What dinosaur eggs reveal about ancient parenting styles National Geographic
The futuristic cargo ship made of wood Hellenic Shipping News
After sending students home in mid-March as the virus swept across Massachusetts, local college presidents [plural], many with science backgrounds, began to develop plans to reopen schools in the fall, with quick and affordable testing as a key component.
the Broad, which offered to charge colleges $25 per test — much less than the $100 commercial price — and promised results within 24 hours. The Broad has conducted more than 6 million tests since late March; it has previously estimated that nearly two-thirds of the 70,000 tests it processes on average each day are from colleges and universities.
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Can I Choose My COVID-19 Vaccine? MedPage Today
Airlines Face ‘Mission of the Century’ in Shipping Vaccines Bloomberg. The last mile is the hard part.
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COVID-19-associated olfactory dysfunction reveals SARS-CoV-2 neuroinvasion and persistence in the olfactory system (preprint) bioRxiv. From the Abstract: “Viral persistence in the olfactory epithelium therefore provides a potential mechanism for prolonged or relapsing symptoms of COVID-19, such as loss of smell, which should be considered for optimal medical management and future therapeutic strategies.”
A Randomized Trial of Convalescent Plasma in Covid-19 Severe Pneumonia NEJM. From the Conclusions: “No significant differences were observed in clinical status or overall mortality between patients treated with convalescent plasma and those who received placebo.”
Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage and wastewater treatment plants in Mexico Journal of Water Process Engineering. From the Abstract: “This work proves that wastewater-based epidemiology is a very valuable tool in developing countries where diagnostic tests for COVID-19 are limited.” Especially in Third World countries like our own…
China to tap elderly population in bid to tackle looming demographic crisis, boost economy South China Morning Post
China factory activity edges up in November: official data Agence France Presse
Pontifications: The risk of closing China to aerospace suppliers Leeham News and Analysis
How Mossad executed Iran’s nuclear chief: Power to the entire region was cut as gun and bomb attack blasted his convoy before he was dragged from car and finished off… then the 12 assassins melted away Daily Mail
Assassination in Iran Could Limit Biden’s Options. Was That the Goal? David Sanger, NYT. Commentary:
Lede on NYT front page: "…the scientist who led Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon for the past two decades."
This is Judith Miller-level bad. No mention that US intel agencies maintain that Iran halted nuke weapons program in 2003. We're just told what Netanyahu "believes." https://t.co/b5iOOYRkSY
— Matt Duss (@mattduss) November 29, 2020
Four French police officers charged over beating of black music producer Agence France Presse
‘Why did it take nine hours to go 130 miles in our new electric Porsche?’ Guardian. “[T]he UK’s charging network is poorly maintained, complicated and hugely difficult to navigate via its various apps and payment systems.”
Revealed: the Israel lobby’s Labour hit list Electronic Intifada
Joe Biden Fills Out His Economic Team Wall Street Journal. Neera Tanden for OMB.
Biden Picks Budget Director Who Pushed Social Security Cuts Walker Bragman, The Daily Poster
Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has ‘no chance’ of being confirmed as Biden’s OMB pick The Hill. That’s a damn shame.
President-elect Joe Biden suffers fractures in foot Reuters. Playing with one of his dogs.
Realignment and Legitimacy
GWB Looks Worse in Hindsight Bruce Bartlett, The Big Picture
Our Famously Free Press
Candace Owens Challenges Fact-Checker, And Wins Daily Wire (CL).
Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm Agence France Presse
Resuming evictions caused over 10,000 deaths in just six months Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
What works to mitigate and reduce relative (and absolute) inequality? (PDF) United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research. A review of the literature.
The Distributional Impact of the Pandemic (PDF) Sinem Hacıoğlu Hoke, Diego R. Kanzig, Paolo Surico World Inequality Lab. From the Abstract: “The top quartile of the income distribution accounts for almost half of the pandemic-related decline in aggregate consumption, with expenditure for this group falling much more than income. In contrast, the bottom quartile of the income distribution has seen the smallest spending cuts and the largest earnings drop but their total incomes have fallen by much less because of the increase in government benefits.”
Anti-Populism with Thomas Frank (podcast) The Dig. Bracing. And if you want to understand why Frank has been blackballed by liberal Democrats and won’t (at least as I heard him say on Useful Idiots) be writing on politics any more, this is the podcast episode for you.
How close is too close? Aeon (Re Silc).
How to Work With Tribesmen (PDF) W. Patrick Lang (rowlf).
Antidote du jour (via):
“What could be more natural than a rhinoceros?” –Eugene Ionesco
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here