August 21, 2019

Earth’s inner core is doing something weird.

World Bank Report: TPP Will Bring Negligible Economic Benefit To US, Canada And Australia.

Meritocracy has created a competition that, even when everyone plays by the rules, only the rich can win.

The Case For Publishing The Names Of Mass Shooters. News outlets are starting to erase perpetrators from the story. That may backfire.

A Brief History of Slavery That You Didn’t Learn in School.

The 1619 Project and the far-right fear of history.

The Power of Touch.

There’s fair critiques to make of ruminant agriculture about how it can improve on the margins (as with all ag), but so much of the public conversation seems to be focused on elimination or dramatically reducing ruminant ag, based on misunderstandings of how it currently works.

VBScript is gone. Once a scripting language to compete with JavaScript in web browsers, VBScript is now disabled by default on all supported versions of Windows after a recent Windows update.

Super-Earth at a nearby star is a Mercury-like hunk of rock. Consistent with the idea that small stars may burn off nearby atmospheres.

Arizona Legislature could make cities pay for raising the minimum wage.

The dubious logic of commodification.

NASA confirms mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.

The Corporate Debt Bubble.

No, Productivity Does Not Explain Income. Marginal productivity is a thought virus that is sabotaging the scientific study of income.

August 20, 2019

Big Brands Are Using Amazon’s Anticounterfeiting Measures to Crush Small Businesses.

sex, lies, and videotape at 30: how Steven Soderbergh changed independent cinema.

Are Attitudes Contagious? Exposure to Biased Nonverbal Signals Can Create Novel Social Attitudes.

Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore windfarms, new analysis from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University has revealed.

The Most Dangerous Man in the World.

New model agrees with old: Nuclear war between US and Russia would result in nuclear winter.

A Cycle of Renewal, Broken: How Big Tech and Big Media Abuse Copyright Law to Slay Competition.

The Age of Media Corporation Mega-Mergers Is Robbing Us of Bolder, Fresher Storytelling.

What if aging weren’t inevitable, but a curable disease?

Absolute scale corrupts absolutely.

2009 satellite collision.

August 19, 2019

The quiet death of the “white Bernie Bro” attack.

Media companies run by the country’s richest people can’t help but project the mindset of their owners.

The Antarctic ice sheet is melting and, yeah, it’s probably our fault.

We Have Ruined Childhood. For youngsters these days, an hour of free play is like a drop of water in the desert. Of course they’re miserable.

The US has been getting ‘its ass handed to it’ in war games simulating fights against Russia and China.

I think a mistake that some on the left make is not thinking deeply enough about how agencies run, and how to make them run better.

America’s mega-emitters are starting to close.

NOAA Data Confirms July Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded.

A Brief Introduction to Sarah Tolmie’s Speculative Fiction.

New study uncovers how berberine combats diabetes and obesity.

Genetic study suggests humans, not Ice Age, killed off European cave bears.

Sitting there, feeling self-righteous and microaggressed against by life is neither ethnic nor studies. It’s a very American pastime that interests a small group of wealthy people and wannabes.

To the Chinese state, the “engagement” and “responsible stakeholder” strategies were an existential threat to their regime, and they were not shy about telling us this. Our problem: we did not listen.

A Major Proof Shows How to Approximate Numbers Like Pi.

August 18, 2019

Tumblr’s adult-content ban came at a great cost to a community who depended on the social network to be a forum where issues related to body image, identity and sexuality could be discussed and expressed in a healthy manner.

The Machine’s Scar on Humanity and the History of Life.

It’s 2016 All Over Again. Joe Biden is pitching himself as an electable moderate who can beat Donald Trump. We’ve seen this movie before — and we know exactly how it ends.

The Street Within: Big Mama and her neighbors face homelessness in L.A.

Europe faces security threat from the rise in Chinese military power.

David Keith’s Carbon Removal Moonshot.

Youth sports in the U.S. are diverging according to income — more middle- and lower-income students quitting athletics while participation among wealthier children is rising.

How Life Sciences Actually Work: Findings of a Year-Long Investigation.

Liberals Beware: Repealing a Law That Protects Free Speech Online Will Only Help Trump. But using the right magic words and banning the wrong magic words is the solution to everything!

August 17, 2019

The world’s most-surveilled cities.

Insurance Companies Are Paying Cops To Investigate Their Own Customers.

Data Errors Plague Stock Traders in Volatile Week.

Zeroing In On Earth-like Planets.

Earth Stopped Getting Greener 20 Years Ago. Declining plant growth is linked toward decreasing air moisture tied to global warming.

Here’s What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them.

Creatures of the Deep Karst.

How an Online Mob Created a Playbook for a Culture War.

Saturn Behind the Moon.

What Would Our Cities Look like If We Took Our Climate Change Values Seriously?

Companies are increasingly insisting their ads do not appear near articles or videos that contain any of a long list of words.

Sexism in the Academy.

In California, the 2020 elections will feature an epic battle to allow cities to reinstate property taxes.

August 16, 2019

NYC Restaurants ‘Thriving’ While Paying $15 Minimum Wage, Study Finds.

Where Did ‘Jazz,’ the Word, Come From?

Scientists Discover New Cure for the Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis.

‘Climate change contrarians’ receive 49 per cent more media coverage than scientists, US study finds.

The Sinister Brutality of Shipping Container Architecture. It’s become a mark of hipster modernity everywhere from Amsterdam to Beijing. It’s also utterly ill-suited for human life. But all hail the liberal utopia!

In Hilarious IPO Filing, WeWork Dreams of $3 Trillion in Revenue But Has Billions in Losses. Red-Ink Massacre to Come in 2nd Half.

Uwe Reinhardt on High US Health Care Costs. Most of the centrist explanations are very wrong, turns out.

The Next Recession Is Going to Be Brutal.

How Segregation Caused Your Traffic Jam.

Apple’s bulbous, colorful iMac went on sale 21 years ago today.

Total annihilation for supermassive stars.

That Native App Is Probably Just an Old Web Browser.

This is a capitalist society. It’s a fatalistic mantra that seems to get repeated to anyone who questions why America can’t be more fair or equal.

Without most of the nation noticing, the beverage industry has found a way to snuff out local sugar taxes—by squashing them at the state level.

August 15, 2019

A Small Patch of Farmland Meets Humanity’s Solar Power Needs.

The dawn of the age of geoengineering.

Old Sailor Logs Show How Frighteningly Fast the Arctic Is Losing Ice.

Health insurance companies are useless. Get rid of them.

New Models Point to More Global Warming Than We Expected.

While richer countries tend to frame climate change coverage as a political issue, poorer countries more often frame it as an international issue that the world at large needs to address.

The Climate Crisis Is Not Evenly Distributed, But It’s Already Here. A new report details which areas of the United States are already undergoing the most serious change.

Down the Rabbit-Hole….

How much energy does it take (on average) to produce 1 kilogram of the following materials?

Scientists make first observation of fish schooling using bioluminescent flashes. Scintillating research.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – AI.

Even Low Levels of Air Pollution Can Damage Your Lungs as Much as Smoking a Pack a Day.

McDonald’s new paper straws aren’t recyclable — but its axed plastic ones were. The anti-plastic-straw people are some of the dumbest motherfuckers on the planet.

How the Invention of Spreadsheet Software Unleashed Wall Street on the World.

These 54-Million-Year-Old Fly Eyes Are Preserved in Astounding Detail. The crane fly fossils upend theories about the structure of the most common visual organ in the animal kingdom.

Banks are paying people to borrow money. That’s alarming news for the global economy.

The Effects of Career and Technical Education: Evidence from the Connecticut Technical High School System.

August 14, 2019

How YouTube Radicalized Brazil.

Individuals scoring high on dark personality exhibited a preference for inner-city, relative to suburban or rural living.

The Walton family gets $100 million richer every single day.

The Horror of Microsoft Teams.

Inflation Data Shows Tariffs Are Not a Tax on Consumers but on Foreign & US Corporations.

Pfizer Announces New Antidote For Slow-Acting Poison Currently Coursing Through Bodies Of Millions Of Americans.

Lower Mortgage Rates Aren’t Boosting U.S. Housing. The residential real estate market is less affordable now than anytime since before the financial crisis.