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Ed Cara
edcara
Science writer at Gizmodo and pug aficionado elsewhere
Apr 6
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Again, precautions are all well and good. And many should remain in place until the pandemic is truly dying down. No disagreement there. But as to your hypothetical: It’s really straining plausibility to imagine a scenario where the virus survives on your clothes long enough to infect a third party, rather than the Read more

Apr 5
12

Compared to a normal year, they also calculated that the pandemic had led to a 17.5% to 20.2% increase in parental deaths.”

Apr 5
1

Blue-green algae are specifically a group of bacteria. Now you can argue that these guys shouldn’t be considered algae at all (some scientists do!). But that’s a still widely used term for them!

Apr 1
4

Not an April’s fool thing! Just a silly and interesting medical case of a rare but real condition—report was pubbed on March 29.

Mar 23
4

Also, sorry if my wording was confusing. I didn’t mean to imply that those neurons were specifically involved in thought and memory, just that neurons in general carry out lots of functions, such as thought and memory. Just meant to indicate that they’re the basic unit of the brain!

Mar 23
12

Op is alluding to the finding that even neuronal genes seem active 12 hours in. But consciousness is a very complex thing that requires a lot of systems working together to operate! If you’re dead, a lot of those systems have already failed, even if the cells sustaining them aren’t all dead

Mar 12
4

Not a musselologist here. But I will say one important reason why bacteria and microbes can survive freezing is their relative simplicity. The more moving parts you have, the harder it is for them to withstand a very critical impact to their system like freezing—unless they’re specifically adapted to it. Zebra mussels Read more

Mar 11
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You’re totally right! Just a flub on my end; has been fixed. Thanks for catching!

Mar 10
1

It’s not outlandish to think that we could effectively end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, while keeping survivors alive and well as everyone. Hard but not impossible. https://gizmodo.com/what-would-it-take-to-end-hiv-forever-1841983149

Mar 8
7

I am very optimistic that come summertime, you will easily have access to a vaccine

Mar 5
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Hey guys. Wanted to let you know that I saw this. There seems to be some variety in how it’s abbreviated, but BPD does appear to be more commonly used to refer to borderline. So just decided to change the only instance of its use in the text. Thanks for spotting that!

Mar 3
2

You’re completely right! Meant microgram; has been fixed. 

Mar 1
8

Right, that is a potential limitation the authors themselves bring up. But because there was no significant difference between the house and cafe cats, that wouldn’t really explain the findings away. This is something that bears more investigation obviously.

Feb 25
3

It’s definitely something to keep an eye out. But the evidence that it’s really an unique threat isn’t completely solid yet. And as always, have to keep some context in mind. In Cali, like most everywhere, cases are falling and vaccination rates are rising. So we might get through any variant-led jumps in transmission Read more

Feb 24
1

I can understand that view! But for some people, maybe the near guarantee of a mild cold at worst is good enough, especially if there’s no second shot to worry about. Or maybe you’re worried about the mRNA aspect (which, really, you shouldn’t be). But if you are, this tech is more battle tested. Or you want a better Read more

Feb 22
3

So for one of the Israeli studies, looking at gen population data, that’s a possibility. But it’s less likely for the other studies. In particular, the Mayo clinic study compared health care workers with similar demographics, including the # of covid tests they had taken recently. Is it possible that HCWS first to get Read more

Feb 5
5

Not every reader does! Though I usually don’t make this distinction most of the time now. But in this case, it’s because we’re specifically talking about the virus, not the disease.