A Self-Replicating Radiation-Shield for Human Deep-Space Exploration: Radiotrophic Fungi can Attenuate Ionizing Radiation aboard the International Space Station (PDF) (preprint) bioRxiv. Paging Paul Stamets:
Certain fungi thrive in high-radiation environments on Earth, such as the contamination radius of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Analogous to photosynthesis, these organisms appear to perform radiosynthesis, using pigments known as melanin to convert gamma-radiation into chemical energy. It is hypothesized that these organisms can be employed as a radiation shield to protect other lifeforms.
I am more inclined to file this under how wondrous nature can be if we aren’t stupid about it, rather than space-flight technology.
PIA24291: Swatch of Wright Brothers Flyer 1 Attached to Mars Helicopter Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Wall Street Finds New Way To Finance Unprofitable Tech Firms WSJ (Re Silc). “Complex bonds.”
Boston Fed’s Cunha On Building A Payments Network For The ‘Next 100 Years’ PYMNTS. I’d stick with paper. But n-o-o-o-o-o!
Crews Install Plate At Site Of Piney Point Leak As A Temporary Fix WUSF. Another backhoe story. The leak is due to a liner failure. All liners fail. Landfill abutters take note!
Fond du Lac Band wins halt to copper mine Indian Country
Waves of Abandonment Grist. Texas oil wells.
The Gaslighting of Science Zeynep Tufecki, Insight. A must-read. And as with Iraq, all the people responsible for the debacle are in power today, and making very good money in their institutional positions, on the teebee, on book deals, etc.
Predicted Infection Risk for Aerosol Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (preprint) (PDF) medRxiv. WHO’s Conley claims that aerosol transmission is “situational” (which I so far as I can tell means not in a hospital setting with HCWs in PPE and a squillion air changes an hour). Perhaps this handy chart will clarify:
Been thinking about what is meant by "situational" airborne. I /think/ it means the overlapping of multiple conditions — here is one possible slant of how R0 (how much it spreads) is predicted to vary for SARS-CoV-2 from a PREPRINT by Kriegel et al. pic.twitter.com/IZklIOIsYE
— Kimberly Prather, Ph.D. (@kprather88) April 10, 2021
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States ranked by percentage of population vaccinated Beckers Hospital Review. #1, NM: 28.69%; #2, ME: 27.3%. Here is the CDC’s tracker, with handy map:
Evidence for increased breakthrough rates of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern in BNT162b2 mRNA vaccinated individuals (preprint) medRxiv. From the Summary: “[T]he B.1.351 incidence in Israel to-date remains low and vaccine effectiveness remains high against B.1.1.7, among those fully vaccinated. These results overall suggest that vaccine breakthrough infection is more frequent with both [Variants of Concern (VOCs)], yet a combination of mass-vaccination with two doses coupled with non-pharmaceutical interventions control and contain their spread.”
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Airlines warn the cost of Covid tests will stop people going abroad Guardian. Not with sniffer dogs!
Myanmar security forces kill over 80 anti-coup protesters -group Reuters. Exit, voice, and loyalty. A thread:
1/ So far, 3 captains (Nyi Thuta, Tun Myat Aung, Lin Htet Aung) and 1 navy lieutnant (Kaizar Aung) publicly announced their defections from #Tatmadaw. Based on their statements, they believe "many" others want to defect. One of them even said abt it's as high as 75%. pic.twitter.com/Mznd90IZQF
— pyaezone (@pyaezone) April 10, 2021
(LEAD) S. Korea decides to resume rollout of AstraZeneca vaccine Yonhap News Agency
Jordan is where domestic and regional fissures collide The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer (Re Silc).
New Cold War
Nicolai N. Petro: Looking Beyond the Current Tragedy in Ukraine American Committee for US-Russia Accord
Ukraine Antagonises China, While Pleasing the US IWPR. “Analysts see the Ukrainian decision to seize the assets of aerospace company Motor Sich as a sign of Kyiv’s increasing confidence in favouring Washington’s interests over that of its other key ally, China.”
Far-right AfD calls for ‘normal’ Germany at conference Deutsche Welle
My Day With Prince Philip Craig Murray
Brazil building new giant Christ statue, taller than Rio’s France24. The photo is brilliant.
Our Famously Free Press
Millions in public, private aid help rebuilding in St. Paul’s riot-damaged Midway Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Police State Watch
Capitol Police sent cops to a guy’s door for somebody else’s tweet Ryan Grim, Bad News
“They Present a Version of Themselves That Isn’t Real”: Inside the Dark, Biohacked Heart of Silicon Valley Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair. “Last year, a number of rich founders began experimenting with microdosing drugs to make it through the day.” So, not only are we ruled by psychos, they’re drug-addled. There’s a history here.
The Dangers of Elite Projection Human Transit. From 2017, still germane.
A Year in the Life of Safeway 1048 In These Times.
Amazon’s victory against a union drive in Alabama proved workers want better workplaces, but America’s labor laws are too broken to help them get that, experts say Business Insider. Well, if the organizers were only organizing at the plant gate, as Mike Elk reports, there’s more going on than the need for legislation.
Working Multiple Jobs Is a Financial Necessity for Many Young People Teen Vogue. The headline sent to the mailing list is better: “Can We Stop Glamorizing Side Hustles?”
Cross-kingdom inhibition of bacterial virulence and communication by probiotic yeast metabolites (PDF) Microbiome. From the Conclusions:
“This study illuminates a yet-unrecognized mechanism for cross-kingdom inhibition of pathogenic bacteria cell-cell communication in a probiotic microorganism mixture. A newly identified fungus-secreted molecule—tryptophol acetate—was shown to disrupt quorum sensing pathways of the human gut pathogen V. cholerae. Cross-kingdom interference in quorum sensing may play important roles in enabling microorganism coexistence in multi-population environments, such as probiotic foods and the gut microbiome. This discovery may account for anti-virulence properties of the human microbiome and could aid elucidating health benefits of probiotic products against bacterially associated diseases.”
I guess today is Beneficial Fungus Day!
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.