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  • the blockchain
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  • The New Get-Rich-Faster Job in Silicon Valley: Crypto Start-Ups – The New York Times
  • Five of the best science fiction and fantasy books of 2021 | Best books of the year | The Guardian
  • Algorithmic amplification of politics on Twitter | PNAS
    The role of social media in political discourse has been the topic of intense scholarly and public debate. Politicians and commentators from all sides allege that Twitter’s algorithms amplify their opponents’ voices, or silence theirs. Policy makers and researchers have thus called for increased transparency on how algorithms influence exposure to political content on the platform. Based on a massive-scale experiment involving millions of Twitter users, a fine-grained analysis of political parties in seven countries, and 6.2 million news articles shared in the United States, this study carries out the most comprehensive audit of an algorithmic recommender system and its effects on political content. Results unveil that the political right enjoys higher amplification compared to the political left.
  • Trump's 'Big Lie' endures and poses a threat to U.S. democracy : NPR
    RT @NPR: Experts warn that Trump’s "Big Lie" has grown even more entrenched in the past year — posing a serious threat to democracy.

    "I kind of feel like a climate scientist from 5 years ago … just hoping we’re not too late already," says one election law expert.

  • They Lost Three Daughters to Sickle Cell. Can They Save a Fourth?
    About 150,000 babies are born each year in Nigeria with sickle cell, a deadly disease. Tens of thousands of them die annually before their fifth birthdays.
  • Get Back: Paul McCartney Is the Most Interesting TV Character of 2021 – Paste
  • Hunt is on for more accurate in-home antigen testing – The Washington Post
    Rothberg, 58, is the founder of Detect, a company whose eponymous product holds the promise of a new and potentially far superior approach to the current tangled system. Detect has come up with an at-home covid test that uses the advanced tool of molecular analysis instead of the more common — and oft-derided — antigen method. As of last week, thanks to an emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, a Detect test can be bought on the company’s website. It costs $75 for a pack that includes the “hub” (a reader-like device that can be reused for any future Detect test) and one individual covid test. Bought separately a hub is $39, with each covid test $49.

    …Cue Health, a publicly traded biomed firm, also recently released an at-home covid test. It uses a molecular process similar to Detect’s, creating an “amplification reaction," in which small bits of RNA are multiplied in such a way that they can be scanned for covid evidence. (Cue’s electronics-based swab-cartridge-reader system is slightly slicker than Detect’s.) Less than a half-hour later, the results are analyzed by Cue’s software and beamed via Bluetooth to a person’s phone.

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