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How Zambian Morg is exposing real covid toll in Africa

The morgue at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, near the center of the Zambian capital, is not the most pleasant place to conduct clinical studies. Inside the cave, newcomers are left unattended. Others are stacked on open air racks, where they remain unclaimed for several months. The stench is overwhelming.

But it is here, in the corpse of Zambia’s largest hospital, that researchers are finally close to solving one of the mysteries of the end of the epidemic: why Africa seems to have survived the number of coward deaths experienced elsewhere. The truth, it seems more and more, is that it was not.

This is a claim made by a new study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, based on autopsy tests conducted by staff equipped with nasal swabs and extreme tolerance for macebrae. It is probably the strongest clinical evidence that Covid-19 deaths in Lusaka, and probably most of Africa, have very low counts. Read the full story.

,Jonathan W. Rosen

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1 A new study corrects everything we know about particle physics
A particle called W boson is much heavier than previously thought. (Quanta)
, Physicists are under stress because of it. (CNET)

2 The Ukraine war has spread to Google Maps
After Putin’s invasion, some map makers moved Crimea from the disputed territory to become part of Ukraine. (Slate 2)
, The hackers tried to infiltrate the Facebook account of Ukrainian military personnel. (The Verge)
, It will not be easy to blame Russia for war crimes. (The New Yorker 2)

3 China wants to stop web giants from abusing their algorithm
Asking byteDance to let them know how they work. (Bloomberg 2)

4 gig drivers are being killed while they are working
Why not do more for their safety? (Markup)

5 We really don’t know how many billionaires there are
Mainly because they don’t want to be identified. (NYT)

6 Can Twitter’s edit button really be a force for good?
It is good to edit the text but editing the whole tweet would be really bad. (Wired $)
,Maybe the company should focus on fighting abuse instead?(FT)
,Elon Musk is hosting an AMA session to relax the minds of restless employees(WP)
,Twitter will now allow you to excuse yourself from tweets that you do not want to be tagged.(CNET)

7 How do you live with a mental disorder that doesn’t officially exist?
The nature of the complex trauma makes triggers uniquely difficult to identify. (Slate 2)
,The children of Ukraine are deeply troubled by the war.(Wired $)

Serious cash is sinking into 8 brands metavors
But virtual space still attracts a few visitors. (Rest of the world)
,The main problem of metavars? Lack of mainstream use.(FT)
,Virtual reality began with a parachute accident in the 90’s.(IEEE Spectrum)
,Lego wants to make Metavers child-friendly.(WP)

9 If you’ve recently received a text message from me, you’re not alone
It’s part of a larger wave of spam. (NYT)

10 Are people leaving YouTube?
The number of subscribers is increasing, but the creators say their number of views is declining. (OneZero)
,This protector’s art restoration videos have no problem attracting viewers.(ArtNet)

Quote of the day

“We have a significant loss of troops. And that is a great tragedy for us. “

-Dimitri Peskov, Vladimir Putin admits to Sky News that Russian forces suffered heavy losses during the war in Ukraine.

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+ This sweet little guy The right idea has come,
+ Orville Pack is back with a brand new album and even more horse metaphors.
+ I really enjoyed this Lil Odd for friendship (Thanks Robbie!)
+ Have you ever seen the noise of a bird? Oh yeah, and whistle the Harry Potter theme tune.
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+ Movies based on video games are mostly rubbish. Is this good?

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