The internets will never be able to exist without nature

Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic, by DOD

Special Call for COVID-19 Projects, by California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge, by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

“The treatment, which has been promoted by President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, will begin early-stage clinical trials.”
Unproven Stem Cell Therapy Gets OK for Testing in Coronavirus Patients, by Katie Thomas, NY Times, 2 April 2020

“The Confrérie des Charitables de Saint-Éloi has carried on its duties through war and plague.”
The French brotherhood burying the dead – rich or poor – since 1188, by Kim Willsher, The Guardian, 2 April 2020

“Galen Druke speaks to elections analyst, Geoffrey Skelley, about how the United States has handled elections in times of crisis in the past, from wars to weather disasters.”
The U.S. Has Held Elections During Times Of Crisis Before. Here’s What Happened, by Galen Druke, Geoffrey Skelley and Tony Chow, FiveThirtyEight, 1 April 2020

“Los Angeles is a region of renters: here in the county of 10 million, 54% of households rent. The rental market — along with the rest of our economy — has been in absolute turmoil in the wake of COVID-19. Despite state and local moratoriums on evictions, millions of tenants are worried about making rent. How are they navigating this shifting, confusing landscape? And what are they hearing from landlords? We asked LAist readers to share letters they’d received from their landlords. Here’s what we learned.”
Read The Letters SoCal Landlords Are Sending As Rent Comes Due In This Pandemic, by Aaron Mendelson, LAist, 1 April 2020

“The disproportionate toll this virus is taking on males isn’t an anomaly. When it comes to survival, men are the weaker sex. As coronavirus continues its spread across borders, oceans and continents, there is a perplexing piece of data that has so far evaded a proper explanation: It’s still early, but in almost every country that we have numbers for, more men than women are dying from the virus.”
Why Are So Many More Men Dying from Coronavirus?, by Sharon Moalem, NY Times, 2 April 2020

“Grants.gov regularly receives a significant amount of queries from users hoping to apply for personal financial assistance from the federal government. These individuals might be looking for home repair grants or forms of disability assistance.”
What Is the Difference Between Grants.gov and Benefits.gov?, by Grants.gov Community blog, 2017, updated 1 April 2020

“A recent news story out of France reported that the French national railroad system had converted a high-speed TGV train into a hospital train, to move COVID-19 patients from Strasbourg to less stressed hospitals in the Loire Valley. The first usage of mass transportation to evacuate and treat the wounded happened in the 1850s during the Crimean War, developed by the military. At that time in history, that meant usage of the railroads and steamships. Both were used a decade later in the United States during the Civil War, to help transport and treat sick and wounded soldiers.”
The Hospital Train in World War I Germany, by Melissa MacAfftery, Recto|Verso, 2 Apri 2020

“In a rare find, a researcher has unveiled dozens of related bugs in a core Windows API that could enable attackers to elevate their privileges in the operating system. A year ago, Gil Dabah promised that he would find over 15 bugs related to the Windows win32k component:” ~snip~ “Let’s not underestimate what’s involved in fixing decades-old code on which thousands of programs rely. This kind of technical debt is daunting. Who’d want to be a Microsoft developer handling this code change?”
‘Zombie’ Windows win32k bug reanimated by researcher, by Danny Bradbury, Sophos blog, 3 April 2020

“More than 213,000 people have been infected in the U.S., and at least 4,513 have died — approximately one-third of them in New York City alone. On Tuesday, the federal government finally released its official projection of fatalities in the United States, where public health officials now predict 100,000 to 240,000 coronavirus-related deaths. (Those numbers should be understood as fluid estimates, not inevitable outcomes — and some experts have questioned the specific figures released by the White House.) Meanwhile, the Department of Labor announced on Thursday morning that an unprecedented 6.6 million Americans filed unemployment claims last week. That’s nearly an order of magnitude than more than the pre-coronavirus one-week record, set in October, 1982 — a mere 695,000 claims.”
Fed by Confusion and Denial, a Slow-Motion Disaster Accelerates, by Michael Schulson, Undark, 3 April 2020

Reading: “A Supposedly Fund Thing I’ll Never do Again,” by DF Wallace

Quotes:

Art will never be able to exist without nature.
Pierre Bonnard

Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

As the twig is bent the tree inclines.
Virgil

As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
Vincent Van Gogh

Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.
William Penn

Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn’t they’d be married too.
H. L. Mencken

Bip is the romantic and burlesque hero for our time. Bip is a modern-day Don Quixote.
Marcel Marceau

But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself.
Mary Shelley

Conscience is a man’s compass.
Vincent Van Gogh

Dance is in the air, pirouettes, very difficult. Mime is on the floor, like Spanish dancing perhaps, and very often in slow motion.
Marcel Marceau

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