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Friday headlines: Eight levels of shock

Helen Branswell live-blogs today’s FDA advisory panel meeting on Covid-19 booster shots. / STAT

The debate over who deserves credit for pioneering mRNA technology is heating up. Hundreds of scientists have worked on it for decades. / Nature

France suspends 3,000 health workers without pay for refusing a Covid vaccine. / The Guardian

Anna North: The pandemic has created a nation of insomniacs. / Vox

Unvaccinated TikTokers are calling themselves “purebloods.” / VICE

From May, neuroscientist Tamar Makin explains how her lab trained people to use a third thumb. / Scientific American

Chenyue Yuan draws the stories of Chinese laborers who live and work in factories producing mass goods. / It's Nice That

A study finds that—surprise, surprise—oppressing women makes societies poorer and less stable. / The Economist

Many Republican lawmakers, “gritting their teeth,” say they want nothing to do with tomorrow’s “Justice for J6” rally in DC. / The New York Times

Jan-Werner Müller: Culture wars are a device used by the elite to stay elite. / The New Statesman

McMansion Hell comes for the 1980s on Staten Island. / McMansion Hell

See also: “The Surprisingly Complicated History of the Frisbee.” / The Saturday Evening Post

Firefighters wrap fire-resistant blankets around trees as blazes tear through Sequoia National Park. / BBC News

“I love fables! I don’t take that as a critique.” What Anthony Doerr's been working on since All the Light We Cannot See. / The New York Times

“My agent was, and remains, very money-focused.” Richard E. Grant explains what it was like to work on the set of Spice World. / Vulture

A 16-year-old aspiring concert pianist performs “eight levels of Bach,” with explanations as to what makes them increasingly difficult. / The Morning News