October 24, 2017

The Earth’s interior is teeming with dead plates.

The Xerox Alto, Smalltalk, and rewriting a running GUI.<

This Company’s Robots Are Making Everything—and Reshaping the World.

Advances and Harassment.

Are We Ready For A Workforce That is 50% Freelance?

Are We Ready For A Workforce That is 50% Freelance?

Female homicide rate dropped after Craigslist launched its erotic services platform. Only the most predictable outcome ever. Too bad the government forced censorship.

Universe shouldn’t exist, CERN physicists conclude. I don’t disagree.

Forbidden City: How Los Angeles Banned Some of its Most Popular Buildings.

Too much fructose can damage your liver, just like too much alcohol. That is fruct up.

Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes.

Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between.

Irradiated Dimes.

Traces of Alzheimer’s Disease Detected in Wild Animals for the First Time.

Games Look Bad, Part 1: HDR and Tone Mapping. This is about games, but applies to film as well.

Paying For Dirt: Where Have Home Values Detached From Construction Costs?

October 23, 2017

Across several metrics, organic agriculture actually proves to be more harmful for the world’s environment than conventional agriculture.

We’re running out of big ideas. No.

Australia Mourns the End of Its Car Manufacturing Industry. Very dumb but typical decision that Australia allowed this to occur.

White Friend More Intolerant of Gluten Than Racism.

There are now new borders and fences going up all over Europe, as a response to Merkel’s blithe misjudgment. But to some as long as your heart is in the right place, whatever idiot crap you do is just fine.

Here’s Why Engine Oil Filters Are So Fascinating.

Jeremy Corbyn to European left-wing parties: you won’t win until you abandon neoliberalism.

October 22, 2017

Officers with cameras used force and faced civilian complaints at about the same rates as officers without cameras. I was always skeptical of the “body cameras will solve all” narrative.

How Amazon Took Seattle’s Soul.


CO₂ benefits of regrowing forests nothing to shake a stick at.

Americans are still terrible at investing, annual study once again shows. What’s weird is that they both increase their risk and make less money — it’s like some idiotic combination of the worst of both worlds.

Midwestern Girl Is Tired of Appearing in Your Short Stories.

What school dress codes have to do with Harvey Weinstein.

What Would Women Be Doing if We Weren’t Constantly Dealing With Male Abuse?

Give researchers a lifetime word limit.

How Hollywood Gets Its Old-School Tech.

China Is Quietly Reshaping the World.

How Retailers Use Personalized Prices to Test What You’re Willing to Pay.

The Sexual Assault News Cycle Is Hell for Survivors.

October 21, 2017

Aboriginal Oral Traditions of Australian Meteorite Craters.

There’s talk of capping 401(k) contributions at $2,400 per year.

Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them? The country lost most of its trees long ago. Despite years of replanting, it isn’t making much progress.

Forty years ago, John Berger called the zoo “an epitaph to a relationship” between people and animals. Today those words could be applied to much of middle-class mass culture: it has become a kind of memorial to the nonhuman world, revived in a thousand representations even as it disappears all at once.

Nightmare fuel: Trapped in airplane seat crawling with bedbugs.

Seven New Species Of Peacock Spiders Discovered In Australia. Show-offs.

The US government underestimated solar energy installation in the US by 4,813%, along with renewable wind and solar generation. Just a slight error.

Birth-order effects on the Big Five personality traits are negligible.

George Bush Is Responsible For Innumerable Murders and Rapes. Hillarycrats attempting to redeem him is just disgusting.

For Some Reason, No One Wants Entry-Level Retail Jobs.

50-year-old research issue still biting biologists.

On the Distributional and Evolutionary Nature of the Obesity Wage Penalty. Results suggest an increasingly severe penalty across the wage distribution for females. Specifically, the highest-earning women may be penalized as much as five times that of the lowest earners.

What Our Obsession with Tragic, Beautiful, Mentally Ill Women Says About Us.

By attacking Obamacare, Trump has driven up the number of uninsured Americans by 3.5 million.

How a slow response hurt Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Monumentally Detailed Pen Drawings That Combine Real and Imagined Landscapes by Olivia Kemp.

Figuring out various income inequalities: what can they tell us?

October 20, 2017

Uber is charging drivers to work. That’s the only way they’ll ever make money….

Preliminary Steps Toward a Universal Economic Dynamics for Monetary and Fiscal Policy.

Scientists investigate why crows are so playful. It’s not because corvids just want to have fun?

Want to be a male ally to harassed women? Stop ranting about Harvey Weinstein and put your friends in check.

The fly agaric is the quintessential mushroom of fairy tales.

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Looks Like.

Why Amazon’s New $5 Billion Headquarters May Ruin Your City. When this sort of thing appears in mainstream news sources, change is in the air.

Tragedy of the Common. The extinction crisis extends far beyond rare and endangered species.

Catcalling could cost men 5,000 euros in France next year. C’est brilliante!

October 19, 2017

Amazon and Big Apartment Landlords Strike Deals on Package Delivery. Amazon Hub program gives the retail giant control over the last mile of the logistics chain. This has larger import than most people will realize now.

Clouds and haze and dust, oh my!

ICE plans major immigration jail expansion.

Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody’s Counting.

More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas. Not surprised. When I was a kid in Florida, there were obviously many more bugs.

Your eyes make waste. Without it, you could go blind.

Why the trial by ordeal was actually an effective test of guilt. I don’t quite buy this, but it is interesting.

C-sections might be relaxing the evolutionary pressure against big babies.

October 18, 2017

Handgun Waiting Periods Save Hundreds of Lives a Year, Study Finds.

Joni Mitchell: Fear of a Female Genius.

What is Stopping Poor People From Moving? Highly educated people still relocate for work, but exorbitant housing costs in the best-paying cities make it difficult for anyone else to do so. More barriers than that; not everyone wants the globalized vision of itinerant rootlessness.

Why fish can’t help but eat our plastic garbage.

Saturn’s Moon Titan Is More Compelling Than Mars As A Long-Term Human Destination. And Venus is a better candidate for terraforming than Mars, by far, if we ever attempt something like that in the far future.

We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.

New Atheism’s Idiot Heirs. An irritating rhetoric meets the dumbest possible ideology.

Do We Believe Women Yet? The Battle to End Sexual Harassment. Or, the battle to end sexual harassment against mostly white-collar affluent or aspirant women in rich countries….

October 17, 2017

Study finds 75 percent of workplace harassment victims experienced retaliation when they spoke up.

Cancers can become addicted to chemotherapy drugs and depend on them to survive. New research suggests that “mixing up” chemotherapies could combat cancer drug addiction.

How the KRACK attack destroys nearly all Wi-Fi security.

Astronomers strike gold – and platinum – as they watch two neutron stars collide.

Fears of Next Financial Crisis Stem from Confusion Over Last One.

There are critical differences between the aggregate effect of education versus the individual effect.

Understanding Memory Pressure in OS X Mavericks. Also applies to Sierra, High Sierra.

Uber and Lyft have reduced mass transit use and added traffic in major cities.

Time for disaster socialism.

Were There Dark Ages? Yes. People culturally forgot how to make bread and most pottery then. I’d call that a dark age.

YA Novel About “Mob Mentalities” Punished After Online Backlash. The moral: only write about people exactly like you or you will be punished.

Scientists Document ‘Opportunistic’ Alligators Eating Sharks. News flash: alligators will eat anything they can get their mouths around (been there, seen that).

Dr. Nina Jablonski explores skin color and the role it plays in self identity, racism and evolution.

Baby talk in any language: Shifting the timbre of our voices.

The ubiquitous Spanish dollar—a photo essay.

October 16, 2017

Severe flaw in WPA2 protocol leaves Wi-Fi traffic open to eavesdropping. KRACK attack allows other nasties, including connection hijacking and malicious injection.

In a Cashless World, You’d Better Pray the Power Never Goes Out.

Despite clear risks, Santa Rosa neighborhood that burned down was exempt from fire regulations.

Why the U.S. is so bad at predicting hurricanes. Compared to Europe, our weather forecasting systems are second-rate — and Trump is poised to cut their budget more.

Other people’s families.

Four Laws For Protecting Capitalism From Itself.

My so-called online life: Coming of age in the AIM era.