August 31, 2020

The tyranny of chairs: why we need better design.

The first complete dinosaur skeleton ever identified has finally been studied in detail.

Your Browsing History Can Uniquely Identify You. Who ever thought it could not?

A Plague on Ibiza.

Want to rescue rural America? Bust monopolies.

Bacteria on the outside of the International Space Station survived for years in the vacuum of space.

Threatening to turn families out of their homes during the coronavirus fight isn’t just morally suspect; it’s dangerous.

Why Isn’t Modern Monetary Theory Common Knowledge?

August 30, 2020

Restaurant owners facing uphill battle as food prices increase.

Preschoolers are mask-licking germ bombs — yet few catch the coronavirus, data show.

Twisted Picture of a Consumer Economy Running on Fumes of Stimulus.

MLMs Are A Nightmare For Women And Everyone They Know.

Liberals are quick to dismiss Trump. They do so at their peril.

The Decline of Upward Mobility in One Chart.

Martian Chiaroscuro.

The 300,000-year case for the 15-hour week.

If I got made king of web browsers, here’s what I’d do.

Du passé faisons table rase. Fuck that is a good post. (It’s in English.)

August 29, 2020

Covid Gag Rules at U.S. Companies Are Putting Everyone at Risk.

Subprime Mortgages Fall Massively Delinquent. Taxpayers on Hook. Housing Market Splits in Two.

The SARS-CoV-2 Spike mutation D614G increases entry fitness across a range of ACE2 levels, directly outcompetes the wild type, and is preferentially incorporated into trimers.

How COVID-19 Led To Soaring Divorce Rates In The US, Visualized.

The Age of Polite Social Obligations Is Over.

The COVID Crisis Is Reinforcing the Hunger Industrial Complex. The unholy alliance between food banks and corporate America has shown itself to be more interested in maintaining the problem of hunger than actually solving it.

White supremacists and militias have infiltrated police across US, report says. Infiltrated? Those is the police.

A secret hidden in centuries-old mud reveals a new way to save polluted rivers.

Big Tech Embraces New Cold War Nationalism.

So what do the data tell us about the risks of emerging from self-imposed isolation? That depends on where you live — and for more than one reason.

Facebook’s Algorithm Is ‘Actively Promoting’ Holocaust Denial Content.

The Social Fabric of the U.S. Is Fraying Severely, if Not Unravelling.

August 28, 2020

Using tax dollars to move whole communities out of flood zones, an idea long dismissed as radical, is swiftly becoming policy, marking a new and more disruptive phase of climate change. All that stuff that “could never happen” strangely keeps happening.

The Zombie Companies Are Coming.

Discovery of scholar’s notes shine light on race to decipher Rosetta Stone.

The Potentially Revolutionary Celera 500L Aircraft Officially Breaks Cover.

Why Some Tropical Fish Are Gettin’ Squiggly With It. On occasion, different species of angelfish produce hybrid offspring even more colorful than the parents.

Coronavirus causes a record number of hotels to default on their loans.

How did Americans become such Wimps? Silence as Trump kills tens of Thousands, Destroys Social Security and Post Office, Plots Election Fraud.

How the Sacklers Shifted $10.8 Billion of Their Opioid Fortune.

How Fraud and a Broken Publishing System Fueled the Vaccine-Autism Myth.

Those Hurricane Maps Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean. We use hurricane forecasts to warn people. Why do we misinterpret them so often? Because most people are fairly stupid?

Ancient meteorites suggest Earth’s oceans didn’t come from space, but were already here.

August 27, 2020

A Hidden Tycoon, African Explosives, and a Loan from a Notorious Bank: Questionable Connections Surround Beirut Explosion Shipment.

Anti-maskers might want to check out what just happened when a woman with coronavirus visited a Starbucks.

The status of hwæt in Old English.

Why Does the Coronavirus Hit Men Harder? A New Clue.

North American Biomes Are Losing Their Resilience, With Risks for Mass Extinctions.

You want people to do the right thing? Save them the guilt trip.

Green swans: Why climate change is unlike any other financial risk.

Fact Checking Is the Core of Nonfiction Writing. Why Do So Many Publishers Refuse to Do It?. Can’t sell books and scare people with inconvenient things like “facts” and “truth.”

As permanent economic damage piles up, the Covid Crisis is looking more like the Great Recession. I knew that five months ago.

‘Coming here is a necessity’: demand for food aid soars in US amid job losses.

People Who Fight Against Cultural Appropriation Are My Spirit Animals.

Will We Ever Listen To The Warnings? The apocalypse is here — and it comes only a few months after the political class mocked a warning and spent a truth-teller into the ground.

This massive rocket creates a fireball as it launches, and that’s by design.

August 26, 2020

After 48 Years, Democrats Endorse Nuclear Energy In Platform. About time.

Please read the paper before you comment. Generally a good practice.

The job benefit workers really need right now is an equity stake in their company.

Transatlantic technologies: Why did the ICT revolution fail to boost European productivity growth?

Tech oracle Jaron Lanier warned us all about the evils of social media. Too few of us listened. Now, in the most chaotic of moments, his fears—and his bighearted solutions—are more urgent than ever.

Nuclear Reactor Development History.

Navy F/A-18 Squadron Commander’s Take On AI Repeatedly Beating Real Pilot In Dogfight.

Fiscal Austerity and the Rise of the Nazis.

The Post Office Mess Is Meant to Exhaust You. Don’t Let It. Trump is “flooding the zone.” It’s a form of modern censorship.

The Iceman List. Classic movie antagonists who were actually pretty much right all along.

Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders At All.

If People Talked to Other Professionals the Way They Talk to Teachers.

The Literature of White Liberalism.

Preserving Trees Becomes Big Business, Driven by Emissions Rules.

Genetic data show how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation.

Four Ways to Escape a Sex Panic. Allegations against Mayor Alex Morse sought to use a moral panic for political gain. Such manipulations of public sentiment not only harm their intended target, though: they can set back decades of progressive politics.

August 25, 2020

Every Member Of Police Department Excitedly Volunteers To Go Undercover In White Supremacist Group.

If Japan and Germany had reduced coal instead of nuclear after Fukushima, they could have together prevented about 28,000 air pollution-induced premature deaths.

Another coronavirus inequity: Those who can afford to stay in place and those who must move.

Sweden has developed herd immunity after refusing to lock down, some health experts claim, with coronavirus infection rate falling.

‘The Big Short 2.0’: How Hedge Funds Profited Off the Pain of Malls.

The Economic Recovery That Isn’t.

With tens of millions of cases around the globe that have accumulated over eight months, cases of reinfection are not surprising—or even necessarily concerning.

August 24, 2020

The Climate Disasters We Ignore Today Will Eventually Come for Us.

America’s Death March.

The Inside Story of the $8 Million Heist From the Carnegie Library. Precious maps, books and artworks vanished from the Pittsburgh archive over the course of 25 years.

Why the Media Is Uniquely Terrible at Covering the U.S. Postal Service. By embracing conservative talking points, the press missed the hollowing-out of one of America’s great institutions.

Mountain Pine Beetle Infestations Are Killing Forests, Could Worsen Emissions.

Katrina: A history, 1915–2015 by Andy Horowitz book review.

Ban Yachts. They’re floating castles of crime, polluting our air and water.

Monopolization as a Challenge for Both Parties.

How a hiker accidentally discovered the oldest fossilized footprints ever in Grand Canyon.

Only Medicare For All Can Beat Covid.

August 23, 2020

The planet is warming, and inequality has reached historic levels. The solutions to both require massive spending and an activist government.

Sanders Anoints AOC His Heir.

Forward and Back.

Why efficiency is dangerous and slowing down makes life better.

‘The haves and the have-nots’: how Covid revealed Florida’s wealth gap.

The Lesson Americans Never Learn. Trying to replace the government with personal initiative requires an impossible amount of energy.

The race to collect the pandemic’s history—as it unfolds.

The linear thinking of simple cause-effect reasoning, to which the human mind can default, is not a good policy tool. Instead, living in a complex system requires us to embrace and even harness uncertainty.

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that our electoral system is destroying our society.

Blockchain, the amazing solution for almost nothing.

How US nuclear force modernization is undermining strategic stability: The burst-height compensating super-fuze.

An American wearing a mask for a day is helping prevent a fall in GDP of $56.14.

August 22, 2020

One of the last lines of defense against critiques of capitalism is that despite all of its flaws & shortcomings, at least capitalism fosters unprecedented innovation. But, as we will prove in this thread, the truth is capitalism inherently STIFLES creativity & innovation.