September 17, 2020

‘The Karen’ Is the Most Fitting Halloween Costume for 2020.

How White-Collar Criminals Get Away With It. Current laws target low-level employees and let the worst offenders off the hook.

New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States.

Why Everything Is Sold Out. The pandemic broke online shopping.

Down-to-Earth Aspects of the US Economy in Near-Real Time.

Earth barreling toward ‘Hothouse’ state not seen in 50 million years.

Astronomers Discover First Known Planet to Orbit a White Dwarf Star.

Human Weakness Is Responsible for This Poisonous Air. Maybe the wildfires will finally force America to recognize that. Nope.

Ancient DNA sheds light on Viking origins, travels.

September 16, 2020

How Climate Migration Will Reshape America Millions will be displaced. Where will they go?

The Last of the Hedgehogs.

The pseudo-reasonableness of William F. Buckley shows why nostalgia for an Age of Civility is misplaced.

The Cowardice Of Today’s Liberalism.

Liberalism presumes that a clear, neutral set of rules can produce a predictable social order and can be applied universally, independent of any given context, social structure, or power dynamic.

Who Gets Hurt When the World Stops Using Cash.

Why Birds Survived, and Dinosaurs Went Extinct, After an Asteroid Hit Earth.

How the Internet Archive is Ensuring Permanent Access to Open Access Journal Articles.

September 15, 2020

Life on Venus? Astronomers See a Signal in Its Clouds.

The Importance of Protecting Good-Faith Security Research.

Arctic transitioning to a new climate state.

The politics of currencies.

Research questions that could have a big social impact, organised by discipline.

Students Without Internet Access To Attend Remotely By Peering Through Home Window Of Wealthier Classmate.

Study: Inequality Robs $2.5 Trillion From U.S. Workers Each Year.

Oregon’s air quality is so far beyond ‘hazardous’ that no one knows what it means for health.

September 14, 2020

Evolution is in the details: Regulatory differences in modern human and Neanderthal.

We need to reclaim populism from the right. It has a long, proud leftwing history.

Ellen DeGeneres and the American Psychopath.

How climate change is fueling record-breaking California wildfires, heat and smog.

The Big Corporate Rescue and the America That’s Too Small to Save.

Our Problem is Gullibility, Not Disinformation.

The appallingly bad neoclassical economics of climate change.

September 13, 2020

Older adults shared the most fake news during the 2016 U.S. election.

Poor Connections. A long history of videotelephony.

The Multimillion-Dollar Hydration Hypefest Is Built on Bullshit.

Galactic census reveals origin of most ‘extreme’ galaxies.


How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled.

This Woman Surfed the Biggest Wave of the Year.

September 12, 2020

The Worst Shark Attack in History. In 1945, a U.S. naval ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine, but the ship’s sinking was just the beginning of the sailors’ nightmare.

America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral. As the U.S. heads toward the winter, the country is going round in circles, making the same conceptual errors that have plagued it since spring.

Listen to science, my fellow Democrats: Diversity training does not cure bias and racism.

Unemployment Crisis Going in Wrong Direction: Week 25 of U.S. Labor Market Collapse.

Food stamps.

New Hubble data suggests there is an ingredient missing from current dark matter theories.

The narrative of the storm that “passed quickly” and “was not as bad as it could have been,” doesn’t reflect what’s happening there: the many weeks without power or potable running water in heat that has reached into the 100s, the barely functional hospitals and indefinitely closed schools.

August, by Mary Oliver.

Mainstream macroeconomics—pandemic edition.

September 11, 2020

Big manta rays found ‘right under our nose’ off Florida beaches.

Humans, not climate, have driven rapidly rising mammal extinction rate.

Public sector job loss is coming. Women will be hit hardest.

Let’s stop pretending we love our jobs.

How do Routers Work, Really? This is surprisingly good.

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the glaring contradictions in American higher education.

When the Otters Vanished, Everything Else Started to Crumble.

September 10, 2020


In a gerontocracy, equality feels like oppression.

Mask Up and Shut Up. COVID-19 transmission would go down if we spoke less, or less loudly, in public spaces. Why aren’t more people saying so?

Earth has less water than Pluto and five planetary moons.

Precise measurement of deuteron mass raises hopes of solving the nuclear-mass puzzle.

Climate change may wreck economy unless we act soon, federal report warns.

Would Americans feel a greater sense of alarm about our rapidly warming planet and the disastrous, perhaps irreversible effects of climate change if everyone could experience a fire season in person? No; something I’ve sadly realized is that nothing will convince most people.

Elements in the Human Body and What They Do.

September 9, 2020

A Medieval Metropolis Existed In What’s Now St. Louis, Then Mysteriously Disappeared in the 14th Century.

Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson.

How philanthropy benefits the super-rich.

Americans Back Tough Limits on Building in Fire and Flood Zones.

From Chaos to Order: A Brief Cultural History of the Parking Lot.

The ‘brushing’ scam that’s behind mystery parcels.

The US Army Spent Millions Developing Giant, Six-Legged Walking Trucks in the 1980s. What the truck is that thing.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Is Now Linked to More Than 250,000 Coronavirus Cases. One study estimates the public health cost of the super-spreading event is near $12 billion.

The Fed Now Owns Nearly One Third of All US Mortgages.

September 8, 2020

Michael Sandel: ‘The populist backlash has been a revolt against the tyranny of merit.’

Thought capitalism couldn’t get worse? Meet the workplace ‘spiritual consultants.’

She Claimed To Fight For Survivors Of Sexual Harassment In Science. But For Many, She Added To The Pain.

Only one in every 10 people who end up in intensive care with Covid-19 were in a range of healthy weight.

While Krug’s persona was certainly offensive, what’s far more offensive is that there is a demand for this kind of performance in liberal academic circles.

The Fed Provides an Unlimited Money Lifeline to Wall Street; 30 Million Americans Facing Eviction Get a No-Money 4-Month Plan.

Inside the Hidden World of Legacy IT Systems. How and why we spend trillions to keep old software going.

The Idea that a Scientific Theory can be ‘Falsified’ Is a Myth. It’s time we abandoned it.

The ugly numbers are finally in on the 2017 Trump tax rewrite. Radical Republicans ramrodded that law through Congress, and the rich made out like bandits.

This desolate English path has killed more than 100 people.

Alien signals.

September 7, 2020

Why Facebook’s political-ad ban is taking on the wrong problem.

In the richest nation on earth, they live at the edge of hunger.

A majority of young adults in the U.S. live with their parents for the first time since the Great Depression.

Our Long, Forgotten History of Election-Related Violence.

How Will Language Change if Humans Travel the Stars? Real-life interstellar travel will be so slow that some weird linguistic things may happen before ships reach their destinations.

New Guinea singing dogs, renowned for their ethereal howls, are no longer believed to be extinct.

Looking skin deep at the growth of neutron stars.

September 6, 2020

Fertility, mortality, migration, and population scenarios for 195 countries and territories from 2017 to 2100: a forecasting analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study.

Russia’s permafrost is melting.

Technoglobalism and Its Discontents.

By Losing Genes, Life Often Evolved More Complexity.

Conspiracy theories are a symptom of a failed status quo – the left must offer progressive alternatives..

The User Always Loses. How did the Internet get so bad?

Fed study: Wage growth an “illusion” that’s “almost entirely attributable” to low-wage job losses.

September 5, 2020

Bullish Switzerland moves on from lockdown and focuses on economy.

Our pilot study demonstrated that administration of a high dose of Calcifediol or 25-hydroxyvitamin D, a main metabolite of vitamin D endocrine system, significantly reduced the need for ICU treatment of patients requiring hospitalization due to proven COVID-19.

When My Son Went Over a Waterfall, a Stranger Helped.