December 21, 2015

Radicalization and European social policy.


Polarization around abortion took a while to develop, and it had more to do with money & politics than ideology.

Physicists and Philosophers Debate the Boundaries of Science.

Why is So Much Reported Science Wrong, and What Can Fix That?

December 20, 2015

Why Human Genetics Research Is Full of Costly Mistakes.

When It Comes to UX Design, Simplicity Is Overrated. Preach it.

Writing American Fiction.

Mainstream Media vs Alternate Sources.

It is almost certainly clear that Mitt Romney did far more harm in his legal business career than Shkreli did in his career even if all the charges against him stick.

Humans vs Houses: Australia’s perverse tax system. The US is much the same.

UK police busts karaoke “gang” for sharing songs that aren’t commercially available. Three old guys giving away karaoke tunes is now a “commercial-scale gang.”

Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw.

Inside the Billion-Dollar Battle for Puerto Rico’s Future. Could’ve also been called: “Bankers Rip Off Everyone, Again.”

Lena Headey, photographed for Jocks and Nerds, 2015.

December 19, 2015

Trees that can walk up to 20m per year.

Why Did the DNC Let the Bernie-Hillary Tech Story Leak? A better question: Would it have leaked if the roles were reversed? Of course not. It’s called the fix, and it’s in.

A study by Stanford geophysicists shows that earthquakes resulting from wastewater injection follow several indicative patterns that are starkly different from natural causes.

A key under the doormat isn’t safe. Neither is an encryption backdoor.

Off With Their Comments.

The best icon is a text label.

How Art Became Irrelevant.

30 percent of Republicans want to bomb Agrabah. You know, the fictional city from ‘Aladdin.’

Lake Poopo, Bolivia’s 2nd-largest lake, dries up. Climate change has boosted temperatures, tripling evaporation.

December 18, 2015

An Unbelievable Story of Rape.

Down From the Trees, Humans Finally Got a Decent Night’s Sleep.

Missouri Lawmaker Brilliantly Proposes Bill To Regulate Guns Like Abortions.

Ousted tenants sue after their former rent-controlled L.A. apartments are listed on Airbnb. Housing should be for living in, not speculation and other rich people games.

Restrictions in Seaweed Agar-vates Scientists.

Economic Stagnation and Political Turmoil Test Our Civil Liberties.

Pre-crime arrives in the UK with a crowdsourced watch list. Will be everywhere soon.

Why does French sound somewhat Germanic?

Paying somebody massive commissions to do worse than throwing darts at the Wall Street Journal indexes is nutty.

December 17, 2015

There is a new form of climate denialism to look out for. Has been around for two decades, really, but is now far more prevalent.

Our drinking water is to a large extent purified by millions of “good bacteria” found in water pipes and purification plants, Swedish researchers have found.

Cancer is not just ‘bad luck’ but down to environment, study suggests.

Is Europe really going to ban teenagers from Facebook and the internet? As much as I despise Facebook, this is a moronic idea.

The siege of Miami.

The McDonald’s Quotient.

If Not Malthusian, Then Why? A Darwinian Explanation of the Malthusian Trap.

Tie-Dye Hair.

Experiments with ums or uhs spliced in or out of speech show that when words are preceded by disfluencies, listeners recognize them faster and remember them more accurately.

Department of Redundancy Department.

December 16, 2015

Rebekah Marine’s great costume. Note: she really has a bionic prosthetic arm.

Cognitive disorders in children associated with urban vehicular emissions.

The Inventor of Auto-Tune.

A Day in the Life of Americans.

The High-Stakes Race to Rid the World of Human Drivers.

Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice.

The Paris Climate Agreement Would Be A Great First Step If This Were 1995.

90:9:1 – the odd ratio that technology keeps creating.

The gluten-free craze is making celiacs like me sick.

OUR Walmart, RIP.

December 15, 2015

The Life and Death of the Graveyard Shift.

Files are hard.

The crisis of character.

Increased facial adiposity is associated with a compromised immune system, poor cardiovascular function, frequent respiratory infections, and mortality.

Jan. 2, 1966: When Airbags Were More Science Fiction Than Fact. Many things that nearly everyone assured me were impossible when I was young are now quotidian and unremarkable.

A Learning Advance in Artificial Intelligence Rivals Human Abilities.

Machine Dreams.

You are your phone.

Drake the feminist comic.

Dispossessed in the Land of Dreams. Those left behind by Silicon Valley’s technology boom struggle to stay in the place they call home.

We’re destroying a generation of students: The disastrous effects of our student-debt blame game. Debt slavery is the plan, and not some unintended consequence.

Canaries in a Coal Mine.

Party pour la nuit: marique schimmel by jonas bresnan for stylist france december 2015.

December 14, 2015

What is the ‘braided stream’ analogy for human evolution?

“The internet is shit today. It’s broken. It was probably always broken, but it’s worse than ever.” Yep, the internet has been lost; humanity was too stupid to keep it. Just cable TV now.

Soundproofing for New York Noise. I don’t live in NYC, but I need this so goddamn bad. Can’t deal with human noise.

Obesity appears to lessen life expectancy markedly, especially among younger adults.

Sports and the Sexual Double Standard.

Red Cloud and the Lakota.

Hillary Clinton Is Whitewashing the Financial Catastrophe.

Who’s investigating fake Chinese goods? Fake investigators.

UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own. Dystopia now.

How martial a country should the United States be? #guncontrol

Books getting longer.

Immigration, Refugees, and American Policy.

Roger Fisher’s idea for making the decision to use nuclear weapons less abstract.

How Many People Have Been Shot Near You This Year? An interactive map of American gun violence.

YouTube voice.

In 1975, someone walking up the street shooting people was such an alien idea that one of the officers who responded didn’t believe it and hadn’t been trained for it.

W. Heath Robinson.

A Cruel Joke.

Inside Deep Dreams: How Google Made Its Computers Go Crazy.

Miss Complejo.

The Rise of Hate Search.

Globally, The Public Underestimates The Extent Of Obesity.

Detection of a SN near the center of the galaxy cluster field MACS1149 consistent with predictions of a new image of Supernova Refsdal.

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the Majority.

How Much it Costs to Buy Your Own Professor.

Finland plans to give every citizen 800 euros a month and scrap benefits. First country-level UBI I believe.

On the Shore of the Infinite.

NASA Telescopes Detect Jupiter-Like Storm on Small Star.

Reality Editor.

It’s Not Just the Poor Who Can’t Make Rent.

11 Things You Can Do to Preserve the Nation-State.

Using Danish matched employer-employee data, this paper estimates the relative productivity of men and women and finds that the gender “productivity gap” is 12 percent — seventy five percent of the 16 percent residual pay gap can be accounted for by productivity differences between men and women.

A Star in a Bottle.

The current state of machine intelligence 2.0. BTW (as not many know this), expert systems have been far better than humans in many fields for 20+ years.