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Saturday headlines: Edge-y behavior

Parts of the United States may be close to meeting demand for the coronavirus vaccine—”well before the country has reached herd immunity.” / Axios

Countries around the world hit new records for virus cases and deaths. / The Associated Press

Scientists work toward an elusive dream: a simple pill to treat Covid-19. / STAT

Caity Weaver surveys the inconsistencies in the pandemic response’s color-coded warning alerts. / The New York Times

An open-source library of markings and stickers that businesses have used during the pandemic for social distancing. / It's Nice That

Olga Khazan: Personalities are flexible, not fixed. I.e., you can be a different person after the pandemic. / The New York Times

Some algorithms are set loose on the cautionary meme “Being vaccinated does NOT.” / AI Weirdness

A guide to neopronouns, noun-self pronouns, and other “leading edge behavior.” Also, Thandiwe Newton is reclaiming her real name. / The New York Times, BuzzFeed

See also: “I’m Begging You, Let’s Come to a Consensus on the Thumbs Up Emoji.” / Discourse blog

All narratives are artificial to some degree, “but Mission: ImPASTAble feels more like a parody of start-up hustle culture.” / Dirt

The story of how a protest in a North Carolina farming town sparked a national movement around environmental racism. / The Washington Post

Some stunningly flattened photographs of landscapes and cars by Turkish artist and photographer Aydin Büyüktas. / Colossal

People who cycle on a daily basis have 84% lower carbon emissions from their daily travel than those who don't. / The Conversation

The vast majority of votes cast by Amazon's workers in Alabama were against joining a union. / NPR 

A fake beauty site enables victims of domestic violence to safely “shop” while receiving covert help. / France 24

As streaming services push programming from around the world, voice acting is a growth industry. / Bloomberg

A study finds that 58% of respondents would like to see one or both of the actors Matthew McConaughey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson run the Texas governorship and US presidency, respectively. / FiveThirtyEight

“I said, ‘How did you select us?’ She said, ‘I can’t tell you that.’” What it feels like to get a no-strings-attached grant from MacKenzie Scott. / Slate