Elsewhere for October 17

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You should read this for 10/17/2020:

Art, Music, and Film

decorative leaf bulletStar Trek: Discovery season three review – its most thoughtful series yet

h4 style=”margin: 15px 5px 15px 5px; color: #000066;”>Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language

decorative leaf bulletThe Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe (AOR)

The Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe (AOR) uses digital technologies to enable the systematic exploration of the historical reading practices of Renaissance scholars nearly 450 years ago. This is possible through AOR’s corpus of thirty-six fully digitized and searchable versions of early printed books filled with tens of thousands of handwritten notes, left by two of the most dedicated readers of the early modern period: John Dee and Gabriel Harvey.

Coronavirus | COVID-19

decorative leaf bulletCovid-19 virus ‘survives on some surfaces for 28 days’ “The virus responsible for Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens and stainless steel for 28 days, researchers say.”

Even so, these results highlight the need to wash hands as well as touchscreens regularly and to avoid touching one’s face in order to minimise the risk of infection.

decorative leaf bulletNearly 10,000 minks dead from Covid-19 outbreak at Utah fur farms

decorative leaf bulletRemdesivir has very little effect on Covid-19 mortality, WHO finds

The drug, made by the US biotech firm Gilead, has been talked up as a potential cure and was taken by Donald Trump. A trial in the US had previously showed it reduced the length of stay in hospital. But the gold-standard Solidarity WHO trial, which was based on a far larger sample – 3,000 people on the drug, compared with as many who were not – showed remdesivir had little effect on deaths over 28 days.

decorative leaf bulletIs COVID-19 a Preexisting Condition? “What could happen if we lose the Affordable Care Act during the pandemic”

Food and Drink

decorative leaf bulletItaly’s olive oil production drops by a quarter as ‘tree leprosy’ takes toll

History and Archaeology

H/T Librarythingtim: decorative leaf bulletA Profanity Filter Banned the Word ‘Bone’ at a Paleontology Conference

Science and Nature

decorative leaf bulletThe Carina Nebula. Seen With and Without Adaptive Optics

HT Jasmin: decorative leaf bulletCrown shyness is a phenomenon observed in some tree species, in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, forming a canopy with channel-like gaps

decorative leaf bulletThe Colorful Walls of an Exposed Impact Crater on Mars


decorative leaf bulletPlanned Parenthood Corrects Ted Cruz’s Definition of Birth Control


decorative leaf bulletWhat the experts use: Andrew Marino’s podcasting gear

podcasting is a creative form available to anyone who has a computer, a microphone, and an internet connection. We spoke to Andrew Marino, audio engineer and producer at The Verge, to find out what he recommends for those who want to try this out as well.

decorative leaf bulletOracle founder donated $250,000 to Graham PAC in final days of TikTok deal

Women’s Work

decorative leaf bulletAmmonite: Who was the real Mary Anning?

💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰

decorative leaf bulletRudy Giuliani Is My Father. Please, Everyone, Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

To anyone who feels overwhelmed or apathetic about this election, there is nothing I relate to more than desperation to escape corrosive political discourse. As a child, I saw firsthand the kind of cruel, selfish politics that Donald Trump has now inflicted on our country. It made me want to run as far away from them as possible. But trust me when I tell you: Running away does not solve the problem. We have to stand and fight. The only way to end this nightmare is to vote. There is hope on the horizon, but we’ll only grasp it if we elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

decorative leaf bulletWhite House was warned Giuliani was target of Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump

The warnings were based on multiple sources, including intercepted communications, that showed Giuliani was interacting with people tied to Russian intelligence during a December 2019 trip to Ukraine, where he was gathering information that he thought would expose corrupt acts by former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

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Something Wonderful

decorative leaf bulletWhat the Astronauts Saw as They Orbited the Moon During Apollo 17

This is what Apollo 17 astronauts saw in December of 1972 as they came around the farside of the Moon: the blue and white crescent Earth rising above the stark lunar horizon. And now image editing guru Kevin Gill has sharpened the image, giving it more texture, color and contrast. I can imagine this sharp, spectacular view must be close to what the astronauts saw with their own eyes.  

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