May 22, 2020

What Unicorn Money-Sinkholes Actually Disrupt.

If economics is to be worth anything at all, it has to be about the real world. And the real world is uncertain. It will not yield its secrets to a chart.

Week 9 of the Collapse of the U.S. Labor Market: Still Getting Worse at a Gut-Wrenching Pace.

Anti-inflammatory drugs can inhibit muscle growth.

May 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has ripped back the curtain that covers the true engine of the global economy: the undervalued, feminized care labour that keeps society functioning through its often invisible and almost always underpaid exertions.

From Mrs America to Rodham, America’s in love with feminist paper dolls. Pop culture has embraced good-girl versions of complex figures in stories that undermine real feminist ideology. Shit centrists like.

Fall in Global Emissions Shows the Limits of Individual Action.

Why You Should Think of Risk as a Spectrum.

Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem.

The Worst Is Yet to Come.

New Worm Species with Jewel-Like Scales Discovered in Deep Ocean Darkness.

The Erosion of Deep Literacy.

Tail-end events are all that matter.

Inside Deep Undersea Rocks, Life Thrives Without the Sun.

May 20, 2020

Cell-Tower Attacks By Idiots Who Claim 5G Spreads COVID-19 Reportedly Hit US.

The next phase of America’s coronavirus problem is a massive housing crisis.

Exponential phase of covid19 expansion is driven by airport connections.

Family Photographs.

Over 4 million Americans are now skipping their mortgage payments.

Traffic Is Way Down Because Of Lockdown, But Air Pollution? Not So Much.

Jupiter’s Biggest Moons Started as Tiny Grains of Hail.

Why do some COVID-19 patients infect many others, whereas most don’t spread the virus at all?

National‐level sex differences in Emotionality are larger in wealthy and gender‐egalitarian countries, replicating previous counter‐intuitive findings.

May 19, 2020

American men are opting to go maskless out of shame. Ironically, it’s the weakest thing they could do.

The coronavirus broke the food supply chain. Here’s how to fix it.

With the World on Pause, Salamanders Own the Road. Traffic is down, thanks to the pandemic. That’s good news for amphibians looking to migrate safely.

Andrea Askowitz Invents New Level of Whiteness, Writes the Worst Essay You’ll Ever Read.

Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes Stronger, Researchers Find.

We’re facing a set of unprecedented decisions: Where, how, and when do we deconfine in order to reboot our economy. Unavoidably, the calculations place a price on human life. Liberals are crying into their cockroach milk now, but it is true.

The Technology That Changed Air Travel.

Emails show UC Santa Cruz police used military surveillance to suppress grad student strike. UC police used “friendly force trackers” and FBI tech to surveil grad student strikers protesting for a living wage.

May 18, 2020

Reminder: When the Very Very Rich Are Done With Us, They Plan to Leave Us Behind.

States face hundreds of billions in lost revenue.

Corkscrew light promises higher optical-communication data rates. An infinite number of orbital angular momentum states are there for the taking.

Playing “Redneck”: White Masculinity and Working‐Class Performance on Duck Dynasty.

Why Birds Do What They Do.

Breathtaking Monarch Butterfly Swarm.

1 in 4 restaurants won’t reopen after the coronavirus pandemic, OpenTable CEO warns. It’ll be worse than that.

Evidence Suggests U.S. Financial Crisis Started on August 14, 2019. I agree with this assessment.

May 17, 2020

Refusing to Wear a Mask Is a Uniquely American Pathology. The obsession with individualism and the misinterpretation of constitutional freedom collide into a germy mess.

Skyrocketing grocery prices.

Here’s What Collapsed, Spiked, or Hung On in 12 Charts of Retail Sales (Yes, Department Stores Were Already Toast).

How science fails. For the émigré philosopher Imre Lakatos, science degenerates unless it is theoretically and experimentally progressive.

If I could bring one thing back to the internet it would be blogs.

Ohio Has Stopped Kicking Workers Off Unemployment After A Hacker Targeted Its Website. The state is reconsidering its policy after a hacker released a script that automatically submits junk data to its ‘COVID-19 fraud’ website, which allows employers to report workers who refuse to work during the pandemic. That is brilliant.

Liminality is hard to navigate, and one can be forgiven for flailing gracelessly when attempting to do so. What makes me impatient though, is people not even recognizing liminality when it is all around them.

Has the coronavirus crisis killed neoliberalism? Don’t bet on it.

May 16, 2020

Which way a wind turbine turns might not seem to matter. But it does.

If history was more like science, would it predict the future? No. But we could more easily avoid obvious mistakes.

I thought electric bikes were only for lazy people – until I tried one.

Fatal exceptionalism and lack of humility to learn from the Asian example.

People Who Cleaned Their Freezers And Found Shockingly Old Items.

Why Armed Right Wingers Were Able To Shut Down Michigan’s Legislature.

We don’t suffer from a lack of good policy ideas that require new task forces to litigate — we know that we instead suffer from a lack of political will and political power.

So much of academia is about connections and reputation laundering.

May 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic broke America. Was already broken; the pandemic just demonstrated how badly.

Six Ways the Coronavirus Will Make Inequality Worse.

The Infinite Sales Bay of the Universe.

Praying Mantises: More Deadly Than We Knew. New research shows these ferocious insects don’t just hunt like robots.

A Black Hole’s Boomerangs. Astronomers dissect the energy flow in a distant galaxy.

Americans May Have Liked Their Health Insurance, But They Couldn’t Keep It.

How the Coronavirus is Killing the Middle Class.

Why the ‘great’ jobs market was always an illusion.

May 14, 2020

American Travelers Are About to Be Pariahs in This New World.

New insights into links between national income and obesity.

At height of pandemic, 1.4 million US health workers lose jobs. We are a deeply stupid people.

Medieval arrows caused injuries similar to gunshot wounds, study finds. Arrows may have been deliberately “fletched” to spin clockwise as they hit their victims.

Those armed ‘Boogaloo’ protesters won’t be as easy to control as their GOP backers believe.

Humans Totally Freak Out When They Get Lost.

The American unemployment system is broken by design.

Google has drastically rolled back its diversity work due to fears of being perceived as anti-conservative. Sources say employees have been pushed out, programs cut, and workers have been discouraged from even using the word diversity anymore.

May 13, 2020

Covid-19 could reverse decades of global progress.

A certain canonical configuration of Einsteinian space-time called anti-de Sitter (AdS) space is unstable.

The Bailout Is Working — for the Rich.

Food insecurity is hitting older Americans.

Wallace Stevens’ “The Emperor of Ice-Cream.”

Habitable conditions may have persisted on Venus for as long as 3 billion years.

Our weird behavior during the pandemic is messing with AI models.

Health Experts Recommend Standing Up At Desk, Leaving Office, Never Coming Back.

A ‘perfect storm’ for chaos: Unemployment system’s failures were a long time coming.

Literature and inequality.

May 12, 2020

What Happened to the Original 1 Percent? Modern cities can learn from the fate of the collapsed civilizations at Ugarit and Mycenae.

Consistent with our hypotheses, we find that bullshit ability is predictive of participants’ intelligence and individuals capable of producing more satisfying bullshit are judged by second-hand observers to be higher in intelligence.

Essential workers in this coronavirus-damaged economy need money as well as applause.

A Strange Dinosaur May Have Swum the Rivers of Africa. The Spinosaurus possessed a long, powerful tail. Paleontologists think the dinosaur used that to propel itself through water.

These Photos Show the Staggering Food Bank Lines Across America.

Japan Moves to Limit Foreign Investment in Half of Listed Firms.

A multilayer haze system on Saturn’s hexagon.

America’s meat shortage is more serious than your missing hamburgers. The meat supply chain is breaking down, but that’s only part of the story.

Well before the coronavirus pandemic posed its own threats to the life of American cities, they were struggling. Over the last half century, their infrastructure of opportunity has badly decayed.

The Trump administration’s “monstrous idea”: Direct payments in exchange for Social Security cuts.

May 11, 2020

The Limits of Lying.

Biden Campaign Is Secretly Building a Republican Group. Secretly? Biden is is a Republican.


You might feel blindsided by the coronavirus, but warnings about a looming pandemic have been there for decades. Government briefings, science journals and even popular fiction projected the spread of a novel virus and the economic impacts it would bring, complete often with details about the specific challenges the U.S. is now facing.

Language evolution to revolution: the leap from rich-vocabulary non-recursive communication system to recursive language 70,000 years ago.

How Pandemics End.

Caddis fly larvae are now building shelters out of microplastics.

May 10, 2020

Down in the quantum realm of atoms, photons, and individual electrons, wave-like behavior is just as fundamental as particle-like behavior.

Recovering Iran’s NOUR 01 ‘Military Satellite.’