“Star Trek did not promise that people would magically become inherently ‘better,’ but that they would progress, always reaching for their highest potential and noblest goals, even if it took centuries of taking two steps forward and one step back. Ideally, humankind would be guided in its quest by reason and justice. The ultimate futility of armed conflict, terrorism, dictatorial rule, prejudice, disregard for the environment, and exercising power for its own sake was demonstrated time and again.” – Nichelle Nichols, Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories
NYT: Pfizer’s vaccine works well after one dose, and doesn’t always need ultracold storage. “A study in Israel showed that the vaccine is robustly effective after the first shot […] Pfizer and BioNTech also announced on Friday that their vaccine can be stored at standard freezer temperatures for up to two weeks.”
Ventripotent: having a large belly.
The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas Interconnection was formed, amidst other reasons, to avoid having to winterize their power grid. And their problems exist because they can’t pull power from other states – see this map.
Tokyo’s Kadokawa Culture Museum Houses an Arresting Kengo Kuma-Designed Bookshelf Theater. Good lord, it’s gorgeous.