Category Archives: Around the World

UK’s South West Coast by Tandem

Ed Pratt: I Took My Girlfriend On Her Longest Ride Ever! [Full Film] 1000km Cycling England’s Hilliest Coast. (YouTube, 2:11 hours)

“This film follows our self-supported attempt to cycle 1000km (600 miles) around England’s hilliest coastline – the South West Coast! Join us on our seaside cycle tour and see if we survive pedalling through Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset on our 65kg touring tandem!”

I posted about this series earlier when the first episode was released. This ist the whole series in one fell swoop.

The chances are about 1 in 100 billion per year

NPR: A meteorite crashes through a home in Canada, barely missing a woman’s head. “It turns out that the 2.8-pound space rock, about the size of a small cabbage, was part of a meteor shower identified by Alan Hildebrand, a planetary scientist in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary, and his colleagues. The group said the trajectory of the meteorite that hit Hamilton’s house would have made it visible throughout southeastern British Columbia and central and southern Alberta.”

Victoria News: B.C. woman awakes to a hole in her roof and a space rock on her pillow.

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Borreliella burgdorferi ausrotten

Deutsche Welle: Borreliose adé: Wie Forschende Zecken entschärfen wollen. “Die Therapiemöglichkeiten bei chronischer Borreliose sind noch immer begrenzt. Doch nun verfolgen Forschende einen neuen Ansatz: Warum den Erreger nicht direkt an der Quelle beseitigen?”

“Neuigkeiten – was einen Impfstoff gegen Borreliose für Menschen angeht – gab es just im September 2021. Die beiden Pharmaunternehmen Valnea und Pfizer veröffentlichten positive Phase-II-Ergebnisse, einschließlich einer Booster-Reaktion, für den Impfstoffkandidaten VLA15.

“Die Lyme-Borreliose stellt einen hohen ungedeckten medizinischen Bedarf dar, der das Leben von Millionen Menschen in der nördlichen Hemisphäre beeinträchtigt. Wir freuen uns über diese zusätzlichen Phase-II-Ergebnisse, die uns einen Schritt näherbringen, um einen wichtigen Beitrag gegen diese schwere Krankheit zu leisten, vorbehaltlich der behördlichen Genehmigung”, kommentierte das Juan Carlos Jaramillo M.D., Chief Medical Officer von Valneva.

[…] Das Team um Kim Lewis von der Northeastern University hat im Rahmen der neueste Studie herausgefunden, dass eine Verbindung namens Hygromycin A für Tiere völlig harmlos ist und sie auf die meisten Bakterien kaum Auswirkungen hat – ausgenommen auf die Spirochäten-Bakterien. Für diese ist es tödlich. Und genau dazu gehört Borrelia burgdorferii.
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Das Team von Lewis hat auch gezeigt, dass die Verfütterung von mit Hygromycin versetzten Ködern an Mäuse Borrelia burgdorferi-Infektionen beseitigen kann. Rein theoretisch könnte durch das Auslegen solcher Köder die Borreliose in ganzen Gebieten oder sogar in ganzen Ländern ausgerottet werden.”

It’s still one wheel per person

Ed Pratt: 1000km on a Tandem Bicycle! | Ep.1 | Cycling England’s Hilliest Coastline. (YouTube, 25:22min) “In this episode my girlfriend Aishola and I travel to the UK to begin preparations for a new two wheeled cycling adventure…”

I wrote about Ed’s unicycle world tour before, and he has since released the last video series of his world tour: Unicycling Across America Ep.1 // 6000km Cycle Through The USA.

During the lockdowns I used his videos as a way to travel around the world in my imagination while it was impossible to do so in real life, and I re-watched the whole series via this handy playlist of all 131 episodes.

9/11 twenty years on

Of course this is all over the news, so I’ll share just a few links.

Fray: Missing Pieces, which was published just a few days after the attacks.

“On September 11, 2001, an unthinkable act of terrorism occurred in New York City and Washington DC. It left holes in our lives, holes in the skyline, holes in our spirit. These are some of the stories of those who were there. These are our missing pieces.”

History: 102 Minutes That Changed America. (YouTube, 1 hour 36 minutes)

“History’s Emmy® Award-winning, and critically acclaimed documentary chronicled the terror of 9/11 in real-time. It is a minute by minute account of the catastrophe unfolding, using footage from numerous sources, including personal camcorder footage, police and fire department recordings, and in-the-moment commentary from first responders and witnesses. This anniversary edition includes interviews and perspectives from those featured in the film, and people who can speak to the events that followed the attack.”

Anil Dash: Twenty is Myth.

“Every year, for twenty years now, I’ve written an observance of this day. Sometimes it’s for myself, sometimes it’s for the small cohort of folks who’ve checked back in with me on this day every year since then, a group which has shrunk a bit over the years. But this was the first year I thought, “maybe I shouldn’t do this anymore”. Because the events of that day are not remembered in society, or honored by our culture, in a way that resembles the feelings that I, and so many others, had in the moment. It’s degenerated fully into myth, some parts good, most of it pretty awful, and even taking part in the observances feels like amplifying this larger, destructive myth that’s been constructed.

It’s impossible to accurately represent the grief, the confusion, the absurdity of that day, let alone the months that followed.”