Pride Month (in the Name of Love)

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Who you love doesn’t mean you should receive substandard care. It being Pride Month, I was reminded of this idea when listening to this interview with Dr. Fauci. Listen to the whole thing, it’s worth it, but here’s the short version:

Back in the ’80s, Dr. Fauci was working on the AIDS crisis, and activists were pressuring him to release treatments before the government entities had fully vetted them. Rightly so, there was a concern that dying people would not see the day when such medicines would be available to them. After some initial reluctance, he finally heard them out, and agreed with their point of view. It was a life lesson for him, and he readily admits that. Kudos to Dr. Fauci in highlighting mistakes as a way to grow.

The AIDS crisis continues to this day, but if you would like a history of the virus, I would recommend the excellent book, Somebody to Love, and how it culminated in the death of Freddie Mercury and so many others.

Torpor

Nighthawks on rooftops and their thermal microclimate and stress physiology

I spent a fair amount of time thinking about what it takes to survive a space that can reach 110 or 120 degrees Fahrenheit day after day. Nighthawks do it on a rooftop. What about sudden cold snaps? Turns out nightjars, the bird family to which nighthawks belong, are capable of torpor, a shortened form of hibernation in which their metabolism slows and their body temperature changes to meet its environment. Want to know more about torpor? Check out this handy article.