June 21, 2021

Drinkable Rivers.

Salmon: A Natural Climate Solution.

Inflation: The housing market is on fire. The Fed keeps adding gasoline.

How 12,000 Tonnes of Dumped Orange Peel Grew Into a Landscape Nobody Expected to Find.

Economically, covid-19 has hit hard-up urbanites hardest. This is true in rich and poor countries alike.

How Do Sea Sapphires Become Invisible?

Evidence and Implications From a Natural Experiment of Prenatal Androgen Effects on Gendered Behavior.

Planetary Sapience.

Study of social media, collective behavior should be a “crisis discipline,” researchers say.

It’s hard today to conceive of how groundbreaking it felt for women to participate in a group physical activity outside of high school and college sports. I remember this.

June 20, 2021

“Trees” are not a coherent phylogenetic category.

Why anti-vaxxers are stuck on the “magnetic vaccine” conspiracy theory. The bizarre conspiracy is yet another strategy for anti-vax influencers to monetize misinformation. Damn that is powerful stupid.

Struggling Hospitals Could Explain Why So Many Black Patients Have Died Of COVID-19. For Black patients hospitalized with the coronavirus, the quality of the hospitals they are admitted to may play an outsize role in determining whether they survive.

1935 Auburn 851 Speedster.

In Georgia, Republicans are removing Democrats of color from local boards. In Arkansas, they have stripped election control from county authorities. And they are expanding their election power in many other states. Sham democracy getting even shammier.

“People with disabilities don’t have to be hidden away at home. They can be integrated into society if society is accessible.”

Powerball mystery: Someone in this tiny town won $731 million. Now everyone wants a piece of it.

If we want humane workplaces that support caregivers and allow individuals to live their best lives, the remote-work option should become permanent.

Archaeologists recreated three common kinds of Paleolithic cave lighting.

June 19, 2021

Nuclear Power at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

The American south-west is running out of water. We’ve seen it coming for years. More of that climate change that is not happening happening.

How the Republican attack on voting rights could backfire.

The Real College Admissions Scandal.

Why Did the Cave Art Vanish? It Was Erased by This Furry Creature and Its Feces.

The Enemy Within. How internal competition can often be the most dangerous kind.

Assessing human habitability and migration.

In Japan, more people died from suicide last month than from Covid in all of 2020. And women have been impacted most.

Many Post-Covid Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems, Study Finds.

On Microphones, Music, and Our Long Year of Screen Time. Pianist Glenn Gould proved long ago that an existence heavily mediated by technology is not nonexistence.

Heat, humidity and UV rays reduce Covid spread.

Delta Variant of Covid-19 Demands a Strong Push on Vaccines.

It’s Time to Open the Canada-US Border. End all prison countries now.

We identified significant effects of COVID-19 in the brain with a loss of grey matter in the left parahippocampal gyrus, the left lateral orbitofrontal cortex and the left insula.

June 18, 2021

Here’s what happened in the impact crater the day it did in the dinos.

Kids Need Freedom, Too.

Kranzberg’s Six Laws of Technology, a Metaphor, and a Story.

Someone stabbed a cave bear in the head with a spear 35,000 years ago.

When Pop History Bombs: A Response to Malcolm Gladwell’s Love Letter to American Air Power.

Social Network Sensors for Early Detection of Contagious Outbreaks.

Business Formation Statistics (BFS) fell substantially in the early stages of the pandemic but then surged in the second half of 2020. This surge has continued through May 2021.

June 17, 2021

A guide to living at a black hole.

Effects of synonymous mutations beyond codon bias: The evidence for adaptive synonymous substitutions from microbial evolution experiments.

The World’s Dictators Exploit America’s Racism.

How to Exercise Your Neck (and Why You Should).

A Field Guide to The Feral Parrots of the US.

Toxic Work Environments Shouldn’t Be a Rite of Passage, “The ‘pay your dues’ concept is a trap.”

4-Day Workweek Boosted Workers’ Productivity By 40%, Microsoft Japan Says.

June 16, 2021

The Price of No Consequences for Trump. Joe Biden and Merrick Garland are acting like Donald Trump was a crazy dream. But the threat to American democracy will only get worse the longer we ignore it.

Martin Gurri : « Que tant de personnes sensées croient voir en leurs concitoyens des suppôts de dictatures potentielles est un révélateur de la psychose politique contemporaine. »

Biden Names Lina Khan, a Big-Tech Critic, as F.T.C. Chair. Hot damn.

Operation Midnight Climax: How the CIA Dosed S.F. Citizens with LSD.

Distorted, Bizarre Food Smells Haunt Covid Survivors.

Got Your Bag? The Critical Place of Mobile Containers in Human Evolution.

State capitalism.

Equilibrium Effects of Pay Transparency.

Aliens Wouldn’t Need Warp Drives to Take Over an Entire Galaxy, Simulation Suggests. We must be the conquerors we want to see in the galaxy.

June 15, 2021

What the Rich Don’t Want to Admit About the Poor.

Forget Going Back to the Office—People Are Just Quitting Instead.

You Don’t Need All That Complex/Expensive/Distracting Infrastructure.

The Lords Of Hell (And Their Slaves).

Welcome to the summer of quitting. Why many of us are saying goodbye to our jobs.

Coronavirus infections dropping where people are vaccinated, rising where they are not.

The Questions Concerning Technology.

June 14, 2021

Hilton’s bizarre 1967 plan for a space hotel.

Segmentation faults: how machine learning trains us to appear insane to one another.

Babylon and the Square Root of 2.

Moderna, AstraZeneca … or Both? A Mixed Covid Vaccine Approach.

Warren Buffett and the Myth of the ‘Good Billionaire.’

600,000 dead: With normal life in reach, covid’s late-stage victims lament what could have been. Get fucking vaccinated or this could be you.

Why are women more prone to long Covid?

How Republicans came to embrace the big lie of a stolen election.

June 13, 2021

As the pandemic retreats, we’re left wondering what we’ve been through.

Private Inequity: How a Powerful Industry Conquered the Tax System.

Here’s an Idea for Liberals: Propaganda. After every election, Democrats seem to talk about how they failed to craft a clear message. So how about bombarding people with a new kind of campaign ad.

How to protect species and save the planet—at the same time. A major new report suggests tackling biodiversity, climate crises simultaneously.

Disease and Disapproval: COVID-19 Concern is Related to Greater Moral Condemnation.

The essence of story, in a 358-word song. Could do with a long examination, but that song is indeed a storytelling master class.

Social media are turbocharging the export of America’s political culture.

June 12, 2021

The Routes Of Viral Traffic.

Obama hasn’t changed much at all. There’s something frustrating about that.

Was Taiwan Ever Really a Part of China?

Secrets That Were No Secret, Lessons That Were Not Learned.

How to Think Outside Your Brain.

Trace fossils, the most inconspicuous bite-sized window into ancient worlds.

Rent has increased 175% faster than household income over past 20 years.

June 11, 2021

McDonald’s french fries, carrots, onions: all of the foods that come from Bill Gates farmland. This is terrible. As is everything that Gates does.

Outcry Forces UnitedHealthcare to Delay Plan to Deny Coverage for Some E.R. Visits.

Which Groups Are Still Dying of Covid in the U.S.?

If you have long Covid, as I did, don’t give up hope. Recovery is possible.

The Rise of Neo-Feudalism. The private capture of entire legal systems by corporate America goes far beyond neoliberalism. It evokes the private fiefdoms of the Middle Ages.

Mysterious fast radio bursts come in two distinct flavours.

It Gets Ugly: Dollar’s Purchasing Power Plunged at Fastest Pace since 1982. It’s “Permanent” not “Temporary,” Won’t Bounce Back.

The Surveilled Student.

June 10, 2021

We tend to believe that invertebrates lack any mental life whatsoever. But science has been exposing the frailty of such a belief, and a once bold line drawn between vertebrates and invertebrates has become blurry.

Connecting the Rusts.

See the First Images NASA’s Juno Took As It Sailed by Ganymede.

How America Fractured Into Four Parts. People in the United States no longer agree on the nation’s purpose, values, history, or meaning. Is reconciliation possible?

‘It’s infuriating and shocking’: how medicine has failed women over time.

People who wore masks were less likely to get sick.

It’s not just your imagination — ticks are out of control this year. Here’s why, and what climate change has to do with it.