February 29, 2016

Content ID and the Rise of the Machines.

In an Improving Economy, Places in Distress.

Meet the most persecuted people in the world. When the aliens blast us with space rays, can we say it was undeserved?

Overweight young adults may have poorer episodic memory – the ability to recall past events – than their peers, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge, adding to increasing evidence of a link between memory and overeating.

Americans spend 30 billion hours a year commuting. And it’s killing them.

Most software already has a “golden key” backdoor—it’s called auto update.

America has locked up so many black people it has warped our sense of reality.

The real reason that people are obese.

What’s the Point of Moral Outrage?

Japan’s Negative Interest Rates Are Driving up Sales of Safes.

In One Month We Will Begin Intentionally Starving Poor People.


The Invention of Female Adulthood.

What We Owe History, Ariel Lewiton interviews John D’Agata.

LA Pie Tales.

Winona, Forever.

Household electromagnetic radiation doesn’t make you ill or give you cancer. Here’s why.

Overdraft Practices Continue to Gut Bank Accounts and Haunt Customers.

February 28, 2016

Unless the Democrats Run Sanders, A Trump Nomination Means a Trump Presidency. Exactly.

Big Health Benefits to Small Weight Loss.

Most images of black holes are illustrations. Here’s what our telescopes actually capture.

Hail Columbia.

Phylogenetic tree view.

Better science textbooks through history and mystery.

The declining labor force participation rate for middle-aged males.

Why Women Smile at Men Who Sexually Harass Us.

Response to Yelp Employee Letter is a Study in Privilege.

An Extreme Analogue of ε Aurigae: An M-giant Eclipsed Every 69 Years by a Large Opaque Disk Surrounding a Small Hot Source.

Trump is a vehicle for angry whites who feel invisible to elites. We miss the point to focus on Trump and not them.

Link between obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome may be exaggerated. More likely PCOS exacerbated by obesity, rather than that PCOS leads to obesity.

The rising price of insulin.

Neoliberalism is being challenged.

Wild gorillas compose happy songs that they hum during meals.

February 27, 2016

Black people shouldn’t be fooled by Hillary Clinton.

USA’s Northeast Megalopolis from Space. Too many people.

Maradona and Jesus: shifts in global fame through the ages.

She tried to warn us.

Rare 11,000 year old pendant is the oldest Mesolithic art ever found in the UK.

What are Bloom filters, and why are they useful?

Here’s How Electric Cars Will Cause the Next Oil Crisis.

Disney CEO asks employees to chip in to pay copyright lobbyists.

The Problem With Evidence-Based Policies.

A Year Ago, The Dress Murdered the Idea of Objective Color. Only for non-photographers; photographs have known this since ever.

Ministers ‘hiding full scale of EU immigration.’

Ex Machina Interview: Creating the Movie’s Award Winning VFX. 15 to 25 setups a day. Holy crap. (For ref avg one-unit movie is 2-3.)

America’s Next Great Boondoggle—Er, Bomber—Is on Its Way.

Like Chalasani’s worms leaving their perfect patch of food, humans and other primates will consistently trade rewards for information.

February 26, 2016

How People Learn to Become Resilient.

His flight was booked and paid for; in a few weeks, he was moving to Malmö.

The Welcome Rise of Female Characters Who Have the Freedom to Be Gloriously Messed Up.

The whole point of living in a culture is that much of the labor of perception and judgment is done for you, spread through media, and absorbed through an imperceptible process that has no single author. Fuck that is a great sentence.

How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable.

Long Live Dogs (And Everyone).

Finance, not tech, is driving growth in U.S. billionaires.

The Decline and Fall of Hillary Clinton.

Americans gained over 500 million pounds last year. Great goddamn.

‘So-called experts’ actually experts.

Is there any feeling, any thought, any joy or pain or fear that hasn’t been felt by millions before you and won’t be felt by millions after you? Wrong about energy, but still a good piece.

The Robots Are Coming for Wall Street. Hundreds of financial analysts are being replaced with software. What office jobs are next? Most of them.

February 25, 2016

What’s so bad about mandatory workplace socializing? Everything. Everything is bad about it.

On-going computation of whisking phase by mechanoreceptors.

When We Die on Mars by Cassandra Khaw.

How women started to smoke.

Not Only Do Opposites Not Attract, But Just the Opposite.

Texas Campus Carry Law Putting Damper On Academic Debate.

Windows 10 Now Showing Full Screen Ads On Lock Screen.

Obama’s new Librarian of Congress nominee is a rip-snortin’, copyfightin’, surveillance-hatin’ no-foolin’ LIBRARIAN.

How the Idea of a ‘Normal’ Person Got Invented.

February 24, 2016

The great equalizers: Social Security and pensions.

Why Scaring Animals Shitless Is Good for the Environment.

HPV Sharply Reduced in Teenage Girls Following Vaccine, Study Says.

9 really odd Linux commands.

Behold, the Gargantuan Stick Insect.

Could a basic research project get funded now? Probably not, science advisor says.

When it comes to refugees, however, Denmark has long led the continent in its shift to the right—and in its growing domestic consensus that large-scale Muslim immigration is incompatible with European social democracy. They are correct.

How Society Pays When Women’s Work Is Unpaid.

Ironically, we probably wouldn’t have been able to make the ridiculous amount of money we’re making now if we were worried about money.

You hear a voice in your head when you’re reading, right?

February 23, 2016

Open to Inspection.

The number that fascinates physicists above all others. New geeky pickup line: Baby, they must call you α, because your fine structure is constant.

America’s Deadly Gun Addiction, By the Numbers.


Inventing science fiction.

Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared?

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Find 8-Year-Old GPS For $150.

Click Bait.

Strokes On The Rise Among Younger Adults Due to Obesity.

There’s an 83% chance that automation will take a job with an hourly wage below $20.

The Sneaky Life of the World’s Most Mysterious Plant.

Perfectly preserved bronze age wheel unearthed in Cambridgeshire.

February 22, 2016

That’s why photos of the Lunar surface and objects in outer space tend to look fake to modern audiences.

Gender Bias in the News.

Calorie Counts Really Do Fight Obesity.

The Ecstasy of Influence. Great essay. Best I’ve read in a few years. And just wait till the end.

Black Workers Really Do Need to Be Twice as Good.

Incentives matter. However, they can matter in unpredictable ways.

Why veteran teachers aren’t surprised young people are shunning the profession.

Arbitration as Wealth Transfer.

Body temperature seems, in part, to be controlled by gut bacteria.

Engineers in Texas are building a camera that can make a sharp image with no lens at all.