August 5, 2020

FAA outlines design changes needed for Boeing 747 Max to fly again.

Scientists discover secret behind Earth’s biodiversity hotspots.

Why Is America Stuck with Bad Headlights?

Treating children for worms yields long-term benefits, says new study.

Baby boomers show concerning decline in cognitive functioning.

Study: Experiencing Childhood Trauma Makes Body and Brain Age Faster.

Neanderthal gene linked to increased pain sensitivity.

Rising temperatures will cause more deaths than all infectious diseases – study.

Studies debunk Mnuchin claim that $600 benefit is a disincentive to work.

America’s first female recession.

Half the matter in the cosmos was missing, but astronomers found it hiding in the cosmos.

The productivity pit: how Slack is ruining work.

Actually, Slack really sucks.

Meet the computer scientist and activist who got Big Tech to stand down. For a little while, anyway.

Slack is the fucking worst.

How Slack is Silently Killing Your Productivity.

A catastrophe is looming for U.S. colleges. This analysis shows just how bad it is.

The Worst-Case Scenario for Global Warming Tracks Closely With Actual Emissions.

August 4, 2020

Facebook hate-speech boycott had little effect on revenue.

Here’s What We Do And Don’t Know About Coronavirus Immunity. There’s reason to be hopeful: “The coronavirus is starting to look a lot like other viruses that have led to good vaccines,” said one expert.

How real are real numbers?

The Architecture of the Medieval Page.

The Census Bureau’s Grim Take on the Employment Shock During the Pandemic: Not Improving Yet.

If you’re looking to be offended, you can find it anywhere, anywhere, anytime, but it’s a choice.

Next COVID casualty: cities hit hard by the pandemic face bankruptcy.

Worm Joke Causes Science Twitter Flame War Over Accusations of Sexism and Racism. Maybe this pandemic should just kill everyone and get it over with.

August 3, 2020

Average Age of Cars & Trucks on the Road Sets Record, Will Jump During Pandemic as New-Vehicle Sales Plunge to 1970s Level.

William English, Engineer Behind ‘The Mother of All Demos’, Dies at 91. Note that it was funded by NASA; 95% of modern computer tech was government-created.

Pre-Clinical Test of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Shows It Protected Monkeys from Covid-19.

Lizard Popsicles, Anyone? The coolest reptiles on the planet occasionally freeze solid.

The Sheppard-Towner debacle was one of the best examples of how the effects of women’s suffrage turned out to be more complicated than its champions had imagined.

Why Are Short People Half As Likely to Get Covid-19?

3 questions to ask yourself next time you see a graph, chart or map. Most people are completely and utterly incapable of doing any of this, even in principle much less in practice.

The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free.

How the pandemic has clogged the global economy with paper currency.

August 2, 2020

Dispersion causes discohesion.

How Woody Vines Do the Twist. Slowly, scientists are learning how lianas quickly climb.

Federal Agents Don’t Need Army Fatigues. If you’re an officer of the law, dress like one. Leave the soldiering to soldiers. Cosplay for racist white dudes.


University of Baltimore Broadcasting Collections.

The Nazis Were Obsessed With Twins.

Algorithmic identities stem from epistemic amalgams—complex blends of algorithmic outputs and human expertise, messy data flows, and diverse inter-personal factors.

As the Pandemic Forced Layoffs, C.E.O.s Gave Up Little.

Decimation (Roman army).

Flags and statues may fall, but the real struggle is for genuine voting rights, equal healthcare and truly integrated schools.

Weapons rooms, fake windows and a $3m price tag: inside a luxury doomsday bunker.

The curse of ‘both-sidesism’: How climate denial skewed media coverage for 30 years.

The Reason Americans Don’t Trust Experts – Economists. And nutritionists and nutritional “science.”

Palmer Raids.

August 1, 2020

Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission. A computer model of the cruise-ship outbreak found that the virus spread most readily in microscopic droplets light enough to linger in the air.

Understand American Elites Means Understanding Predators.

A Culture Canceled.

Why You Should Be Skeptical About Stories Of People Getting Coronavirus Twice.

The story behind Dubai’s abandoned supercars.

A Quarter of Bangladesh Is Flooded. Millions Have Lost Everything.

Dropping antibody counts aren’t a sign that our immune system is failing against the coronavirus, nor an omen that we can’t develop a viable vaccine.

After 25 years, Clueless is still our cleverest Jane Austen adaptation.

While it’s crucial to correct misinformation and defend scientists from fascist censorship, it is also necessary to question and examine the information these experts provide us with. Science is not immune from political influence, and scientific experts should not be treated as such.

July 31, 2020

Pluto’s dark side spills its secrets — including hints of a hidden ocean.

The Military Demographic Conundrum.

The coming cull of workers over 50.

Miami’s bleak future on the front line of climate change.

Lying Is Fundamental to Who We Are as Humans.

We Need to Talk About Ventilation. How is it that six months into a respiratory pandemic, we are still doing so little to mitigate airborne transmission?

Coastal flooding set to get more frequent, threatening coastal life and global GDP.

The Mysterious Life of Birds Who Never Come Down. Swifts spend all their time in the sky. What can their journeys tell us about the future?

California landlords are locking out struggling tenants. A ‘tsunami of evictions’ may be next. Ain’t no “may” about it.

Covid-19 and the Limits of American Moral Reasoning.

Congress forced Silicon Valley to answer for its misdeeds. It was a glorious sight.

I Don’t Remember 9/11.

July 30, 2020

World’s largest nuclear fusion project begins assembly.

L.A. Designates Open-Air Dining Areas Along 101 Freeway Median.

Colleges Are Getting Ready to Blame Their Students. As campuses reopen without adequate testing, universities fault young people for a lack of personal responsibility.

Bread, How Did They Make It?

In a theme park parking lot at night, a worker sleeps in her car. This is life in America’s most visited city.

Rite Aid Deployed Facial Recognition Systems In Hundreds of US Stores.

Is Your Blood Sugar Undermining Your Workouts? Eating a diet high in sugar and processed foods could dent our long-term health in part by changing how well our bodies respond to exercise.

The Accusation.

This Moss Uses Quartz as a Parasol. In the Mojave Desert, a translucent crystal offers bryophytes much-needed respite from the heat of the sun.

Earth’s asteroid impact rate took a sudden jump 290 million years ago.

Whose century?

In October, 1953, I coined the word ‘software.’

Think federal cops in Portland are scary? Cops use ‘jump-out boys’ all the time. Plainclothes police ‘jump-out boys’ terrorize American cities. Sometimes they become all-out criminal gangs.

Post-infection cardiac damage found in 78% of recovering COVID19 patients.

We’ve Neglected the Freedom of Assembly for Years Before Portland.

July 29, 2020

U.S. GDP Number Tomorrow Expected to Be Worst on Record.

American Social Collapse Is Far Closer Than Most Will Admit.

The Grace of Manta Rays. New research suggests that manta rays aren’t just solitary ocean wanderers. They’re also shaping the undersea environment in ways we never imagined.

How did the Casio F91W Become a Terrorist Icon?

A guide to the spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit.

We Thought It Was Just a Respiratory Virus. We were wrong.

The Wallacean Hominin Wonderland.

Activities based on Covid risk.

States are running out of doctors and nurses as COVID-19 surges.

A plunge in incoming sunlight may have triggered ‘Snowball Earths.’

Biologists Revive 101.5-Million-Year-Old Microbes.

July 28, 2020

Car Companies Want to Monitor Your Every Move With Emotion-Detecting AI.

Hygiene Theater Is a Huge Waste of Time.

Like its well-studied parallel construct Right-wing Authoritarianism, LWA is characterized by dogmatism, punitive attitudes toward dissenters, and desire for strong authority figures. In contrast to RWA, LWA mobilizes these traits on behalf of left-wing values (e.g. anti-racism, anti-sexism, and wealth redistribution).

David Dayen’s New Book Exposes the Dirty Hands of Wall Street Driving Monopoly Power in U.S.