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The Filtrate, Concentrated

It’s a busy week here at Turbid Plaque Headquarters, so we’re cutting down on the buffer and bringing you a condensed Filtrate.

Contrary to what some folks seem to believe, having political leaders who listen to scientists is a good thing. Maybe turning some scientists into political leaders would help, too. A Congressional race on Long Island and a long-shot Senatorial campaign in Wyoming both seek to do that this year. Wherever you are, please remember to vote.

In pandemic news, these folks have confirmed that both domestic dogs and domestic cats can support SARS-CoV-2 infection, but only cats seem to shed the virus while infected. I doubt the cats care. These hockey players, however, presumably care about the superspreader event that broke out at their match in Florida in June. Way to go, Florida.

Meanwhile, pioneering open access journal publisher PLOS is still trying to find a sustainable business model. Like internet media companies before them, they’re slowly figuring out that it’s hard to make money by giving stuff away for free.

That’s all for this week. As always, if you have a story you think will fit through our filter, please let us know directly or post a comment below. We expect to return to our regular format next week.