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Links 10/30/20

Links for you. Science: Scientists Are Freaking Out Over The First-Ever Footage of This Bizarre Squid This weird fruit is native to North America and an ‘ecological anachronism’ A Flu Shot Might Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Early Research Suggests Early Insights … Continue reading

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Polls and the Republican Judiciary’s Electoral Mulligan

Over the last couple weeks, a fair number of Professional Politics Knowers have opined that rank-and-file Dems are being a bit silly in their worries that the polls are overstating Biden’s lead over Trump. That particular bit of ‘wisdom’ is … Continue reading

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Links 10/29/20

Links for you. Science: Science Tells Us a Dust Bowl 2.0 Is Yet Another New Reality of Climate Change Neglect The Missing Piece — SARS-CoV-2 Testing and School Reopening What those studies on mouthwash and coronaviruses actually mean J. Michael … Continue reading

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On Republican COVID-19 Nihilism

By now, you might have stumbled across any number of reports describing the Trump administration’s de facto embrace of a ‘herd immunity’ strategy: letting the virus run rampant to build up immunity, while attempting (and failing) to protect at-risk populations, … Continue reading

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Links 10/28/20

Links for you. Science: If One Part of Life on This Planet Is Sick, Soon Enough It All Will Be. Another parable on the interconnectedness of it all is brought to us by cheatgrass. Face Masks, Public Policies and Slowing … Continue reading

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What a Good Prevalence Would Be

Most days when I post my daily roundup I refer to “the good place”, which is a daily new case rate of 1 case per 100,000 people, which in D.C. would be seven cases per day, or fifty cases per … Continue reading

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The COVID-19 Response Is Par for the Republican Course

While I’m willing to call Trump et alia COVID-19 surrender monkeys as much as the next guy, I don’t think surprise, such as this, is warranted (boldface mine): For weeks, the White House has been advancing a “herd immunity” approach … Continue reading

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Links 10/27/20

Links for you. Science: Escaped cloned female mutant crayfish take over Belgian cemetery (2020!) Viral dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 infection and the predictive value of repeat testing Black voices in physics: Clifford Johnson Before you get a flu shot, get good … Continue reading

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If Yogi Berra Had Been an Epidemiologist…

…he would have said something like “the best way to avoid getting an infectious disease is to avoid people who are infected.” Outsourced to Aaron Carroll (boldface mine): Screening people without symptoms finds those who are infectious and gets them … Continue reading

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Links 10/26/20

Links for you. Science: How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories A Disturbing Twinkie That Has, So Far, Defied Science Universal mask use could save 130,000 U.S. lives by the end of February, new study … Continue reading

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