Links 1/21/22

Links for you. Science:

SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants under investigation in England: Technical briefing 34
Unvaccinated pregnant women more likely to experience severe covid symptoms and newborn deaths, study says (paper here)
Koalas are getting harder to find. Scientists in Australia are on a quest to uncover a hidden population.
Ecuador expands protections around Galápagos, creating ‘a new highway’ for sea life
An icefish colony discovered in Antarctica is world’s largest fish breeding ground
With COVID-19, Air Is Both the Problem and the Solution: SARS-CoV-2 can linger in the air. Dealing with it can be relatively easy, but first, we have to admit we have a problem

Other:

What If We Multiply A Much Larger Number By A Slightly Smaller Number
Should I Be Wearing an N95 or KN95? Understanding the Evolving Advice on Masks
There’s a Critical Shortage of Federal Judges (Biden should appoint more, and Democrats need to find a way to ram through funding for this)
1,760 Acres. That’s How Much More of Manhattan We Need.
Bernie Sanders says Democrats are failing: ‘The party has turned its back on the working class’
Election officials in Texas reject hundreds of ballot applications under state’s new voting restrictions
Chile is rewriting its constitution. Americans should pay attention.
OSHA Can Do More to Protect Americans From Covid-19
The Supreme Court Had No Legal Reason to Block Biden’s Workplace Vaccine Rules (“In 2022, the Supreme Court serves as the nation’s most powerful policy making institution. It would be much easier to contain COVID if we acknowledged that the court’s decisions rest on not law but on some imprecise admixture of politics, ideology, and personal preferences. If Biden sat down with Roberts and Kavanaugh and asked them what pandemic policies they are comfortable with, we could skip over the performative litigation and get some real work done.”)
AOC Is a YIMBY Now
One of Biden’s biggest achievements is going largely ignored
Rioters Who Stormed Capitol Called Nancy Pelosi’s Office Wanting Their Stuff Back. Staffers answering the calls handed them over to the police, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said. (and yet these nitwits almost pulled it off)
Why Wordle is the perfect game for the moment
As COVID-19 vaccine mandate begins, Wu describes toll of protests at her home
Youngkin pick for medical adviser bucks trends on covid (Makary. Ugh. And not good for D.C., right next door…)
At the mayor’s house, a measure of how low people can go
How often can you safely reuse your KN95 or N95 mask?
Boston was right to refuse to fly Christian flag. As a Jewish legal advocate and a Baptist minister, we support the arguments of Boston in this critical First Amendment case that Supreme Court justices will hear on Jan. 18.
Security officers say Smithsonian staff shortages threaten safety of priceless treasures, and people
We Want You To Like Us
There Is Something Very Wrong With a Society That Scapegoats Its Teachers
White Supremacy and Sedition

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