April 30, 2020

Worst Economy in a Decade. What’s Next? ‘Worst in Our Lifetime.’

Animals Are Pointless, And We Should Be Too. The value of life does not depend on “productivity.”

Why Americans Don’t Vote Their Class Anymore.

Pulitzer winner Chris Hedges: These “are the good times — compared to what’s coming next.” He is correct.

Hurricanes Are Reshaping Evolution Across the Caribbean. A new study of lizards in countries struck by hurricanes suggests cataclysmic weather can reshape entire species.

Side Effects Of Preferred Pronouns.

Software Folklore.

April 29, 2020

10 trends that will make this a decade of despair for the global economy.

My friend’s small hiking shop is dying. It’s one story of millions.

Global coronavirus death toll could be 60% higher than reported.

Warriors during the Bronze Age used their weapons in skilful ways that would have required lots of training in specific techniques, researchers say.

Women who engage in casual sex are falsely assumed to have low self-esteem.

Want to help rare birds? Dig a pond.

Should we be scared of the coronavirus debt mountain?

Hubble captures breakup of comet ATLAS.

Meat shortages are looming across U.S. and Canada.

Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Catastrophic Failures of the Science-Policy Interface.

America Failed to Prepare for Disaster Long Before Trump Took Over.

How the Pandemic Will Change Retail.

April 28, 2020

‘Expert Twitter’ Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs.

If Andromeda Were Brighter, This is What You’d See.

Lens aberrations explained – Part 1.

The Lab That Discovered Global Warming Has Good News and Bad News. The good news is that the pandemic shows “science works.” The bad news? Global warming may be far more dangerous than a pandemic.

As the U.S. economy has shut down, the burden is falling hardest on those least prepared to handle it.

Stop Looking on the Bright Side: We’ll Be Screwed By the Pandemic for Years to Come.

The average family in Tokyo can own a new house for $850/month.

Our health care system is a scam.

COVID-19 is more than a public health crisis — it’s a political crisis fueled by the ruling class.

April 27, 2020

A growing body of research shows that there is no ‘strong toggle’ in the brain between fiction and nonfiction. People often incorporate lessons from fictional stories into their beliefs, attitudes and value judgments, sometimes without even being aware that they are doing so.

Private gain must no longer be allowed to elbow out the public good.

Americans Are Paying a Tragic Price for Allowing Five Banks to Control the U.S. Economy.

How drug monopolies hamper the fight against coronavirus.

The coronavirus crisis is way worse than feared.

10 Kinds of Apples That Were Thought to Be Extinct Have Been Rediscovered

It’s Time To Let Go Of Commuter Culture.

Medieval Myths Bingo.

Visualising Viruses.

What scientific phenomenon do you wish someone would explain better?

We Still Don’t Know How the Coronavirus Is Killing Us.

A Timescale for the Radiation of Photosynthetic Eukaryotes.

April 26, 2020

How a Dying River Came Roaring Back to Life.

The Sheer Awe Inspiring American Clusterfuck.

Why Sex? Biologists Find New Explanations.

Agile’s Early Evangelists Wouldn’t Mind Watching It Die. Agile often puts processes over people, and it’s pushing women engineers into non-technical roles. Time to move on?

The Mysterious Demise of Freshwater Mussels. We destroy enough, we destroy ourselves.

How to use different types of flour.

New study shows how the coronavirus moves around an office.

Bernie would have glided to victory in November on the basis of that, combined with unemployment figures that make the Great Depression look like a job fair.

How Control Theory Can Help Us Control COVID-19.

South Carolina’s Republicans gutted public healthcare. Then the pandemic hit.

My Mother’s Death Will Have Everything and Nothing to Do With Covid-19.

Coronavirus Put Her Out of Work, Then Debt Collectors Froze Her Savings Account.

Corporate media drove Joe Biden to victory — but claims it doesn’t really exist.

Newly unemployed and labeling photos for pennies. People who’ve lost jobs and are stuck indoors are turning to crowd work. Feudalism proceeding apace.


Big data reveals we’re running out of time to save environment and ourselves.

As Much As 25% Of America’s Meat Production Is Offline. Looming Shortages Show COVID’s Inflationary Side.

What’s the EROI of Solar?

Artificial Intelligence — The Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet.

April 25, 2020


Reverse Engineering Obfuscated Excel 4 Macro Malware.

Why Some People Get Sicker Than Others. COVID-19 is proving to be a disease of the immune system. This could, in theory, be controlled.

If we let the US Postal Service die, we’ll be killing small businesses with it. That makes the Repubs want it more, not less.

The pandemic has not only grimly parodied the catchall consumer trend known as minimalism; it has spotlighted the inhumanity that can underlie it.

Lower Smog Levels Revealing Poorly Rendered Parts Of California.

The coronavirus shows us clearer than ever before that “all labor has dignity.”

April 24, 2020

Hidden Outbreaks Spread Through U.S. Cities Far Earlier Than Americans Knew, Estimates Say.

How Pepsi and Coke make millions bottling tap water, as residents face shutoffs.

The Pessimistic Style in American Politics. And its eternal war on reform.

We Don’t Have To Do This Again.

People who lived through other major viral outbreaks—from SARS to Ebola to the 1918 flu pandemic—on what it felt like when life started returning to normal.

An average household of more than two people making a total of $50,000 to $69,999 would need more than two years to save one month’s worth of expenses.

Debt, wealth destruction and lower pay will be coronavirus’ legacy.

April 23, 2020

The Pandemic Isn’t a Black Swan but a Portent of a More Fragile Global System.

How Far Will the U.S. Economy Plunge During Lockdown?

People may know the best decision—and not make it: study.

Man Not Sure Why He Thought Most Psychologically Taxing Situation Of His Life Would Be The Thing To Make Him Productive.

The most rigorous studies demonstrated that the prevalence or risk of depression and/or anxiety were significantly greater in participants who avoided meat consumption.

Joseph Stiglitz attacks Donald Trump, saying US on course for second Great Depression. It’ll be the Greatest Depression.

Nearly all Covid-19 patients put on ventilators in New York’s largest health system died, study finds.

Chain shift.

April 22, 2020

The West’s incompetent response to the pandemic will hasten the power-shift to the east.

While Britain’s pandemic plan assumes a new virus will be unstoppable, Asian countries focused on containment in a bid to minimise mortality.

Where You’re Out of Work Makes All the Difference in the World.

Army Ranger School Is a Laboratory of Human Endurance.

We Are Living In a Failed State.

We tested all our patients for coronavirus. 88 percent of those infected were asymptomatic.

Posts in Three Lines, Coronavirus Edition.

The Decline of Usability.

Bad Trade: The Loss of Variety.

States Need Significantly More Fiscal Relief to Slow the Emerging Deep Recession. No recession. Mega-Depression.

Outsourcing Reduces Productivity. Only an MBA ever thought anything different.

Women account for 80 per cent of fiction sales.

Coronavirus Kills More Americans in One Month Than the Flu Kills in One Year.

April 21, 2020

How the World’s Squarest Fish Gets Around. The yellow boxfish is much more agile than it looks. It’s hip to be a square (fish).

Wildlife Collapse From Climate Change Is Predicted to Hit Suddenly and Sooner. Scientists found a “cliff edge” instead of the slippery slope they expected.

Mild Disney+ Censorship ‘Hides a Much Bigger Problem.’

Florida: endangered sea turtles thriving thanks to Covid-19 restrictions. Researchers are seeing an increase in nests as restrictions keep humans and harmful waste off beaches.

Military Metaphors Distort the Reality of COVID-19. The rhetoric of war implies a heedless approach that undermines the practice of medicine.

Why Apple has stopped making small phones—and why it should start again.