September 30, 2020

Why Does Everyone in America Think They’re Middle Class? Because 80% of people are more than half dumbass.

On the Rudeness of Mobs.

SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence among Healthcare, First Response, and Public Safety Personnel, Detroit Metropolitan Area, Michigan, USA, May–June 2020.

Poll: USPS should be run like a public service, not a business, Americans say 2-to-1.

Seeing Theory: A Visual Introduction to Probability and Statistics.

There are no good choices. In shifting so much responsibility to individual people, America’s government has revealed the limits of individualism. Why the libs’ “stay inside forever” mantra is also a fail train.

Throne of Games.

U.S. expected to sue Google next week as DOJ seeks support from states.

September 29, 2020

The Testimony of Drones.

People expect technology to suck because it actually sucks.

The Trouble with Carbon Pricing. arbon pricing has dominated conversations around climate policy for decades, but it is ineffective. Only a bold approach that centers politics can meet the problem at its scale.

Debt collectors bulk up to deal with US property loan defaults.

USB-C Was Supposed to Simplify Our Lives. Instead, It’s a Total Mess. Which was predicted by many (including me) well in advance.

No Meat, No Milk, No Bread: Hunger Crisis Rocks Latin America. Millions are getting pushed into poverty, moving from relatively comfortable lives to not knowing where their next meal is coming from.

How Mass Incarceration Has Shaped History.

I Lived Through Collapse. America Is Already There.

Bust ‘Em All: Let’s De-Monopolize Tech, Telecoms AND Entertainment.

The circumflex: A battle over an accent mark.

Blasting The Air In Front Of Hypersonic Vehicles With Lasers Could Unlock Unprecedented Speeds.

September 28, 2020

The value of uncertainty.

Could Einstein Get Published Today? Scientific journals and institutions have become more professionalized over the last century, leaving less room for individual style.

We need to rethink social media before it’s too late. We’ve accepted a Faustian bargain. A business model that alters the way we think, act, and live our lives has us heading toward dystopia.

The covid-19 pandemic is worse than official figures show.

Big companies are swallowing up smaller ones. Why that’s not good for the economy.

Inflation Is Already Here—For the Stuff You Actually Want to Buy.

Prosecutor’s fallacy.

September 27, 2020

‘Feels Like They Are Just Waiting for Us to Die’ On r/unemployment, a community of desperate people has stepped in where the government failed.

Joe Biden is repeating the same mistakes that cost Hillary Clinton the election.

We Knew It Was Coming: The Last Stage of Empire is Now.

Plight of the ‘Physical Worker’: Worn-Out Bodies and Little Savings. Americans laboring on farms, in factories and on cleaning crews often have to retire before safety-net programs kick in and without assets in employer plans.

West Coast Wildfires Underscore Ominous Global Trend: Forests Are Dying.

“The Democratic Party Opened the Way for Trump.”

How Scientists Resolved the Mystery of the Devil’s Corkscrews.

September 26, 2020

Retail Bankruptcies Will Push Mid-Range Malls Over the Edge.

The evolutionary history of Neanderthal and Denisovan Y chromosomes.

Why So Blue, Tarantula? A Mystery Gets a New Clue. The large arachnids have long been thought to be colorblind, but new evidence suggests they can perceive each others’ brilliant coloring.

Astronomers may have found the first planet in another galaxy.

The Forgotten Feminists of the Backlash Decade. The activists of the 1990s worked so diligently that they were written out of history.

The evidence is compelling on human activity as the principal cause of global warming. Again for those in the back.

List of price of medieval items.

Here’s How the Pandemic Finally Ends.

September 25, 2020

Welcome To The Misstopia.

Today, the notion that sexual contact is degrading to women has become wrapped up in the contemporary progressive language of trauma and consent. The damage in question is emotional, not material, but the paternalistic message is the same: innocent women must be protected.

A world-first device to restore vision to the blind is being prepared for human clinical trials in Melbourne.

Physicists Argue That Black Holes From the Big Bang Could Be the Dark Matter.

Aspirational Versus Servant Leaders.

Water enters futures market, allowing buyers to lock in prices. Very bad.

Ancient Persians were making “20th-century” chromium steel 900 years ago.

China is escalating its punishment diplomacy.

Jobless benefits for millions are expiring as Washington moves on.

Do you think monogamy was put in practice to benefit women? Think again.

Students Are Rebelling Against Eye-Tracking Exam Surveillance Tools.

Asymmetric selection and the evolution of extraordinary defences.

U.S. Risks Repeating 2009 Mistakes as Economic Recovery Slows. The risk is 100%. We will repeat all those mistakes, and make even more.

September 24, 2020

The Internet Of Beefs. The culture war has turned into an endemic condition of online honor-based conflict.

Workers Keeping Americans Fed Are Going Hungry in the Heartland.

What Neuroscience Says About Modern Architecture Approach.

The High Privacy Cost of a “Free” Website.

A third of my country was just underwater. The world must act on climate.

Amazonia racing toward tipping point, fueled by unregulated fires.

Beaked Whale Shatters Record With 3 Hour 42 Minute Dive. What the fuck, beaked whales. Now you’re scaring me.

September 23, 2020

How a Plan to Save the Power System Disappeared. A federal lab found a way to modernize the grid, reduce reliance on coal, and save consumers billions. Then Trump appointees blocked it.

The movements that betray who you are.

When overwhelmed unemployment insurance systems malfunctioned during the pandemic, governments blamed the sixty-year-old programming language COBOL. But what really failed?

Labour market effects of COVID-19: Sweden and its Scandinavian neighbours.

Discovery of a new mass extinction.

The battle over dyslexia. It was once a widely accepted way of explaining why some children struggled to read and write. But in recent years, some experts have begun to question the existence of dyslexia itself.

The proportion of the US population in extreme distress rose from 3.6% in 1993 to 6.4% in 2019. Among low-education midlife White persons, the percentage more than doubled, from 4.8% to 11.5%.

New York City as ‘fortress of solitude’ after Hurricane Sandy: a relational sociology of extreme weather’s relationship to climate politics.

America’s id and ego are on full display in the work of whatever thriller writer is currently moving the most copies and getting their books turned into blockbusters.

In a Desert’s Burning Sands, Shrimp. When it rains in Iran’s Dasht-e Lut desert, the ground comes alive with tiny, upside-down crustaceans.

California’s wildfires are producing more CO2 than all its power plants combined.

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.