June 30, 2015

Was human evolution inevitable or a matter of luck?

Another lesson is about the counterproductive patterns of thought and action recognizable on the left today, such as the notion that there is no problem with radicalism that can’t be solved by a purer version of radicalism, or that the participant in any argument who can establish him- or herself as the most oppressed is thereby naturally owed intellectual deference, even abasement, or that purity of intention is the best marker of political nobility.

What Made Clippy, the Microsoft Office Assistant, So Detestable?

Here’s Everything That’s Going to Happen in Your First Shitty Office Job.

8K solutions to start appearing in 2018. Oh hell yes.

Why I Don’t Regret Getting Scammed In China.

Tested: How Bright LEDs Are Compared to Other Lights.

How World War III became possible: A nuclear conflict with Russia is likelier than you think.

June 29, 2015

Cult of the Princess and Superhero Alternatives.

No job is worthless.

How Eurocrats, Greeks, Germans, and Eastern Europeans View the Greek Crisis.

June 28, 2015

The women whom science forgot.

In for a surprise.

Report: Only 47,000 Social Justice Milestones To Go Before U.S. Achieves Full Equality.

What If We Treated All Consent Like Society Treats Sexual Consent?

Drug Tests Don’t Make Sense, So Why Are Employers Still Using Them?

ICANN’s assault on personal and small business privacy. Days of a free internet are nearly gone.

June 27, 2015

Dear Google, why do we have to have this love/hate relationship? For me, it’s just hate.

Backyard Tent Renting for $899/Month Sums Up Everything That’s Wrong with the Bay Area.

How Do African Grasslands Support So Many Plant-Eaters?

The case for techno-optimism.

In the Victorian and Edwardian periods, respectable Western middle-class society condemned regular use of makeup, which was thought of as something only stage actors and prostitutes used.

June 26, 2015

College Is Wildly Exploitative: Why Aren’t Students Raising Hell?

Australia courts now say extreme obesity in children classifies as child abuse. Yep. No different than starving your kid.

Unregulated Capitalism Is Destroying the Planet.

Tumblr Complies With DMCA Takedown Requests From A Self-Proclaimed Future-Alien From Another Planet.

Jespersen’s Cycle.

Home Weatherization Not As Good a Deal As We Thought.

Americans Take Brief Break From Waiting On Hold With Insurance Providers To Celebrate Obamacare Ruling.

Boomers and the source of their delusions.

June 25, 2015

In other words, all that white supremacy stuff is bad for business.

New research challenges the idea that willpower is a “limited resource.”

Excess Fat And Sugar Can Lead To Cognitive Decline.

What It’s Like to Nearly Die From the Venom of a Blue-Ringed Octopus.

Proper driver design eliminates LED light strobe flicker.

The vicious circle that’s sending rents spiraling higher.

June 24, 2015

This Year Is Headed for the Hottest on Record, by a Long Shot.

Modern job search truth.

AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner Cable Implicated In Content Delivery Network Slowdowns.

It now looks as if the greatest mass extinction on Earth – 250 million years ago – was caused by fossil fuel burning.

Over 40% of Americans believe humans and dinosaurs shared the planet. Goddamn.

New Study Debunks Myth That Exorbitant CEO Pay Results from “Talent.”

Gaming trade org: For DMCA, “there’s no such thing as an obsolete game.” In the future, there will be a 100+ year culture gap, except what pirates manage to save.

Philanthropy in the Two Gilded Ages.

Highly invasive New Guinea flatworm found on mainland US for first time poses major threat.

June 23, 2015

The Sweatshop Feminists.

Rich people are the f**king worst: The 1 percent’s vile new war on us all.

Texas: The Prison Rape Capital of the U.S.

US and British Spies Targeted Antivirus Companies.

Tesla Sparks.

Obese Americans now outnumber those who are merely overweight.

The Rise of Consumer Comedy.

June 22, 2015

People Aren’t Better Off Than Income Trends Show.

6 Realities of Genomic Research.

DNA breakage underlies both learning, age-related damage.

Ingenious: Robert Sapolsky, Turbulence.

Beatrix Potter, scientist. The acclaimed children’s book author also was an ahead-of-her-time botanist.

No Time to Be Nice at Work.

Scientists look at communicating with hypersonic vehicles using plasma resonance.

June 21, 2015

On Cooling the Mark Out.

Obesity is an ethical issue, because an increase in weight by some imposes costs on others.

The field Hunt partly created, as well as his own scientific career, have both flourished due to his intellectual collaborations with women.

How Beats Tricks You Into Thinking It Makes a Premium Product.

June 20, 2015

Guns used in self-defense: It happens much less often that you think.

Root Fungi Can Turn Pine Trees Into Carnivores — or at Least Accomplices.

A Sea Change in Treating Heart Attacks.

June 19, 2015

Neutrinos found to switch to elusive ‘tau’ flavour. That’s my favorite neutrino flavor. Piquant with hints of oak and licorice.

Take Down the Confederate Flag.

Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google.

For those wishing to lose weight and keep it off, here’s a simple strategy that works: step on a scale each day and track the results. But FA nutters tell me that scales are oppression.

Saharan silver ants can control electromagnetic waves over extremely broad spectrum range.

It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males.

Are There Any Search Engines Left That Don’t Try To Think For Me?


June 18, 2015

The biggest thing that limits happiness in modern America is economic uncertainty.

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.

Gambler-Turned-Conservationist Devotes Fortune To Florida Nature Preserve.

Antarctica Growing Green With Grass.

Jeb Bush: Next president should privatize Social Security. Chance of anyone now under 40 receiving Social Security: 0%.

U.S. military is the largest employer in the world.

From Psycho to Jurassic Park: exploring iconic movie poster typography.

How Soil Microbes Affect the Environment.

June 17, 2015

Continued Existence Of Edible Arrangements Disproves Central Tenets Of Capitalism.

Jupiter Ascending: The Matrix Regendered.

Corporations Want to Follow Your Every Move, Whether You Like It Or Not.

Winners and Runners-up From the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards.

Parents’ Denial Fuels Childhood Obesity Epidemic.

June 16, 2015

The Memetic Commons.

Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner, and Identity.

Average American Woman Now Weighs As Much As 1960s US Man. Damn.

Inequality, the Financial Crisis and Stagnation: Competing Stories and Why They Matter.

To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More. Yup. Exercising makes you hungrier.

In defense of sugar—it’s not to blame for everything.

First Probe To Land On A Comet Is Awake, But Our Nuclear Fears Cost Us Seven Months Of Data.

June 15, 2015

Over-grazing and desertification in the Syrian steppe are the root causes of war.

How theme parks like Disney World have left the middle class behind.

Average number of thunderstorm days each year.

Turn benefits into repayable loan, says Tory group.

Frieda Belinfante.

The Difference Between Saying ‘Thank You’ in Chinese and English.