February 21, 2024

Astronomers discover universe’s brightest object – a quasar powered by a black hole that eats a sun a day.

Biologists Discover Four New Octopus Species in the Deep Ocean Off Costa Rica.

How Google is killing independent sites like ours. And why you shouldn’t trust product recommendations from big media publishers ranking at the top of Google.

Walmart says inflation was stickier than expected in latest quarter. “Transitory.”

We’re entering a golden age of engineering biology.

Why everyone refuses to believe what voters are telling them about immigration.

Russian pilot who defected found dead in Spain, says Ukraine security agency.

New manager doesn’t understand flexible working. I’ve had an idiot like this. So I started coming in at 11:00AM and leaving at 9PM.

Everyone in the 2006 movie “Idiocracy” wears Crocs because they were cheap and the film’s producers thought they were too horrible-looking to ever become popular.

It’s Not Just Wages. Retailers Are Mistreating Workers in a More Insidious Way.

Supreme Court turns down challenge to N.Y. rent control with implications for California.

‘Useful Idiots’—Stalin’s Then and Putin’s Now. Ian Welsh.

February 20, 2024

Gaze Upon the Quirkiest Electric Vehicle You’ve Ever Seen.

Two jobs at once? Four different résumés? Headhunters share their stories of workers who tried, and failed, to fool people.

Why are amplitudes complex?

If you’ve ever wondered why your support person is responding nonsensically, sometimes it’s the obvious reason that support has been outsourced to someone making $1/hr (when I looked up the standard rates for one country that a lot of support is outsourced to, a fairly standard rate works out to about $1/hr) who doesn’t really speak your language and is reading from a flowchart without understanding anything about the system they’re giving support for, but another, less obvious, reason is that the support person may be penalized and eventually fired if they take actions that make sense instead of following the nonsensical flowchart that’s in front of them.

US says it will act if China dumps goods on global markets.

The Stories Corporations Tell.

A harsh truth: The world economy never recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. Better headline: “Pandemic accelerated pre-existing sclerotic decline.”

The strange loyalty of Putin’s global fan club.

The Great Compression. Thanks to soaring housing prices, the era of the 400-square-foot subdivision house is upon us. Those things are hideous.

Why are Republicans more likely to suffer hearing loss?

Teachers are limiting lessons on political, social issues, report finds.

Ancient viruses played a pivotal role in the development of myelin, crucial for complex vertebrate brains. The discovery of “RetroMyelin,” a retrovirus-derived element essential for myelin production across mammals, amphibians, and fish, underscores the impact of viral genes on vertebrate evolution.

Women Get the Same Exercise Benefits As Men, But With Less Effort.

A Canadian Perspective on Freedom and Gun Ownership in America. How the proliferation of guns in private life leads to draconian restrictions in public life.

The ‘essential minority’ threatening democracy: white, rural Americans.

The problem with social media is that it exists at all. Exactly. Too large a cognitohazard.

Millions of people have long Covid, including children and pregnant people, studies show. Ha, sure.

Florida House votes to loosen child labor laws a year after tougher immigrant employment law.

Rental place requiring proof from my employer I won’t be required to move if my work goes back to in-person.

February 19, 2024

The hottest trend in U.S. cities? Changing zoning rules to allow more housing.

Gloucestershire study finding out where garden birds go at night.

A Vital Ocean Current Is Apparently FUBAR.

Blame the Boomers: Report Shows Baby Boomers Creating Extra Problems for Young First-Time Homebuyers.

Yeah that’s the problem. Postwar America has been unnaturally stable, precisely for the generation who still runs things: the Baby Boomers.

The unclearable messages.

Young adults are getting used to living on a financial cliff.

Beware the Top Google Search Result. It Might Be Wrong. Most likely is.

February 18, 2024

The adult consequences of being bullied in childhood.

A thousand years of solitude. How did the first human settlers of the Canary Islands survive a millennium of isolation?

PPI Inflation Spikes in Services and Finished Core Goods, Very Disconcerting. “Transitory.”

The invisible campaign to censor the internet.

It’s the End of the Web as We Know It.

All Good Sex Is Body Horror.

What everyone can learn from the woman who lost $50,000 to a scam. Don’t be a huge, enormous, flaming, loser dumbass?

Trump Allies Plan New Sweeping Abortion Restrictions.

February 17, 2024

The existence of a new kind of magnetism has been confirmed.

Wholesale prices posts biggest increase in five months, PPI shows. Inflation fight not over. LOL @ y’all “transitory” idiots.

Five Wall Street Banks Hold $223 Trillion in Derivatives — 83 Percent of All Derivatives at 4,600 Banks.

Solar and battery storage to make up 81% of new U.S. electric-generating capacity in 2024.

AI effect.

Again, the Problem Is Guns.

You sound like a bot.

Just got denied 3 jobs, within walking distance of my house. Because I can’t drive.

Commercial real estate is in big trouble — and the problems may have major financial fallout.

February 16, 2024

Beneath the Skin of CPI Inflation, January: Powell’s Gonna Have a Cow when he Sees the Spike in “Core Services” Inflation. “Transitory.”

Why Americans Suddenly Stopped Hanging Out. Too much aloneness is creating a crisis of social fitness.

Ukraine says it has sunk another warship, disabling a third of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Ha. Russia “winning” all over the place.

Inside the Proton, the ‘Most Complicated Thing You Could Possibly Imagine.’

A once-ignored community of science sleuths now has the research community on its heels.

The Ugly Truth Behind “We Buy Ugly Houses.”

Investors Bought 26% of the Country’s Most Affordable Homes in the Fourth Quarter—the Highest Share on Record.

Russia seeks new nuclear capabilities in space, US intelligence shows.

My husband and I were sexually assaulted by another couple. Now that this case is finally over I wanna share it. What. The. Fuck.

Inflation is cooling. So why are food prices, from steak to fast-food meals, still rising? Because it’s not really cooling.

SpaceX launches military satellites tuned to track hypersonic missiles.

February 15, 2024

Bioluminescent petunias now available for U.S. market.

A bunch of handy charts about climate change.

Cop Empties Clip On Suburban Street After Hearing Acorn Strike His Car.

The Backpage Defendants Never Stood a Chance. Moral panic plus government power is an inescapably potent combination.

The dating app paradox: Why dating apps may be worse than ever.

Robocalls, ringless voicemails and AI: Real estate enters the age of automation.

The Mass Migrations Caused by WWI.

Windows 11 24H2 goes from “unsupported” to “unbootable” on some older PCs.

Pentagon Used Six-Bladed ‘Ginsu’ Weapon to Kill Iraqi Militia Leader.

Half of Republicans say California isn’t really American.

February 14, 2024

Superb Owls.

On top of the value you get from the roads you actually drive on, there is a bonus value to having infrastructure out there that you could use.

Global defence spending rises 9% to record $2.2tn.

US inflation hotter than expected in January at 3.1%. “Transitory.”

The cruelty of crypto. Selling itself as the new American dream, crypto exposes the vulnerable to fraud and scams, and loads risk onto the poor.

What Happened to American Childhood? Too many kids show worrying signs of fragility from a very young age. Here’s what we can do about it.

The uninsurable world: what climate change is costing homeowners.

Tech layoffs are hitting companies that are doing just fine. This is about reducing tech pay. That’s it, that’s all.

How The Richest Democracy in the World Abandons Americans.

Russia puts Estonian prime minister on wanted list.

Protein biomarkers predict dementia 15 years before diagnosis.

Hunter-gatherers were violently wiped off the map by farmers, DNA reveals.

February 13, 2024

Aircraft manufacturers are frequently betting the company when they decide to develop a new jet model. Which is why this should not be a private affair, mostly.

Multiple Origins of Bioluminescence in Beetles and Evolution of Luciferase Function.

Did the ancient Greeks and Romans experience Alzheimer’s? Medical texts from 2,500 years ago rarely mention severe memory loss, suggesting today’s widespread dementia stems from modern environments and lifestyles, a new USC analysis shows.

Trump Steps Up, Helping Biden Just When the President Needs Him.

AI Is Starting to Threaten White-Collar Jobs. Few Industries Are Immune.

Navigating the Political Economy of Cold War 2.0.

The Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking Are humans the only beings in the universe confronting global self-destruction? Or just the last ones standing?

February 12, 2024

The Greatest Trick Big Brother Ever Pulled.

The $2 Trillion in Goods the US Exported in 2023: Led by Energy Products, Capital Goods, Pharmaceuticals, and Automotive.

How the Collapse of Local Newsrooms Made All Politics National.

US FAA mandates Boeing 737 MAX rudder loose bolt inspections. Loose bolts there? Rudderly unacceptable.