November 6, 2020

Weekend reads: Inside one of Hollywood's most famous hotels amid the Covid-19 epidemic

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    Inside one of Hollywood's most famous hotels amid the Covid-19 epidemic. The Chateau Mormont is one of the most famous hotels in Hollywood—a place where rock star Jim Morrison partied and where comedian John Belushi died of a drug overdose. But since the Covid-19 epidemic started and occupancy at the hotel dropped, actors Luka Sabbat and Duke Nicholson, alongside stylist George Cortina, have essentially had the hotel to themselves. Writing for GQ, Samuel Hine goes inside the hotel that Sabbat, Nicholson, and Cortina have used as a "clubhouse, salon, film and photoshoot set, and ultra-exclusive hideaway, all rolled into one." 

    Why people are inclined to take risks during the Covid-19 epidemic. Roughly nine months into the Covid-19 epidemic, people are still trying to figure out how to live their lives amid highly unusual circumstances—and plenty of people have made risky decisions. Writing for ProPublica, Marshall Allen and Meg Marco speak to experts who study human behavior and examine why people are willing to take risks amid the epidemic, including how our pattern of risk perception may not be entirely accurate and how social norms are leading us to make risky decisions. 

    José Vasquez's reads

    Scientists find new clues to explain height variations. For years, scientists have struggled to explain variations in height, but a new study presented this week at American Society of Human Genetics' annual meeting is brining them closer to understanding why some people are tall and others aren't. For the study, researchers examined genome data on four million people with European ancestry and they discovered nearly 10,000 DNA markers that appear to explain height variations.

    From armadillos to dolphins, US scientists track the spread of the coronavirus among animals. Scientists throughout the United States have been testing animals for the novel coronavirus since America's coronavirus epidemic began. Writing for Kaiser Health News, JoNel Aleccia examines the scope of animal testing for the coronavirus in the country—and shares what the test results reveal about the pathogen's transmission from animals to people.

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