We’re heading toward the weekend. Fortify yourself for the final stretch and get your mental corn popping.
BLM and pandemic-related items grouped for your convenience.
Grace Hauck wonders whether you’re celebrating Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and then makes the case for the 14 States honoring Native American history and culture. USA Today
Renée Gokey shares five ways to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Just because the day is past doesn’t mean you can’t keep celebrating. The Smithsonian Magazine
Reed Abelson and Abby Goodnough explain what would happen if the Supreme Court ends Obamacare (AKA the Affordable Care Act). Most of these negative outcomes will disproportionately affect marginalized populations. The New York Times
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, Nathaniel Rakich and Likhitha Butchireddygari explain why it’s so rare for police officers to face legal consequences for their misconduct. FiveThirtyEight
David Lammy: climate justice cannot happen without racial justice. TED
Juan Michael Porter II writes about racism and profiling on Katahdin: “We didn’t expect to see you.” Outdoors
Emily Cataneo provides a brief history of the women’s KKK. JSTOR Daily
Jess Romeo: the Taínos refused to grow food and the Spanish starved. Environmental racism in colonial times and its lasting effects. JSTOR Daily
Jedediah Purdy: environmentalism’s racist history. The New Yorker
Doha Madani reports that Johnson & Johnson pauses clinical trials for covid-19 vaccine due to participant’s illness. NBC News
Helen Branswell and Ed Silverman present seven looming questions about the rollout of a covid-19 vaccine. Stat
Ed Cara reports that an international WHO trial finds no benefit from remdesivir and other drugs in treating covid-19. Gizmodo
Jenny G. Zhang: coronavirus panic buys into racist ideas of how Chinese people eat. Eater
Olga Khazan explains how to tell if socializing indoors is safe. The Atlantic
Bob Berman says to watch the skies for Mars—it won’t be this close and bright again until 2035. The Farmer’s Almanac
Tour of asteroid Bennu. NASA Goddard
Marina Koren announces that NASA has finally made a toilet for women. The Atlantic
Livia Gershon: fossilized footprints found in New Mexico track traveler with toddler in tow. The Smithsonian Magazine
Emily Zarka: the origins of the zombie from Haiti to the US. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Ernie Smith explains why the plastic packaging you hate so much is still here. Vice
Ed Stoddard: the chinchillas and the gold mine. UnDark
Emma Stoye shares her favorite science-related photos of the month, including a covid-sniffing spaniel named Floki. Nature
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