Animals laugh too, analysis of vocalization data suggests PhysOrg (Robert M)
The Speed of Sound Is Innately Encoded in The Brains of Bats, Scientists Discover ScienceAlert (furzy)
Sharks can navigate via Earth’s magnetic field, study confirms for the first time National Geographic (David L)
How at-home euthanasia can help pets and owners Washington Post (Dr. Kevin). You can get that in NYC. One of the reasons I rationalize not having euthanized my second cat, who went into a pretty fast final decline with cancer, was he hated going to the vet. When he was healthy, he’d do everything in his power to tear the carrier apart.
Powerful Magnetic Fields in Space Have Been Seen Bending Black Hole Jets ScienceAlert (Kevin W)
Sustainable flat-packed pasta morphs into shape as it cooks New Atlas (David L)
Grapefruit Is One of the Weirdest Fruits on the Planet Atlas Obscura (Chuck L)
Bibliometrics or Peer Review for Research Assessment: Is That the Right Question? Institute for New Economic Thinking
Totally disingenuous argument from the CEO of @moderna_tx. Tech transfer for mRNA vaccines works to rapidly scale up production, even when there is no available manufacturing capacity. How do we know? This is the exact approach Moderna *itself* used to scale their production🧵 pic.twitter.com/brK9cbEOEl
— PrEP4All (@PrEP4AllNow) May 7, 2021
Profiling B cell immunodominance after SARS-CoV-2 infection reveals antibody evolution to non-neutralizing viral targets Cell. In press. Seems impressive but reaches conclusions based on 1. a cell model and 2. memory B cell response only. How dispositive is this?
NHS to allow pregnant women to book specific Covid vaccines Guardian (resilc)
In India’s surge, a religious gathering attended by millions helped the virus spread Washington Post (David L). Department of “In case you had any doubts…”
General: China’s Africa outreach poses threat from Atlantic Washington Times
Ministers say Boris could rule longer than Thatcher’s 11 years: Results suggest Conservatives would take 36 MORE Westminster seats from Labour at next General Election – as triumphant Tories boast ‘WE’RE the true workers’ party now’ Daily Mail
As usual I'm not seeing the kind of statistical analysis that I want to see of Hartlepool, so welcome back to DIY psephology corner. And I can exclusively reveal that, once again, the real winner last night was… the None of the Above party. pic.twitter.com/UPeiwYbKhW
— Britanniα delenda est 🟨🟥 (@Calicoville) May 7, 2021
Survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster say they are "horrified" after a fire broke out at another tower block partially covered with the same cladding https://t.co/lQiD67e04U
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 8, 2021
Colombia on the Brink CounterPunch
New Cold War
Detente: The Vital Word Missing From Discourse On Russia And China Caitlin Johnstone (Chuck L)
European Allies Ask U.S. to Slow Afghan Withdrawal Wall Street Journal
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Less Is More Heisenberg Report (UserFriendly)
GOP Civil War
Stefanik privately pledges to serve only through 2022 in House GOP leadership Politico. If you believe that, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.
The GOP’s ‘Critical Race Theory’ Obsession Atlantic (furzy). Putting here even though there seems to be a strong GOP consensus on this issue.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Police-Overhaul Efforts Draws Bipartisan Agreement on Key Issues Wall Street Journal
Our Famously Free Press
— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) May 8, 2021
Great now do this for Julian Assange too, otherwise you look like an unprincipled NATO toolhttps://t.co/SNNVmt0zZi
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) May 7, 2021
Introducing “Racket of the Week” Matt Taibbi
Yale endowment chief David Swensen dies aged 67 Financial Times. Neglected to include this yesterday.
ERCOT Expects Record Power Demand In Texas This Summer OilPrice (resilc)
Elon Musk’s SpaceX Is Buying Up a Texas Village. Homeowners Cry Foul. Wall Street Journal (Kevin W)
Elon Musk’s Own Engineers Say He Exaggerates Autopilot Capabilities The Verge. Litigation futures?
What A Higher Minimum Wage Would Mean For Older Workers Forbes (resilc)
Amid labor shortage, these Pittsburgh companies are filling open roles fast. Here’s how. Pittsburgh Business Times
Antidote du jour:
And a bonus (dk):
I'll feature some genera of theridiids in this thread. First up is Thwaitesia, commonly known as the mirror spider, sequined spider or stained glass spider. The reflective patches expand when the spider is at rest, forming an almost seamless mirror. pic.twitter.com/mJVLtMLEHb
— Nicky Bay (@singaporemacro) May 7, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.