October 31, 2015

Meanwhile, we acquiesce to an imbalance equally risky as that between people and machines. That is, the imbalance of humanism and instrumentality in designing and using technology.

People in Sweden are hiding cash in their microwaves because of a fascinating — and terrifying — economic experiment.

Ben Carson Tormented By Periodic Rational Thoughts.

Tesla Autopilot Stops Uber Driver’s Car Crash. Very, very fucking cool.

Stuffy offices can halve cognitive scores.

Redwoods: Only The Tallest Because The Rest Have Been Logged.

Why Snoopy Is Such a Controversial Figure to ‘Peanuts’ Fans.

National U.S. Privacy Laws Are Needed.

October 30, 2015

Should we rebuild lost ecosystems through trophic rewilding?

A Journey Through the CPU Pipeline.

Meet this extinct cave lion, at least 10,000 years old.

Mushrooms Promote Downpours, Resulting in More Mushrooms.

The Invention of Pad Thai.

A Defense of Thoreau.

This Living Clothing Morphs When You Sweat.

Measuring progress in a post-industrial world is going to get tricky.

Internet History of 1960s.

New species combining wolf, coyote, and dog emerges in eastern North America.

October 29, 2015

Nobody Cares How Hard You Work.

From 0 to 5,000 Planets in Exactly 20 Years. When I was a kid, it was common knowledge we’d never detect an exoplanet. Well….

Cassini Seeks Insights to Life in Plumes of Enceladus, Saturn’s Icy Moon.

Did Humans Evolve to See Things as They Really Are?

Intel x86 is not very secure.

The Great Works of Software. WinAmp, Napster, and Tetris belong on this list.

In the past five years, at least six Americans have been shot by dogs. Do you see cats shooting anyone? No you do not.

Greenland Is Melting Away.

Three counterintuitive scenarios for driverless vehicles.

The surprising truth about which personality traits do and don’t correlate with computer programming skills.

Lorem ipsum.

October 28, 2015

Senate Rejects All CISA Amendments Designed To Protect Privacy, Reiterating That It’s A Surveillance Bill.

Nota bene.

Cutting Sugar Improves Obese Children’s Health in Just 10 Days. Fucking shocking. Or, like, not.

A Penny for Your Books.

The $24 Billion Data Business Telcos Don’t Want to Discuss. Wish I could get rid of my smartphone altogether.

Utopias, past and present: why Thomas More remains astonishingly radical.


All overweight adults over the age of 40 should get their blood sugar tested for diabetes, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says in new recommendations, even if they don’t have symptoms of diabetes. I’m sure the FA morons will spin this into oppression.

Bronze Age Greek warrior-king’s treasure unearthed.

In Bruce Lee-like move, Northern California police department to adopt nunchakus.

NASA’s last original Voyager engineer is retiring.

October 27, 2015

She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away.

Dirty Rant About The Human Brain Project. Data does not equal understanding.

Climate Change Is Expected To Turn The Persian Gulf Into an Intolerable Kiln Where People Can’t Go Outside. Expect much the same for the US desert Southwest.

The Okinawa missiles of October.

The physicist Gabriela González is on the cusp of finding the first direct evidence of gravitational waves.

Law firm bosses envision Watson-type computers replacing young lawyers. Not just lawyers; 25% of jobs can be replaced this way in 10-15 years.

What CISA would do, according to Eddington and other critics, is enhance U.S. intelligence agencies’ opportunity to spy on U.S. citizens.

October 26, 2015

In 1983 ‘war scare,’ Soviet leadership feared nuclear surprise attack by U.S. Not the only time that we avoided nuclear apocalypse just by sheer luck.

Scott And Scurvy.

The Secret Jokes Hidden in Alice in Wonderland.

First and sole anatomically correct sculpture of the clitoris.


Flash from the past: Why an apparent Israeli nuclear test in 1979 matters today.

‘NPR Voice’ Has Taken Over the Airwaves. And I fucking hate it. One reason I don’t listen to NPR is yuppie voice.

Drivers don’t come close to paying for the costs of the roads they use.

October 25, 2015

The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black.

The 57-Year-Old Chart That Is Dividing the Fed.

Why does `htop` show more processes than `ps.`

Oklahoma Earthquakes Are a National Security Threat. And caused by national stupidity.

“The most ludicrous scenes of ‘Orange is the New Black’ are the most realistic”: My time in federal prison.

Nonwhites are just generally less eager to join weird intellectual signaling-laden countercultural movements.

Richard Stallman is the hero the internet needs.

‘Zeno effect’ verified—atoms won’t move while you watch.

When We Find Aliens, We Might Find Something Like the Borg Agreed. Long-distance space travel is unfeasible otherwise.

Globe and Mail: TPP’s copyright chapter will cost Canadians hundreds of millions. And Americans billions.

October 24, 2015

Many Low-Income Workers Say ‘No’ to Health Insurance. But Obamacare is perfect, according to most liberals.

Researchers compile gluten-free food database, find that gluten-free foods are over twice as expensive and don’t offer additional health benefits for non-celiac consumers.

Iceland does what the US won’t: 26 top bankers sent to prison for role in financial crisis.

The Plague Has Been Around For a Lot Longer Than We Thought.

Are You Fracking Kidding? 10 National Parks In Danger of Destruction Because of Natural Gas.

The woman who can smell Parkinson’s disease.

‘Escape rooms’ challenge Americans with puzzling adventures. My relatives do this for free. It’s called prison.

De-Risking Is De-Linking Small States from Global Finance.

Link between obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome may be exaggerated. PCOS used as FA excuse, but most likely in reality obesity exacerbates, thinness greatly decreases severity.

Companies are wasting money from layoffs on share buybacks. Not wasting; achieving real goal of making already-rich people richer.

Numerous States Prepare Lawsuits Against Obama’s Climate Policy.

Food allergy fakers need to stop.

Giant Squid Babies Found for the First Time.

October 23, 2015

‘Texas’ is slang for ‘crazy’ in Norway.

Even the Cheapest Homes Are Too Expensive for Millennials.

Study finds the warmer it gets, the more world economy hurts.

Tim Berners-Lee: ‘Just Say No’ To Facebook’s Plan To Bastardize The Internet.

All people express themselves in ways that can convey an affiliation with a particular group or identity.

The Deadly Legacy of HIV Truthers.

Adventures in the Science of the Superorganism.

Masculinity Is Killing Men: The Roots of Men and Trauma.

Opportunity makes a thief.

Many people will reject their own arguments – if they’re tricked into thinking that other people proposed them.

October 22, 2015

The underrepresentation of women on speakers’ lists doesn’t “just happen,” despite many conference organizers’ claims that it does.

Countries with Russian vs US military bases.

Western Digital self-encrypting hard drives riddled with security flaws. But yes, let’s ban all security research.

Great Scott! Who was Scott?

The Market Gods In Education.

Amputation due to peripheral arterial disease (primarily caused by smoking and type II diabetes) should be 100% avoidable–but accounts for about 54% of primary (above or below knee) amputation in the US. Up to 55% of those require amputation of the second leg within 2 or 3 years.

Here’s the Secret Data Climate Scientists Are Hiding From Us.

The ultimate North American road trip that will be 70 degrees every day. I’m in.

History’s Greatest Monster for Caring About American Workers and the Concept of Relative Poverty.

October 21, 2015

PMs Gone Bad. Designers with too much power also cause this. See Firefox for dozens of examples.

Why It Matters That Women’s Hearts Age Differently to Men’s. Include women in effin’ clinical trials.

She recounts some of her research that showed that when men talked about women’s violence against men, some cited abuse as not having a hot meal on the table, not having the children bathed before bed, or women spending money on gambling or shopping.