Monthly Archives: August 2022

Links 8/26/22

Links for you. Science: Why older people are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 (excellent) The Forgotten Virus: Zika Families and Researchers Struggle for Support How Chewing Shaped Human Evolution Infection Rate of SARS-CoV-2 in Asymptomatic Healthcare Workers, Sweden, June … Continue reading

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Links 8/25/22

Links for you. Science: Sporadic Occurrence of Enteroaggregative Shiga Toxin–Producing Escherichia coli O104:H4 Similar to 2011 Outbreak Strain Early Estimates of Monkeypox Incubation Period, Generation Time, and Reproduction Number, Italy, May–June 2022 Scientists hope nasal vaccines will help halt Covid … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on Biden’s Student Debt Policy

Yesterday, the White House released its student debt plan. Here are some thoughts, in no particular order, about it: It’s a good start. Like so many Democratic initiatives, it is better than nothing, but it doesn’t go far enough. That … Continue reading

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Links 8/24/22

Links for you. Science: Genomic Epidemiology Suggests Community Origins of Healthcare-Associated USA300 Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Human Monkeypox without Viral Prodrome or Sexual Exposure, California, USA, 2022 The Hidden Crisis in the Times of COVID-19: Critical Shortages of Medical Laboratory Professionals … Continue reading

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Leonhardt Is Still Stuck on Stupid

So David Leonhardt has another stupid column decrying COVID protections, this time about the increase in traffic fatalities (boldface mine): At first, researchers thought that emptier roads might be the main answer. Open roads can encourage speeding, and speeding can … Continue reading

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Links 8/23/22

Links for you. Science: Botanist fights to save cycads, the ‘dinosaur’ plants threatened by land clearing and zealous collectors Mystery of half-billion year old creature with no anus solved The Megalodon Was Bigger, Faster and Even Hungrier You Have No … Continue reading

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The Importance of Dark Brandon and of Narratives

Brian Beutler makes a very good point about what the rise of the absurd Dark Brandon meme implies for politics (boldface mine): There are two big schools of thinking about how political opinions form and change. In one school, material … Continue reading

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Links 8/22/22

Links for you. Science: The Odds of Getting COVID From Your Housemate Are ‘About a Coin Flip’ Omicron is considered a milder coronavirus, but scientists aren’t so sure A Panel of Diverse Klebsiella pneumoniae Clinical Isolates for Research and Development … Continue reading

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Walensky’s CDC Reforms Are Long Overdue, but Would Have Done Nothing to Prevent Its Failures in Early 2021

Recently, CDC Director Walensky described a set of proposed reforms of the CDC (boldface mine): Dr. Walensky laid out her basic conclusion from the review in candid terms: The C.D.C. must refocus itself on public health needs, respond much faster … Continue reading

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Links 8/21/22

Links for you. Science: Sneeze by Sneeze, Sponges Fill the Seas With Their Mucus Tens of thousands of people exposed to bat coronaviruses each year The COVID lab leak theory is dead. Here’s how we know the virus came from … Continue reading

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