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New York Times
"The mRNA platform used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be readily tweaked, enabling the companies to produce newer versions within weeks. Moderna began modifying its vaccine to combat the variant identified in South Africa, after reports emerged that the existing vaccines are slightly less effective against that variant."
I am happy to sign up for these Moderna service packs.
"After all the build-up, the actual vaccination was a bit of an anticlimax. It was over in seconds."
Fun story from Australia about spontaneously deciding to get vaccinated. I’d like to see hundreds of variations on this here in the US. I mean, why are people waking up and deciding to get vaccinated that day?! Please figure that out, media. What is motivating them? Are they happy with their snap decision? What unexpected niche groups have done this? What are some unusual clinic locations and the interesting things people get to see there?

It’s the only vaccine decision story I want to read.
"The Lomax Digital Archive provides free access to audio/visual collections compiled across seven decades by folklorist Alan Lomax (1915–2002) and his father John A. Lomax (1867–1948)."
Fascinating folk music archive to wander through.
Washington Post
"The station has stuck to its pledge in its day-to-day coverage ever since, by simply and without fanfare including boilerplate language about how lawmakers conducted themselves during the attempts to overturn the election whenever they are mentioned in the course of regular news coverage."
Daily journalism with a memory is rare.
Scientific American
As Scientific American reported last fall, the drop-off in flu numbers was both swift and universal. Since then, cases have stayed remarkably low. “There’s just no flu circulating,” says Greg Poland, who has studied the disease at the Mayo Clinic for decades.
I wonder if masks could help with keeping flu numbers down post-covid.
Are you experiencing muscle aches?

A) Yes, I’m so achy.

B) Yes, but to be fair, I think that’s the literal definition of what muscles are? The achy things all over your body?
This article is too on the nose. Not funny.
The Atlantic
"Those who are vaccinated can still be infected by, and test positive for, SARS-CoV-2; they’re just way, way less likely to get sick as a result. The sticky element is whether not-sick-but-still-infected vaccinated people can spread the virus to others and get them sick. So far, the early data have been promising, showing that the vaccines stop at least some transmission, but the matter is not scientifically settled."
It’s complicated but “way, way less likely to get sick” and “stop at least some transmission” is worth it in a pandemic.
iOS users must now give explicit permission for apps to track their behavior and sell their personal data, such as age, location, spending habits and health information, to advertisers. While many apps have allowed people to manage or opt-out of this for years, it's typically buried deep in user settings and wordy privacy policies.
"The foundation of maturity: Just because it’s not your fault doesn’t mean it’s not your responsibility."
More life wisdom from Kevin Kelly. I really enjoy these.
New York Times
"With the backing of Stitcher and SiriusXM, Mars said he hoped to continue producing ambitious work — without the strain of handling the financing himself."
Happy for Roman Mars but unhappy about the state of indie podcasting. Blarg.
a black and white industrial building, Seneca Sawmill Company near Eugene, Oregon
This is a nice map of light pollution. I'm thinking about summer camping trips and feeling lucky to live close to some holes in this map. I only get to see the night sky from one of these dark spots a few times each year and it's always awe-inspiring.
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