DAILY DOSE: Flash floods in NYC; Meanwhile, Neither Beijing nor D.C. really care about climate change but can still bicker about it.

The first real salvo in the fight over Roe v. Wade was fired late last night when the post-Trump Supreme Court essentially ruled against the abortion law. According to the Associated Press, “The court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers and others that sought to block enforcement of the law, which went into effect Wednesday. But the justices also suggested that their order likely isn’t the last word on whether the law can stand because other challenges to it can still be brought.” The ruling sent Twitter into a bipolar frenzy with some celebrating the decision while others voiced their distress. https://bit.ly/3yEeUjQ

Flash floods in New York City had tragic results last night as torrential downpours doused the city thanks to remnants of Hurricane Ida. Per Gothamist, “At least nine people died in the New York metro area as historic flooding Wednesday evening with the remnants of Hurricane Ida walloping the region, trapping people in cars, flooding homes and forcing evacuations of subway cars and stations. Six of the deaths took place in Queens, according to the NYPD, while one occurred in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. In one incident in Woodside, police found two adults and a 2-year old boy unconscious in their home on 64th Street. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. In Jamaica, Queens, a 22-year-old man was found dead and a 43-year-old woman was taken to a hospital where she died shortly after.” Urban flooding is becoming increasingly common, thanks to… well… https://bit.ly/3tmI8Tv

During a climate change conference in China, Beijing essentially explained to the U.S. climate envoy John Kerry that the Chinese Communist Country is a champion of sustainability and cooperation, except when international politics is in the picture. Al-Jazeera reported, “Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has warned the United States that deteriorating ties between Beijing and Washington could undermine efforts to combat global warming and climate change. Wang told visiting US climate envoy John Kerry that ‘climate cooperation cannot be separated from the wider environment’ of US-China relations and called on Washington to take active steps to improve ties, according to a foreign ministry statement on Wednesday.” It would have been a bigger deal if America was actually doing something to combat climate change, which it barely is. Both parties should just save the wasted oxygen and stop bickering over something they both really don’t care about. https://bit.ly/3tdL6t9

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Researchers studied whether a humanoid robot’s stare can affect a human’s reaction. The answer is a resounding yes. Per Science Robotics, “Together, these findings suggest that robot gaze acts as a strong social signal for humans, modulating response times, decision threshold, neural synchronization, as well as choice strategies and sensitivity to outcomes. This has strong implications for all contexts involving human-robot interaction, from robotics to clinical applications.” Clearly, that dystopian future is not that far away. https://bit.ly/3DFzQKY

For over a year, the general public has been introduced to mRNA vaccine technology, thanks to COVID-19. There are many more uses for mRNA vaccines. FierceBiotch took a look at what the landscape is like and which companies are actively developing drugs. According to the article, “Several Big Pharma peers have rushed to grab hold of a technology that could have incredible promise in developing therapeutics and vaccines for everything from oncology to lung diseases. Pfizer, for instance, sees mRNA taking a bigger bite out of its pipeline in the years to come after the success of the BioNTech partnership.” https://bit.ly/38wYVtk

Thanks for reading. Let’s be careful out there.


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