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Links 4/1/20

Links for you. Science: Thousands of covert coronavirus cases go under the radar in Wuhan, Chinese-led researchers say (paper here) The untold origin story of the N95 mask Vera C. Rubin Observatory, our best shot at finally explaining dark energy, … Continue reading

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South Korea as a Baseline for the U.S.: The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Or ‘nuking the goalposts’ if you prefer. After yesterday’s daily attempt by Il Trumpe to hide the greatest dereliction of duty by a president* in my lifetime (for perspective, I’m not young, and there have been some real doozies during … Continue reading

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Links 3/31/20

Links for you. Science: FDA authorizes first rapid ‘point-of-care’ test for coronavirus (most hospitals already have the machine, so this can be deployed very quickly–might have been by the time this list o’links has spooled out) An orally bioavailable broad-spectrum … Continue reading

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Questions D.C. Journalists Should Ask about COVID-19

And I don’t mean Wor-Shing-Tun, I mean D.C. local reporters (though if other local and state level journalists ask these questions, that would help their own communities). On the whole, D.C.’s response to COVID-19 has been reasonably good. The city … Continue reading

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Links 3/30/20

Links for you. Science: Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful: We’ve known about SARS-CoV-2 for only three months, but scientists can make some educated guesses about where it came from and why it’s behaving in such an extreme way. … Continue reading

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Richard Epstein’s No Good Interview with Issac Chotiner

There are two rules in life: “Never get involved in a land war in Asia” Never agree to an interview with Issac Chotiner. (for the Princess Bride fans). Libertarian ‘thinker’ Richard Epstein, after arguing that the mortality from COVID-19 would … Continue reading

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Links 3/29/20

Links for you. Science: You Can Help Break the Chain of Transmission Antibiotic Resistance to Ciprofloxacin in Treatment of Salmonella What China’s coronavirus response can teach the rest of the world Can Smart Thermometers Track the Spread of the Coronavirus? … Continue reading

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