August 26, 2016

Liberalism and hate-based extremism.

Factoring may be easier than you think.

25 years on, here are the worst ever predictions about the internet.

Language necessarily contains human biases, and so will machines trained on language corpora.

In the words of Marxist theorist Franco Berardi, “the soul is put to work” and workers must devote their whole selves to the needs of the company.

How a Curious Condition Solved a Neuroscientific Mystery.

Global warming signal can be traced back to the 1830s, climate scientists say.

Rosetta Project.

CEO who hiked EpiPen prices says, “No one’s more frustrated than me.” Tumbrels and guillotine time.

The Need to Believe in Goodness.

Becoming Disabled.

The tragic childhood of Gypsy Rose Blancharde.

All the Choices.

It took a long time for me to realize how much of life could simply be talk, not truth.

It’s not at all surprising that so many people have basically gone gaga, as Democratic and Republican voters try to convince themselves that they really do want to vote for someone who’s literally everything they least want in the Oval Office.

Can We Talk About Your Weight? Glad to see some pushback against the idiot-infested Fat Acceptance movement.

Government Hackers Caught Using Unprecedented iPhone Spy Tool.

August 25, 2016

Giant ‘Arrows’ Seen From Space Point to a Vanished World.

How the Writer Listens: Svetlana Alexievich.

An ethnographic study of the “open evidential culture” of research psychology.

A Basic Income Would Upend America’s Work Ethic—and That’s a Good Thing.

Ang Lee Is Embracing a Faster Film Format. Can Theaters Keep Up?

Nope. Same story for math.

Why the World’s Deadliest Bird Keeps Breaking Into People’s Houses.

Even the price of insulin is skyrocketing. Is it too early to execute every pharma exec?

Sitting Up: A Brief History of Chairs.

Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000. I can’t disagree. Amazing movie.

August 24, 2016

The postmodern state is under siege from plutocrats and criminals who unknowingly compound each other’s insidiousness.

Evidence points to another Snowden at the NSA.

The Ethernet PAUSE frame.

Computers trounce pathologists in predicting lung cancer type, severity.

Everything I Am Afraid Might Happen If I Ask New Acquaintances to Get Coffee.

Which Europe Now?

How San Francisco’s hippy explosion shaped the modern world. Most have little idea how intimately tied are history of modern computing and the hippy movement.

Eating Cake With Hillary Clinton.

NSA-linked Cisco exploit poses bigger threat than previously thought. All Cisco firewalls are NSA-penetrated, basically. Not conspiracy. Reality.

Mapping the Extent of Louisiana’s Floods.

A Hit Man Came to Kill Susan Kuhnhausen. She Survived. He Didn’t. I remember this. That woman is a pure badass.

Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20% the speed of light?

A wide body of research suggests there’s a link between the temperature of a workplace and worker productivity. If employees are freezing, their output freezes as well.

Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above.

August 23, 2016

A huge crack is spreading across one of Antarctica’s biggest ice shelves. Apocalypse now. And, oh yeah, for the next 1,000 years.

It Makes No Sense That Word Processors Are Still Designed for the Printed Page.

Worker Hours Are More Unpredictable Than Ever.

How tech changed scoring in sports—nearly a century ago.

Soccer’s Ultimate Con Man Was a Superstar Who Couldn’t Play the Game.

The disparities in wealth that we term “income inequality” are no accident, and they can’t be fixed by fiddling at the edges of our current economic system.

The History of Money: Not What You Think.

From Fins Into Hands: Scientists Discover a Deep Evolutionary Link. Have to hand it to them, this is infinitely cool.

Nuclear accident in New Mexico ranks among the costliest in U.S. history.

The Optimal U.S. National Parks Centennial Road Trip.

August 22, 2016

The NSA hack proves Apple was right to fight the FBI.

The Death of Flair: As Friday’s Goes Minimalist, What Happens to the Antiques?

The First Book of Fashion.

Why Women Are No Longer Catching Up To Men On Pay.

Nightmare on Main Street. America’s housing system was at the centre of the last crisis. It has still not been properly reformed.

How the Democrats are failing Obamacare. Their signature legislative achievement needs a fix. It’s time for them to stop pretending everything’s fine.

The Cost Of A Life-Saving EpiPen Has Increased 400% Since 2007.

How Helen Maroulis Became the First American Woman Wrestler to Win Gold. Another great Olympic photo near the bottom of the story. Her face says a volume of books.

The Long, Remarkable History of the GIF.

The ellipsis in medieval manuscripts: How subpuncting in the Middle Ages give the modern era its strangest punctuation mark.

August 21, 2016

Quantum mechanics trumps nonlocal causality.

During the Soviet coup, who held nuclear control? From 1992.

I deserve to be treated like a human, not just a woman, because that means something different these days. My dream job is beating harassers to a pulp. (Not white-knighting or expecting a reward from women like Erin. The beatdown is its own joyous reward.)

The Greatest Social Challenge of our Generation.

Yes, There Is Such a Thing as an ‘Introvert’ Hangover.

List of languages by time of extinction.

The secret LSD-fuelled CIA experiment that inspired Stranger Things.

Blue Rivers of Bioluminescent Shrimp Trickle Down Oceanside Rocks in Okayama, Japan.

The poor are moving away from opportunity.

The Point of Tangency.

August 20, 2016

Arrival and linguistics. I am all over this movie.

How the NSA snooped on encrypted Internet traffic for a decade. For non-IT folk, PIXes were by far the most common firewalls out there for about 7 years.

The “Sharing” Economy is based on a Fissured Workplace. Share the poverty.

Worst of McMansions — McLean, Virginia. That house already looks terrible. In 20 years, it’ll just fall down.

Finance is Not the Economy.

From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea.

The Concept of ‘Cat Face.’ Face it, that is categorically awesome.

Study identifies key species which act as warning signs of ecosystem collapse.

Remember that time we surrendered the right to get drunk because we hated the Germans?

August 19, 2016

Reclaiming “Redneck” Urbanism: What Urban Planners can Learn from Trailer Parks.

Dazzling blue lakes are forming in Antarctica — and they’ve got scientists worried.

Louisiana Maps Are All A Lie, The True Map Is Frightening.

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons.

Scientists Create Life That Reads a New Language in the Letters of DNA.

Song of the Summer: “Bawitdaba,” by Kid Rock. I like the song; primal without being primitive.

Count Me In.

It’s tempting, but wrong, to think we are cleverer than previous generations.

Don’t Give Away Our Wildlife Refuges.

On job polarization.

The ‘heighth’ of embarrassment.

August 18, 2016

For Your Toolkit 2.: The Challenge: Prove That Discrimination in Labor Markets Exists.

Big fish—and their pee—are key parts of coral reef ecosystems.

How to make firing people suck less for them and suck more for you.

I’ve Spent More Than 300 Hours in the Deep-Sea Twilight Zone.

Louisiana Flooding 2016.

Coding “White Trash” in Academia.

Traces of sun storms locked in tree rings could confirm ancient historical dates.

Moss boosted Earth’s oxygen 400 million years ago.

Science Without Open Data Isn’t Science.