With “Havana Syndrome,” Washington Is Repeating Colin Powell’s Worst Mistake

The passing of former Secretary of State Colin Powell has provided the occasion for reflection on the man’s most consequential act, which also happened to be his most shameful one: his February 2003 speech at the United Nations, in which he persuasively laid out an array of phony evidence that the Iraqis harbored a substantial cache of weapons of mass destruction, or WMDs, emphatically calling for war in response.

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“Oh, Your Hearing Won’t Be Coming Back”

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If Social Media Can Be Unsafe for Kids, What Happens in VR?

After decades of unfulfilled promises, VR may finally be on the precipice of “going mainstream.”
Nearly $3 billion of virtual reality headsets were reportedly sold during COVID-19 lockdowns. Facebook put its Oculus Quest 2 on the market in October 2020 for $299, the same price as an Xbox Series S. Preorders for the Quest 2 were five times higher than the Quest 1 in 2019, and they sold out at most large retailers before Christmas.
Estimates swing wildly, with reports of anywhere from 26 million to 171 million VR users worldwide today.

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The Myth of ‘Long COVID’

For all the twists and turns of the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps none is stranger than so-called “Long Covid,” “Long Haul Covid,” or “Chronic Covid.” With almost countless and often bizarre symptoms from which some sufferers feel they will never recover — in at least one high-profile case leading to suicide — it almost seems like another media clickbait concoction. Except that the medical community is taking it very seriously too, with Anthony Fauci calling it “quite real and quite extensive.

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Burning Man Without the Man

The week before Labor Day, 15,000 people gathered on the normally featureless, utterly barren Black Rock Desert playa 100 miles north of Reno, Nevada. They indulged in communal desert survival camping many miles away from any services. They created playful environments known as theme camps, often freely giving art, food, drink, performance, or just conversational whimsy.

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Burning Man Without the Man

The week before Labor Day, 15,000 people gathered on the normally featureless, utterly barren Black Rock Desert playa 100 miles north of Reno, Nevada. They indulged in communal desert survival camping many miles away from any services. They created playful environments known as theme camps, often freely giving art, food, drink, performance, or just conversational whimsy.

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Burning Man Without the Man

The week before Labor Day, 15,000 people gathered on the normally featureless, utterly barren Black Rock Desert playa 100 miles north of Reno, Nevada. They indulged in communal desert survival camping many miles away from any services. They created playful environments known as theme camps, often freely giving art, food, drink, performance, or just conversational whimsy.

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Burning Man Without the Man

The week before Labor Day, 15,000 people gathered on the normally featureless, utterly barren Black Rock Desert playa 100 miles north of Reno, Nevada. They indulged in communal desert survival camping many miles away from any services. They created playful environments known as theme camps, often freely giving art, food, drink, performance, or just conversational whimsy.

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Burning Man Without the Man

The week before Labor Day, 15,000 people gathered on the normally featureless, utterly barren Black Rock Desert playa 100 miles north of Reno, Nevada. They indulged in communal desert survival camping many miles away from any services. They created playful environments known as theme camps, often freely giving art, food, drink, performance, or just conversational whimsy.

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Post-illness symptoms like long Covid are probably more common than we think | Megan Hosey

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Post-illness symptoms like long Covid are probably more common than we think

Megan Hosey

Clinicians tend to pay less attention to how patients with severe illness do once they are out of mortal danger, or once symptoms extend beyond an arbitrary time frame

‘One non-Covid study found that a year after hospitalization, a third of patients with severe respiratory failure or shock had significant cognitive impairment.

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