March 31, 2019

Robotic Pets.

Rachel Maddow’s Conspiracy Brain. I tuned in to Maddow’s show after the Mueller investigation ended. It has not been pretty. She went down the Marcotte path, and in some ways worse.

Pay us forever: Apple wants you to rent your life from them. Apple’s plans herald a shift to rentier society where we rent our existence from patronizing mega-corporations. Apple has at last fallen, though presaged by destroying the fonts in their desktop OS.

In 64811 newborns, 64674 (99.79%) were either XY or XX in accordance with observed sex. Of the 137 with chromosome anomalies, 130 (94.89%) were sex-typical. Thus, 99.99% of people have sex chromosomes entirely in accordance with their external genitalia.

Maybe we need something more, too, but don’t have a way to define it in our political and social universe. Great writing and good systems thinking.

Non-Glamorous Gains: The Pennsylvania Land Tax Experiment.

The Lost History of One of the World’s Strangest Science Experiments.

Alligator gar both sucks and chomps to catch its prey, new study finds.

Less-educated Americans born in the 1960s fare much worse than those born 20 years earlier due to wage changes, shorter life expectancy, and higher medical costs.

March 30, 2019

Chances Are. The Bayesian revolution ties knowledge to its material value.

The desolation of Smaug: how being rich seems to destroy people’s souls.

The Death of the Suburban Fourplex.

Tell Me What You Think of Me. This is interesting because this person is so different than me.

Why Would an Animal Trade One Body for Another? Most species undergo metamorphosis, but scientists aren’t sure why the process evolved. One new theory: Metamorphosis gives animals greater access to food.

Why Lifting Weights Can Be So Potent for Aging Well.

Initial findings put Boeing’s software at center of Ethiopian 737 crash.

Efficacy of anti‐inflammatory treatment on major depressive disorder or depressive symptoms: meta‐analysis of clinical trials.

Individual differences in personality increased in magnitude from childhood through mid-adolescence. This pattern emerged using both children’s self-reports and ratings provided by their parents, and was primarily attributable to increases in the magnitude of genetic influences.

Great Disappointment. Surprisingly, this article isn’t about Obama.

Your Public Lands Are Killing You. We are squandering millions of acres of our children’s inheritance and using it to destroy the planet.

How “illegal” teacher strikes rescued the American labor movement.

The UX design case of closed captions for everyone.

March 29, 2019

Don’t Fall into the Calculus Trap.

Unusual galaxies defy dark matter theory.

Elizabeth Warren Calls for a National Right-to-Repair Law. She is on a roll.

The Human Costs Of Kamala Harris’ War On Truancy.

Jamie Dimon, spare us your crocodile tears about inequality.

After Insisting That EU Copyright Directive Didn’t Require Filters, France Immediately Starts Promoting Filters.

Last year’s headlines are in danger of disappearing forever.

How Automation Turns Us Into Trump Voters.

What liberals like Paul Krugman still don’t understand about rural America.

Do Trigger Warnings Work?

The Worst Disease Ever Recorded.

$2.00 A Day.

March 28, 2019

Ancient River Discovery Confirms Mediterranean Nearly Dried Up in the Miocene. Sedimentary deposits reveal a Nile-sized river system flowing from what are today Turkey and Syria.

FarmWise and Roush are making autonomous vegetable weeders. All that stuff that could never happen keeps happening.

Anita Hill Deserves Better Than Joe Biden’s Excuses. Fuck Joe Biden. Hated that douchebag since the 1980s.

Why debts associated with poverty can cause long-lasting problems. Keeping track of debt drains your mental resources.

The consistency illusion.

A job-scarce town struggles with Arkansas’s first-in-nation Medicaid work rules.

Astronomers Get a Rare Direct Look at an Exoplanet Thanks to New Telescope Technique.

Pete Buttigieg just nailed what Hillary Clinton did wrong in 2016. Well, at least one of the major things.

This Is How You Kill a Profession. How did we decide that professors don’t deserve job security or a decent salary?

March 27, 2019

Peak Indifference: are we reaching climate’s denial/nihilism tipping point?

Fed Needs to Get With The Program.

Rejecting the Entire Mindset of Iraq, Not Just the Outcome.

At the age of 24, 89 percent of STEM majors have STEM jobs, but at 35 years old, the number declines to 71 percent and continues to fall thereafter.

The next chapter of RussiaGate: more hysteria!

Epiphyseal plate.

How Can a Company with $1.8 Billion in Revenue Lose $1.9 Billion? WeWork Shows How.

She Finds Clues to Future Sustainability in Old Food Webs. By reconstructing prehistoric food webs and analyzing the diverse interactions of humans with other species, the ecologist Jennifer Dunne is developing a new understanding of sustainability through network science.

The Adult Brain Does Grow New Neurons After All, Study Says.

While data breaches and privacy incursions are very serious and have tangible consequences, debates over user rights and platform regulation barely scratch the surface. Deeper questions about power, autonomy, and what it means to be human still loom, largely uncovered.

We suggest that people’s tendency to deem bearers of bad news as unlikeable stems in part from their desire to make sense of chance processes.

Our findings showed that mentoring participation negatively affects promotion probability for female managers when they have female supervisors (vs male supervisors).

These findings suggest very low meat consumption increases the long-term risk of dementia and AD.

“As Rome took over, it [Stoicism] surged in popularity because it was the one system of ethics that worked well for the rich and powerful.”

For The First Time, Physicists Have Clocked The Ghostly Speed of Quantum Tunnelling.

The eviction crisis is starting to look a lot like the subprime mortgage crisis.

Smaller groups tend to create more innovative work, and larger groups less so.

Hierarchy in Capitalism and Socialism.

March 26, 2019

When more women are decision-makers, the environment wins.

Us Broke a Big Box Office Record—Consider It the Umpteenth Reminder that Black Narratives Are Marketable.

Three lessons from the ‘failed’ Mueller inquiry.

We Already Spend More Than Medicare for All Would Cost Us.

The most reprehensible part of the admissions scandal: faking disability accommodations.

Cartrivision is such an interesting format. It was a failed 1972 (!) home video format, predating VHS & Beta. How have I never heard of this?

Build a Decentralized Web Chat in 15 Minutes. Usually I hate this kind of stuff. But that is pretty cool.

Percent dietary protein was negatively associated with total energy intake (F = 6.9, P < 0.0001) irrespective of whether carbohydrate (F = 0, P = 0.7) or fat (F = 0, P = 0.5) were the diluents of protein.

DOT launches committee to review FAA aircraft certification.

What If the Future Were Delightful? Two new books argue for the virtues of pleasure—as an end in itself, but also as a political tool.

Music labels sue Charter, complain that high Internet speeds fuel piracy.

March 25, 2019

Robert Mueller was latched onto as a savior by a lot of the same people who very deeply wanted to believe that Hillary Clinton didn’t lose the 2016 election, because if that belief could be maintained then there is no need for any kind of self-reflection about what might have led to Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 election.

Why Do Wite-Out and Liquid Paper Still Exist?

Brazilian Researchers Say Smartphone Addiction Is Real, And That It’s Associated With Impaired Decision-making.

Afro-Pessimism and the (Un)Logic of Anti-Blackness.

For-profit health care will kill at least 50 million Americans over the next 30 years or so.

We imagined ourselves as samurai sword VR pirate pioneers, but it turns out we’re pointless argument vegetables growing in walled gardens, harvested for the benefit of robots that serve us ads.

Going Cashless Looks More and More Like a Capitalist Scam.

Flood Damage to Midwestern Levees, Roads, Farms May Run Well into the Billions.

March 24, 2019

What Is the World to Do About Gene-Editing?

Twittered Rage.

There’s a Concerning Trend of Pet Owners Wanting to Turn Their Carnivore Animals Vegan. Are vegans the stupidest motherfuckers on the planet, or is it the entire universe?

In defense of eco-hypocrisy.

Big Pharma’s Go-To Defense of Soaring Drug Prices Doesn’t Add Up.

The Fan-Fictioning of Robert Mueller.

Opting Out of Vaccines Should Opt You Out of American Society.

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good.

March 23, 2019

The US Desperately Needs a ‘Fiber For All’ Plan.

The story of the growth mindset is a cautionary tale about what happens when psychological theories are translated into the reality of the classroom, no matter how well-intentioned.

Billions in Toronto Real Estate Bought Anonymously, with Funds of Unknown Origin. If I had tons of cash I needed to launder, I’d definitely do it in real estate.

Our results demonstrate that people have a demand for biased news, consistent with a desire to confirm pre-existing beliefs.

It’s Not Just You.

Diverse commensal E. coli clones and plasmids disseminate antimicrobial resistance genes in domestic animals and children in a semi-rural community in Ecuado.

Why Hannah Arendt is the philosopher for now.

Housing Exploitation Is Rife in Poor Neighborhoods.

March 22, 2019

Climate Change Is This Generation’s Vietnam War. It’s an existential threat to millennials—and older Americans are standing in the way of action.

The Enduring Timidity of the Democratic Party.

Computer Latency at a Human Scale.

Millions of Americans Flood Into Mexico for Health Care — the Human Caravan You Haven’t Heard About.