July 21, 2019

The weird magic of eiderdown.

The Northernmost Settlement on Earth Cracked 70 Degrees For the First Time This Week.

Babies Born Near Oil and Gas Wells Are Up to 70% More Likely to Have Congenital Heart Defects, New Study Shows.

A stealthy new drug-delivery system disguises chemotherapeutics as fat in order to outsmart, penetrate and destroy tumors.

Terrorism does increase with immigration — but only homegrown, right-wing terrorism.

What economists have gotten wrong for decades. Four economic ideas disproven by reality.

Decisiveness Is a Muscle.

Taxes for Revenue Are Obsolete. From 1946, still true today.

‘Caloric Restriction’ Study Finds Surprising Health Benefits. Another blow against FA/HAES nonsense.

The Origin of Religion – Part 1.

Climate Crisis: Central banks and the “macroprudential greening” of finance.

Big banks prepare to battle the Fed on faster payments.

The reasons why women’s voices are deeper today. We’re not talking Barry White here but some fascinating research reveals how women’s voices are becoming deeper in some countries.

Moderate Democrats Warn That AOC Is Distracting From Their Nonexistent Message.

Employers Are Mining the Data Their Workers Generate To Figure Out What They’re Up To, and With Whom.

Inferno (operating system).

July 20, 2019

Locally Run ISPs Offer the Fastest Broadband in America. Six out of the 10 fastest ISPs are either community-run or public/private partnerships. Shocking no one.

What Does an Unprocessed RAW File Look Like?

Why A “Public Option” Isn’t Enough.

A Massive Hunk Of Ice Will Reshape The World’s Coastlines Sooner Than We Thought.

Two must-read statistics books.

The necessity to change the rules of the current economic system is quite obvious.

Junk In Your Pension. A Side Effect Of Financial Repression.

Immigrants Now and Historically.

The biggest bull market ever — yet disaster looms for millions of retirees. The coming ‘tsunami of poverty’ for retirees — and what to do about it.

Dollar stores are everywhere. That’s a problem for poor Americans.

But before we rush to ban AC, we ought to first consider legalizing shade in our cities. Anyone who tries to ban AC will have to personally fight me.

I’m in Awe of How Long Zombies Like J.C. Penney Keep Getting New Money to Burn. But Bankruptcy Beckons.

Connected fitness: how Peloton is influencing the future of exercise.

As U.S. ‘superstar’ cities thrive, weaker ones get left behind.

Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign. Re-election looks plausible even with a bigger loss in the national popular vote.

The Weekly Design Roast, #8.

July 19, 2019

The Disturbing Sound of a Human Voice. Hearing people talk can terrify even top predators such as mountain lions, with consequences that ripple through entire ecosystems.

The Underappreciated Power of the Apollo Computer.

Washington Supreme Court Says Obesity Is a Disability. Is a voluntary and self-imposed disability a disability?

Social Security Is A Good Litmus Test For Candidates.

Foreign purchases of American homes plunge 36% as Chinese buyers flee. Good.

The lesson from the ruins of Notre Dame: don’t rely on billionaires.

87 Percent of Americans Unaware There’s Scientific Consensus on Climate Change.

Fewer Inspections for Aging Nuclear Plants, Regulators Propose. I’m all for more nuclear, but this is a terrible idea.

Women now seen as equally as or more competent than men. Polling data suggest stereotypes have significantly changed since 1940s.

It’s not just paychecks: The surprising society-wide benefits of raising the minimum wage. Surprising to whom?

Illegal immigration from Mexico: What we know.

July 18, 2019

Don’t Regulate Facial Recognition. Ban It. We are on the verge of a nightmare era of mass surveillance by the state and private companies. It’s not too late to stop it.

Girls’ superb verbal skills may contribute to the gender gap in math.

Out of Africa and into an archaic human melting pot.

How to Understand the Universe When You’re Stuck Inside of It.

Which countries have the most immigrants?

Five Basic Facts About Boeing Missing From Coverage Of the 737 MAX Story.

The climate change policy with the most potential is the most neglected. Public clean energy R&D is overlooked and underfunded.

DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific. Just three drug makers and six distributors were behind the flood.

Rising health insurance deductibles fuel middle-class anger and resentment.

Dr Emma Hilton reviews the science supporting the IOC decision to let male-born transgender athletes into female competition. Terrible and evil decision.

The Status Quo is a Choice, Too.

TurboTax Started Charging the Disabled, Unemployed and Students To Make Up For Trump Tax Law.

Killer Heat in the United States: The Future of Dangerously Hot Days.

July 17, 2019

Instacart Hounds Workers to Take Jobs That Aren’t Worth It.

President Obama was elected on the platform of hope and change. He promised big, sweeping changes, and, at the end of eight years, had continued and expanded all the most depraved foreign and domestic policies of his predecessor while killing the push for universal healthcare and creating a climate initiative which was the equivalent of a band-aid on a sucking chest wound.

Boeing 737 Max ordered by Ryanair undergoes name change. Decision fuels speculation that troubled plane will be rebranded once it is given all clear to fly.

Environmentalism’s Next Frontier: Giving Nature Legal Rights.

Free trade doesn’t just lead to job loss. It means more deaths from drug overdoses and increased military recruitment.

In New Climate, California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger. But some moron on another site told me that it’s all fake climate science.

Out with pesticides, in with wildflowers.

Why Closing Ohio’s Nuke Plants Will End Up Killing More Ohioans.

The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t. How one scientist and his inaccurate chart led to unwarranted fears of wireless technology.

July 16, 2019

Tens of Thousands Flee Extreme Heatwave in India as Temperatures Topping 120°F Kill Dozens Across Country.

Improving fruit and vegetable intake attenuates the genetic association with long-term weight gain.

Why Does The American Media Only Care About Dead Migrant Kids Under Trump?

The current crisis of knowledge, I believe, is largely a crisis of trust.

Congress’ awful anti-sex-trafficking law has only put sex workers in danger and wasted taxpayer money. And has greatly increased internet censorship.

Healthy lifestyle ‘helps offset genetic risk of dementia’ amid calls for over-50s to exercise. Risk of dementia 32 per cent lower in people with a high genetic risk if they enjoy a healthy lifestyle, compared to those do not.

A Mallard Duckling Is Thriving—and Maybe Diving—Under the Care of Loon Parents.

Radiation in parts of the Marshall Islands is far higher than Chernobyl, study says.

Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks.

Trump administration moves to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants. The new rule says applicants who pass through another country and do not seek protection there will not be eligible for asylum in the United States.

How ‘Woke’ Liberals Convince Themselves That Gentrifying Is Okay.

Panicked Tree Freezes In Headlights As Car Barrels Toward It.

Putting a price on our data won’t make the platforms stop abusing our privacy.

July 15, 2019

The Essay to Read If You Even Think About Wearing Clothes.

Imaging Bell-type nonlocal behavior.

Corporate team of rivals: Harris now in top tier with Biden to prevent a progressive nominee. Nailed it.

Here’s why busy-ness is so damaging.

Beyond architectural style, what makes for a more attractive, higher value neighborhood? Let’s have a look at some of the things that we have known for decades, centuries, yet still chose to ignore.

Interstellar Probe, a mission concept for NASA, aims to travel 93 billion miles past the sun.

Given medicine’s poor record, physicians should prescribe and patients consume far fewer medications, a new book argues.

What you think about landfill and recycling is probably totally wrong.

A Separate Kind of Intelligence.

July 14, 2019

Your attention, please: The goats have taken flight.

Death and surrender to power in the clothing of men.

Today’s Deep Learning Is Like Magic – In All The Wrong Ways.

The absurdity of an eightysomething president.

Love Thy Neighbor: The Bible Belt Is Becoming a Dumping Ground.

Clueless about Central America.

Computer Love.

Nancy Pelosi Has Chosen Her War, and It’s With Her Own Party’s Future.

More Bad News For Vitamin Pushers.

Republican: Sick People Don’t Deserve Affordable Care.

How the discovery of extraterrestrial life would change morality.

Finding the Future in Radical Rural America. The problem is not capitalism; it is our markets. Markets that Obama screwed up.

“Where the American Dream Goes to Die”: Changes in House Prices, Rents, and Incomes since 1960 by Region & Metro.