August 4, 2020

Facebook hate-speech boycott had little effect on revenue.

Here’s What We Do And Don’t Know About Coronavirus Immunity. There’s reason to be hopeful: “The coronavirus is starting to look a lot like other viruses that have led to good vaccines,” said one expert.

How real are real numbers?

The Architecture of the Medieval Page.

The Census Bureau’s Grim Take on the Employment Shock During the Pandemic: Not Improving Yet.

If you’re looking to be offended, you can find it anywhere, anywhere, anytime, but it’s a choice.

Next COVID casualty: cities hit hard by the pandemic face bankruptcy.

Worm Joke Causes Science Twitter Flame War Over Accusations of Sexism and Racism. Maybe this pandemic should just kill everyone and get it over with.

August 3, 2020

Average Age of Cars & Trucks on the Road Sets Record, Will Jump During Pandemic as New-Vehicle Sales Plunge to 1970s Level.

William English, Engineer Behind ‘The Mother of All Demos’, Dies at 91. Note that it was funded by NASA; 95% of modern computer tech was government-created.

Pre-Clinical Test of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Shows It Protected Monkeys from Covid-19.

Lizard Popsicles, Anyone? The coolest reptiles on the planet occasionally freeze solid.

The Sheppard-Towner debacle was one of the best examples of how the effects of women’s suffrage turned out to be more complicated than its champions had imagined.

Why Are Short People Half As Likely to Get Covid-19?

3 questions to ask yourself next time you see a graph, chart or map. Most people are completely and utterly incapable of doing any of this, even in principle much less in practice.

The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free.

How the pandemic has clogged the global economy with paper currency.

August 2, 2020

Dispersion causes discohesion.

How Woody Vines Do the Twist. Slowly, scientists are learning how lianas quickly climb.

Federal Agents Don’t Need Army Fatigues. If you’re an officer of the law, dress like one. Leave the soldiering to soldiers. Cosplay for racist white dudes.


University of Baltimore Broadcasting Collections.

The Nazis Were Obsessed With Twins.

Algorithmic identities stem from epistemic amalgams—complex blends of algorithmic outputs and human expertise, messy data flows, and diverse inter-personal factors.

As the Pandemic Forced Layoffs, C.E.O.s Gave Up Little.

Decimation (Roman army).

Flags and statues may fall, but the real struggle is for genuine voting rights, equal healthcare and truly integrated schools.

Weapons rooms, fake windows and a $3m price tag: inside a luxury doomsday bunker.

The curse of ‘both-sidesism’: How climate denial skewed media coverage for 30 years.

The Reason Americans Don’t Trust Experts – Economists. And nutritionists and nutritional “science.”

Palmer Raids.

August 1, 2020

Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission. A computer model of the cruise-ship outbreak found that the virus spread most readily in microscopic droplets light enough to linger in the air.

Understand American Elites Means Understanding Predators.

A Culture Canceled.

Why You Should Be Skeptical About Stories Of People Getting Coronavirus Twice.

The story behind Dubai’s abandoned supercars.

A Quarter of Bangladesh Is Flooded. Millions Have Lost Everything.

Dropping antibody counts aren’t a sign that our immune system is failing against the coronavirus, nor an omen that we can’t develop a viable vaccine.

After 25 years, Clueless is still our cleverest Jane Austen adaptation.

While it’s crucial to correct misinformation and defend scientists from fascist censorship, it is also necessary to question and examine the information these experts provide us with. Science is not immune from political influence, and scientific experts should not be treated as such.