Many animal stories from readers! Hope this is not a sign that you need relief from the regular news even more than usual.
‘I’ve realised my dream’: Italy’s oldest graduate top of the class at 96 Guardian. Definitely beats my uncle getting a PhD at 74.
Fox in Berlin Stole 100 Shoes The Cut
Satellites Reveal Hidden Colonies of Emperor Penguins We Never Knew Existed Science Alert (Chuck L)
Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape Wired (DK). Eeew.
Why America shouldn’t have nuked Japan Asia Times (J-LS)
Here’s Exactly How Inefficient Wireless Charging Is OneZero (Dr. Kevin)
We Thought We Knew How Sperm Swam, But It Was Just an Optical Illusion Science Alert (Chuck L)
Your Old Radiator Is a Pandemic-Fighting Weapon Bloomberg (David L)
Coronavirus: latest Hong Kong pets to test positive for Covid-19 are Scottish shorthair cat, Yorkshire terrier dog South China Morning Post. J-LS:
Scary, yes, especially if you have a pet. But what amazes me most is that HK has such testing capacity they can use it on house pets. Whereas many humans in the US cannot get tested, certainly not on a timely basis.
Does my cat have coronavirus? RTE (PlutoniumKun)
Cerebral Micro-Structural Changes in COVID-19 Patients An MRI-based 3-month Follow-up Study Lancet. n=60. Not pretty.
Scientists Uncover Biological Signatures of the Worst Covid-19 Cases New York Times (David L)
How the pandemic might play out in 2021 and beyond Nature (Kevin W)
Lack of public data hampers COVID-19 fight Associated Press
Viable SARS-CoV-2 in the air of a hospital room with COVID-19 patients medRxiv (David L). Preprint. And even though it shows viable virus in the air more than 6 feet from the source, we still don’t have a clue as to what concentration results in infection.
Remdesivir, made by @GileadSciences, has now set the price ➡️ $2,300 to $3,100 per patient.
So how much does it cost to produce each vial?
➡️ Just $1.
US taxpayers also had paid for the drug’s NIH trial.
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) August 6, 2020
‘Numbers don’t lie’: Fauci says you can’t deny the US has the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak Business Insider (J-LS)
‘The economy is a bigger mess than Covid’: Kentucky fears new shutdown Guardian (resilc)
More Farmers Declare Bankruptcy Despite Record Levels of Federal Aid Wall Street Journal
— Tracy Alloway (@tracyalloway) August 6, 2020
Beruit. So devastating, I am at a loss as to what to say.
The Beruit blast was so big it carved out part of the earth. This was taken by Jenan Moussa a fantastic middle eastern journalist. pic.twitter.com/REODiSgdsU
— Learn Something (@EyePoppingFact) August 5, 2020
Demolition Men Do Not Build Nations, They Destroy Them The Wire (J-LS)
England’s planning reforms will create ‘generation of slums’ Guardian (Kevin W)
New Cold War
VIPS MEMO: To Nancy Pelosi — Did Russia Hack the DNC Emails? ConsortiumNews (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
What Are Stingrays and Dirtboxes? Intercept (Dr. Kevin)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Defund the Bloated U.S. Military Juan Cole (resilc)
How Popular Is Donald Trump? FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
Ted Cruz bashes Oprah for ‘lecture’ on race: ‘What utter, racist BS’ The Hill (UserFriendly)
Joe Biden’s mental ability is a campaign issue that can’t be ignored: Devine New York Post (J-LS). Yes, the Post, but still a bad look.
DeBlasio is part of the same problem as Trump, Cuomo, DeSantis, etc—ruling class failure. Voting out Trump will only solve our problem with that particular failure, not the larger problem that we're ruled over by a class of catastrophic failures.https://t.co/lvaQj3kuGL
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) August 4, 2020
Rashida Tlaib and Slate of Local Progressives Win in Michigan Intercept (resilc)
Police State Watch
What Happened In Portland Shows Just How Fragile Our Democracy Is FiveThirtyEight (David L)
The Senate Should Ask Chad Wolf About His Illegal Appointment Lawfare (David L)
In Hollywood Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H:
One of my White-tailed Antilope Squirrel friends enjoying the seeds I set outside for anyone interested. The squirrels like it – birds probably don’t find it safe – or maybe they recognize the receptacle as a cooking pot.
And a bonus (guurst):
Bear cubs filmed body surfing and splashing in waves of the Sea of Okhotsk. A peaceful sunrise outing of two young brown bears caught in an enchanting video https://t.co/b1pBg2n5nP pic.twitter.com/Au0PTUwGBu
— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) July 30, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.