July 25, 2016

Dark matter may just be a bunch of ancient black holes.

Study: top bank execs saw the crash coming and sold off shares in their own institutions.

Gertrude Barrows Bennett, Francis Stevens. Never heard her name? Well now you have.

Free Trade Is Dead.

This much I know: Daniel Kahneman.

Can we escape the no-win choice of Jihad & McWorld and reclaim democracy?

34 Young Adult Books Every Feminist Will Love. Yes, it’s a list and yes it’s Buzzfeed, but the recommendations are very good.

The real story of Brexit is not about the UK at all and perhaps not even about the European Union. Rather it is about the rejection of incumbent expert opinion. Experts are mostly right, but much too often disastrously, catastrophically and comically wrong.

What the $@#%: Two Editors on Blogging About Swearing.

Christine de Pizan.

Religious Bric-à-Brac and Tolerance of Violent Jihad.

Scorpions and other animals that deploy toxins to survive are becoming increasingly important allies in humanity’s fight against ailments ranging from cardiovascular disease to diabetes and cancer.

That Brexit apocalypse? It just isn’t happening.

July 24, 2016

US Power Plant Primary Energy Source by 3 Digit Zip Code.

Trump’s Opponents Are Helping Him Win.

How Prisons Overtook Schools as the Foremost American Institutions.

Quantifying the effects of California zoning rules.

No, your dogs do not belong everywhere. Dog owners aren’t all dog people, but dog people are uniformly halfwit shitheads.

Eve and bones.

Open-Air Hotel by Null Stern.

“No Matter Which Way We Turned” by Brian Evenson.

You’re not alone in feeling alone: Why it’s so hard for adults to make friends. At least part of Trump’s rise explained by lack of any real community in most of West.

Don’t Count on Tech to Set You Free.

Clinton’s F-You to Progressives: This is How Trump Could Become President. With Kaine pick, Trump presidency chances went up a whole lot.

July 23, 2016

People Aren’t Cancelling Netflix Because of Price Increases, They’re Cancelling Because the Library is Shrinking.

Trump’s gender paradox: When men are feminists for their daughters but not for their wives.

US-Led Airstrikes Kill as Many Civilians as Nice Attack–but Get No Front-Page Headlines in Major US Papers.

Margaret Atwood on Donald Trump, Witches, and Flying Cats. She’s wrong about screens and books, though.

Did snakes evolve from ancient sea serpents?

Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Controversial Copyright Law Provisions. This will never happen; too much power/money on the line.

Can the middle class lifestyle my Seattle grandparents had ever be achievable again?

Brexit: How design made the difference. Or a difference, at least.

The Immorality and Brutal Violence of Extreme Greed.

How climate change is rapidly taking the planet apart.

July 22, 2016

Last known VCR maker stops production, 40 years after VHS format launch.

Fish can recognise human faces, study finds. Anyone who has ever been around a betta knows this already.

One group is responsible for America’s culture of violence, and it isn’t cops, black Americans, Muslims or rednecks. It’s men.

Italy doesn’t have a banking crisis; it has a euro crisis.

Dark matter still MIA after most exhaustive search yet. My guess is we’re looking for something that doesn’t exist in any form we expect it to.

Gender Differences in Risk-Taking: Evidence from Professional Basketball by René Böheim, Christoph Freudenthaler, Mario Lackner.

A neutron star is so dense that one teaspoon (5 milliliters) of its material would have a mass over 5.5×1012 kg (that is 1100 tonnes per 1 nanolitre), about 900 times the mass of the Great Pyramid of Giza. However could not exist (would inflate) outside of that gravitational environment.

Police asked this 3D printing lab to recreate a dead man’s fingers to unlock his phone.

No, Police Fatalities Are Not Going Up.

What if There Just Aren’t Enough Jobs to Go Around?

Crisis Living Rooms.

July 21, 2016

France: Windows 10 collects ‘excessive personal data’, issues Microsoft with formal warning.

Arrow Heads.

How Much Space Does $1,500 Rent You in the 30 Most Populous US Cities?

The man who killed TTIP. Neoliberalism is dying, but it will die fighting.

How Private Equity Found Power and Profit in State Capitols.

Melania Trump’s Plagiarism is not important. Look, if you’re a college-educated intellectual like myself, or a college-educated journalist, you think plagiarism is a bad thing. Most ordinary people do not care very much. It’s just not very important.

If there is one double plus good side to Melania Trump’s wholesale plagiarizing of Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech, it is that it reveals the utter vacuity of the original.

A European Goes to the Doctor in America.

Forget about 54.5 mpg by 2025. Americans love their SUVs too much.

Updated Brain Map Identifies Nearly 100 New Regions.

Housing can’t be a good investment and affordable.

July 20, 2016

Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI.

The rectangularness of countries.

Study opens new realms of light-matter interaction.

The Devastating Process of Dying in America Without Insurance.

A Patent to Turn Off Smartphone Cameras With Invisible Signals.

Lovis Ostenrik.

Little to show from the Obama economic recovery.

Why Do We Write About Orphans So Much?

Toy Models.

July 19, 2016

The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists.

If you want to know what it’s really like being a woman, listen to the people around her.

The Millennial Revolt Against Neoliberalism.

Growing older is a matter of giving things up, letting things go, one item at a time, until all you have left to give up is your life.

Vintage Photos That Show Women’s Street Style from the 1920s.

The Misguided Logic of Keeping Calm in the Face of Terror.

Theresa May: Britain must renew Trident because ​nuclear threat against Britain and the world has increased.

Why kids stick their tongues out when they concentrate: A scientific investigation. But there is no evolutionary reason humans do anything ever! /sarcasm.

Too Many Deer on the Road? Let Cougars Return. Don’t care about on the road; too many for healthy ecosystem.

July 18, 2016

Central banks want to issue national digital currencies, but are countries ready?

Punished for Being Poor. The Virginia scheme that suspends the driver’s license of anyone who can’t pay trivial fines.

Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can do that.

Ancient rock art’s colours come from microbes.

Economic Growth.

Our predilections both in popular culture and politics have increasingly turned tribal, as if a once-common language has broken into coded dialects that separate us from the other.

Justice department ‘uses aged computer system to frustrate Foia requests.’

Your Town Is A Financial Timebomb. Much of America is a large-scale natural experiment in extreme collective stupidity.

Why The ‘Ghostbusters’ Backlash Is A Sexist Control Issue.

America is stuck in Investigationception. This is just fucking brilliant.

A young relative had a discussion with a friend about this passion thing and concluded that she has “no goals, no passions, and nothing she is really ‘good’ at”. It occurred to me that I, at the age of 72, am in the same boat. And I don’t care!

A Book about Books and a Collection on Collections.

We’ve integrated all the pressures of the commercial realm into our personal lives, applying the same extremely competitive expectations to love, friendship, family, and even our internal state of mind.

Interesting Vintage Photos of HMV’s Sound-Isolating Vinyl Listening Booths from the 1950s.

America is too damn hot: U.S. faces dramatic rise in extreme heat and humidity.

The Gift of Moving: Intergenerational Consequences of a Mobility Shock.

July 17, 2016

The great irony of imperialism.

Nettie Stevens discovered XY sex chromosomes. She didn’t get credit because she had two X’s.

The Basic Functions of the World Depend on Women.

Of Mice and Minions: Why Are All the Cartoon Animals Male?

The same people deride millennials and their “safe spaces” where feelings are never hurt, and then fall back on the refrain that “I just feel more secure when I have a gun.”

Allen and his callers’ obsessive focus on minute details of Castile’s reactions seems to imply that police officers are, in fact, wildly undisciplined and violent animals, who go into every situation prepared to commit murder at the slightest provocation.

Musings about above-ground sovereignty.

FRB: Speech–Raskin, Aspects of Inequality in the Recent Business Cycle–April 18, 2013.

The “natural course of healthy obesity is progression to metabolic deterioration.”

Obesity causes premature death, concludes study of studies. Although it is true that the body mass index is flawed, even the merely overweight have shorter life expectancy than the slender. HAES is crap, in other words. Which we already knew.