Why Insect Memories May Not Survive Metamorphosis Quanta. The URL is much more vivid: “insect-brains-melt-and-rewire-during-metamorphosis”.
KKR to acquire Simon & Schuster for $1.62 billion Axios. Let the strip mining begin!
Alternatives Have Been ‘Kryptonite’ to Alpha — At Least for Public Pensions Institutional Investor
Economists Reconsider Industrial Policy Dani Rodrik, Réka Juhász, and Nathan Lane Project Syndicate.
An Overheating Planet Requires Extreme Climate Solutions Bloomberg. From the deck: “Here’s how experts at eliminating carbon pollution think we can catch up — and cool down.” I feel like reading that in a Firesign Theatre voice. That said, at least the article outlines the data that shows there’s a problem. The final paragraph: “‘We know that 1.5C isn’t realistic in the short term,’ says John Christensen, director of the UN Environment Programme and one of the authors of the Emissions Gap Report. ‘But it can come back down. There’s no alternative.'” There isn’t?
Darning the Planet New Left Review. Well worth a read.
Capturing carbon where it is produced École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
People are starting a lot of fires in the Pacific Northwest High Country News
The Curious Case of the Colorado River’s Missing Water Atlas Obscura
Study links air pollution to rising antibiotic resistance levels Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
An interrupted time series analysis of the cardiovascular health benefits of a coal coking operation closure IOP Science. A natural experiment following closure of a coal coking plant in Pittsburgh, PA. “Statistically significant cardiovascular health benefits were documented in the local population, including a 42% immediate drop (95% CI: 33%, 51%) in cardiovascular emergency department (ED) visits from the pre-closure mean…. Our study provides clear evidence that this intervention lowering fossil fuel-associated air pollution benefited public health in both the short and longer term, while also providing validation of the past use of observational air pollution epidemiology effect estimates in policy analyses.”
Degrowing China—By Collapse, Redistribution, or Planning? Monthly Review
Fiscal Policy and the Government Balance Sheet in China International Monetary Fund
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US beats China in soft power and popularity in Southeast Asia, giving it regional edge: analysis South China Morning Post
The Age of Urban Insurgency in Myanmar? Myanmar Now
The Lucky Country
US still ‘hopeful’ but ‘realistic’ on trying to restore constitutional order in Niger Anadolu Agency. Maybe we should clean our side of the street first?
Dear Old Blighty
New Not-So-Cold War
“… Russia’s nearly unique Railway Troops…” Eric Zimerman, Threadreader. Good stuff!
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What Happens behind the Scenes of Negotiations on ‘Peace Plan’ for Ukraine European Pravda. Scroll down to see the funders.
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Traffic Slows at Ukraine’s Danube Ports After Russian Drone Strikes Maritime Executive
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South of the Border
And it sure raises eyebrows, as the SF Standard reported last month, that CPUC commissioner John Reynolds used to be an attorney for Cruise, and now gets to vote on whether the company can expand service. But there’s also one hell of a tidbit in the above KGO report on Monday’s CPUC meeting that may also raise eyebrows, but it’s perhaps not surprising: former SF Mayor Willie Brown is now lobbying for Cruise, or rather, he’s a “”Cruise advisor.”” SFGate reports he’s been working for them since 2020.
Swapping a Twitter Habit for a Threads One Slate. Boggles the mind that anybody could take seriously the possibility that anything cloned by The Zuckerberg™ could be an improvement over the original.
4 crucial tests LK-99 must pass to be a true superconductor Big Think. Replication, sadly, remains elusive. Commentary:
I expected that interest in LK-99 would just die a slow death after no one could replicate it; rarely is a smoking gun found that explains the spurious observations.
But in this case it seems we have a full coroner's report!https://t.co/rPLbzXdrgV
— Prof. Michael S Fuhrer (@MichaelSFuhrer) August 9, 2023
— Derrick VanGennep (@VanGennepD) August 8, 2023
I was hoping for some good news on this one. My mistake!
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Era of Ultracheap Stuff Is Under Threat WSJ. The deck: “Factories across Asia are struggling to attract young workers, which is bad news for Western consumers accustomed to inexpensive goods.”
How to Tell If a Dog Is Dehydrated Field & Stream
Antidote du jour (via):
Buffalo vs buffalo
— IB (@ProfBr_) July 31, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2023/08/links-8-7-2023.html“>here.