Oxford Scientists Find Gene That Doubles Risk of Dying From Covid-19 – Slashdot

People with the gene, known as LZTFL1, would particularly benefit from vaccination, which remains the best method of protection, the authors said. The findings raise the possibility of research into treatments specific to patients with this gene, though no tailored drugs are currently available. Source: Oxford Scientists Find Gene That Doubles Risk of Dying From Covid-19 – Slashdot

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | The tumulus of pain in the vernacular (216)

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By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

Language is a gateway into another sphere, you are the unexpected time traveller. You find yourself in the minds of strangers, you succumb to someone else’s heartache, you’re lost in the memories of someone else’s tumulus of pain. 

I have become an unexpected gateway of the vernacular, via the force of my curiosity I am now at the precipice of worlds, I am more a medium than a voice. 

The intangible barbwire of the vernacular may perhaps constrain the movement of those who are dear to me, but by their audacity and courage, by an imagination the making of the cosmos, their words bleeding crimson through the steely thorns. 

Those who are free forget why they are free, the cost of their liberty is buried in self-pity. The idea of lewdness in the vernacular is an impossibility, words are innocent, oblivious. Ill intent is…

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Lê Vĩnh Tài | “where does poetry come from dad” (306)

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

“Where does poetry come from dad
people have written about everything there’s to write what’s there left for you Dad” (my daughter’s poem)
 
But the poet kept writing:
 
the horizon is a mirror
shattered, as she reached out
and held
onto you
you hang
there, on yourself saw the immense scarring of time
 
 
“Ba ơi thơ có từ lâu
người ta làm hết còn đâu Ba làm” (thơ của con gái)
 
Nhưng rồi thi sĩ vẫn làm thơ:
 
bầu trời như tấm kính
vỡ, khi nàng với tay
ra và nắm
lấy bạn
bạn treo
ở đó, nhìn mình đầy vết sẹo thời gian

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Y sin darnos cuenta

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Y sin darnos cuenta, noviembre entró a la casa, entre rachas de viento otoñal en el norte y colores primaverales en el sur. No tocó a la puerta ni solicitó permiso. Simplemente, entró. Anticipa la vejez del año, la proximidad de su hora postrera, como el médico que anuncia a los parientes la impostergable agonía de un anciano. Y sin darnos cuenta, los días, en el calendario, se desprendieron irremediablemente, como un otoño arranca las hojas secas. Y sin darnos cuenta, atrás quedaron otros meses y estaciones, con algo de nosotros, con rasgos de nuestras vidas. Todo fue sepultado en nuestra biografía, en la memoria, en los dulces o amargos recuerdos, en la amorosa u odiosa desmemoria. Y sin darnos cuenta, el año se consume, anticipa y promueve su final, mientras el otro, en tanto, prepara su venida. Todo…

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COP 26 and the Promised Changes

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Solving the Climate Challenge was discussed and solutions were presented for us

We are deep in a climate crisis and we should change our ways without making a fuss

We cannot afford to snooze anymore, we need to wake up and act

Our way of life is not sustainable and we passed the tipping point, it is a fact

The destruction of the Amazon has caused more warming and it is possible that humans might go extinct soon

It is time for the rich to spend on clean energy and stop visiting the moon

Now that there is a plan to end deforestation

It would be good if promises would be kept and in the end we could have a celebration

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It is good to see so many leaders making plans to to save the earth once more

Maybe this time they will…

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