Posts Tagged ‘x57s’

Opinion | The Pandemic, from the Coronavirus’s Perspective – The New York Times

November 21, 2020

Joshua Lederberg, a Nobel Prize laureate in 1958, at age 33, wrote: “The future of humanity and microbes likely will unfold as episodes of a suspense thriller that could be titled ‘Our Wits Versus Their Genes.’ ”

Wits are fundamentally a product of genes, and in the end, genes beat wits. QT:{{”
Chimpanzees were a species in decline, alas, because of habitat loss and killing by humans; humans were a species in ascendance. The SIVcpz virus reversed its own evolutionary prospects by getting into us and adapting well to the new host. It jumped from a sinking lifeboat onto a luxury cruise ship.

SARS-CoV-2 has done likewise, though its success has occurred much more quickly. It has now infected more than 30 million people, just under half as many as the number of people infected by H.I.V., and in 10 months rather than 10 decades. It’s not the most successful human-infecting virus on the planet — that distinction lies elsewhere, possibly with the Epstein-Barr virus, a very transmissible species of herpesvirus, which may reside within at least 90 percent of all humans, causing syndromes in some and lying latent in most. But SARS-CoV-2 is off to a roaring start.

Now, for purposes of illustration, imagine a different scenario, involving a different virus. In the mountain forests of Rwanda lives a small, insectivorous bat known as Hill’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hilli). This bat is real, but it has been glimpsed only rarely and is classified as critically endangered. Posit a coronavirus, for which this bat serves as reservoir host. Call the virus RhRW19 (a coded abbreviation of the sort biologists use), because it was detected within the species Rhinolophus hilli (Rh), in Rwanda (RW), in 2019 (19).

The Children Never Had Covid. So Why Did They Have Coronavirus Antibodies? – The New York Times

November 19, 2020

Wonder whether the chronic inflammation in asthmatic patients also has similar effects & if this explains why #COVID19 didn’t hit asthmatics quite as hard as was expected.

After examining blood taken from 190 people before the pandemic emerged, Dr. Elledge and his colleagues concluded that many already had antibodies, including the one targeting the base of the spike — presumably from infections with related coronaviruses that cause colds.

But while adults might get one or two colds a year, Dr. Elledge said, children may get up to a dozen. As a result, many develop floods of coronavirus antibodies that are present almost continuously; they may lessen cold symptoms, or even leave children with colds that are symptomless but still infectious.

What’s the worst that could happen? – The world should think better about catastrophic and existential ri sks | Briefing | The Economist

November 19, 2020 +

When Pigs Fly, They Want Drinks, Leg Room – WSJ

November 17, 2020
Amazing an elephant could be transported as well, with continuous food service during the trip….

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? To Shoo Away Flies. – The Atlantic

November 11, 2020

Give These Apps Some Notes and They’ll Write Emails for You | WIRED

November 8, 2020

Urgent Care from the Army Corps of Engineers | The New Yorker

October 29, 2020
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When you browse Instagram and find former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s passport number

October 5, 2020

this is quite interesting privacy leak

The Elusive Peril of Space Junk | The New Yorker

October 3, 2020

““Imagine how dangerous sailing the high seas would be if all the ships ever lost in history were still drifting on top of the water,” ESA’s director general said at the time. “That is the current situation in orbit, and it cannot be allowed to continue.””
The Elusive Peril of Space Junk

All the major tech companies created by members of the PayPal Mafia – Business Insider

October 3, 2020