February 28, 2019

Why neutrons and protons are modified inside nuclei.

Reading in an Age of Catastrophe.

Think Facebook has an anti-vaxxer problem? You should see Amazon.

The Northern Hemisphere Just Experienced Its First-Ever Category 5 Cyclone in February.

Extreme Weather Can Feel ‘Normal’ After Just a Few Years, Study Finds.

What we are seeing in California is a calculated move to erode the foundations of the national identity. The only winner in this game is global capital.

Retailers are colluding to inflate prices online.

Australian Siblings Are Semi-Identical Twins, Some of the Rarest Humans Ever.

Massive cuts to Social Security: This is the ‘wall’ Americans should worry about.

February 27, 2019

People Are Concerned About Their Privacy In Theory, Not Practice, Says New Study.

America Is an Oligarchy. It Doesn’t Have to Be.

The Ocean Is Running Out of Breath, Scientists Warn. Widespread and sometimes drastic marine oxygen declines are stressing sensitive species—a trend that will continue with climate change.

A Strange Relationship Between Vegetarianism and Depression. New research connects vegetarianism and depression. The question is why?

Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood. Cities suck.

Are we on the road to civilisation collapse?

Anti-Amazon Fever Is Spreading, and Big Tech Companies Should Be Worried.

Galloway (car). A car built (largely) by and for women from the 1920s, the first of its kind.

An Inside Look at How the Varroa Mite’s True Diet Was Discovered.

February 26, 2019

Debt Among Millennials Rockets Past $1 Trillion. Yeah, that’s sustainable.

Office Space Exposed the Lie Millennials Were Taught to Believe About Working.

The veganism boom does more for food company profits than the planet. Well, I must say I am shocked.

EAT-Lancet’s Plant-Based Planet: 10 Things You Need to Know. Will never give up meat or eat much less unless I have no other choice as it’d be very hard to stay fit that way.

Cloud Loss Could Add 8 Degrees to Global Warming.

Berlin is re-nationalising private rental housing, planning a referendum on banning mega-landlords, and considering a 5-year rent freeze. US should do all of this, and more.

I don’t know what to think about Paul Krugman. Back in the day, he was one of the few prominent voices who opposed the Iraq War, but since then, it seems Krugman argues left until a good policy stands a chance of passing at which point he lurches rightward.

Ancient Angkor’s mysterious decline may have been slow, not sudden.

February 25, 2019

Health Care and Insurance Industries Mobilize to Kill ‘Medicare for All’.

Zombie stars shine on after mystery detonations.

America Is a Socialist Country for the Rich.


The Case for Being Skeptical of Moral Outrage.

Artists against Article 13: when Big Tech and Big Content make a meal of creators, it doesn’t matter who gets the bigger piece.

The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes.

Why don’t teenagers have a greater say in their future?

PepsiCo Is Laying Off Corporate Employees As the Company Commits To ‘Relentlessly Automating’. Some more stuff that could “never happen” happening.

February 24, 2019

I cancelled my NYT subscription. NYT is one of the biggest peddlers of fake news. Just because Trump says it doesn’t make it wrong.

Italy Headed For ‘Vicious’ Debt Crisis.

How Varshini Prakash and the Sunrise Movement Are Making People Actually Care About Climate Change.

The 2020 Democratic Frontrunners Need to Answer for Their Votes on SESTA.

High Rents Are Stunting Job-Market Growth.

World’s food supply under ‘severe threat’ from loss of biodiversity. Plants, insects and organisms crucial to food production in steep decline, says UN.

Fast food executive complains that social media inflates young people’s “self-importance,” killing their willingness to work for free.

In 2020, we may finally get to talk about what kind of capitalism we want. All due to Big B running in 2016.

Blockbuster Gizmodo investigation reveals probable masterminds of the massive anti-Net Neutrality identity theft/astroturf campaign.

February 23, 2019

Sex workers called it: ‘Anti-sex-trafficking’ law causes more sex trafficking.

De novo origins of multicellularity in response to predation.

The Myth of Progress.

These Two Industries Kill More People Than They Employ.

Medicare for All isn’t ‘radical,’ it’s popular.

U.S. Is a Rich Country With Symptoms of a Developing Nation. The country is backsliding based on a host of troubling metrics.

Your phone and TV are tracking you, and political campaigns are listening in.

When Everything Is Quantified, Power Accrues to Whoever Is Keeping Score.

Mars Weather.

Antarctic flies protect fragile eggs with ‘antifreeze.’ Did not realize any insect was native to Antarctica.

Five Lessons From Seven Years of Research Into Buttons.

February 22, 2019

Why the Green New Deal is more realistic than a carbon tax.

Rich People Have Been Taking Your Money For 40 Years And They Still Are.

The World’s Largest Bee Is Not Extinct.

Facebook Ups Surveillance Of Users To Keep Tabs On People Who Don’t Like Facebook.

Why Voters Haven’t Been Buying the Case for Building. Economist mostly wrong again? Real shock.

We all feel disempowered.

How the body and mind talk to one another to understand the world.

Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked.

When the Highest Paid Hollywood Director Was a Woman.

February 21, 2019

The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like.

Why Are MMT Critiques Generally Terrible?

American women have better control of high blood pressure but are more obese than men.

Feds share watchlist with 1,400 private groups.

When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online.

When does one of the central ideas in economics work?

Differences in spatial reasoning abilities are largely determined by genes, with non-shared (idiosyncratic) experiences having modest effects, and the shared environment (nurture) carrying little weight and even vanishing over time. Same is true of math abilities I’d bet a million bucks.

Study reveals disguises are surprisingly effective. Who the fuck is surprised that disguises work?

February 20, 2019

It’s time to get tougher on anti-vaxxers.

Yes, the Green New Deal is audacious. But we have no choice but to think big.

A $300 billion business tax break meant to raise wages is instead helping companies replace workers with machines, study says.

There is no void where abusive male ‘geniuses’ once stood. I agree, even though I think #metoo is largely not doing what its proponents believe it is doing.

According to libertarian dogma, only the government can oppress you. Only the government can put you in a cage, they say. Yet this is a delusional belief if you look at how society actually functions. People do not have a choice to not work. And since employers enjoy a monopsony, people don’t get to choose who they work for.

Post-truth, anti-truth, and can’t-handle-the-truth: how responses to science are shaped by concerns about its impact. People protect “sacred truths” at all costs, despite the evidence.

Disgust as a Cue and Signal of Social Status.

Voice Assistants are a Fancy Command Line.

Where Movies Get Their Vintage Electronics.

Why Do We Fail When We Try to Tell the Story of Climate Change? Perhaps we don’t want to see climate horrors clearly. It’s too hard to think about how very fucked we are.

February 19, 2019

“We take your privacy and security seriously” is the “thoughts and prayers” of data-breaches.

U.S. Student Debt in `Serious Delinquency’ Tops $166 Billion.

Why people afraid of raising the minimum wage are missing the point.

The Joy of Standards.

The Man Who Questioned Everything.

A letter that I did not send to my dear uncle, who sent me a climate change denial article from a right-wing copypasta content farm.

How to Get Your Laundry Done in Ancient Mesopotamia.

The Climate Movement’s Decades-Long Path to the Green New Deal. How the climate movement learned to play politics.

We Don’t Need Private Health Insurance.

February 18, 2019

Google backtracks on Chrome modifications that would have crippled ad blockers. Google changes stance on upcoming Chrome Manifest V3 changes as benchmark shows they lied about performance hit.

Participants able to complete more than 40 push-ups were associated with a significant reduction in incident cardiovascular disease event risk compared with those completing fewer than 10 push-ups.

“Race To The Top” education funding showed every bad tendency of contemporary liberalism….

Time to Panic. The planet is getting warmer in catastrophic ways. And fear may be the only thing that saves us.

Uncovering a “smoking gun” of biological aging.

The highly realistic nobody: Researchers take fake images to another level. I wish Baudrillard were still alive.

Still Haunted by the Shadow of the Greater Recession….

U.S. City Transit.

Despite public pledges, leading scientific journals still allow statistical misconduct and refuse to correct it.