You should read this for 10/17/2020:
Art, Music, and Film
Star Trek: Discovery season three review – its most thoughtful series yet
h4 style=”margin: 15px 5px 15px 5px; color: #000066;”>Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language
The 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
Covid-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.
Nearly 10,000 minks dead from Covid-19 outbreak at Utah fur farms
Remdesivir 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.
Is COVID-19 a Preexisting Condition? “What could happen if we lose the Affordable Care Act during the pandemic”
Food and Drink
Italy’s olive oil production drops by a quarter as ‘tree leprosy’ takes toll
History and Archaeology
H/T Librarythingtim: A Profanity Filter Banned the Word ‘Bone’ at a Paleontology Conference
Science and Nature
The Carina Nebula. Seen With and Without Adaptive Optics
HT Jasmin: Crown 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
The Colorful Walls of an Exposed Impact Crater on Mars
Planned Parenthood Corrects Ted Cruz’s Definition of Birth Control
What 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.
Oracle founder donated $250,000 to Graham PAC in final days of TikTok deal
Ammonite: Who was the real Mary Anning?
💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰
Rudy 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.
White 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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What 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.