3500 year-old honeypot: Oldest direct evidence for honey collecting in Africa Heritage Daily (Kevin W)
Navy’s UFO video is best ‘world has ever seen,’ filmmaker says New York Post (furzy)
Can ‘Banana Buffers’ Save California From Wildfires? Atlas Obscura (Chuck L)
The Nation’s Corn Belt Has Lost a Third of Its Topsoil Smithsonian (David L)
Solar-to-Hydrogen Tech Sees “Remarkable” Efficiency Jump IEEE Spectrum (Chuck L)
Flywheels Turn Superconducting to Reinvigorate Grid Storage Potential IEEE Spectrum (Chuck L)
Brain Disease Transmitted By Tick Bites May Be Treatable Neuroscience News (David L)
Egg and sperm cell size evolved from competition PhysOrg (Chuck L)
The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations Quanta (David L)
The Anti-Freud Dublin Review of Books (Anthony L)
Human-monkey chimera embryos created in lab for first time New Atlas (furzy)
The genetic mistakes that could shape our species BBC (Dr. Kevin)
Some Brazilian hospitals have run out of sedatives, forcing doctors to use restraints while coronavirus patients are intubated
“I never thought I would be living through something like this,” a doctor says. “The patient is submitted to a form of torture” https://t.co/WbbfqupnnK
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) April 15, 2021
The Blood-Clot Problem Is Multiplying Atlantic (IM Doc)
SARS-CoV-2 binds platelet ACE2 to enhance thrombosis in COVID-19 Journal of Hematology & Oncology (Skunk)
The B.1.617 variant of SARS-CoV-2 carries two mutations, E484Q + L452R. Both are separately found in many other coronavirus variants, but they have been reported together for the first time in India. We need more data but variant said to be more infectious +can evade antibodies.
— Anthony Costello (@globalhlthtwit) April 15, 2021
Some experts fear next-generation Covid vaccines may be worse STAT (Dr. Kevin)
More on Lambert’s pet peeve:
18) What is this “Corsi Box” you ask? Good question. It’s named after famed aerosol engineering professor @CorsIAQ of course, and it is 1 simple box fax + 5 MERV13 air filters—two 16X20X2 and three 20X20X2 inches + cheap box fan! https://t.co/qlFNnERXsq
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) February 19, 2021
India’s surge with a new variant of concern is overwhelming hospitals and cremation grounds. https://t.co/ParhgcuDxm
— Anthony Costello (@globalhlthtwit) April 15, 2021
India’s health system has collapsed Hindustan Times (guurst)
Covid-19: On Capitol Hill, Top Health Officials Urge Americans to Get Shots – The New York Times
Reducing Global COVID Vaccine Shortages: New Research and Recommendations for US Leadership Duke (furzy). With leadership like ours…
American Interregnum New Left Review (Anthony L)
The pandemic may have caused 200,000 business closures — fewer than expected Business Insider. All in New York City?
China looms large over Biden-Suga meet Asia Times (Kevin W)
China ramps up media war on Xinjiang as censors blur Western brands https://t.co/iNHelSzuow
— Vicky Xu / 许秀中 (@xu_xiuzhong) April 17, 2021
As Myanmar unravels after military coup, people flee cities for rural backwaters Washington Post (furzy)
Lambert warns: “Interesting but what is happening in the countryside is more important”:
Video: Ven 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/L5ufcBAJ22
— Aey Sahattaya (@AeySahat) April 16, 2021
First glance at CSO (Irish stats office) Feb trade data:
▪️Imports from Great Britain decreased by €742m (-53%) to €650m compared with Feb
▪️Exports to GB decreased by €107m (-11%) to €859m with Feb 2020.
— JPCampbellBiz – Open a window, keep your distance (@JP_Biz) April 15, 2021
Gateshead pigeon racer warns that Brexit red tape could destroy the sport he loves ChronicleLiveUK (guurst)
Could proposed EU Gender Pay Transparency Directive apply in Northern Ireland because of the N.I. Protocol? – and, if so, how can that be done? BEERG (guurst). More unintended consequences…
Not surprising, as there is still no Labour opposition to the worst Tory government in living memory https://t.co/y6zAPAbvf9
— Brexit Bin 🇪🇺 #BrexitReality (@BrexitBin) April 16, 2021
New Cold War
RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 15 APRIL 2021 by Patrick Armstrong Turcopolier (Kevin W)
Facing The Facts Of War With Russia American Conservative (guurst)
Obituary for America’s war in Afghanistan Asia Times. Kevin W: “Very much worth reading. Bhadrakumar knows his stuff.”
Pentagon: Unclear if Contractors Will Leave Afghanistan Antiwar (Kevin W)
Why a quick return to the Iran nuclear deal is needed to avoid a real nuclear crisis Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (guurst). From last week, still germane.
The Supreme Court Is Making New Law in the Shadows New York Times (furzy)
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren: Lower the Medicare eligibility age to 55 Facebook (Kevin C)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Our Famously Free Press
Rachel Maddow is Bill O’Reilly Matt Taibbi
Gargantuanisation London Review of Books (Anthony L). More on the EverGiven
CalPERS CIO comp under review Top1000Funds (Kevin W)
SPAC Hot Streak Put on Ice by Regulatory Warnings Wall Street Journal. Took too long. SPACs are the new name for a favorite gimmick of penny stock shills.
A Third of U.S. Billionaire Wealth Gains Since 1990 Have Come During Pandemic Institute for Policy Studies
Another Minimum Wage Proposal Menzie Chinn. For 2024. Nearly $3 below a living wage for a single person in Alabama right now. We are such nasty people.
Antidote du jour. A photo series from Chet G:
Attached are five photos (all occurring in a second or two) on the release of a bobcat in Pennsylvania.
Here is Robyn Graboski’s April 8 description of the situation:
This gorgeous female bobcat is in care at Centre Wildlife Care after being hit by a car. A huge shout out to the Pennsylvania Game Commission for catching her and bringing her to us, and to Dr. Shapira from Straley Veterinary Associates for treating her. Wildlife rehab takes a village! She is improving by the day, and is already eating and growling at us.
The release occurred on April 12.
And a bonus (furzy):
Sally enjoying her pampering session. pic.twitter.com/1wKU4IYvFE
— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) April 15, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.