Favorites September 26th 2022
The drug is Tirzepatide, marketed as “Mounjaro”. Patients average 20% weight loss, which is about the same as bariatric surgery. It's currently only approved for diabetes, but doctors can (and do) prescribe it off label for weight loss. Also, you have to take it indefinitely, and weight loss drugs are not currently covered by medicare.
That's about 1 in every 500 Russian men in a couple days. They've now tried to close the border with Georgia with tanks to stop people from *leaving*. Russian stock market down 18% in the last 5 days. (S&P down 6% over the same period)
I believe the idea here is to test our capability to deflect an asteroid if we ever discover one that threatens earth. But you can't just hit rocks at random, it's all about timing.
The existing malaria vaccine is only like 30% effective, it compares poorly to distributing nets, so it'll be good if we figure out something better. And yea, they're delivering it via mosquito, although that's only because it's easier in the testing phase, if they distribute it for real they won't do it via mosquito bites.
• I previously shared a thread arguing that the Iranian loitering munitions are making a lot of US air power irrelevant. Here's a thread making some counter arguments, one I found convincing is that Israel is still investing in F15s and F35s despite being at the forefront of drone warfare. TL;DR: these new loitering munitions are basically just very slow missiles, and are pretty easy to hit with countermeasures if you invest in them.
• Cool thread about the Tripitaka Koreana, the "most successful large data transfer over time yet achieved by humankind." Depending on how you measure it, about 2GB over 800 years.
• Short thread about Starlink in Iran. Starlink says that their terminals will absolutely work in Iran if you can get your hands on one, but there’s no good way to get them into the country yet. They’re expensive and not super easy to conceal on a plane.