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Lennon Stella - Three.Two.One

Me encontré esto como música nueva para esta semana. Three.Two.One de Lennon Stella. Disfrutable.

¿Por qué existe el sexo como mecanismo y no sólo la reproducción asexual, la cual tiene, también, sus beneficios?

Sex might be biology’s most difficult enigma. The downsides of relying on sex to reproduce are undeniable: It takes two individuals, each of whom gets to pass on only part of their genome. Because these individuals generally have to get fairly intimate, they make themselves vulnerable to physical harm or infections from their partner. Asexual reproduction, or self-cloning, has none of these disadvantages. Clones can be made anywhere and anytime, and they receive the full complement of an individual’s genes.
Yet despite all its benefits, asexual reproduction is the exception, not the norm, among organisms that have compartmentalized cells (eukaryotes). In plants, for example — which are somewhat known for their genetic flexibility — less than 1% of species are thought to reproduce asexually often. Among animals, only one out of every thousand known species is exclusively asexual. For centuries, biologists have pondered this apparent paradox.

• Even the idea that sex is for …

Mientras tanto, la gente rompe cuarentena para pagar recibos

As governments around the world pour money into their economies to cushion the blow from the coronavirus, Mexico’s president is going the other way. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador insists that past bailouts worsened problems and is refusing to implement significant stimulus measures even if it means suffering for small businesses and millions of Mexican workers who are at risk of losing their jobs.
Link: As World Spends Heavily on Virus Fight, Mexico’s Leader Bets on Austerity

Agujeros negros al ritmo de Elvis Presley

Researchers with the world’s gravitational wave detectors said today they had picked up vibrations from a cosmic collision that harmonized with the opening notes of an Elvis Presley hit. The source was the most exotic merger of two black holes detected yet—a pair in which one weighed more than three times as much as the other. Because of the stark mass imbalance, the collision generated gravitational waves at multiple frequencies, in a harmony Elvis fans would recognize. The chord also confirms a prediction of Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity, or general relativity.
Such mismatched mass events could help theorists figure out how pairs of black holes form in the first place. “Anything that seems to be at the edge of our predictions is most interesting,” says Chris Belczynski, a gravitational theorist at the Polish Academy of Sciences, who was not involved in the observation. But the one event is “not quite in the regime where you can tell the different formation [routes] apart.”


India bajo el prisma del covid-19

Esta serie que vi en The Atlantic la comparto porque es apabullante el paralelismo visual que comparte India con México. 

Link: India Under Coronavirus Lockdown

Cupido x François-Joseph Bosio

Por François-Joseph Bosio. Me llama la atención el ejercicio de palimpsesto con el fondo blanco, detrás de cupido. Se pueden ver los tags que estaban antes de este mural. 
Link: A Graffiti-Covered Mural by PichiAvo Converts a Pipe into Cupid’s Arrow

Las canciones de redención de Jason Isbell

Tras la muerte de John Prine, he retomado mi escucha de la música que en español podríamos decir country. Más preciso: Americana.   
Isbell's last three records have built him one of the broadest and most devoted fan bases in modern music: emotional hipster kids, hard-bitten Nashville guitar players, brainy suburban moms. On Twitter, there is a running joke among sportswriters—not usually the most persuadable group—that Isbell has replaced Bruce Springsteen in their very limited pantheon. “Nobody had gone after them before,” Isbell said, grinning, when I asked if he'd noticed this. “Everybody thought—it's like the line from [Leonard Cohen's] ‘Famous Blue Raincoat.’ You know, I thought it was there for good so I never tried. You thought nobody could win over the cold heart of sportswriters of America, but you were wrong.”

Link: Jason Isbell’s Redemption Songs

La importancia de cubrirse la boca en la era covid-19

One question, answered: Do I really need to wear a mask whenever I’m around people?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans wear masks outside the home primarily to protect the community, not themselves. A simple cotton mask might not stop much from coming in, but it can stop up to 99 percent of particles from exiting into the air.
Countries that have universally committed to wearing masks have seen clear drops in their infection numbers. In the United States, wearing masks for the public good could effectively halt the virus: Models suggest that if just 80 percent of the population protects those around them, the rate at which the coronavirus spreads could plummet to a stop.

Link: The Real Reason to Wear a Mask (Visto en el newsletter de The Atlantic)

La economía ‘W’ ante el coronavirus

White House officials have touted the possibility of a V-shaped recovery as soon as this summer, pining for a swift rebound once businesses reopen on a staggered basis. But some economists say a W-shaped recovery is increasingly likely, in part because creating a vaccine is likely to take at least a year and millions of Americans and businesses are piling up debt without an easy ability to repay it.
“Pretending the world will return to normal in three months or six months is just wrong,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton. “The economy went into an ice age overnight. We’re in a deep freeze. As the economy thaws, we’ll see the damage done as well. Flooding will occur.”
Link: There’s a growing possibility of a W-shaped economic recovery — and it’s scary

La labor en el verano ante el Covid-19

In the summer months, U.S. health officials need to persuade Americans to think ahead to the fall and the importance of getting flu shots. That way, public health officials can minimize the number of people hospitalized from flu. Getting a flu vaccination, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, “may allow there to be a hospital bed available for your mother or grandmother that may get coronavirus.”
Link: CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating

Mortuorio en Nueva York

“Funeral directing is spiritual, holy work,” he said. “The families entrust in us their most prized possession: their loved one. And that is sacred.”
Link: The Mortuary Science Professor Who Came ‘Out of Nowhere’ to Help N.Y.C.

El virus que se niega a decir adiós

Chinese doctors in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in December, say a growing number of cases in which people recover from the virus, but continue to test positive without showing symptoms, is one of their biggest challenges as the country moves into a new phase of its containment battle.
Link: Recovered, almost: China's early patients unable to shed coronavirus

Infomerciales de la localidad

Cuando el periodismo de la ciudad no sabe distinguir entre nota periodística y anuncio publicitario (quizá hasta propaganda).

El Covid-19 se transmite por el aire

But as this simulation suggests, and scientists have argued, droplets can travel farther than six feet. And small droplets known as aerosols can remain suspended or travel through the air before they eventually settle on surfaces. This is how they could disperse over the next 20 minutes.

Link: This 3-D Simulation Shows Why Social Distancing Is So Important
Actualización: Parecía exageración mi comentario. Hay nuevos indicios que apoyan esta idea. 

Adding to growing evidence that the novel coronavirus can spread through air, scientists have identified genetic markers of the virus in airborne droplets, many with diameters smaller than one-ten-thousandth of an inch.
That had been previously demonstrated in laboratory experiments, but now Chinese scientists studying real-world conditions report that they captured tiny droplets containing the genetic markers of the virus from the air in two hospitals in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak started.
Their findings were published Monday in the journ…

La espantosa historia de Duffy

A mí Duffy me encantó hace más de diez años con sus canciones. Semanas atrás, reveló que su misterioso hiato se debió a una violación que sufrió y que la dejó marcada con inseguridades. 
Duffy writes that she did not go to the police, for fear that her rapist would kill her. She also claims that she did eventually tell two female police officers about her kidnapping and rape, during two terrifying incidents that followed: Once, when someone threatened to “out” her story. And another time when three men broke into her home.
Link: Duffy's Essay on Her Rape & 4-Week Abduction Examines What Women Face After Coming Forward

The Century of the Self [Documental]

Pienso brincarme una serie de Netflix y mejor ver esto.

The Century of the Self - Part 1: "Happiness Machines" - YouTube


Laboratorios que podrían salvar a USA del covid-19

The equipment — well, that was its own story. American medicine is littered with machines designed for testing. But they lay idle because the companies that made them were failing to supply the reagents they needed to work. UCSF itself had a machine, called the Panther, capable of processing 1,400 tests a day, but it was just sitting there unused for this very reason. “Big clinical testing machines are designed on the razor/razor blade model,” says DeRisi. “You can’t use them without their razors.” His graduate students either built the machines they needed themselves or grabbed wherever they could find that might be adapted. “Here is the frightening aspect of the global supply chain,” says DeRisi. “When there is a surge in demand, inventory goes to zero.”

Link: The Covid Test Lab That Could Save America

De Mimesis de Erich Auerbach

Semanas atrás, luego de ver un tuit del ensayista Luis Felipe Pérez en Twitter, se prendió en mí la curiosidad por leer el capítulo “La cicatriz de Ulises”, estudio con el que inicia Mimesis de Erich Auerbach.
En los siguientes fragmentos se avizoran los estilos narrativos de la cultura occidental. 

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Asimetría de neutrinos que explica por qué hay materia en el Universo

Se superpone la voluntad de los neutrinos sobre los antineutrinos.
The T2K team started seeing signs of a discrepancy in the behavior of neutrinos and antineutrinos in 2016. Their new result, following years of additional data collection and improvements to the data-analysis techniques, rises to a statistical level that physicists regard as official evidence of a physical effect. “The significance of [the effect] increases with the collected data, which is what one expects when the result is correct,” said Werner Rodejohann, a neutrino physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Germany who was not involved in the experiment.
The data implies that neutrinos have a higher probability of oscillating than antineutrinos, a distinction expressed by a quantity called the CP-violating phase. If this phase were zero and neutrinos and antineutrinos behaved the same, the experiment would have detected roughly 68 electron neutrinos and 20 electron antineutrinos. Instead, it found…

Mandado en cuarentena

Me tocó hacer mandado. Aunque me he dado vueltas semanales al súper que se encuentra cerca de la casa, tuve que realizar unas comprar en las que requería del vehículo.

La camioneta que fue recuperada apenas a finales del mes pasado luego de un año y cinco meses de interpuesta una denuncia por robo.

Este vehículo era en el que viajamos mi madre y yo a lo largo de gran parte de la década pasada. Actualmente tiene algunas fallas mecánicas; son mañas. Funciona. La sorpresa es que al consultar en el gobierno lo que tengo que pagar para volver a poner a mi nombre el vehículo que me robaron, el monto es estratosférico. Cantidad que no se encuentra dentro de mis recursos. Suspiro.

Manejé a lo largo de una vía. División del Norte, Municipio Libre y Ejército Nacional son la misma calle, salvo que sus diferentes nombre se deben a cortes arbitrarios de urbanidad. Tan solo hice una parada.

Sentí la comodidad de desplazarme en un auto. Es más rápido. Más eficiente. A lo largo de los últimos 18 mes…

El poder del cobre contra los virus

When researchers reported last month that the novel coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic survives for days on glass and stainless steel but dies within hours after landing on copper, the only thing that surprised Bill Keevil was that the pathogen lasted so long on copper.Keevil, a microbiology researcher at the University of Southampton (U.K.), has studied the antimicrobial effects of copper for more than two decades. He has watched in his laboratory as the simple metal slew one bad bug after another. He began with the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's Disease and then turned to drug-resistant killer infections like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). He tested viruses that caused worldwide health scares such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and the Swine Flu (H1N1) pandemic of 2009. In each case, copper contact killed the pathogen within minutes.
Link: Copper’s Virus-Killing Powers Were Known Even to the Ancients

El fervor por John Prine

Me enteré la semana pasada del deceso del cantautor estadounidense John Prime, a la vez que lo iba descubriendo. A lo largo de esta semana he estado escuchando su música con fervor.

No soy religioso pero de ahora en adelante, la Semana Santa será para poner en loop la canción de “Jesus, The Missing Years”.

Prine fue el artista de los artistas.

El Patek Philippe que obsequió Tony Soprano

“Where today it seems like every other rap song says ‘Patek,’ that did not exist in the 2000s,” Reardon says. “No one even knew what Patek was in recent history. That was shocking, to have the number one TV show acknowledge Patek Philippe. I think the 10 of us [Patek fanboys] were really excited back then.”

Link: When Tony Soprano Gives You a Watch, This Is the Icon He Chooses

La comida desperdiciada en la pandemia

The closing of restaurants, hotels and schools has left some farmers with no buyers for more than half their crops. And even as retailers see spikes in food sales to Americans who are now eating nearly every meal at home, the increases are not enough to absorb all of the perishable food that was planted weeks ago and intended for schools and businesses.
The amount of waste is staggering. The nation’s largest dairy cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, estimates that farmers are dumping as many as 3.7 million gallons of milk each day. A single chicken processor is smashing 750,000 unhatched eggs every week.
Many farmers say they have donated part of the surplus to food banks and Meals on Wheels programs, which have been overwhelmed with demand. But there is only so much perishable food that charities with limited numbers of refrigerators and volunteers can absorb.
Link: Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic
Actualización: Why farmers are dumping milk do…

Cubrebocas de tres capas DIY tipo N70

HK Mask is a reusable cloth mask with a disposable middle layer filter. It was invented by Dr. K. Kwong during the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020.
The design of HK Mask is referred by that of 3-layer surgical mask in the market. The HK Mask is composited with a disposable middle layer filter which is sandwiched by a cloth mask as the outer and inner layers. There are a number of material chosen for the middle layer filter ranging from Kitchen Towel Paper to Nanofilter.
The filtration efficiency of a piece of kitchen towel paper is close to that of N70. The mask can be safely used after replacing a new middle layer filter to a cleaning and sterilizing the inner and outer layer cloth.
Link: HKMask Manual | Reusable DIY Cloth Mask with Disposable Middle Layer Filter (vía

Rebecca Solnit sobre el coronavirus

When a storm subsides, the air is washed clean of whatever particulate matter has been obscuring the view, and you can often see farther and more sharply than at any other time. When this storm clears, we may, as do people who have survived a serious illness or accident, see where we were and where we should go in a new light. We may feel free to pursue change in ways that seemed impossible while the ice of the status quo was locked up. We may have a profoundly different sense of ourselves, our communities, our systems of production and our future.
For many of us in the developed world, what has changed most immediately is spatial. We have stayed home, those of us who have homes, and away from contact with others. We have withdrawn from schools, workplaces, conferences, vacations, gyms, errands, parties, bars, clubs, churches, mosques, synagogues, from the busyness and bustle of everyday life. The philosopher-mystic Simone Weil once wrote to a faraway friend: “Let us love this distance…

Yo amo el diseño gráfico

"Cubre tu nariz y tu boca al toser y estornudar..." es un consejo tan bueno que se repite dos veces

Incendio en Glorieta

El título es impreciso. Aunque este incendio ocurrió cerca de una glorieta vehícular al sur de Ciudad Juárez, prácticamente en lo que se podría considerar la entrada a la ciudad, el humo creció a unos kilómetros de distancia de la glorieta del kilómetro 20, como también se le conoce.

High Fidelity (2020)

Cómo matar el acaparamiento (hoarding)

Blindspotting (2018)

Había leído en una revista [tipo Esquire o GQ] acerca de Blindspotting (2018). La tenía en mi queue.

Es inteligente como la premisa de la cinta ocurre en el cuadro (imagen) que acompaña a esta entrada.

Un hombre (Collin Hoskins interpretado por Daveed Diggs) que está a tres días de cumplir un año de libertad condicional, es testigo de cómo un policía abate a un ciudadano afroamericano en Oakland. La amistad del protagonista con Miles (interpretado por Rafael Casal) va teniendo una evolución a lo largo de la producción.

Es una película efectiva, haciendo valer su duración de una hora y 36 minutos.

Obama la tuvo entre sus favoritas en 2018. Pero eso no influyó en mí para verla.

Como subtrama está la gentrificación de Oakland. En cierta manera, esa es la subtrama de todas las grandes ciudades.

Viejos amigos

Naipaul sobre el duelo

Diego Maradona Movie

• Ya tenía este documental en queue desde meses atrás. Me llevé una sorpresa. • Pensé que estaría lleno de imágenes actuales de Diego Armando Maradona. Está increíblemente orquestado en su totalidad con archivo histórico. • A pesar de haber nacido en 1980 tengo un recuerdo casi nulo del Mundial del 86. Lo único que recuerdo de entonces es el personaje de Piqué.  • Este documental me puso en un plano que desconocía la relación entre el partido de Argentina y Inglaterra en el mundial de México 86.  • Maradona fue campeón con Nápoles al año siguiente de conseguir la Copa del Mundo con Argentina.  •El Nápoles incluso llegó a ser campeón de la UEFA de la mano del Pelusa en el 88. Para ese entonces Maradona ya buscaba cómo escapar de Italia pero no lo lograba. • No obstante que ya tenía 9 años tampoco recuerdo el Mundial del 90 de aquel entonces. Sólo recuerdo vagamente que en los noticieros mencionaban constantemente el nombre de Totó Schillaci.  • Había olvidado el enfrentamiento entre I…

Notas sobre ‘Dolor y Gloria’ de Almodóvar

• Me queda claro que Pedro Almodóvar es nuestro Luis Buñuel. • Película dolorosa de ver. Los achaques de Salvador, personaje de Antonio Banderas, le son transmitidos al espectador por una suerte de ósmosis. • El control del dolor se aborda desde una perspectiva que he considerado ante las enfermedades crónico-degenerativas: paliarlas con drogas duras. El tercer acto es su redención. • Hacen referencia al Festival de Cine que se realiza en Playa del Carmen (la Rivera Maya). • La empleada doméstica de Salvador es una mexicana al parecer de origen maya. Se llama Maya. Ese fue un cliché que no me agradó. • La relación de vergüenza o decepción con su madre es inversamente proporcional al genio creativo de Salvador. • En la película hay tres (o varios planos, a la Parásitos): la cueva, o catacumba, donde vive Salvador y su madre de niños, el plano de los escenarios y la casa en un piso alto donde vive solo el personaje de Balderas.  • Aparece Rosalía. Canta. Y su personaje es Rosita. 

El primer look del Batman de Robert Pattinson

Al final de los créditos de Birds of Prey, Harley Quinn dice algo como "Ah, les voy a contar algo de Batman..."

Días después del estreno de Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey el director de The Batman (con Robert Pattinson) muestra al actor en el atuendo del personaje.

Matt Reeves compartió en Twitter un video de prueba con el actor poniéndose el traje.

Se muestra el símbolo de Batman (algunos dicen que las piezas metálicas son la pistola con la que mataron a los padres de Bruce Wayne), una hombrera y la máscara (la cual se ve ligera) pero en la que ésta no muestra sus puntas en la parte superior.

Reeves también ha revelado que Colin interpretará al Penguin, John Tuturro a Carmine Falcone y Andy Serkis se convertirá en el mayordomo Alfred.

Tuit original:
#TheBatman#CameraTest — Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) February 13, 2020