March 31, 2017

In 2011, researchers observed something that should be impossible—a massive bloom of phytoplankton growing under Arctic sea ice in conditions that should have been far too dark for anything requiring photosynthesis to survive. Ice is thinning to 0.0 — light gets through so the plants can grow. (Ice, ice baby.)

The big bike helmet debate: ‘You don’t make it safe by forcing cyclists to dress for urban warfare.’ I will never ride a bike if a helmet is compulsory.

Why the Math Curriculum Makes No Sense.

The information war is real, and we’re losing it.

Rossby waves on the Sun.

Since 2007, the DEA has taken $3.2 billion in cash from people not charged with a crime. I need to get into law enforcement or a Wall Street job so I can up my thievin’ game.

NRA Recommends Preventing Firearm Deaths By Securing Children In Locked Safe.

Does Power Increase Self-Control? Episodic Priming May Not Provide the Answer.

The Invisible Hand.

Drone Video Shows The Horrifying Scale Of The Volkswagen Buyback

Democrats Against Single Payer. “Democrats,” aka somewhat-less-malicious Republicans.

U.S. War Footprint Grows in Middle East, With No Endgame in Sight.

Pedestrian Deaths Continue to Climb in U.S., Study Finds.

March 30, 2017

The Intersectionality that Dare Not Speak Its Name.

Mortality Crisis Redux: The Economics of Despair.

Drug Lab Scandal Could Overturn 23,000 Convictions.

#ThanksForTyping highlights how intellectual work of male academics benefited from the unpaid, uncredited research assistance of wives.

Statistician Proves Gaussian Correlation Inequality.

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs. Glad some economists are beginning to reject the Magic Job Fairy theory of job creation. (Many links referencing this same study lately.)

Go Viral Or Die Trying. It’s not enough to be sick—are you also interesting?

The fetish of choice.

Love Lives of the Christian Conservatives.

The Sense of an Endling.

March 29, 2017

A Florida of Sun, Sky, Sea and Mind.

The life-saving treatment that’s being thrown in the trash.

2,000 years-old Roman Lead for physics.

Conspiracy theories about Russia are proliferating because of the strange limbo that America finds itself in.

The Lawyer Burying America’s ‘Living Dead.’

Robots Are Already Replacing Human Workers at an Alarming Rate.

A Growing Disconnection From Nature Is Evident in Cultural Products.

Don’t go to College, it’s Not Worth it. Don’t completely agree, but college is now very high risk (due to debt), with often low and unpredictable reward.

Staying Rich Without Manufacturing Will Be Hard.

March 28, 2017

Scorching Phoenix may be out of position to deal with climate change.

In Search Of Humanity’s Oldest Words.

In a meta-analysis of 11 studies, the adjusted odds of delivery by CS was 1.41 higher in for-profit hospitals as compared with non-profit hospitals (95% CI 1.24 to 1.60).

Who’s Tracking Your Faceprint?

Why Do We Assume Good Musicians Are Good People? Most artists are transgressive by nature, making them automatic assholes to many. That said, being an asshole does not make you an artist.

The welfare state in the age of globalization.

Against Chelsea Clinton. Like her mother, that she suffered horrible misogyny does not make her a good candidate for anything.

The DLC Lives: “Third Way” Democrats Are Trying to Push the Party Rightward. When you have reached bottom, start digging.

Payment Processors are Still Policing Your Sex Life, and the Latest Victim is FetLife.

What’s in a name? More than we can imagine.

The coldest case of all.

The Democrats are looking for a big idea? Here’s one: a guaranteed job for anyone who wants one. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

On the Origin of High-Sodium Species.

The Dark Side of Gender Segregation in the Military.

March 27, 2017

Critique in the Age of Trump.

Godwin’s Law should force us to remember & fear our shared heritage with Nazi Germany.

On a Texas prairie, distance grows between neighbors over an American birthright.

Technicolor 3 Strip.

The plot to kill Homo habilis.

The U.S. will be hit worse by job automation than other major economies.

By dismantling domestic privacy laws, the US will lose control of the global internet.

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future.

March 26, 2017

I heard myself letting out an anticipatory holler, like a Hollywood fighter pilot banking through a dogfight, and threaded the needle at nine miles an hour.

No, Evolution Is Not Always Dog-Eat-Dog.

Americans’ Shift To The Suburbs Sped Up Last Year.

The strange experiments that revealed most mammals can swim.

95 percent of colleges are completely unaffordable—and thus unavailable—for huge swaths of Americans.

The emergency room is not health care.

Fast Radio Bursts from Extragalactic Light Sails.

Tim Allen’s career is a metaphor for America. Much better than the headline indicates.

Clock stars: Astrocytes keep time for brain, behavior.

Men in poll say birth control doesn’t benefit them. Women say those men are ‘idiots.’

Our results show that associative learning is an essential component of plant behaviour.

The media has essentially stopped covering climate change.

The Matilda effect: the term for when men get credit for the inventions of women.

Ana Tijoux: ‘We can’t think of a feminism, an anti-patriarchy, without anti-capitalism’ And if you aren’t listening to Tijoux’s music, you really should be.

On Mocking Dying Working Class White People.

The Jump.

Ideology Precedes Policy Which Determines Outcomes.

The ABCs of planning.

Why technology won’t save biology.

Gender quotas in Sweden increased competence of elected officials.

Comcast Launches New 24/7 Workplace Surveillance Service.

The Problem Is Capitalism, Not Market Failures.

March 25, 2017

The new industrial revolution hits retail: prepare for mass firings.

How Noisy Is Your Neighborhood? Now There’s A Map For That. So noisy that I constantly want to flamethrower it all to the ground. (Map does not capture of course goddamn dogs barking, my bane.)

Another article asks us to feel sorry for a couple earning $500,000 a year.

Analysis of meta-analyses identifies where sciences’ real problems lie.

Hierarchies have a place even in societies built on equality.

No Salt Added.

The Hand Work of the Footbound.

Special Glasses Let Wearers See The Difference In Colors That Appear Identical.

The Most Expensive Weapon Ever Built.

March 24, 2017

Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs.

Everyone Knows Tech Workers Are Mostly White Men—Except Tech Workers.

Unless he has been spending the last few years learning Russian, speaking to Russians, interrogating Putin and his ministers, reading Putin’s speeches, analyzing what well-researched publications have to say on the subject, and the like (which of course he hasn’t), Comey isn’t qualified to make judgments of these sorts.

Children understand far more about other minds than long believed.

A family earning over $105,000 still can’t afford more than half of U.S. colleges.

Don’t Discriminate Against Mutants Like Me.

Can We Just, Like, Get Over the Way Women Talk?

Why Medicaid Work Requirements Won’t Work.

Many people think of politics as a low-grade morality play in which good people – people like us, naturally, because we lack the faculties of self-criticism – oppose bad people.

March 23, 2017

The Basic Psychological Structure of Our Society Does Not Work.

The ecological impact of spiders.

Golden powers are nearly integers.

Younger workers switch jobs less often than in the past.

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death. One fewer parasite mouth to feed amirite?

For insect detectives, the trickiest cases involve the bugs that aren’t there.