Underwater molecular barter (press release) NewsWise. “‘Eat or be eaten’ is not always the way things are in nature.”
Venture capital funds are mostly just wasting their time and your money FT Alphaville. The deck: “Howling at the moonshots.”
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Residents flee, airlifts begin as wildfire approaches capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories AP. Surge pricing during The Jackpot:
Air Canada is facing backlash for charging customers over $4K to fly out of Yellowknife during a mandatory evacuation due to wildfires pic.twitter.com/IRSbg8X7zL
— 6ixBuzzTV (@6ixbuzztv) August 17, 2023
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The most unusual Kīlauea eruption…maybe 1823? Volcano Watch, U.S. Geological Survey
Calgary orders water restrictions as rivers hit historic lows The Weather Network
Italy built an $8B dam to save Venice SatPost by Trung Phan
Moderna Clinical Trial Data Confirm Its Updated Covid-19 Vaccine Generates Robust Immune Response in Humans Against Widely Circulating Variants (press release) Moderna. Might as well go straight to the source.
Covid-19 affects taste independent of taste–smell confusions: results from a combined chemosensory home test and online survey from a large global cohort Chemical Senses. From the Abstract: “Our study demonstrates that COVID-19-positive individuals report taste dysfunction when self-tested with stimuli that have little to none olfactory components. Assessing the smell and taste intensity of household items is a promising, cost-effective screening tool that complements self-reports and may help to disentangle taste loss from smell loss. However, it does not replace standardized validated psychophysical tests.”
See Inside a Ghost Town of Abandoned Mansions in China Architectural Digest
China Steps Up Efforts to Stabilize Markets as Confidence Slumps and China Sneezes, But Will the World Catch a Cold? Bloomberg. Commentary:
Good thread (and blog post) about global trade and capital flows: “”Economies and markets have structured themselves around these [capital] flows, so much so that it is impossible to change, lest we risk sovereign defaults and global conflict.”” https://t.co/Kg3MmNKx5e
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) August 18, 2023
How to Kill Chinese Dynamism Project Syndicate
Race to be EIB chief enters final furlong Politico. The deck: “Position is more prestigious than ever before because of European Investment Bank’s role in Ukraine.”
Fossil Media New Left Review. French media.
Dear Old Blighty
If you’re under 50, it’s time to jump ship – get out of Britain while you can Telegraph. Says the Torygraph, which did so much to create the very situation it now decries..
New Not-So-Cold War
Explosions rock Zaporizhzhia Ukrainska Pravda
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Ukraine’s Azov brigade returns to front Ukrinform. As opposed to whacking refuseniks from the rear….
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Summer of the Hawks (long excerpt) Seymour Hersh
Bill Kristol leads charge to make Republicans think ‘right’ on Ukraine Responsible Statecraft. Bill Kristol, fresh — or rather, stale — from his famous victory in Iraq, still making bank, good job.
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Sanctions on Russian crude and diesel exports are failing Hellenic Shipping News
Götterdämmerung in the East Big Serge. Defeat for the Nazis of 1943-45. Well worth a read. The sheer scale amazes.
South of the Border
Major U.S. energy org targeted in QR code phishing attack Bleeping Computer. Remember the concept of Phishing equilibria: If fraud can happen, it will already have happened. So perhaps the first, but more likely the first that we know of.
Unionized Workers at the Art Institute of Chicago Have Ratified a ‘Landmark’ First Contract, Ending 15 Months of Negotiations and Workers at the Guggenheim Museum Have Ratified Their First Union Contract, Ensuring Them Historic Pay Increases ArtNet
‘The Narrative Here Is That Workers Fought and They Won’ FAIR. The Teamsters UPS Contract
Taxing the 1 per cent: Public Opinion vs Public Policy British Journal of Political Science. Our ruling class demonstrates immense operational capability in minimizing tax. Silver lining!
Thousands of scientists are cutting back on Twitter, seeding angst and uncertainty Nature. Since Twitter is the only universal address space (Mastondon does not have search beyond the instance), this démarche is a great loss for humanity. Infection control’s droplet paradigm would never have been overturned by aerosol scientists and engineers without Twitter. Another example of good science on the Intertubes:
The ArXiv worked as intended. The scientific community was alerted to the possibility of a room-temperature superconductor, investigated the report, and produced further evidence…
— Prof. Michael S Fuhrer (@MichaelSFuhrer) August 10, 2023
Antidote du jour (via):
Soothing timelapse of cats following a sunbeam. pic.twitter.com/PxOvf90Qom
— Fascinating (@fasc1nate) August 15, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.