gun threat
When would covid force D.C. schools back online? Nobody knows.

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