July 31, 2020

Pluto’s dark side spills its secrets — including hints of a hidden ocean.

The Military Demographic Conundrum.

The coming cull of workers over 50.

Miami’s bleak future on the front line of climate change.

Lying Is Fundamental to Who We Are as Humans.

We Need to Talk About Ventilation. How is it that six months into a respiratory pandemic, we are still doing so little to mitigate airborne transmission?

Coastal flooding set to get more frequent, threatening coastal life and global GDP.

The Mysterious Life of Birds Who Never Come Down. Swifts spend all their time in the sky. What can their journeys tell us about the future?

California landlords are locking out struggling tenants. A ‘tsunami of evictions’ may be next. Ain’t no “may” about it.

Covid-19 and the Limits of American Moral Reasoning.

Congress forced Silicon Valley to answer for its misdeeds. It was a glorious sight.

I Don’t Remember 9/11.

July 30, 2020

World’s largest nuclear fusion project begins assembly.

L.A. Designates Open-Air Dining Areas Along 101 Freeway Median.

Colleges Are Getting Ready to Blame Their Students. As campuses reopen without adequate testing, universities fault young people for a lack of personal responsibility.

Bread, How Did They Make It?

In a theme park parking lot at night, a worker sleeps in her car. This is life in America’s most visited city.

Rite Aid Deployed Facial Recognition Systems In Hundreds of US Stores.

Is Your Blood Sugar Undermining Your Workouts? Eating a diet high in sugar and processed foods could dent our long-term health in part by changing how well our bodies respond to exercise.

The Accusation.

This Moss Uses Quartz as a Parasol. In the Mojave Desert, a translucent crystal offers bryophytes much-needed respite from the heat of the sun.

Earth’s asteroid impact rate took a sudden jump 290 million years ago.

Whose century?

In October, 1953, I coined the word ‘software.’

Think federal cops in Portland are scary? Cops use ‘jump-out boys’ all the time. Plainclothes police ‘jump-out boys’ terrorize American cities. Sometimes they become all-out criminal gangs.

Post-infection cardiac damage found in 78% of recovering COVID19 patients.

We’ve Neglected the Freedom of Assembly for Years Before Portland.

July 29, 2020

U.S. GDP Number Tomorrow Expected to Be Worst on Record.

American Social Collapse Is Far Closer Than Most Will Admit.

The Grace of Manta Rays. New research suggests that manta rays aren’t just solitary ocean wanderers. They’re also shaping the undersea environment in ways we never imagined.

How did the Casio F91W Become a Terrorist Icon?

A guide to the spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit.

We Thought It Was Just a Respiratory Virus. We were wrong.

The Wallacean Hominin Wonderland.

Activities based on Covid risk.

States are running out of doctors and nurses as COVID-19 surges.

A plunge in incoming sunlight may have triggered ‘Snowball Earths.’

Biologists Revive 101.5-Million-Year-Old Microbes.

July 28, 2020

Car Companies Want to Monitor Your Every Move With Emotion-Detecting AI.

Hygiene Theater Is a Huge Waste of Time.

Like its well-studied parallel construct Right-wing Authoritarianism, LWA is characterized by dogmatism, punitive attitudes toward dissenters, and desire for strong authority figures. In contrast to RWA, LWA mobilizes these traits on behalf of left-wing values (e.g. anti-racism, anti-sexism, and wealth redistribution).

David Dayen’s New Book Exposes the Dirty Hands of Wall Street Driving Monopoly Power in U.S.

Woke Sheriff’s Deputy Kneels with Tenants Before Throwing Them Out on Street at Gunpoint.

No Student Should Have to Sit Through a Zoom Lecture.

Obesity increases the risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19 by up to 90 per cent, a report from Public Health England (PHE) has found.

A Non-Engineer’s Ultimate Guide to Software Technology: Don’t Learn To Code!

How We Get Stronger. Weight training prompts changes in the nervous system that prime the muscles to get bigger and stronger.

Ancient trash heaps reveal the Plague of Justinian’s economic toll.

Preventing overdiagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy.

July 27, 2020

Hamstrung by Ideology.

Stanford’s John Ioannidis Tried To Warn Trump Against Coronavirus Lockdowns. “Expert” dipshit.

‘Alexandrian’ glass confirmed by hafnium isotopes.

Sex differences are essential in ways that racial differences aren’t.

Get over your Russia obsession, liberals: Vladimir Putin’s not responsible for America’s sorry state.

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet, which holds 80% of the planet’s ice, could be in more danger of collapsing than previously thought.


TV newscaster alerted of thyroid cancer by viewer who noticed a lump on the reporter’s neck.

In defense of a maximum wage.

The people with hidden immunity against Covid-19.

This Recession Is a Bigger Housing Crisis Than 2008.

July 26, 2020

China Has Blown Its Historic Opportunity.

MIT engineers designed an affordable, reusable face mask that’s as effective as an N95.

Big Tech Funds a Think Tank Pushing for Fewer Rules. For Big Tech.

If we look at artifacts as events, as fluid configurations that occur under different circumstances, we notice a constantly changing state of affairs, one that shifts with the vicissitudes of our gaze.

How COVID-19 causes smell loss.

Brick & Mortar Retailers, Malls, Mall-REITs, and their Debts: The Whole Schmear is Coming Apart.

Novel ‘on-off’ switch discovered in plant defenses.

America’s Looming Primary-Care Crisis. In combination with the looming “everything crisis.”

July 25, 2020

As the rates of objective harm reduce, concepts of harm may expand to encompass new and previously innocuous phenomena, making harm appear as widespread as it ever was.

Meet the New C.D.C. Director: Walmart. Why are big corporations requiring masks when many states still do not? Because we’ve given over governing to corporations.

Americans are in fact an extraordinarily unfree people, oppressed and downtrodden on all sides, and have generally just sat and taken it.

Tech-enabled ‘terror capitalism’ is spreading worldwide. The surveillance regimes must be stopped.

How the Child Care Crisis Will Distort the Economy for a Generation. Indeed. And so will many other things, like the mega-Depression that’s coming.

Advanced career female academics are more likely than their male counterparts to underestimate the career commitment of women at the beginning of their academic careers.

This is our first direct look at a multiplanet system around a Sun-like star.

The Lightness of Being a Couch Potato May Work to Keep Us Fat. Sitting may confuse cellular sensors into thinking we are lighter than we are, prompting the body to put on weight.

Some ‘Inactive’ Drug Ingredients May Be Anything But, Study Finds.

‘A Band-Aid on a bullet wound’: Workers are getting laid off anew as PPP runs out.

New COVID-19 test returns results in 45 minutes, without nasal swab.

July 24, 2020

I Keep Having to Stop People From Dropping Their Pants in the Middle of the Aisles.

Turns Out Mass Death Is Bad For The Economy.

The Great Climate Migration Has Begun.

Forgotten Best Sellers.

Who still needs the office? U.S. companies start cutting space.

Meet the 4 frontrunners in the COVID-19 vaccine race.

Covid-19 Economic Realities Sinking in as Denialism Wanes, Desperation Rises.

We blew it.

July 23, 2020


Neoliberalism in America has become so internalized, so ingrained, so much the water in which we swim, that it’s penetrated into our very soul.

The Right to Offend is the Heart of Free Speech.

Dodd-Frank Is 10 Years Old Today and the Fed Is Back to Bailing Out Wall Street.

Scientists discover volcanoes on Venus are still active.

Covid Is Pushing Some Mass Transit Systems to the Brink.

No, My Toddler Doesn’t Need to Learn to Code.

How to Fix America: Spend. Spend. Spend.

CDC finds lots of undetected coronavirus cases in the US.

How Much Will the Planet Warm if Carbon Dioxide Levels Double?

The feared jumbo mortgage debacle is here — thanks to the coronavirus — and ready to pound the housing market.

Russian Elite Given Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine Since April

16% of U.S. museums say they risk closing forever in a prolonged pandemic.