Have model organisms evolved too far? (press release) University of Birmingham. E. coli.
Green Empire? New Left Review
New Not-So-Cold War
Will Ukraine Wind Up Making Territorial Concessions to Russia? Foreign Affairs. Ask the experts! Handy chart:
(The faces are for experts actually quoted in the article.)
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Germany approves delivery of Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine Andalou Agency. 178. But maybe 237. And such small portions!
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In Ukraine, There’s Once Again Talk Of An Anti-Corruption Campaign. Will It Really Happen This Time? Radio Free Europe. Note the source.
Ukraine War Day #349: Who Is Destroying Ukraine’s Forests? Awful Avalanche
Does the United Nations still exist? Social Europe
Long COVID: What Do the Latest Data Show? KFF. Good news if true.
Bivalent Covid-19 Vaccines — A Cautionary Tale (perspective) NEJM. “Why did the strategy for significantly increasing BA.4 and BA.5 neutralizing antibodies using a bivalent vaccine fail? The most likely explanation is imprinting. The immune systems of people immunized with the bivalent vaccine, all of whom had previously been vaccinated, were primed to respond to the ancestral strain of SARS-CoV-2. They therefore probably responded to epitopes shared by BA.4 and BA.5 and the ancestral strain, rather than to new epitopes on BA.4 and BA.5.”
Analysis of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Among Immunocompromised Individuals in a Large US Health System JAMA. From the Conclusion: “Our results highlight a substantial gap in adherence to CDC recommendations for mRNA monovalent COVID-19 booster doses among immunocompromised individuals in a large, sociodemographically diverse population.”
On day ‘spy balloon’ was shot down, China refused call with Pentagon chief, US says South China Morning Post
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Tech war: starved of chips, China’s bid to topple US as No 1 economy faces ‘unprecedented’ pressure South China Morning Post
Myanmar’s coup: Two years on but a long fight ahead Frontier Myanmar
Tipping the scales in Myanmar’s civil war Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Bill Gates: Stop Telling Africans What Kind of Agriculture Africans Need Scientific American
Here is when Russia starts building Hungary’s new nuclear power plant Daily News Hungary
Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: Race to Rescue Survivors WSJ. Live updates.
Dear Old Blighty
UK‘s Royal Mail workers call off 24-hour strike, union says Reuters. Solidarity!
Britons face 20,000 digital pound cap under Bank of England plan Reuters. The ceiling for dull normals when they take away cash? Good to know.
Expect Big Replenishment Orders Soon, Army Tells Industry Defense One. Ka-ching.
U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective, 2022: Accelerating Spending, Worsening Outcomes The Commonwealth Fund. Commentary:
Some staggering visual aids/charts in this analysis… Here's avoidable deaths pic.twitter.com/WUu4RFJM3x
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) February 7, 2023
Japan rolls out ‘humble and lovable’ delivery robots Bangkok Post (Furzy Mouse). Every time I see the dorbs-inducing rounded edges of one of those lozenge-like bots creeping about I want to beat it into shards with bat.
Killer robot swarms, an update Politico
Our Famously Free Press
Will Ashley Biden’s Diary Take Down Project Veritas? After a decade of punking liberals with hidden-camera stings, James O’Keefe becomes the story. New York Magazine. From January, still entertaining at the very least.
The Blood Libel Commonweal. A very early moral panic.
America’s Labor Shortages Are Good, Actually Eric Levitz, New York Magazine
Fed chair warns of even higher rates if jobs data stays strong FT. Still turning the rubber thumbscrew…..
A Chilling Paragraph from 1960 Ted Gioia, The Honest Broker (IM Doc).
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.