Roadsides too noisy for birds to think, crickets to mate Agence France Presse
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to step aside as chief executive this year FT (letter to employeers). Over-under on when Bezos seeks treatment for his memory problems? (Presenting symptoms: Inability to remember which of his 23 bathrooms he is currently using, persistent repetition of the phrase “I dan’t recall.”)
Elon Musk’s banter with Robinhood CEO triggers stampede for Clubhouse app Channel News Asia. Certainly a healthy sign….
Kia Motors Shares Jump After Report Apple to Invest $3.6 Billion Bloomberg. EV stans rejoice!
An ultrapotent synthetic nanobody neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 by stabilizing inactive Spike Science (house organ write-up). From the Abstract: “By screening a yeast surface-displayed library of synthetic nanobody sequences, we developed nanobodies that disrupt the interaction between Spike and ACE2. Cryo–electron microscopy (cryo-EM) revealed that one nanobody, Nb6, binds Spike in a fully inactive conformation with its receptor binding domains locked into their inaccessible down state, incapable of binding ACE2. Affinity maturation and structure-guided design of multivalency yielded a trivalent nanobody, mNb6-tri, with femtomolar affinity for Spike and picomolar neutralization of SARS-CoV-2 infection. mNb6-tri retains function after aerosolization, lyophilization, and heat treatment, which enables .” IOW, sprays. From December 2020, still germane even if in vitro. As readers know, I am long sprays (not really, because I don’t play the ponies). Quite an impressive number of co-authors in Science.
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What went wrong with America’s $44 million vaccine data system? MIT Technology Review. Yet another CDC debacle.
If You’ve Been Working from Home, Please Wait for Your Vaccine Scientific American
The Sputnik V Vaccine and Russia’s Race to Immunity The New Yorker
How Cartier Won China’s Social Media Jing Daily
Anti-coup protests ring out in Myanmar’s main city Reuters. As here:
Reposting this & deleted earlier 1 as there were issues. This another video of #CivilDisobedienceMovement in 1 of the neighbourhoods in #Myanmar #Yangon to protest against #militarycoup. Video owner gave me permission to use it but I'm not revealing identity for safety reasons pic.twitter.com/KJdcQp3kT4
— May Wong (@MayWongCNA) February 2, 2021
I would guess these apartment blocks are in a relatively affluent part of Yangon, however. Adding to the surreal air:
A woman did her regular aerobics class out in open without realizing that a coup was taking place in #Myanmar. A Military convoy reaching the parliament can be seen behind the woman as she performs aerobics. Incredible! pic.twitter.com/gRnQkMshDe
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) February 1, 2021
(See the whole thread for authenticity issues, resolved.)
What the Myanmar Coup Means for China The Diplomat
A hard task made harder: UN rights expert Tom Andrews on Myanmar coup Southeast Asia Globe_
South Korea Leads World in Innovation; U.S. Drops Out of Top 10 Bloomberg. They must not be taking financial innovation into account.
India rivals China in Covid-19 vaccine diplomacy with million doses for South Africa South China Morning Post
State Capture Commission to lay criminal complaint against Jacob Zuma Daily Maverick. “State Capture Commission”?
Is an Israeli air strike on Iran imminent? – TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis
All Eyes on Ecuador: Presidential Elections Could Bring Back the Citizens’ Revolution Council on Hemispheric Affairs. Quelle horreur!
New Cold War
What Putin nemesis Alexei Navalny is, and what he is not Responsible Statecraft
Russia extends key New START nuclear treaty Deutsche Welle
The CIA Fine-Tunes Its Hiring Pitch to Millennials and Gen Z WSJ. With dog-training tips…..
Dems Threaten To Exclude Families Crushed By Pandemic Andrew Perez, Daily Poster. I just wish somebody would love me like liberal Democrats love means-testing…..
Plus ça change….
One of the last Get Your War On strips, from 2009: pic.twitter.com/c6WSieC18K
— Michael Goodwin (@Economixcomix) February 1, 2021
The nuclear triad is not sacred Defense News
How the Biden Administration Can Help Solve Our Reality Crisis NYT. “Several experts I spoke with recommended that the Biden administration put together a cross-agency task force to tackle disinformation and domestic extremism, which would be led by something like a ‘reality czar.'” I nominate James Clapper! This could be his first case:
This photojournalist put his life on the line to produce this footage, kept filming after being blinded by pepper spray and smashed among a mob of people. All so that a YouTube algorithm can take it down. https://t.co/mNq6z6rhSc
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) February 2, 2021
Pseudoscientific beliefs and psychopathological risks increase after COVID-19 social quarantine Global Health (pq). From July 2020, still germane.
How to stop Russia from recruiting the next Trump MSNBC. “Imagine if we imposed some type of barrier to the Oval Office in the form of an FBI background investigation. At that point, a bunch of bureaucrats, not the American voters, would decide who could or could not become a senator or a president. No one wants that.” Oh?
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Activists wary of broader law enforcement after Capitol riot Associated Press
Association Between County-Level Change in Economic Prosperity and Change in Cardiovascular Mortality Among Middle-aged US Adults JAMA (IM). From the Abstract: “In this retrospective analysis of county-level mortality data from 3123 US counties from 2010 to 2017, every 10-point greater change in economic prosperity from baseline to follow-up (range, 5 to 92) was significantly associated with a 0.4% lower cardiovascular mortality rate per year among middle-aged adults.”
Our Oligarchs’ Crisis Of Confidence The American Conservative
The Science of Reasoning With Unreasonable People NYT. How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?. One. But the lightbulb has to want to be changed.d
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