July 22, 2016

Italy doesn’t have a banking crisis; it has a euro crisis.

Dark matter still MIA after most exhaustive search yet. My guess is we’re looking for something that doesn’t exist in any form we expect it to.

Gender Differences in Risk-Taking: Evidence from Professional Basketball by René Böheim, Christoph Freudenthaler, Mario Lackner.

A neutron star is so dense that one teaspoon (5 milliliters) of its material would have a mass over 5.5×1012 kg (that is 1100 tonnes per 1 nanolitre), about 900 times the mass of the Great Pyramid of Giza. However could not exist (would inflate) outside of that gravitational environment.

Police asked this 3D printing lab to recreate a dead man’s fingers to unlock his phone.

No, Police Fatalities Are Not Going Up.

What if There Just Aren’t Enough Jobs to Go Around?

Crisis Living Rooms.

July 21, 2016

France: Windows 10 collects ‘excessive personal data’, issues Microsoft with formal warning.

Arrow Heads.

How Much Space Does $1,500 Rent You in the 30 Most Populous US Cities?

The man who killed TTIP. Neoliberalism is dying, but it will die fighting.

How Private Equity Found Power and Profit in State Capitols.

Melania Trump’s Plagiarism is not important. Look, if you’re a college-educated intellectual like myself, or a college-educated journalist, you think plagiarism is a bad thing. Most ordinary people do not care very much. It’s just not very important.

If there is one double plus good side to Melania Trump’s wholesale plagiarizing of Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech, it is that it reveals the utter vacuity of the original.

A European Goes to the Doctor in America.

Forget about 54.5 mpg by 2025. Americans love their SUVs too much.

Updated Brain Map Identifies Nearly 100 New Regions.

Housing can’t be a good investment and affordable.

July 20, 2016

Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI.

The rectangularness of countries.

Study opens new realms of light-matter interaction.

The Devastating Process of Dying in America Without Insurance.

A Patent to Turn Off Smartphone Cameras With Invisible Signals.

Lovis Ostenrik.

Little to show from the Obama economic recovery.

Why Do We Write About Orphans So Much?

Toy Models.

July 19, 2016

The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists.

If you want to know what it’s really like being a woman, listen to the people around her.

The Millennial Revolt Against Neoliberalism.

Growing older is a matter of giving things up, letting things go, one item at a time, until all you have left to give up is your life.

Vintage Photos That Show Women’s Street Style from the 1920s.

The Misguided Logic of Keeping Calm in the Face of Terror.

Theresa May: Britain must renew Trident because ​nuclear threat against Britain and the world has increased.

Why kids stick their tongues out when they concentrate: A scientific investigation. But there is no evolutionary reason humans do anything ever! /sarcasm.

Too Many Deer on the Road? Let Cougars Return. Don’t care about on the road; too many for healthy ecosystem.

July 18, 2016

Central banks want to issue national digital currencies, but are countries ready?

Punished for Being Poor. The Virginia scheme that suspends the driver’s license of anyone who can’t pay trivial fines.

Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can do that.

Ancient rock art’s colours come from microbes.

Economic Growth.

Our predilections both in popular culture and politics have increasingly turned tribal, as if a once-common language has broken into coded dialects that separate us from the other.

Justice department ‘uses aged computer system to frustrate Foia requests.’

Your Town Is A Financial Timebomb. Much of America is a large-scale natural experiment in extreme collective stupidity.

Why The ‘Ghostbusters’ Backlash Is A Sexist Control Issue.

America is stuck in Investigationception. This is just fucking brilliant.

A young relative had a discussion with a friend about this passion thing and concluded that she has “no goals, no passions, and nothing she is really ‘good’ at”. It occurred to me that I, at the age of 72, am in the same boat. And I don’t care!

A Book about Books and a Collection on Collections.

We’ve integrated all the pressures of the commercial realm into our personal lives, applying the same extremely competitive expectations to love, friendship, family, and even our internal state of mind.

Interesting Vintage Photos of HMV’s Sound-Isolating Vinyl Listening Booths from the 1950s.

America is too damn hot: U.S. faces dramatic rise in extreme heat and humidity.

The Gift of Moving: Intergenerational Consequences of a Mobility Shock.

July 17, 2016

The great irony of imperialism.

Nettie Stevens discovered XY sex chromosomes. She didn’t get credit because she had two X’s.

The Basic Functions of the World Depend on Women.

Of Mice and Minions: Why Are All the Cartoon Animals Male?

The same people deride millennials and their “safe spaces” where feelings are never hurt, and then fall back on the refrain that “I just feel more secure when I have a gun.”

Allen and his callers’ obsessive focus on minute details of Castile’s reactions seems to imply that police officers are, in fact, wildly undisciplined and violent animals, who go into every situation prepared to commit murder at the slightest provocation.

Musings about above-ground sovereignty.

FRB: Speech–Raskin, Aspects of Inequality in the Recent Business Cycle–April 18, 2013.

The “natural course of healthy obesity is progression to metabolic deterioration.”

Obesity causes premature death, concludes study of studies. Although it is true that the body mass index is flawed, even the merely overweight have shorter life expectancy than the slender. HAES is crap, in other words. Which we already knew.

Western-style diet linked to state-dependent memory inhibition. Obesity may ultimately be a disease of the brain, involving a progressive deterioration of various cognitive processes that influence eating.

Calls for Social Security Expansion Grow Louder in Washington. And you know whom to thank for even making this conversation possible? Bernie fucking Sanders.

Expropriation or Bust: On the Illegitimacy of Wealth and Why It Must Be Recuperated.

Dissonant tones sound fine to people not raised on Western music.

Can you explain why liberalism is a poor ideology?

A Multi-Sensorial Urban Garden Has Sprouted Up In Italy.

The Mystery of Urban Psychosis. Don’t know which way causality goes typically, but cities certainly make me crazy.

July 16, 2016

For 90 years, lightbulbs were designed to burn out. Now that’s coming to LED bulbs.

Police are civilians. They are the civil power. They are not soldiers. They are subject to the rule of law adjudicated within civilian courts — not military justice.

Poor at 20, poor for life.

The Second Time Around: James Traub on Neoliberal Technocracy.

Modern turtle shells certainly make for potent defenses, but the wide ribs of Eunotosaurus and Pappochelys do not. They wouldn’t even have covered the creatures’ heads, necks, or backs.

Iterating hurt.

Why Did American Cats Get Blamed for So Many Divorces?

Bastille Day Terror in Nice. With each attack, the once-unthinkable—President Le Pen—becomes more and more thinkable.

The greatest trick the Republicans ever performed was dragging America’s political spectrum so far right of center that the Democrats caved and became center-right corporatist shills.

July 15, 2016

Placing Ireland’s economic “recovery” in context.

There are only a handful of places left in the United States that still practice the forgotten art of harvesting winter.

“Vote for me and I promise to keep everything basically the same” will seem appropriately comforting at the worst possible moment for the country.

Scientific Education as a Cause of Political Stupidity.

Why do we pretend to clean up oil spills in the ocean?

The Fake Factory That Pumped Out Real Money.

The Fight for the “Right to Repair.”

Obesity is three times as deadly for men than women.

HSBC avoided US money laundering charges because of ‘market risk’ fears.

New peak for US health care spending: $10,345 per person.

Russia Is Building a Nuclear Space Bomber.

July 14, 2016

The Call of the Billboard.

Radiation bombardment from ancient supernovae may have triggered climate change.

The Internet of Things has a dirty little secret: it’s not really yours.

Obese or anorexic individuals react differently to taste, CU Anschutz study says.

No Time Like the Present.

Roles of Authority.

Macro laws.

Quotes From Feminists That Will Make You Rethink Trusting Men’s Rights Activists. Who trusts MRAs anyway?

Europe is a place where everything is impossible. Countries won’t do what it would take to leave the euro, because that would destroy their economies. And Europe won’t do what it would take to make them want to stay, because that would destroy their rule book.

Our economic policy, driven by this rationalism, has morphed into a national version of the Hunger Games, pitting every worker against each other.