April 18, 2019

Earthworms Aren’t as Good for the Soil as You Think.



The Student Loan Trap. College was supposed to help everyone but the data shows a generation crushed with debt and stunted in growth.



Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind.



Probability of long runs in clinical trials.



How Did This Tiny Little Star Make Such a Big Sparkle?



April 17, 2019

The Captain Swing Riots; Workers and Threshing Machines in the 1830s.



Social Perception of Facial Color Appearance for Human Trichromatic Versus Dichromatic Color Vision.



Partisan Cultural Stereotypes: The Effect of Everyday Partisan Associations on Social Life in the United States.



That the Notre Dame burned down because of stupid carelessness deepens the analogy. Westerners are throwing away their civilization because they can’t be bothered to care. Many “progressives” want to destroy civilization to save it, which makes me be embarrassed to be one sometimes.



Obesity might soon replace tobacco as top cause of cancer, yet few are aware of the link.



The Quest for the Most Elusive Material in Physics.



The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Everything That’s Wrong With Liberalism.



Exploiting grief to engage in moral preening.



Cassini reveals surprises with Titan’s lakes. Very little chance of life as any enzymatic reactions would be millions of times slower at such temperatures.



Liquid Blood Extracted From 42,000-Year-Old Foal Found Frozen in Siberia.



A Proof About Where Symmetries Can’t Exist.



This Is What Science Says About People Who Like Being Alone.



The social ideology of the motorcar.



Dem establishment still misreads 1972 & 1984 elections in order to silence the party’s left.



April 16, 2019

Middle class struggles are now threatening the global economy.



Lost at Sea. Poverty and paradise at the edge of America.



Know who’s not surprised by Aunt Becky’s college-admissions rule-breaking? Every teacher. Generally, crime is 10x-1000x as common as those who are caught, with the multiplier increasing the more white-collar it is.



Evolution of the human face points to a non-violent past. Uh-oh. Liberal dogma has it there has not been any above-the-neck evolution. Does this violate that precept?



Our choices are structured by our circumstances, and our circumstances are structured by the political and economic systems we live in, and those systems are in turn structured by decisions that are made by people with power.



Autonomous machines: industry grapples with Boeing lessons.



The Decline of Empathy.



Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse. And even then, probably not.



Air tanker drops are often useless for fighting wildfires, but politicians order them because they make good TV.



Former Mozilla exec: Google has sabotaged Firefox for years. But mainly, Mozilla sabotaged Firefox by a string of epically bad and user-hostile decisions.



April 15, 2019

‘Extraordinary’ 500-year-old library catalogue reveals books lost to time.



Nation Admits They Only Care About Freedom Of Speech For Imparting Information About ‘Star Wars’ Shit.



Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police.



It’s Warm and Stealthy, and It Killed Yellowstone Trees and Turned Soil Pale. A growing warm spot in a remote section of the national park was not unexpected, but it sneaked up on the park’s volcanologists.



The Final Battle in Big Tech’s War to Dominate Your World. Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google are fighting for unbroken control of American life.



The Case For Free College.



The Indictment of Julian Assange Is a Threat to Journalism. Which is, you know, the point.



Assange’s Arrest Signals a War on Investigative Journalism and the Right to Dissent.



Powehi: black hole gets a name meaning ‘the adorned fathomless dark creation.’ But what are its pronouns?



Why is heightism barely a term in 2019? Because it is more often women discriminating against men over height than men discriminating against women.



Cars Are Weird.



How going hungry affects children for their whole lives. Food poverty is on the rise in rich countries. And evidence suggests the impact can last for years afterwards.



Most people who claim to be socialists are really just old-fashion New Deal Democrats.



Housing’s hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent.



Icons: avoid temptation and start with user needs.



April 14, 2019

A Second Planet May Orbit Earth’s Nearest Neighboring Star.



Nasty wenches, deputy husbands, and other female survivors of Early America.



Tax Worthlessness. How some economists are looking for ways to reduce the “material incentives” of pursuing lucrative but destructive professions.



Elizabeth Warren is the intellectual powerhouse of the Democratic party.



The Denisovans May Have Been More Than a Single Species.



Health insurance executive: ‘We’ve done a lot more than you would think’ to fight Medicare for all.



In the Body’s Eye: The Computational Anatomy of Interoceptive Inference.



Why are unrolled loops faster?



Why some in Silicon Valley are advocating for monarchy. The tech industry’s glorification of its leaders has convinced some they should rule over us like kings.



April 13, 2019

Not enough jobs for science graduates challenges STEM hype. True everywhere, not just AU.



Tea: A High-level Language and Runtime System for Automating Statistical Analysis. Much more of this on the way; in 20-40 years, studying most math deeply by non-mathematicians will be seen as we view using an abacus now.



MIT Says We’re Overlooking a Near-Term Solution To Diesel Trucking Emissions.



Chronological Clues to Life’s Early History Lurk in Gene Transfers.



Lithobraking.



After a $14-Billion Upgrade, New Orleans’ Levees Are Sinking. Sea level rise and ground subsidence will render the flood barriers inadequate in just four years.



Leptokurtic.



Washington State Commits To Running Entirely On Clean Energy By 2045.



What Qualifies as Middle-Income in Each State.



April 12, 2019

Former SEC lawyer sounds alarm on ‘the greatest retirement crisis’ in history. “‘Too frail to work, too poor to retire’” will become the new normal for many elderly Americans.”



Common Cyborg.



Boeing 737 MAX crash and the rejection of ridiculous data. What was ridiculous is a vital system relying on only one sensor because relying on two would’ve required pilot re-training and sim time.



Quantum entanglement, two-sided spacetimes and the thermodynamic arrow of time.



How Families With Kids Drive Suburban Segregation.



Family Of Congressman Glad He Finally Found Outlet For His Racism.



Medicare for All Critics Are Telling Lies.



Millennials being squeezed out of middle class, says OECD. Thinktank says middle-income group has shrunk across 40 developed countries.



Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa.



Ethically Aligned Design.



EU calls Project Gutenberg archive, 15 million ebooks, Grateful Dead recordings and Prelinger Archive “terrorism,” demands removal from Internet Archive.



We are now the most data-generating, most uploaded, most share-crazy humans in the history of the world, which means we are also the most monitored, the most data-chomped and, definitely, the most exposed. Why talk to Scott fucking McNealy rather than someone like Shoshana Zuboff? The NYT will always be ready go go to bat for the rich and powerful, I guess.



Automation is destroying more jobs than it creates.



Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to Multiply.



Fake Job Recruiters Tried to Catfish Us, Here’s What Happened. That’s not catfishing, that’s just regular phishing.



Black Bodies Painted and Photographed Like the Cosmos by Mikael Owunna.



The Terrible Private Highway Racket Is Coming For My House.



April 11, 2019

How Big or Tiny of an Apartment Can the Median Household Income Afford to Rent in the 100 Largest US Cities?



The Media Gaslighting of 2020’s Most Likable Candidate. Elizabeth Warren has proven over and over that she’s a charismatic figure. Why do we keep casting her as a nagging schoolmarm?



France’s Anti-Liberal Left.



Meet your long-lost distant cousin, Homo luzonensis.



It’s worth assessing where the idea that an all-knowing information processing-monopoly might one day eliminate the need for finance originates from.



This Appalachian town was America’s ‘fattest city.’ Here’s how it slimmed down. Impossible? No, just not easy.



Cosmetics industry crushes bill that would have made makeup and hair products safer.



The absurdity of an 80something president.



The Metrics of Backpacks.



Why Doesn’t the Black Hole Image Look Like the One From Interstellar? But it does look like the one in Interstellar, pretty damn closely.



April 10, 2019

US Workers Are Highly Taxed If You Count Premiums.



Beginning at the beginning: Leibniz and the texts of deep history.



The two hidden intellectual moves behind the “progressive” argument against free college



Companies buying back their own shares has “consistently been the largest source of US equity demand.” Without them, “demand for shares would fall dramatically.” Too painful to even imagine.



Modeling biomimetic collagen-ligand interactions to understand intrafibrillar mineralization.



Boeing’s 737 Max: 1960s Design, 1990s Computing Power and Paper Manuals.



Butterfly numbers fall by 84% in Netherlands over 130 years. European insect populations shrink as farming leaves ‘hardly any room for nature’. Too many people on this planet.



Suicidal behavior has nearly doubled among children aged 5 to 18, with suicidal thoughts and attempts leading to more than 1.1 million ER visits in 2015 — up from about 580,000 in 2007, according to an analysis of U.S. data.



Sex differences in adolescent physical aggression: Evidence from sixty‐three low‐and middle‐income countries.



Metabolic Slowing and Reduced Oxidative Damage with Sustained Caloric Restriction Support the Rate of Living and Oxidative Damage Theories of Aging.



Why Feedback Rarely Does What It’s Meant To.