May 13, 2021

Health Conspiracy Theorists Hate Living in the World They Helped Create. “Vaccine passports” and talk of mandatory vaccinations have been boogeymen for health conspiracy theorists for decades. But they helped get us here.

One of the World’s Longest-Running Experiments Sends Up Sprouts. After lying dormant in buried bottles for 142 years, 11 seeds germinated on the Michigan State University campus after scientists planted them.

The transatlantic institutional anti-mask campaign, summarised.

Increased levels of education associated with greater trust in vaccine.

Lasting immunity found after recovery from COVID-19.

Plant scientists’ research attention is skewed towards colourful, conspicuous and broadly distributed flowers.

How the Personal Computer Broke the Human Body. Decades before ‘Zoom fatigue’ broke our spirits, the so-called computer revolution brought with it a world of pain previously unknown to humankind. Lift weights. It helps.

U.S. inflation soars in April to 13-year high, CPI shows, and reveals fresh stress on the economy.

Vizio TV buyers are becoming the product Vizio sells, not just its customers. Vizio’s ads, streaming, and data business grew 133 percent year-over-year.

May 12, 2021

Chip Shortage Forces Carmakers to Leave Out Some High-End Features.

Private-equity firm revives zombie fossil-fuel power plant to mine bitcoin.

Covid Testing Has Turned Into a Financial Windfall for Hospitals and Other Providers.

The Climate Tipping Point We Want.

Policymakers Used to Ignore Child Care. Then Came the Pandemic.

Why Confederate Lies Live On. For some Americans, history isn’t the story of what actually happened; it’s the story they want to believe.

German aerosol researchers have told the government that Covid-19 spreads almost exclusively indoors through aerosols – and criticised measures that focus on restricting outdoor activity.

US millionaire CEOs saw 29% pay raise while workers’ pay decreased – report.

What has grown most in the pandemic? Billionaire bank balances – and food bank queues.

A New Wave of Jim Crow Laws Is Here.

‘Stark contrast’: how Covid pass is helping Denmark open up.

An Animal Friendship Thought to Have Ended 250 Million Years Ago Is Still Flourishing Off the Coast of Japan.

Behind every algorithm, there be politics.

The Rise And Fall Of Online Culture Wars. How do Internet atheism and Internet feminism help us understand the current cultural moment.

Stopping Drug Patents Has Stopped Pandemics Before.

At $49.1 Trillion, the U.S. Stock Market Is Larger than the Combined GDP of the U.S., China, Japan and Germany.

May 11, 2021

The global chip shortage is starting to have major real-world consequences.

Chipotle Is a Criminal Enterprise Built on Exploitation.

It’s not just teenagers—millions of workers over 55 earn minimum wage.

When the Tab Comes Due. Challenges in the Cost Structure of Browser Tab Usage.

How Being Polite with Police Can Backfire. When it comes to interactions with the police, the law favors direct speech. But that’s not always the way we’re trained to speak to people in power.

There’s Noise Pollution at the Bottom of the Ocean. Anthropogenic sounds have made it all the way down into the deepest place on Earth—Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench.

Doomsday for bad bosses.

How Joe Biden could vaccinate the world.

Consumers Expect Surging Inflation to Crush the Purchasing Power of their Labor: Fed’s Survey.

May 10, 2021

How Big Pharma Finds Sick Users on Facebook.

Treacherous Triangle: Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan After US Withdrawal.


The Business Class Has Been Fearmongering About Worker Shortages for Centuries.

Powerful Magnetic Fields in Space Have Been Seen Bending Black Hole Jets.

US Navy to Put Hypersonic Missiles on Zumwalt Destroyers by 2025.

What’s Behind the WTF Spike in Used-Vehicle Prices? My Gut Says, it Can’t Last. But if it Lasts, It’s Scary-Crazy Inflation.

Profiling B cell immunodominance after SARS-CoV-2 infection reveals antibody evolution to non-neutralizing viral targets.


May 9, 2021

Is Unemployment Insurance Behind the Fast-Food Labor Shortage? In reality, it’s the low pay and abysmal working conditions.

New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.

Peak Web Has Passed.

The future of work is not threatening your employees.

Shortages are popping up across the supply chain as the pandemic messes with the economy.

A just-issued report by the US Federal Trade Commission confirms that anti-repair actions by large companies are hurting small businesses, undermining your ownership rights, and hurting the planet.

The Hume paradox: how great philosophy leads to dismal politics.

May 8, 2021

Broadband Companies Paid For 8.5 Million Fake Net Neutrality Comments, New York AG Reports.

Finding it Hard to Hire? Try Raising Your Wages.

The Sexist Backlash to Universal Day Care.

How most of the West got the pandemic so badly wrong?

Texas is about to allow residents to carry handguns without a license or training.

‘No one wants to work anymore’: the truth behind this unemployment benefits myth.

‘Belonging Is Stronger Than Facts’: The Age of Misinformation.

Team directs and measures quantum drum duet.

Facebook and Big Pharma exploited disease “awareness” for personalized marketing.

It’s good Biden is suspending vaccine patents. But the whole rotten system needs overhaul. US tax dollars helped create the Moderna vaccine – and 59% of Americans say Moderna share its vaccine technology with manufacturers worldwide.

Why Did It Take So Long to Accept the Facts About Covid? It’s Zeynep, so you know you gotta read it.

How the pandemic took the concept of universal basic income out of Silicon Valley’s hands—and turned it into something far more radical.

Congress is finally investigating the lab accident covid-19 origin theory.

May 7, 2021

Obscura No More. How photography rose from the margins of the art world to occupy its vital center.

Major Depressive Disorders Have an Enormous Economic Impact. Their prevalence has more than tripled during the pandemic, but the trends were already troubling long before it arrived.

Honeywell Admits Sending F-35, F-22 Part Drawings To China. Alrighty then.

“You deserve whatever you get.” That’s really what we mean by merit, today, isn’t it?

Studies of hospital workers suggest COVID-19 vaccines really do prevent coronavirus infections. Shocking no one but dumbasses.

Biden administration looks to triple amount of protected land in the U.S..


Haldane’s rule.

May 6, 2021

How the novel coronavirus attacks the brain.

How to Summarize a Big Chunk of Nutrition Research: Almost Anything You Are Likely to Think Of Is Better Than the Standard American Diet.

U.S. Vows To Invade Next Country That Asks For Covid Vaccine IP.

Next Generation of Covid-19 Vaccines Could Be Pill or Spray.

Rare blood clots up to 10 times more likely from COVID-19 infection than from Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Covid Destroyed the Illusion of the Restaurant Industry.

How companies rip off poor employees — and get away with it.

Rich people have enormous carbon footprints. But the fundamental problem with their climate impact isn’t what they consume — it’s that they own the means of production, and it’s extremely profitable for them to pollute.

Leaked Slides Show the Gas Industry Is Freaking Out.

FDR’s Second 100 Days Were Cooler Than His First 100 Days.

The Booming U.S. Recovery Is Leaving Some Communities Completely Behind.

Processed Foods Are Much Worse Than We Thought.

Pesticides Threaten the ‘Foundations of the Web of Life,’ New Soil Study Warns.

The COVID Culture War Will Never End.

Vaccination as a social contract.

May 5, 2021

The Lie of ‘No One Wants to Work.’

A blood test may help the diagnosis and treatment of depression.

We Should All Be More Afraid of Driving.

What Is An ‘Internal Wave’? It Might Explain The Loss Of An Indonesian Submarine.

Why some people don’t experience vaccine side-effects, and why it’s not a problem.

Abandoning Taiwan Makes Zero Moral or Strategic Sense.

America’s Covid-19 endgame could be much closer than you think. America’s vaccine campaign may not be too far off from getting Covid-19 under control.

Intel & TSMC on Chip Shortage: After Blowing $84 Billion on Share Buybacks since 2011 and Now Woefully Behind, Intel Clamors for $50 Billion in Subsidies for US Chip Industry.

The Era of Mass Vaccinations Is Ending.

Low-Skill Workers Aren’t a Problem to Be Fixed. The label “low-skill” flattens workers to a single attribute, ignoring the capacities they have and devaluing the jobs they do.

Auto Makers Retreat From 50 Years of ‘Just in Time’ Manufacturing.

May 4, 2021

Streams and lakes have rights, a US county decided. Now they’re suing Florida. Go streams! Get the fish involved too.

Selling Out Transit To Rideshares Will Be A Disaster.

Trucks Get Parked Over Air Force Nuclear Missile Silos During Tests… Just In Case.