Short Takes 11/3

The 1918 flu struck before the full flowering of modern epidemiology, but the science of tracking and containing disease was certainly more advanced than it had ever been before. Tissue samples were frozen for study, carriers were traced for the source of the contagion and infections were prevented that might have spread the disease wider. The pandemic chastened the U.S. military, which lost 44,000 men to flu during World War I and wanted no such problems during World War II. In 1943, a team of Army scientists jointly led by a Maj. Jonas Salk developed the first flu vaccine — a dozen years before Salk’s polio vaccine. Read more:



Gulliver’s Travels: Jack Black Bellies Up to Another Paycheck Here’s a trailer for Gulliver’s Travels, the 3D (ugh) comedy starring Jack Black as a modern-day Gulliver who mixes it up with the Lilliputians. This certainly doesn’t appear to be Swiftian satire, though. Mostly it’s just fat jokes.  

San Francisco Bans Happy Meals




Why Meditation Is So Difficult… And So Rewarding



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