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Morning Reading – Monday, December 07, 2020

It’s National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Today is the 79th anniversary of the attack. This country lost 2,403 people at Pearl Harbor. We will lose more people to COVID today

How Moderna’s Vaccine Works – The New York Times

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is studded with proteins that it uses to enter human cells. These so-called spike proteins make a tempting target for potential vaccines and treatments.

How Iowa Mishandled the Coronavirus Pandemic – The Atlantic

The story of the coronavirus in this state is one of government inaction in the name of freedom and personal responsibility. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has followed President Donald Trump’s lead in downplaying the virus’s seriousness. She never imposed a full stay-at-home order for the state and allowed bars and restaurants to open much earlier than in other places.

As Balthazar Reopens, Keith McNally Writes Its Personal History | Vanity Fair

My stroke paralyzed my right side. The pandemic paralyzed Balthazar. Donald Trump paralyzed the will of half the American people. Each of these dreadful incidents convinced me not to succumb to adversity, but to remember Dylan Thomas’s lines, “…Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Rage, rage.

AI lab DeepMind cracked the protein folding problem, changing biology with AlphaFold – Vox

AlphaFold has implications for everything from Alzheimer’s disease to future pandemics. It can help us understand diseases, since many (like Alzheimer’s) are caused by misfolded proteins.

Yamiche Alcindor Wants America to See Its Flaws | Glamour

To be a good journalist, according to Alcindor, is to level with the audience: “Here are the issues. This is how to understand what’s going on in the world.”

Apple Preps Next Mac Chips With Aim to Outclass Highest-End PCs – Bloomberg

For its next generation chip targeting MacBook Pro and iMac models, Apple is working on designs with as many as 16 power cores and four efficiency cores, the people said.

A Race Car Crash From Hell—and the Science That Saved Its Driver | WIRED

The spin proved too much. The car tore in half, clean open, rupturing the full gas tank and spraying gasoline everywhere.

The Man Who Walked Across Japan for Pizza Toast – Gastro Obscura

Made of inch and a half thick slices of white bread topped with tomato sauce or ketchup, processed cheese, and whatever toppings the chef has on hand, this gooey, crunchy comfort food is what American writer, photographer, and designer Craig Mod calls “a hug produced in a toaster oven.”

In memoriam: Professor Emeritus, ALOHAnet co-founder Norman Abramson | University of Hawaiʻi

Debuted in 1971, ALOHAnet was the first system to transmit data between computers using radio waves. The novel approaches developed led to the development of Ethernet and wireless communication technologies used to this day.

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