July 24, 2019

Climate changes faster than animals adapt.

It’s Not In Your Head: Urban Flooding Is Getting Much More Common.

Selves Are Not Food. I do not buy this view or Korsgaard’s position (I think plants are sentient by her own definition), but this is a good review.

July 23, 2019

A Peculiarly Dutch Summer Rite: Children Let Loose in the Night Woods.

The new fad is “client-side navigation”, where instead of relying on the browser to load new pages for you, you write a bunch of JavaScript code to do it instead. This is absolutely fucking moronic and needs to die forever.

Turning 26 Is A Potential Death Sentence For People With Type 1 Diabetes In America. Forced off their parents’ insurance and faced with high insulin prices, young adults dangerously ration, stockpile, and turn to the black market for the medication they need to stay alive. According to centrists, though, all is well! Greatest health care system in the world!

Science Fiction Sent Man to the Moon. Neil Armstrong’s first small step owed more than you’d think to the footsteps of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Fritz Lang.

UK CO2 Emissions Are Lowest Since 1888 Due to Government Intervention.

Animals living alongside humans have multiple copies of the gene for alpha-amylase, the enzyme that breaks down starchy foods, and high levels of this protein in their saliva.

Increasing smartphone usage temporarily diminishes the ability to interpret the deeper meaning of information.

How being human got reduced to management. Wellness culture and Silicon Valley tell us to apply scientific management to our lives. Is this any way to live?

Boreal Forests Burning More Now Than Any Time in Past 10,000 Years.

Let’s talk about peeing in space.

America’s Indefensible Defense Budget.

Media Just Can’t Stop Presenting Horrifying Stories as ‘Uplifting’ Perseverance Porn.

Your Next SSD Might Be Slower and Less Dependable (Thanks to QLC Flash).

The Effects of Spacing, Naps, and Fatigue on the Acquisition and Retention of Laparoscopic Skills.

Space research helps patients on Earth with low blood pressure condition.

The Best Algorithms Struggle to Recognize Black Faces Equally. US government tests find even top-performing facial recognition systems misidentify blacks at rates five to 10 times higher than they do whites.

Women are 73 percent more likely to be injured in a car accident.

Uncovering the birth of the Milky Way through accurate stellar ages with Gaia.

The Just World Fallacy: Why People Bash Assange And Defend Power.

July 22, 2019

Clearly, The Rothwell Paper Indicates That There Is A Genetic Basis For White Trump Support.

Latin America’s war on obesity could be a model for U.S.

Anxious people are more successful in escaping from virtual predators, study finds.

The tyranny of lawns and landlords.

World Energy Consumption.

Bob Dylan and the Myth of Boomer Idealism. For decades, films and television have seen a generation wax nostalgic about how it transformed America. The reality is something very different.

This jellyfish makes glowing proteins previously unknown to science.

The timber framed home is the cornerstone of vernacular architecture throughout the world and history. It is the most democratic and civilizing structure ever devised by mankind, which is why it is also the most hated form among the ideologues, progressives and modernists alike.

Wittgenstein’s Legacy: The Principles of the Private Language Arguments.

The Lessons of a Hideous Forest.

Dark stars: The seeds of supermassive black holes?

July 21, 2019

The weird magic of eiderdown.

The Northernmost Settlement on Earth Cracked 70 Degrees For the First Time This Week.

Babies Born Near Oil and Gas Wells Are Up to 70% More Likely to Have Congenital Heart Defects, New Study Shows.

A stealthy new drug-delivery system disguises chemotherapeutics as fat in order to outsmart, penetrate and destroy tumors.

Terrorism does increase with immigration — but only homegrown, right-wing terrorism.

What economists have gotten wrong for decades. Four economic ideas disproven by reality.

Decisiveness Is a Muscle.

Taxes for Revenue Are Obsolete. From 1946, still true today.

‘Caloric Restriction’ Study Finds Surprising Health Benefits. Another blow against FA/HAES nonsense.

The Origin of Religion – Part 1.

Climate Crisis: Central banks and the “macroprudential greening” of finance.

Big banks prepare to battle the Fed on faster payments.

The reasons why women’s voices are deeper today. We’re not talking Barry White here but some fascinating research reveals how women’s voices are becoming deeper in some countries.

Moderate Democrats Warn That AOC Is Distracting From Their Nonexistent Message.

Employers Are Mining the Data Their Workers Generate To Figure Out What They’re Up To, and With Whom.

Inferno (operating system).

July 20, 2019

Locally Run ISPs Offer the Fastest Broadband in America. Six out of the 10 fastest ISPs are either community-run or public/private partnerships. Shocking no one.

What Does an Unprocessed RAW File Look Like?

Why A “Public Option” Isn’t Enough.

A Massive Hunk Of Ice Will Reshape The World’s Coastlines Sooner Than We Thought.

Two must-read statistics books.

The necessity to change the rules of the current economic system is quite obvious.

Junk In Your Pension. A Side Effect Of Financial Repression.

Immigrants Now and Historically.

The biggest bull market ever — yet disaster looms for millions of retirees. The coming ‘tsunami of poverty’ for retirees — and what to do about it.

Dollar stores are everywhere. That’s a problem for poor Americans.

But before we rush to ban AC, we ought to first consider legalizing shade in our cities. Anyone who tries to ban AC will have to personally fight me.

I’m in Awe of How Long Zombies Like J.C. Penney Keep Getting New Money to Burn. But Bankruptcy Beckons.

Connected fitness: how Peloton is influencing the future of exercise.

As U.S. ‘superstar’ cities thrive, weaker ones get left behind.

Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign. Re-election looks plausible even with a bigger loss in the national popular vote.

The Weekly Design Roast, #8.

July 19, 2019

The Disturbing Sound of a Human Voice. Hearing people talk can terrify even top predators such as mountain lions, with consequences that ripple through entire ecosystems.

The Underappreciated Power of the Apollo Computer.

Washington Supreme Court Says Obesity Is a Disability. Is a voluntary and self-imposed disability a disability?

Social Security Is A Good Litmus Test For Candidates.

Foreign purchases of American homes plunge 36% as Chinese buyers flee. Good.

The lesson from the ruins of Notre Dame: don’t rely on billionaires.

87 Percent of Americans Unaware There’s Scientific Consensus on Climate Change.

Fewer Inspections for Aging Nuclear Plants, Regulators Propose. I’m all for more nuclear, but this is a terrible idea.

Women now seen as equally as or more competent than men. Polling data suggest stereotypes have significantly changed since 1940s.

It’s not just paychecks: The surprising society-wide benefits of raising the minimum wage. Surprising to whom?

Illegal immigration from Mexico: What we know.

July 18, 2019

Don’t Regulate Facial Recognition. Ban It. We are on the verge of a nightmare era of mass surveillance by the state and private companies. It’s not too late to stop it.

Girls’ superb verbal skills may contribute to the gender gap in math.

Out of Africa and into an archaic human melting pot.

How to Understand the Universe When You’re Stuck Inside of It.

Which countries have the most immigrants?

Five Basic Facts About Boeing Missing From Coverage Of the 737 MAX Story.

The climate change policy with the most potential is the most neglected. Public clean energy R&D is overlooked and underfunded.

DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific. Just three drug makers and six distributors were behind the flood.

Rising health insurance deductibles fuel middle-class anger and resentment.

Dr Emma Hilton reviews the science supporting the IOC decision to let male-born transgender athletes into female competition. Terrible and evil decision.

The Status Quo is a Choice, Too.

TurboTax Started Charging the Disabled, Unemployed and Students To Make Up For Trump Tax Law.

Killer Heat in the United States: The Future of Dangerously Hot Days.

July 17, 2019

Instacart Hounds Workers to Take Jobs That Aren’t Worth It.

President Obama was elected on the platform of hope and change. He promised big, sweeping changes, and, at the end of eight years, had continued and expanded all the most depraved foreign and domestic policies of his predecessor while killing the push for universal healthcare and creating a climate initiative which was the equivalent of a band-aid on a sucking chest wound.

Boeing 737 Max ordered by Ryanair undergoes name change. Decision fuels speculation that troubled plane will be rebranded once it is given all clear to fly.

Environmentalism’s Next Frontier: Giving Nature Legal Rights.

Free trade doesn’t just lead to job loss. It means more deaths from drug overdoses and increased military recruitment.

In New Climate, California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger. But some moron on another site told me that it’s all fake climate science.

Out with pesticides, in with wildflowers.

Why Closing Ohio’s Nuke Plants Will End Up Killing More Ohioans.

The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t. How one scientist and his inaccurate chart led to unwarranted fears of wireless technology.

July 16, 2019

Tens of Thousands Flee Extreme Heatwave in India as Temperatures Topping 120°F Kill Dozens Across Country.

Improving fruit and vegetable intake attenuates the genetic association with long-term weight gain.