November 17, 2018

Nationalize Amazon. Is this a realistic demand? Perhaps not yet, but that’s the point.

A 1970s Essay Predicted Silicon Valley’s High-Minded Tyranny.

Amazon HQ2 Will Cost Taxpayers at Least $4.6 Billion, More Than Twice What the Company Claimed, New Study Shows.

The seven deadly paradoxes of cryptocurrency.

International trade data: why doesn’t it add up?

Not Even Hiding It Any More: EU Council Explicitly Pushing For Mandatory Upload Filters.

Everything on Amazon Is Amazon!

UN poverty envoy calls UK poverty a “political choice” that inflicted “great misery.” Any poverty in a rich country is a political choice.

Bolsonaro’s deforestation of the Amazon has already begun.

November 16, 2018

Microsoft systematically collects data on a large scale about the individual use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Covertly, without informing people. Microsoft does not offer any choice with regard to the amount of data, or possibility to switch off the collection, or ability to see what data are collected, because the data stream is encoded.

The hunt for human nature. We still live in the long shadow of Man-the-Hunter: a midcentury theory of human origins soaked in strife and violence.

Humans are having huge influence on evolution of species, study says. I would be very surprised were this not the case.

Your Children’s Yellowstone Will Be Radically Different. In Yellowstone National Park, warming has brought rapid changes.

For arid, Mars-like Peruvian desert, rain brings death.

Great Misinterpretations.

The Man Who Wrote The Mediocre Novel.

Amazon and Google Are Taking Over Cities. The Smartest Startups Are Going Virtual. Opting out of geography offers startups the best of both worlds–a deeper and cheaper talent pool. The agglomeration effect is overstated, mainly by post hoc ergo propter hoc thinking.

Please, Hillary, don’t do it. Can we donate money so she doesn’t run? I’m in for that.

November 15, 2018

The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us.

Dutch Culture Taught Me to Be Brutally Honest: The Dutch Directness. Germans are also this way. I worked for a German company for a while.

A Space of Their Own, a New Online Database, Will Feature Works by 600+ Overlooked Female Artists from the 15th-19th Centuries.

Tantalizing But Preliminary Evidence of a ‘Brain Microbiome.’ I wrote an sf story a long time ago about human intelligence being the result of parasitism, and the philosophical implications thereof.

Altruistic indulgence: people voluntarily consume high-calorie foods to make other people feel comfortable and pleasant. I do not do this.

Period-tracking apps are not for women. The golden age of menstrual surveillance is great for men, marketers, and medical companies.

Mortality rates among non-Hispanic whites without college degrees have increased substantially over the last twenty years.

NRA Publishes Tips For Staying Safe While Committing A Mass Shooting.

Amazon Is Creating Cities for the Rich and Democrats Are Bending the Knee.

What Amazon HQ2 tells us about America’s great divide.

Women stockpile birth control as Trump administration finalizes religious exemptions.

Student Debt Does Not Pay for Itself.

November 14, 2018

Armored school doors, bulletproof whiteboards and secret snipers. Billions are being spent to protect children from school shootings. Does any of it work? I never thought I’d live in a time where mass slaughter of children would just be…normal.

Obesity and Cancer: ‘Fat-clogged’ Immune Cells Fail to Fight Tumors.

MIT Researchers Make Spintronics Breakthrough.

Resistance for Oligarchy.

Why we need difficult books.

An infinite, procedurally generated city, assembled out of blocks using the Wave Function Collapse algorithm.

Gaia spots a ‘ghost’ galaxy next door.

Something Happened to U.S. Drug Costs in the 1990s. This conceals more than it reveals; totally ignores the question of why the US diverged so much. Propaganda by omission.


Study: Welfare Work Requirements Don’t Combat Poverty.

November 13, 2018

What ancient DNA says about us.

Surviving Jonestown.

Submarine to visit deepest parts of the ocean in Five Deeps Expedition.

Making light twist into a bowtie may reveal dark matter.

Americans Demand Their Voices Be Heard And Also Some Kind Of Dessert You Get After Breakfast.

Canada is richer than the US, according to a new wealth ranking — in fact, the US doesn’t even make the top 10.

The needle and the damage done: Another election night ruined by garbage “data journalism.” Not over the twitchy “election needle” from 2016? This year, Nate Silver’s “real-time forecast” was even worse.

It is heartening to know that we essentially have the technology to phase out fossil fuel right now, if we had the political will to do so. Yes. We could be off fossil fuels in 20 years, if the political will to do so existed.

Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Should Be Illegal.

They now believe the impact instantly created a crater 30km deep, causing the Earth to act like a pond after a pebble is dropped, rebounding up in the centre to create a mountain – just for a moment – reaching twice the height of Mt Everest, before crashing down.

Three senior living communities in Vermont owned by Dallas private equity firm East Lake Capital have been seized after a state investigation found more than 100 elderly residents were being neglected and, in some cases, weren’t receiving food. America; what a country, where we let private equity firms abuse our elders in the sacred name of profits.

How plants evolved to make ants their servants.

Why We Dread New Software Updates. Because they remove capabilities, steal yet more data, and force interfaces I’d’ve been embarrassed to use as a five-year-old.

November 12, 2018

New Research Shows Vitamin D And Fish Oil Supplements May Not Be Worth It.

Stealthy moths avoid bats with acoustic camouflage.

No More FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression.

It ended in 1767, yet this experiment is still linked to higher incomes and education levels today.

A Hundred Years After the Armistice. If you think the First World War began senselessly, consider how it ended.

Econometrics: The Keynes-Tinbergen controversy.

Then, there’s Sephora. Unlike the rest of Silicon Valley’s tech workforce, which is overwhelmingly dominated by white and Asian men, 62% of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned cosmetics chain’s IT employees are women.

What DOES Happen When Women Choose The News?

How surveillance capitalism became the pre-eminent business model of Silicon Valley.

Be Afraid of Economic ‘Bigness.’ Be Very Afraid. In the 1930s it contributed to the rise of fascism. Alarmingly, we are experimenting again with a monopolized economy. This is under-examined. Glad there is a mainstream article linking oligopoly and monopoly to fascism.

November 11, 2018

Why the election didn’t matter.

Identification, Characterization, and Heritability of Murine Metastable Epialleles: Implications for Non-genetic Inheritance.

Eyes see 300 images per second : Dragonflies And Damselflies.

ASU geoscientists discover an overlooked source for Earth’s water.

Nate Silver: The modern-day snake oil salesman.

Pundits analyzing Britain’s Leave vote obsess over everything but what mattered: decades of economic decay in declining regions. But the only possible explanation for anything is racism, don’t you get it?

Why I Dread Returning to an American Public School. In Germany, my daughter’s school offered circus lessons. Now I’ll have to sell wrapping paper to keep the gym lights on. Whenever I go to a more civilized country, it’s always a bit of a shock to return to the US.

The Contact Hypothesis is a Mess.

November 10, 2018

US ‘war on terror’ has killed over half a million people: study.

List of instances of AI doing what creators specify, not what they mean.

Scientists Do Too Much Research on the Old Instead of the New. Mostly agreed. But in academia, you are often severely and irreparably penalized for striking out on your own or having unusual ideas.

Statement of Faith.

DNA Testing Reveals Baffling Bird Is Three Species in One. Oh. I thought its name was “baffling bird.” Maybe that’s just the title of its name. Or perhaps that’s just what we call the title of its name. Congratulations, now you understand references and pointers in C.

The UX Uncanny Valley. When users don’t have options, things can get weird.

How many computers are in your computer?

November 9, 2018

The Extremely Fast Peopling of the Americas.

We need an FDA for algorithms.

These Men Ate Poison So You Could Have the FDA.

Big Money—Not Political Tribalism—Drives US Elections.

Aristotle Was Wrong—Very Wrong—But People Still Love Him. Other than as an historical footnote, it is pointless studying Aristotle.

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer. A lot of alienation and a whole lot of guns.

Laura Levis died outside a Boston-area ER. The doors were locked.

How biologists are creating life-like cells from scratch.

On the Being of Female People.

November 8, 2018

Economic Distress Did Drive Trump’s Win.

American Meritocracy Is Killing Youth Sports. Where “merit” == money.

America Voted. The Climate Lost. Fossil fuel companies spent record amounts to oppose pro-climate ballot initiatives, and it paid off.

Structure of the electron.

The red parts got redder and the blue parts bluer in a midterm election that underscored America’s deep divide.

The Key to a Long Life Has Little to Do With ‘Good Genes.’

Energy cost of ‘mining’ bitcoin more than twice that of copper or gold. I’ve heard stupider ideas that Bitcoin, but not all that many.

How Plants Produce Oxygen Revealed by ‘Tour-de-Force’ Laser Measurement.

The State of the American Debt Slaves, Q3 2018.

Empathy is not in our genes.

November 7, 2018

Learning to Read in Your 30s Profoundly Transforms the Brain.

Gentle reminder: you are a goddamn adult.

Choose: open borders or the welfare State.