January 26, 2022

Trend in sensitivity of SARS-CoV-2 serology one year after mild and asymptomatic COVID-19: unpacking potential bias in seroprevalence studies.

There’s a new version of omicron but so far it doesn’t appear to be more dangerous.

Lab study shows omicron-blocking antibodies persist four months after a Pfizer-BioNTech booster.

John Cameron Mitchell: ‘There’s been a certain sex panic in the air.’

How To Fix The Unfairness Of Workers’ Long Commutes. The pandemic exposed a divide between those who can work remotely and those who can’t. Several ideas could help bridge that divide.

Pro-lifers, RIP. The pro-death movement is born.

Thirteen of Omicron’s mutations should have hurt the variant’s chances of survival. Instead, they worked together to make it thrive. That can happen when a biohacker tweaks it up.

The Netflix Documentary Downfall Shows I Was Right About Boeing’s 737 MAX Crises, Seattle Times Was Totally Wrong.

China’s Zero-Covid Policy Is a Pandemic Waiting to Happen.

To Fix the Supply Chain Mess, Take on Wall Street.

January 25, 2022

The interplay between partisanship, risk perception, and mental distress during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

Can the Fed Engineer a Soft Landing for the Biggest Bubble Since $12,000 Tulip Bulbs? No.

Nothing Sacred: These Apps Reserve The Right To Sell Your Prayers.

We Need a Less Moralistic Humanities.

College COVID restrictions have become overkill.

90% of US has a poor diet, and 25% don’t exercise. It’s way more than 25% who don’t exercise.

Wonder wheels: why aircraft tyres are a miracle of engineering. Yes they are.

Telescope reaches its final destination a million miles from Earth. Cool. Fuck all y’all, space exploration haters.

January 24, 2022

How to Prevent COVID’s Next Comeback.

How the Gut Differentiates Artificial Sweeteners from Sugars. Signals from sweeteners and sugars are relayed from the gut to the brain by different neural pathways, a new study concludes.

Scientists find there are 70% fewer pollinators, due to air pollution.

I Killed My Southern Accent and a Piece of Myself With It.

The frustrating Covid-19 test reimbursement process is a microcosm of US health care.

Poor Country With Affluent Elite, India Is Going Nowhere.

Emergence of life in an inflationary universe.

January 23, 2022

Is Compensation Stagnation to Blame for the Great Resignation?

‘The treeline is out of control’: how the climate crisis is turning the Arctic green.

Keynes warned the world against using economic sanctions. His alternative is worth considering.

Photon polarization.

How Bad Is QWERTY, Really? A Review of the Literature, such as It Is.

India’s DNA COVID vaccine is a world first – more are coming.

Bill McCamley was NM’s labor secretary, but working at a local movie theater taught him the truth about what’s ailing the workforce.

How Much Are You Willing to Pay for a Burrito? The pandemic has led to the largest price spikes at fast-food restaurants in two decades.

lessons from ‘born in flames.’

Joe Biden Is the Only Person In the World Surprised By Republican Obstruction.

The Fallacy of “Privacy vs: [Children’s] Safety.”

President Biden’s Economy Is Failing the Big Mac Test.

Study: Leidenfrost effect occurs in all three water phases: Solid, liquid, and vapor.

Everything Must Be Paid for Twice.

January 22, 2022

What America Lost by Delaying the Vaccine Rollout.

A swashbuckling tale of Italian software piracy – 1983-1993.

The Windows 11 taskbar is an annoying step backward. Why did Microsoft remove so much functionality for an OS designed for work?

What’s Keeping Older Drivers Driving? Bad Urban Design.

In Medicine, a Lack of Courage Has Helped Put Roe in Jeopardy.


Aleatoric music.

Why we are in ‘the age of artificial islands.’

How the Potato Chip Took Over America.

DeSantis suggests vaccines hurt fertility. A study indicates otherwise — but says catching coronavirus might.

January 21, 2022

Introducing Dietary Self-Monitoring to Undergraduate Women via a Calorie Counting App Has No Effect on Mental Health or Health Behaviors: Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial.

The Texas Electric Grid Failure Was a Warm-up.

When Cigarette Companies Used Doctors to Push Smoking.

COVID vaccines safely protect pregnant people: the data are in.

Nearly half of Americans gained weight in pandemic’s first year.

The first fairy stories were never intended for children.

I can only promise you that it’s going to get weirder.

The Seditious Conspiracy Indictment Describes a Very Sophisticated Plot for January 6. Told ya so.

Many workers with COVID-19 still—still!—can’t afford to isolate, because they don’t have paid sick leave.

Silicon Valley Algorithm Manipulation Is The Only Thing Keeping Mainstream Media Alive.

Wall Street’s Pandemic Bonanza. Most Americans have missed out on the asset-price boom created by the policy response to the pandemic. Not so the big banks.

The Filibuster Is Corporate America’s Kill Switch.

January 20, 2022

Automation is reaching more companies, imperiling some jobs and changing the nature of others.

When Tracking Your Period Lets Companies Track You.

COVID at Work: Employers Are Telling Workers Not to Take Tests.

The Silent, Vaccinated, Impatient Majority. Fuck the unvaxxed.

People Are Hiding That Their Unvaccinated Loved Ones Died of COVID.

Recruiter Saw Your Background In Computer Science And Thought Maybe You’d Be Interested In Working Part-Time At A Kohl’s In Sioux City.

Let’s get real: the American Rescue Plan was the best economic policy in forty years.

‘Nocebo effect’: two-thirds of Covid jab reactions not caused by vaccine, study suggests.

Humanity Beneath the Mask.

Dear Democrats, please don’t resurrect Hillary Clinton.

Governing Boring Apocalypses: A New Typology of Existential Vulnerabilities and Exposures for Existential Risk Research.

The pandemic’s true death toll: millions more than official counts.

Wildfire Risk in California Drives Insurers to Pull Policies for Pricey Homes.

How catching Covid has become a moral failing. This is not merely a virus, but a sinner’s mark, as we pretend we could stop getting sick if we just tried hard enough.

Firearms, a drone and 30 days of supplies: New details of Oath Keepers Jan. 6 weapons cache.

Covid passes boosted economies and vaccine uptake, study shows.

Most human activities, as well as many disciplines — from physics and biology to linguistics, finance, and computer science — follow a Pareto distribution instead of a “normal” Gaussian curve.

The SHOP SAFE Act Would Entrench Amazon’s Dominance.

January 19, 2022

School Closures Were a Catastrophic Error. Progressives Still Haven’t Reckoned With It.

Empty Shelf at a Grocery Store Near You? Tight Inventories, Labor Shortages, Supply Chain Snags, Strong Sales, Soaring Costs.

Car Companies Argue That Right-to-Repair Law Is Unconstitutional.

Hispanic Voters Now Evenly Split Between Parties, WSJ Poll Finds.

De Lisle carbine.

Starless free-floating worlds might represent the most common habitable real estate of the universe.

Herd Immunity Is Over—Long Live Superimmunity.

How Exxon is using an unusual law to intimidate critics over its climate denial.

January 18, 2022

Graphical User Interface History.

The Color of Infinite Temperature.

Thanks to Dem leadership’s foolish error, the party that holds the House, the Senate and the Oval Office will go into the mid-terms and the next presidential election having failed to deliver on the vast majority of their campaign promises.

Infectious viral load in unvaccinated and vaccinated patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 WT, Delta and Omicron.

Mons Meg.

Americans long for personal and social transformation — but mainstream politics and media are trapped in the past.

America’s Top Environmental Groups Have Lost the Plot on Climate Change.

California is poised to kill rooftop solar, damaging climate and health. Kill nuclear and now solar. We are — once again — a deeply stupid people.

China’s Inclusive Authoritarianism.

Why cat-like creatures vanished from North America for 6 million years.

You know modern life is hard when even adverts don’t try to persuade you otherwise.

The reason why so many of us are at the end of our rope? We allowed work to be what gave our lives meaning.

Why energy storage is a solvable problem. Fairly easily solvable, in fact.