November 29, 2020

Why Big-City Dominance Is a Problem for Democrats. Metro power comes with huge political and cultural drawbacks.

Why are nuclear plants so expensive? Safety’s only part of the story.

Information Overload Helps Fake News Spread, and Social Media Knows It.

Gender Differences in Solving Moral Dilemmas: Emotional Engagement, Care and Utilitarian Orientation.

The Promise That Tested My Parents Until the End.

Facial Displays Are Tools for Social Influence.

The typical male superiority in a mental-rotation test disappeared when female-stereotyped material was used.

Secret Exxon Documents Show the Firm May Never Recover.

Seemingly Ordinary Fossils May Be Hiding Some Major Clues to the Past.

This Spike of New Businesses is a Doozie, on Several Level. People are massively striking out on their own. But new businesses with planned wages have been getting scarcer since 2007.

The experience of 1860 should serve as a warning of what can happen when political leaders deliberately inflame their supporters, trading short-term political gain for long-term ruin.

The Children of Quarantine. What does a year of isolation and anxiety do to a developing brain? Not a damn thing good. Destroy lockdown.


The Logic of Pandemic Restrictions Is Falling Apart. This is why you can eat in a restaurant but can’t have Thanksgiving.

November 28, 2020

Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead.

Jung may have been right to regard the specific objects of these longings — aliens — as a contemporary phenomenon. But the longing, surely, is timeless.

A growing number of Americans are going hungry. 26 million now say they don’t have enough to eat, as the pandemic worsens and holidays near. Greatest country in the world or what?

“Emily in Paris” and the Rise of Ambient TV. It’s really a re-rise. Ambient TV was most of TV from the 1950s to the late 1990s.

Stop. Coding.

Money Illusion.

U.S. sets record of more than 90,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and health-care workers warn situation is dire.

Tackling ‘Period Poverty,’ Scotland Is 1st Nation to Make Sanitary Products Free.

This Thanksgiving holiday, we “celebrate” America’s departure from reality. Donald Trump’s delusions and conspiracy theories are only one aspect of a distinctive American bias against reality.

Our worst pre-existing condition: Big Pharma.

Cholesterol 25-hydroxylase suppresses SARS-CoV-2 replication by blocking membrane fusion.

Neanderthals Didn’t Use Their Thumbs Like Modern Humans Do, Research Suggests.

Comcast raising TV and Internet prices, including a big hike to hidden fees.

Evictions have led to hundreds of thousands of extra Covid cases.

Why Biden shouldn’t extend an olive branch to Republicans.

Prepare for the Roaring Twenties. The human desire to socialize will survive the pandemic.

November 27, 2020

Mass political participation has come only recently and reluctantly to America; voter suppression is the more traditional American way.

Verdigris: The Color of Oxidation, Statues, and Impermanence.

Social Unrest Is the Inevitable Legacy of the Covid Pandemic.

Neutrinos yield first experimental evidence of catalyzed fusion dominant in many stars.

Hawaii’s Fresh Water Leaks to the Ocean Through Underground Rivers.

Divided Societies In Decline Use Scapegoats To Re-Unify.

reasoning about colors.

Leaf-cutter ants have rocky crystal armor, never before seen in insects.

November 25, 2020

Early Coronavirus Mutation Made Pandemic Harder to Stop, Evidence Suggests. I suspected this was the case.

Southwest Louisiana still picking up the pieces after back-to-back hurricanes. Hurricanes Laura and Delta dealt a double blow to Louisiana just six weeks apart.

Boeing’s 737 Max Is a Saga of Capitalism Gone Awry.

November 21, 2020

The Moral Calculus of COVID-19.

These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?

In multiple countries, alarm over hunger crisis rings louder.

Terminal/CLI Epub reader.

Community Defense: Sarah T. Hamid on Abolishing Carceral Technologies.

The Beirut Port Explosion.

Likes and impulsivity: Investigating the relationship between actual smartphone use and delay discounting.

A Simple Theory of Why Trump Did Well.

November 20, 2020

NSA Spied On Denmark As It Chose Its Future Fighter Aircraft: Report.

Parent Plus loans are burying families in college debt. “I feel like I’m stuck in it until I die,” a Nevada father says of the debt he and his wife owe after helping their children pay for college. Totally normal country, nothing to see here.

Walmart and McDonald’s have the most workers on food stamps and Medicaid, new study shows.

Why Google Dominates Advertising Markets.

Neighborhood associations are installing license plate readers to privately police who drives on their streets.

The entire electoral system is in fact rigged — rigged structurally and perfectly legally in favor of Republicans, because of that sea of red on the maps surrounding the little dots of blue (where the actual people live).

Singapore’s Red Ants are here to remind (and occasionally shame) you into wearing your mask.

The Tragedy of a Ruined Telescope. One of the world’s most beloved observatories is being demolished before its time. We are a deeply stupid people.

Dear Joe Biden: are you kidding me? The president-elect has tapped a former DuPont consultant to join his Environmental Protection Agency transition board. This is just what I expected to see.

The US Military Buys Commercial Location Data.

Very Little Stands Between the U.S. and a Technological Panopticon.

Tyson managers bet money on how many workers would contract Covid-19.

November 19, 2020

I Suffered, Therefore So Must Others.

Retail Sales Wane at Many Brick & Mortar Stores. Department Stores Progress to Zombiehood. But Online Sales Surge to Record.

How Yellowstone Extremophile Bacteria Helped With Covid-19 Testing. The heat-resistant enzyme from Thermus aquaticus is used in PCR testing to detect pathogens.

I should have loved biology.

‘Depressed, disheartened and tired to the bone’: Coronavirus overwhelms U.S. hospitals. Some hoax, eh?

Harold Ramis, Unlikely Prophet of Trump.

‘Extremely aggressive’ internet censorship spreads in the world’s democracies.

November 18, 2020

Teens in Covid Isolation: ‘I Felt Like I Was Suffocating.’ Remote learning, lockdowns and pandemic uncertainty have increased anxiety and depression among adolescents, and heightened concerns about their mental health. Remember when libs said Zoom was “just as good as in person?” I do.

Recession With a Difference: Women Face Special Burden. Hit hard by job losses and the pandemic’s effect on schooling and child care, American women face short-term difficulties and long-term repercussions.

Economic Growth Is Stagnating, But There’s More to the Story.

A Flu Shot Might Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Early Research Suggests. Hospital workers who got vaccinated were significantly less likely to develop COVID than those who did not.

The Denialist Playbook. On vaccines, evolution, and more, rejection of science has followed a familiar pattern.

Apple lets some Big Sur network traffic bypass firewalls. Firewalls are “100% blind” to ~50 Apple apps and processes under undocumented change. This is a fucking nightmare.

The Peace Deals of the ’90s Are Breaking Down.

Our politics isn’t about left vs. right anymore — it’s about reality vs. dreadful fantasy. More than 73 million Americans just voted for a dangerous, delusional fiction. Our only choice is to defeat them.

November 17, 2020

Your Computer Isn’t Yours.

Liberals Envisioned a Multiracial Coalition. Voters of Color Had Other Ideas.

Surging virus cases get a shrug in many Midwestern towns.

All Container Heck Breaks Loose amid Flood of Orders from US Retailers to Supply Stimulus-Stuffed Consumers, Cancelled Sailings by Carriers, and Record Spiking Freight Rates.

Macron accuses English-language media of ‘legitimising’ violence in France. He is right. To a lot of libs, murder and a satirical cartoon are roughly equivalent.

The old way of handing out corporate hardware doesn’t work anymore. It’s no longer just about issuing a laptop—the world and our requirements have changed.

GitHub Defies Copyright Cops, Restores YouTube Downloader.

Fish carcasses deliver toxic mercury pollution to the deepest ocean trenches.

November 16, 2020

A less-racist brand of Trump populism could bring a GOP dynasty unless Dems do something.

The Clean Energy Transition Is Becoming a Tidal Wave.

Stolen books worth £2.5m found under floor of Romanian house.

Scientists Grow Bigger Monkey Brains Using Human Genes, Replicating Evolution.

I never noticed the way society caters to extroverts — until Covid hit.

How the Pandemic Scrambled Long-Term Driving Patterns: Americans Already Drove Less, Hidden by Population Growth.

Time has come for four-day week, say European politicians.

Trump’s refusal to concede is just the latest gambit to please Republican donors.

November 15, 2020

Centrists lose again — and mainstream media blames the left again.

This tale of these two Nordic approaches to COVID-19 shows how similar countries can make dramatically different choices about how to balance the tradeoff between liberty and security.

The Strange Disappearance of Cooperation in America.

Social democracy or feudalism.

UPS and DHL are building football field-sized ‘freezer farm’ for cold storage of Covid-19 vaccine deliveries.

A season of disappointment and depression as COVID-19 rages into holidays.

The Pandemic’s Future — and Ours.

November 14, 2020

See Coronavirus Restrictions and Mask Mandates for All 50 States.