October 31, 2016

Adolescence is no longer a bridge between childhood and adult life.

The Freeze App Does Not Exist.

The illusion of the perfect alibi: Establishing the base rate of non-offenders’ alibis.

Randomized controlled trials in the form of local experiments cannot replace an overarching vision of the social good.

Mere exposure to rivals increases Machiavellianism and unethical behavior.

What’s not being voted on this November: Local democracy is being squashed from coast to coast.

Struggling for an Emmett Till Memorial That Withstands Gunshots.

Two Faces Of American Justice – Bundy Acquittal And Dakota Pipeline Protests.

Greg Mankiw thinks Hamilton scalpers are fantastic. Of course he does. He’s rich.

New MacBook Pros and the State of the Mac. Have used Apple machines on and off since 1982. Looks like that is over now.

October 30, 2016

Why It Took So Long to Invent the Wheel.

Total Nightmare: USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.

Mencken On Democracy.

The world after a 100 m sea level rise.

A Peek Inside Japanese Candy Sculptor Shinri Tezuka’s Amezaiku Studio.

Why aren’t more people working from home, and what does it say about society? Managerial class cannot tolerate it because it removes appearance of control, display of power.

‘I Want My Country Back.’

Let researchers try new paths.

Seattle: Highest Minimum Wage, Lowest Unemployment Rate.

October 29, 2016

Ancient water from Northern Ontario mine may harbour ‘alien’ life.

10 words that don’t mean what they used to: when meerkats were monkeys and bimbos were boys. I rate this as mostly accurate, unlike most pop etymology.

What’s More Distracting Than A Noisy Co-Worker? Turns Out, Not Much.

Baby boomers have been a disaster for America, and Trump is their biggest mistake yet.

Worms seen farming plants to be eaten later for the first time.

The Bane of the Bighorn: Domestic Sheep and a Deadly Bacteria.

Donald Trump Can’t Undermine American Democracy Because It Barely Even Exists.

Obamacare’s insurance expansion is on the path to looking like other safety net programs we know, offering limited services to a predominantly low-income population. Who could have predicted such a thing?

Inside the Frozen Zoo That Could Bring Extinct Animals Back to Life.

Interview with Professor Rebecca Goldstein.

Greece: Disaster after the capitulation.

Have you ever wondered how much energy women put in to avoid being assaulted? It may shock you. Did not shock me as nearly all my friends are women…but damn.

Despite Administration’s Promises, Most Government Transparency Still The Work Of Whistleblowers And Leakers. Tell me again why I should worship Obama and his “legacy?”

Facebook Allows Advertisers To Exclude Users Based On “Ethnic Affinity.” Gender: pizza. Ethnic affinity: pizza.

The unit of caring.

In the United States, we have a 200-year tradition of misogynist cultural thought that tells us that male desires (to be free, to be “natural”) are in direct opposition to female ones (to make rules and impose order).

How many scientific papers just aren’t true? Enough that basing government policy on ‘peer-reviewed studies’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

October 28, 2016

Federal officials delivered a landmark ruling in favor of online privacy Thursday, limiting how Internet providers use and sell customer data.

Half a Kilometer of Ice Gone in Just 7 Years — West Antarctica’s Smith Glacier Points To Nightmare Melt Scenario.

The Wyoming state government recently released a study weighing the pros and cons of transferring federal lands to the state. The results were unequivocal: it’s a terrible idea.

The Reason The Copyright Office Misrepresented Copyright Law To The FCC: Hollywood Told It To.

That Clinton is a corporate hack who is essentially on the side of bankers (which is one thing the leaks clearly show) is germane to the election. It matters. The leaks were more confirmatory than revelatory, but agreed.

Who needs land? These birds spend 10 months of the year in flight.

Apple is killing off MagSafe, one of the MacBook’s best features. Apple has lost its way; inevitable after Jobs died.

“We are investing less than four cents of every dollar we earn back into our nation’s productive capacity,” Feroli notes. “The economic possibilities for future generations will not be promising if we stay on this path.”

Young, talented and fed-up: scientists tell their stories.

On an island where nothing much seemed to happen, the Coast Guard nevertheless built a fortress with the expectation that someday something would.

Dr. Death.

October 27, 2016

Murderous Games: Gladiatorial Contests in Ancient Rome.

Here’s how much an extra $10,000 in student debt will set you back over your lifetime. But…Kevin Drum says all is well, nothing to see here.

A recent study found that the less control you have over your job, the more likely you are to drop dead.

In short, I don’t think we can fix the ACA. We’re going to be forced to go to Medicare For All sooner or later, because the ACA simply does not and cannot work in the long run.

Modern Cars Are Freaking Out In Car Washes.

Trump is a lousy candidate who can’t be trusted, but then Trump was the only one offering anything resembling alternative to the junk policies the other candidates were promising to continue.

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own.

When Liberals Became Republicans and Republicans Became Goons.

Inheritance and Time Travel.

Traditional architecture quickly (by the mid-forties) became a huge faux-pas in the practice of architects and was omitted from architectural education.

October 26, 2016

Learning to Cope With Chronic Pain.

AT&T Secretly Selling Customers’ Data to Law Enforcement.

How can you produce a magnet with exactly the right magnetic field? Making magnets with a 3D printer.

10 streets that define America.

The Other Sister: As many as 700,000 adults in the U.S. with a disability like autism live with parents or another family member who’s at least 60 years old. What happens when those caregivers are gone?

The Weird Economics Of Ikea.

Apple’s annual profits fall for first time in 15 years as iPhone sales decline. No headphone jack == I will never buy an Apple phone again.

The pity is that what passes for “normal” in economics barely deserves the appellation “science”.

Obamacare premiums are going up by more than 20 percent on average next year. Where’s Kevin Drum to tell me objective facts are all Republican lies?

A majority of Donald Trump supporters think everything has been terrible since the 1950s.

8 Horror Films That Use Architecture And Cities To Terrify.

White House urges ban on non-compete agreements for many workers.

October 25, 2016

The AT&T-Time Warner deal would be a disaster for the public interest.

Why won’t anyone admit that America is fighting 5 wars?

As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential.

How Post-Watergate Liberals Killed Their Populist Soul.

Canadian pilots no longer have to fly real aircraft to keep valid licences.

Young Minds in the Era of American Depravity.

Begonia species adapted to deep-shade conditions display blue leaf iridescence, a striking form of structural color originating from specialized chloroplasts.

October 24, 2016

The future: where borrowing is the norm and ownership is luxury. Turns out I hate the future.

So here we are, going about our lives, and all the while the Voyagers are out there, hurtling onward.

Lab-Grown Meat Is the Future of Food. Agreed. Is inevitable.

Looking at Apple as one of the “leaders” in this dry, corporate future dystopia we’re being dragged down into, I’m forced to beg, and grovel: please, for the love of god, can we at least make this future look cool?

Women Will Direct Every Episode of Jessica Jones Season 2.

The internet is still actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys.

Study Finds that Ocean Could Suffocate by 2030.

What World Are We Building?

To protect endangered species from extinction, the ecological community must become more politically involved. Also because we are one of the endangered species.

Women Who Hate Trump, but Aren’t With Her: The misogyny of the 2016 campaign has stifled critiques of Clinton from progressive feminists and people of color.

Having your data stored in the index is not enough to be found.

Batteries May Trip ‘Death Spiral’ in $3.4 Trillion Credit Market.

October 23, 2016

How can you tell if someone is kind? Ask how rich they are.


Very was originally used to indicate that something was true or real, as in the phrase ‘he was a veri prophett’ in William Tyndale’s Bible of 1526.

What’s new in education research? Impact evaluations and measurement – October round-up.

Japan’s koseki system: dull, uncaring but terribly efficient.

New study of newborns’ telomere length found that obese and overweight mothers risk shortening the lives of their children by up to 17 years.

Marginal evidence for cosmic acceleration from Type Ia supernovae.

Thanks to the 40-hour work week, there’s not a lot of spare time to fit in both socializing, recharging, and everything else that needs to be done in adult life.

Vanity Fair teen sex story: Nancy Jo Sales is wrong about teenagers, sex, and the internet.

China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone.

October 22, 2016

Google Quietly Handed Over Your Name And Account Info To Its Ad Network.

Cisco Develops System To Automatically Cut-Off Pirate Video Streams. VPN everything.