March 28, 2017

Scorching Phoenix may be out of position to deal with climate change.

In Search Of Humanity’s Oldest Words.

In a meta-analysis of 11 studies, the adjusted odds of delivery by CS was 1.41 higher in for-profit hospitals as compared with non-profit hospitals (95% CI 1.24 to 1.60).

Who’s Tracking Your Faceprint?

Why Do We Assume Good Musicians Are Good People? Most artists are transgressive by nature, making them automatic assholes to many. That said, being an asshole does not make you an artist.

The welfare state in the age of globalization.

Against Chelsea Clinton. Like her mother, that she suffered horrible misogyny does not make her a good candidate for anything.

The DLC Lives: “Third Way” Democrats Are Trying to Push the Party Rightward. When you have reached bottom, start digging.

Payment Processors are Still Policing Your Sex Life, and the Latest Victim is FetLife.

What’s in a name? More than we can imagine.

The coldest case of all.

The Democrats are looking for a big idea? Here’s one: a guaranteed job for anyone who wants one. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

On the Origin of High-Sodium Species.

The Dark Side of Gender Segregation in the Military.

March 27, 2017

Critique in the Age of Trump.

Godwin’s Law should force us to remember & fear our shared heritage with Nazi Germany.

On a Texas prairie, distance grows between neighbors over an American birthright.

Technicolor 3 Strip.

The plot to kill Homo habilis.

The U.S. will be hit worse by job automation than other major economies.

By dismantling domestic privacy laws, the US will lose control of the global internet.

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future.

March 26, 2017

I heard myself letting out an anticipatory holler, like a Hollywood fighter pilot banking through a dogfight, and threaded the needle at nine miles an hour.

No, Evolution Is Not Always Dog-Eat-Dog.

Americans’ Shift To The Suburbs Sped Up Last Year.

The strange experiments that revealed most mammals can swim.

95 percent of colleges are completely unaffordable—and thus unavailable—for huge swaths of Americans.

The emergency room is not health care.

Fast Radio Bursts from Extragalactic Light Sails.

Tim Allen’s career is a metaphor for America. Much better than the headline indicates.

Clock stars: Astrocytes keep time for brain, behavior.

Men in poll say birth control doesn’t benefit them. Women say those men are ‘idiots.’

Our results show that associative learning is an essential component of plant behaviour.

The media has essentially stopped covering climate change.

The Matilda effect: the term for when men get credit for the inventions of women.

Ana Tijoux: ‘We can’t think of a feminism, an anti-patriarchy, without anti-capitalism’ And if you aren’t listening to Tijoux’s music, you really should be.

On Mocking Dying Working Class White People.

The Jump.

Ideology Precedes Policy Which Determines Outcomes.

The ABCs of planning.

Why technology won’t save biology.

Gender quotas in Sweden increased competence of elected officials.

Comcast Launches New 24/7 Workplace Surveillance Service.

The Problem Is Capitalism, Not Market Failures.

March 25, 2017

The new industrial revolution hits retail: prepare for mass firings.

How Noisy Is Your Neighborhood? Now There’s A Map For That. So noisy that I constantly want to flamethrower it all to the ground. (Map does not capture of course goddamn dogs barking, my bane.)

Another article asks us to feel sorry for a couple earning $500,000 a year.

Analysis of meta-analyses identifies where sciences’ real problems lie.

Hierarchies have a place even in societies built on equality.

No Salt Added.

The Hand Work of the Footbound.

Special Glasses Let Wearers See The Difference In Colors That Appear Identical.

The Most Expensive Weapon Ever Built.

March 24, 2017

Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs.

Everyone Knows Tech Workers Are Mostly White Men—Except Tech Workers.

Unless he has been spending the last few years learning Russian, speaking to Russians, interrogating Putin and his ministers, reading Putin’s speeches, analyzing what well-researched publications have to say on the subject, and the like (which of course he hasn’t), Comey isn’t qualified to make judgments of these sorts.

Children understand far more about other minds than long believed.

A family earning over $105,000 still can’t afford more than half of U.S. colleges.

Don’t Discriminate Against Mutants Like Me.

Can We Just, Like, Get Over the Way Women Talk?

Why Medicaid Work Requirements Won’t Work.

Many people think of politics as a low-grade morality play in which good people – people like us, naturally, because we lack the faculties of self-criticism – oppose bad people.

March 23, 2017

The Basic Psychological Structure of Our Society Does Not Work.

The ecological impact of spiders.

Golden powers are nearly integers.

Younger workers switch jobs less often than in the past.

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death. One fewer parasite mouth to feed amirite?

For insect detectives, the trickiest cases involve the bugs that aren’t there.

Some natural solutions to the p-value communication problem-and why they won’t work.

March 22, 2017

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware.

W3C moves to finalize DRM standardization, reclassifies suing security researchers as a feature, not a bug.

A 40-year ‘conspiracy’ at the VA.

Siberia permafrost: Over 7,000 methane-filled bubbles ‘ready to explode’ discovered in Arctic.

Why America needs more Teslas and fewer Ubers.

Competition from China reduced innovation in the US.

Ending the Empathy Gap. Our aim is a society where people are guaranteed the necessities of life not because they’re sympathetic, but because they’re human beings.

Can we know what animals are thinking?

March 21, 2017

You do not have to feel a certain way toward a certain population to promote policies that will benefit them.

Three Quarters Of Population Fear Losing Homes, So Fear Dominates Complacency.

How Reliable Are Cancer Studies?

A dangerous myth about trade deficits.

Medicare for All should replace Obamacare.

What Was the Point of Demonetisation?


Why Complexity is Different.

The Left becomes a cult rather than gather support to oppose Trump.

March 20, 2017

The Danger of Face Validity.

Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?

With a 10-day supply of opioids, 1 in 5 become long-term users.

What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists? Economics is just terrible sociology with worthless math combined with pervasive corruption.

Physicists find that as clocks get more precise, time gets more fuzzy.

As economic prosperity became the mark of the Lord’s approval and poverty a sign that the victim had incurred the Lord’s anger, it followed that those too poor to live without alms, must be sinners in need of punishment.

It’s open season on open space. Note that increased immigration also means more environmental destruction.

Yellen’s answer to Hays’ question reveals that the Fed intends to suppress wages.

So many open jobs for truck drivers! It’s another bogus skills shortage story.

Betsy DeVos: Her appointment as education secretary marks the crowning achievement of the Christian right’s campaign to infiltrate America’s secular institutions.

The State of Searcher Behavior. Gathered through unethical means, but interesting nonetheless.

March 19, 2017

The Man Who Made Us See That Trade Isn’t Always Free.

Door-Busting Drug Raids Leave a Trail of Blood.

New Study Found No Link Between Immigration and Increased Crime in Forty Years of Data.