February 29, 2020

Americans are skipping medically necessary prescriptions because of the cost.

Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders.

In a historic first, one private satellite docks to another in orbit.

Opinion | Michael Bloomberg and the Long History of Misogyny Toward Mothers.

About 40% of US adults are obese, government survey finds. What. The. Fuck.

Admit It: You Don’t Know What Will Happen Next. No one does, but it’s still worth exploring risk scenarios as part of a comprehensive plan for the future.

25-year study: Most corporate tax incentives do more harm than good.

The Silence of White Feminists.

How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America.

Printing’s Not Dead: The $35 Billion Fight Over Ink Cartridges.

When AI Can’t Replace a Worker, It Watches Them Instead.

February 28, 2020

Down on the Farm That Harvests Metal From Plants. Hyper-accumulating plants thrive in metallic soil that kills other vegetation, and botanists are testing the potential of phytomining.

DOJ Plans to Strike Against Encryption While the Techlash Iron Is Hot.

Eat less, live longer. Calorie restricted diets reduce inflammation, delay the onset of age-related diseases, and extend lifespan, a new study reports. Across the land, a million Fat Acceptance activists cry out as one.

Rian Johnson reveals Apple won’t allow bad guys in movies to use iPhones.

A proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder.

More People Might Have Died From Opioids Than We Thought. Almost certainly.

Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared.

The ‘undesirable epileptic.’

Windows 10’s New Start Menu May Kill Live Tiles Forever.

February 27, 2020

The CMOS image sensor has dominated cameras for nearly 20 years, but quantum dots may take its place.

Gray Failure: The Achilles’ Heel of Cloud-Scale Systems.

Comparative twin study: Access to healthcare services in the NHS and the American private insurance system. The American health care “system” is apocalyptically terrible.

Corporate monopolies are hiding in your grocery aisle.

How surplus rocket fuel led to the first modern medicines for depression.

New study shows the effects of obesity mirror those of aging.

Earth’s Deepest River Conceals an Evolutionary Mystery. The lower Congo River’s depths have made it a natural lab for convergent evolution, yielding fish with unexpected features.

The Myth of Scaling From On-Premises Data Center into a Public Cloud.

Dropbox’s Reverse Migration, Out of AWS, Five Years On.

Neoliberalism and Contemporary Pop Music: An Overview.

Why Today’s Shopping Sucks. The rise of on-demand scheduling has made the shopping experience—and workers’ lives—miserable.

February 26, 2020

Age, Sex, Existing Conditions of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths.

Here’s what coronavirus does to the body.

For every $1000 extra that a car is worth, its driver is 3% less likely to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

The Cancer Industry: Hype vs. Reality.

Bernie’s Primary Victories Have MSNBC in Full-On Freakout Mode.

How Centrism Killed the Democratic Party.

Musicians Algorithmically Generate Every Possible Melody, Release Them to Public Domain.

Nice Brains Finish Last.

Bernie Sanders’ big Nevada win causes cable news freakout — because it reveals a big truth.

US suicide rate rises 40% over 17 years, with blue-collar workers at highest risk, CDC finds.

A conjecture on why reliable systems fail.

Even 25 Years Later, the Iomega Zip Is Unforgettable. Yes. “Click, click. click. click.” Another one bites the dust.

An emerging body of research, however, suggests that diminished hearing may be a significant risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia — and that the association between hearing loss and cognitive decline potentially begins at very low levels of impairment.

February 25, 2020

The Fires Are Out, but Australia’s Climate Disasters Aren’t Over. Devastating floods came soon after the bush fires. Scientists call it “compound extremes,” as one catastrophe intensifies the next.

You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus. Most cases are not life-threatening, which is also what makes the virus a historic challenge to contain.

High compared to medium fitness decreased the risk of dementia by 88%. High fitness delayed age at dementia onset by 9.5 years and time to dementia onset by 5 years compared to medium fitness.

What People Still Get Wrong About the Great Financial Crisis. Posting this again out of necessity.

It’s Not Just Poor White People Driving a Decline in Life Expectancy. A new study shows that death rates increased for middle-aged people of all racial and ethnic groups.

Physicists Take Their Closest Look Yet at an Antimatter Atom.

Eurasia became a melting pot during the Holocene.

Why Bernie Is Not George McGovern and 2020 Isn’t 1972.

February 24, 2020

Poppy Wants to Burn Everything Down.

Bloomberg Is the Crisis, Not the Cure.

NPR’s attempted takedown of Bernie Sanders: Free of facts, high on “mainstream” spin. NPR I’ve always called “Nearly Perfect Republicans.”

Cities fighting climate woes hasten “green gentrification.” Why something like the GND is important.

New $300 Kitchen Playset For Children Includes Amazon’s Alexa.

The Highest Anemometer-Measured Wind Speeds on Earth.

You Don’t Owe Your Company Undying Loyalty.

Subprime Credit Card Delinquencies Spike to Record High, Past Financial-Crisis Peak, as Other Consumers Relish the Good Times. Why?

February 23, 2020

Using two alternative identification strategies, we show that weaker copyrights encouraged the creation of follow-on science, measured by citations.This change is driven by a reduction in access costs, allowing scientists at less affluent institutions to use existing knowledge in new follow-on research.

In America’s Richest Town, $500k a Year Is Now Below Average.

Women were twice as likely as men to avoid competition – but only when they faced male opponents.

Does longevity impact the severity of traffic crashes? A comparative study of young-older and old-older drivers.

We Can’t Have a Feminist Future Without Abolishing the Family.

I could never understand my grandmother’s sadness – until I learned her tragic story.

Maybe Global Supply Chains Were a Bad Idea.

How Platform Capitalism Devalued the Music Industry.

February 22, 2020

The Centrist Attacks On Bernie Sanders Are Just Sad.

Experience: I killed my classmate with a javelin on sports day.

Suspicious discontinuities.

How governments are using charges of cybercrime to silence journalists.

Barclays scraps ‘Big Brother’ staff tracking system.

The Universe within 12.5 Light Years.

Frozen bird found in Siberia is 46,000 years old.

The production process of “The Mandalorian” is completely unlike any before, and it’s hard to imagine any major film production not using the technology going forward.

February 21, 2020

Most email encryption on the Internet is performative, done as a status signal or show of solidarity.

The Oligarch Stage of the American Disease: Bloomberg Edition.

Books published per country per year.

My Journey Through Tijuana for the Best Surgery $2,000 Can Buy. Orthopedic surgery would have bankrupted us in the United States. So we went to Mexico instead. But anything better is impossible in the US, scream centrists (knowing it’s a lie).

Economics for millennials: an interview with Grace Blakeley.

Yemen’s deadly ghost ship.

7 Principles of Icon Design.

Let’s Not Rely on Billionaires To Fund Climate Action.

Japan’s space agency moving ahead with Phobos lander mission.

Human activities responsible for more methane emissions than thought.

Paul Krugman Returns to Perpetuating the Big Lie for Wall Street.

I Was Charged $6,000 to Be an Intern.

Devil’s Dictionary of Programming.

The limits of high speed rail.

How Healthcare Costs Hurt American Workers and Benefit the Wealthy.

Where Has This Elizabeth Warren Been? The Warren campaign suffers from self-inflicted wounds.

February 20, 2020

Garbage Language. Why do corporations speak the way they do?

Ancient gut microbiomes shed light on human evolution.

Centralised DoH is bad for Privacy, in 2019 and beyond.

Draining the Risk Pool. Insurance companies are using new surveillance tech to discipline customers.

The Cars That Depreciate The Most After Their First Year, Visualized.

‘Kicking The Trade’ Is One Of The Worst Tactics Dealers Use To Get Buyers Into A New Car.

Scientists find new conclusions for how sauropod claws were used.

Larry Tessler, the Computer Scientist Responsible For Cut, Copy, and Paste, Has Passed Away.