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COVID Prevalence in D.C.

Last week, D.C. had a post-Thanksgiving back-to-school COVID testathon. Some observations and thoughts: 1.3% of staff, and 0.6% of students tested positive (though around thirty percent of students didn’t test at all); lumped together, we have 0.7% total. Note these … Continue reading

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Links 12/4/22

Links for you. Science: ‘The ghost that haunts Monteverde’: how the climate crisis killed the golden toad Effectiveness of Bivalent mRNA Vaccines in Preventing Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection — Increasing Community Access to Testing Program, United States, September–November 2022 The Monkeypox … Continue reading

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Red Leaf

Observed on P Street NW between 17th and 18th, Dupont Circle, D.C.:

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Links 12/3/22

Links for you. Science: Early results look good for ‘universal’ flu vaccine that could stop the next pandemic The Mystery of the Blue Whale Songs Deadly Bird Flu Outbreak Is The Worst In U.S. History Why did the FBI track … Continue reading

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In Case You Missed It..

…a week of Mad Biologist posts: She Will Rise The ‘Newsweek-ifcation’ of Twitter Because They Need to Win Republican Primaries Centrists Misunderstand the Moment: The Sick Leave Edition Still Vibing About Long COVID Kanye West’s Mistake Was Saying the Quiet … Continue reading

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Links 12/2/22

Links for you. Science: Parasite gives wolves what it takes to be pack leaders. Study is one of the few to show the behavioural effects of Toxoplasma gondii in wild animals. ‘Labour advantage’ drives greater productivity at elite universities Increased … Continue reading

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Kanye West’s Mistake Was Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud

So Kanye West went on Alex Jones’ show, and You’ll Never Guess What Happened Next! Actually, even if you haven’t heard what happened, you probably can guess what happened next: lots of overt anti-Semitism. What’s remarkable is how desperate Jones … Continue reading

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Links 12/1/22

Links for you. Science: How could COVID be involved in the pediatric health crisis resulting from a surge in RSV and flu in various places (Canada, USA, Europe)? There are at least three ways. Pocket feature shared by deadly coronaviruses … Continue reading

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Still Vibing About Long COVID

And not in a good way. One of the most frustrating things about the disappearance of long COVID from any meaningful policy discussion is that, when it comes to long COVID (and for that matter, COVID in general), there is … Continue reading

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Links 11/30/22

Links for you. Science: Rare Baby Ghost Shark Caught in New Zealand’s Chatham Rise The Invasion of the Super Insects Integrating phylogenetic and functional data in microbiome studies This flu season is looking really scary, in one chart Will pigs … Continue reading

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