Butterflies create jet propulsion with a clap of their wings Agence France Presse
Pikas are adapting to climate change High Country News
Possibly The Most Incredible Wave in Surf History Was Ridden Last Week Adventure Journal (AL).
Premature mortality due to air pollution in European cities: a health impact assessment The Lancet (Ignacio). From the discussion: “More than 400 000 deaths (equating to 7% of annual mortality) in Europe were attributable to PM2·5 exposure and more than 70 000 deaths (equating to 1% of annual mortality) were attributable to NO2 exposure. Moreover, these mortality estimates were when concentrations of air pollution were below the recommendations given in the EU and WHO guidelines.”
The effect of early treatment with ivermectin on viral load, symptoms and humoral response in patients with non-severe COVID-19: A pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial The Lancet
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Can I Be Re-Infected with the New Variant If I’ve Had Covid-19? (FAQ) National Institute for Communicable Diseases (South Africa).
Molecular dynamic simulation reveals E484K mutation enhances spike RBD-ACE2 affinity and the combination of E484K, K417N and N501Y mutations (501Y.V2 variant) induces conformational change greater than N501Y mutant alone, potentially resulting in an escape mutant (preprint) bioRxiv
BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine found effective against Covid-19 variant FT. In vitro, by the companies. Note the competing interest statement.
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Why some older people are getting the vaccine in Southern California but others are striking out LA Times. Some go to Happyville, some go to Pain CIty. Randomly.
How Operation Warp Speed Created Vaccination Chaos Pro Publica. The last mile problem.
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Nosocomial COVID Mike the Mad Biologist
Thousands of Israelis Tested Positive for Coronavirus After First Vaccine Shot Haaretz. Hopefully, as they would, because this vaccine (we learn in paragraph eight) is Pfizer’s, which requires two shots.
Biden’s top diplomat pick says Trump ‘right’ to be tough on China Nikkei Asian Review
How China’s defence law changes pave the way for greater global military influence South China Morning Post
China reckons US democracy is imploding but could be missing the point South China Morning Post
Taiwan scraps new year festival after rare coronavirus outbreak Agence France Presse
Samsung Heavy banks on ‘crewless’ ships to capsize Chinese rivals Hellenic Shipping News
America’s Ayodhya: Hindutva’s Lessons for the March on the Capitol The American Sun. I’m linking to this because I haven’t seen its argument made. Red flags: No About page for the venue, no bio or indeed detectable trail for the author. I would be interested to know what India hands think of it.
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Trump pardons and commutations – the full list Guardian. Missing: Assange and Snowden.
Trump’s Market Was So-So, Whichever Way You Cut It John Authers, Bloomberg
Where Do Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Go From Here? Town & Country
What Voters Want From Biden’s First Term, in Their Own Words Morning Consult. Handy chart:
A monthly stipend would solve enable social distancing and preserve the economy, but who wants that?
What’s in President-Elect Biden’s COVID-19 American Rescue Plan? American Law Review
Scoop: Joe Biden’s COVID-19 bubble Axios. “The incoming administration is planning extraordinary steps to protect its most prized commodity, Joe Biden.” A President is not a “commodity.” Unless they are, of course.
Monthly Child Tax Credit Would Be a Train Wreck Matt Bruenig, People’s Policy Project
Biden’s Stimulus Plan Will Bring Relief, but There’s One Flaw Editorial Board, NYT. “But there is one lesson that apparently still needs to be learned. Mr. Biden is proposing to repeat a mistake made by the last two administrations by setting an arbitrary end date for economic aid programs rather than tying the benefits to the duration of need.”
The Obama do-over is about to begin Politico
Biden Lifts Health Care Plan From Insurance Lobbyists Daily Poster. “If enacted, the plan could head off any talk in Washington of a public option plan down the road.” The West Wing wouldn’t have it any other way….
Comparison of Utilization, Costs, and Quality of Medicaid vs Subsidized Private Health Insurance for Low-Income Adults JAMA. From the Abstract: “Marketplace coverage was associated with fewer emergency department visits and more office visits than Medicaid, total costs were 83% higher in Marketplace coverage owing to much higher prices, and out-of-pocket spending was 10 times higher in Marketplace coverage; results for quality of care were mixed.” From the Discussion: “In terms of clinical quality, we found no difference for the primary outcome of ambulatory care–sensitive hospitalizations. Among secondary outcomes, 5 measures favored Marketplace coverage (though 1 was of minimal clinical relevance, a 1 percentage-point difference in flu vaccination), 1 measure favored Medicaid, and the rest (6 of 12) showed no significant differences.” So subsidized private health insurance is obviously the way to go. Because markets.
Police State Watch
The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming Glenn Greenwald
Yellow mealworm safe for humans to eat, says EU food safety agency Guardian (DD). “Crunchy snacks.”
An Inaugural Inflection Point: Ushering in a New Era of Marketing Amid a Polarized Public Morning Consult. Handy chart:
How to Make a Pencil Logic.io. Well worth a read.
This is not disinformation:
— Lauren Kaori Gurley (@LaurenKGurley) January 19, 2021
Everything Is Broken The Tablet
The Errand Friend Culture Study. Another type of relationship under assault by Covid and Silicon Valley.
Antidote du jour (via):
See Yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.