April 25, 2018

Color: From Hexcodes to Eyeballs.

How blood-red ants became slave snatchers.

The Way We Work Is Killing Us.

Researchers discover potential source of gender differences in migraines.

How neoliberalism shapes the global economy and limits the power of democracies.


What Happened To The Cultural Elites: Entertainment Workers.

Bitcoin and its cousins are the latest symptom of the cancerous growth of our financial system.

Misogyny is a gateway hate.

The Top Jobs Where Women Are Outnumbered by Men Named John.

Two Weeks in the Capital.

Mars probe poised to solve red planet’s methane mystery.

How the American economy conspires to keep wages down.

April 24, 2018

Kate Middleton’s ‘luxury’ birth cost less than the average U.S. birth. And they say the US has the best medical system in the world. As nearly always, though, “they” are a bunch of idiots.

Don’t believe this fearmongering about pesticides. The EWG’s list of fruits and berries that are apparently too dangerous to eat is based on shoddy science.

Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google.

How Windmills as Wide as Jumbo Jets Are Making Clean Energy Mainstream.

How Many Genes Do Cells Need? Maybe Almost All of Them.

Up or out: tech company leveling and mandatory promotions.

Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking should not have had the AR-15 he used. And neither should anyone else.

The symphony orchestra and the Industrial Revolution.

April 23, 2018

Bliss is ignorance: How the magnitude of expressed happiness influences perceived naiveté and interpersonal exploitation.

Students as Debt Slaves.

We hear too much about the racism of the white working class and too little about that of the ruling class.

Good bad theories.

#MeToo must avoid “carceral feminism.”

April 22, 2018

Facebook collects data on you even if you don’t have an account.

April 21, 2018

Cloudflare Just Banned a Social Media Refuge for Thousands of Sex Workers.

Tiny krill appear to mix up the ocean. They are the ocean’s kriller app.

Your Online Purchase Might Get Declined For No Reason Anyone Is Willing to Tell You.

Should Quantum Anomalies Make Us Rethink Reality? I rethink reality every day.

April 20, 2018

A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It’s a catastrophe. People are about to find out that the larger biosphere they think doesn’t matter, matters. Even a lot of liberals are convinced it’s irrelevant.

The latest trend for tech interviews: Days of unpaid homework.

What is data privacy? The term implies that if a company collects data about you, it should somehow protect that data. But I don’t think that’s the issue. I think the problem is that it collects data about you period. We shouldn’t let them do that.

A Marriage Used to Prevent Deportation. Not Anymore.

Sexual Harassment Was Rampant at Coachella 2018.

Game theory, Larry Samuelson and one of the most widespread myths in economics.

Dual-Venomed Assassin Bugs Store Their Chemical Arms Separately.

Economic Growth from Octavian to Obama.

Don’t expect Apple to combine macOS and iOS anytime soon. That would mean I could no longer use MacOS so good on Tim Cook for not killing anything useful of Apple’s right away.

Déjà Poo All Over Again. The EPA is considering a controversial process to deal with sewage overflows. Again.

Don’t act so incredulous, White America: You are the Starbucks manager.

Single Mother Hogging 2 Jobs.

Palantir Knows Everything About You. Palantir makes Facebook look like small potatoes.

April 19, 2018

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. The Three Perfumes, 1912.

Science hinted that cancer patients could take less of a $148,000-a-year drug. Its maker tripled the price of a pill.

Perpetuating the Cycle of Poverty.

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

The best I can say about Barbara Bush is that, unlike her son George W., she never made decisions that resulted in hundreds of thousands of people dying.

The Ancient Walled Gardens Designed to Nurture a Single Citrus Tree.

The typical Amazon worker made less than $30,000 in 2017.

Study proposes link between formation of supercontinents, strength of ocean tides.

We Need To Do A Better Job Of Imagining Aliens.

The Quest for the next Billion-Dollar Color.

Inside Russian Women’s Fight For Their Lives. Domestic violence was already an epidemic in Russia—then came last year’s legislation further decriminalizing abuse.

In 1968, the Supreme Court gutted the Fourth Amendment, certain that it would all work out in the end. It didn’t.

Restaurant noise levels are climbing. Here’s how to fight back. I will never understand the loud restaurant trend. A friend and I once were in a restaurant where we were literally shouting to one another to be heard, and couldn’t. Poor design, and I never return to those restaurants.

April 18, 2018

Apple’s New Design Ethos: Making Gadgets Easy To Sell, Hard To Use.

Shortcomings of regression analysis.

Taste of a decade: the 1830s.

Women Who Watched “The X-Files” Pursued More Careers In STEM. Doesn’t help that photo of Gillian Anderson is so Photoshopped that she doesn’t even look human.

San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble.The city’s building code does not protect its people from earthquakes nearly as much as you might think.

Young People More Likely To Shift Toward Supporting Abortion Rights, Poll Finds.

Abortion is not a holocaust, and feminism is not about convenience.

Someone’s Making Handmaid’s Tale-Inspired Lingerie Which Seems Like a Very Bad Idea Indeed. There have been worse ideas, but I am hard-pressed to think of them.

One of the solar system’s early planets didn’t survive, but its diamonds are now on Earth.

Mary Tyler Moore was the first woman on a sitcom to wear pants. And people tell me art and entertainment doesn’t matter and is irrelevant.

The earliest use of the F-word discovered.

Law Enforcement Has Quietly Backed Anti-Protest Bills in at Least 8 States Since Trump’s Election.

Gotta Keep Baby Formula Behind the Counter. Yet he can’t seem to connect this with all the economic fictions and claptrap he posts.

April 17, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg Does Not Like Personal Privacy. And that’s a bit of an understatement.

Why Do Fantasy Novels Have So Much Food?

Seven Days of Heroin. This is what an epidemic looks like. Pulitzer Prize winner.

Friendship’s Dark Side: ‘We Need a Common Enemy.’

AT&T and cable lobby are terrified of a California net neutrality bill.

The looming student loan default crisis is worse than we thought.

April 16, 2018

Barbara Ehrenreich: Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care.

Individuals with low-muscle mass have a higher risk of death than others with a similar body mass index. Moreover, differences in muscle mass explain the “obesity paradox,” the counter-intuitive finding that that being overweight or obese can reduce risk of death.

A Reprise for a 19th-Century Language Based on Music.

The US workforce is the most productive, best educated in history and unemployment is at an all-time low, but wages are stagnant.

Have you noticed how poor people are bankrupting the government? Neither have we.

April 15, 2018

Why is millennial humor so weird?

Metro area populations surge as rural America shrinks.

Performing a Vanilla Self: Respectability Politics, Social Class, and the Digital World.

Climate change: Boundary between humid East, dry West shifts 140 miles.

Yes, You Should Delete Facebook.

Can We Please Stop Talking About Generations as if They Are a Thing? The problem is that generations are a thing, it’s just that scientists do as they often do — define something in a way that no one else ever defines it, then declare it does not exist.

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day.

April 14, 2018

How convict labour increased inequality.

We scorned addicts when they were black. It is different now that they are white.

How Will Automation Affect Different U.S. Cities?

In Racine County, neatly maintained homes and dream houses are being designated ‘blighted’ to make way for Foxconn.

If Democrats Listened to Their Voters, They’d Be Moving Left.

Majority of Americans—Including 74% of Democrats—Now Support Single-Payer. Something something BernieBros.

Zillow Launches Home-Flipping Program in Phoenix and Las Vegas. Well, that is a good sign. Like financial crises? Just wait a bit.

Students are being prepared for jobs that no longer exist.

High male sexual investment as a driver of extinction in fossil ostracods.

Why Are Grad Students Depressed? Grad school, especially in N. America, takes way too long. Should be 2-4 years at most, not 5-12.

A physical constant’s value shouldn’t depend on how you measure it.

Whether group selection is an important evolutionary force, or not, is a highly controversial question in evolutionary science. A substantial proportion of evolutionary scientists still think that it is not.