March 24, 2021

The US is about to reach a surprise milestone: too many vaccines, not enough takers. The challenge will be convincing enough outliers to get vaccinated so that America can return to normality.

I Don’t Want My Role Models Erased. This is how women who covered Vietnam were marginalized in the war’s history.

Stop Treating Celebrities Like Politicians (and Vice Versa).

They Had Mild Covid. Then Their Serious Symptoms Kicked In. Not the flu.

Cern experiment hints at new force of nature. I have my doubts. Five or so “new” forces of nature have been discovered in my life; none have panned out.

Personality traits, preferences and educational choices: a focus on STEM.

Don’t Be Surprised When Vaccinated People Get Infected. Post-immunization cases, sometimes called “breakthroughs,” are very rare and very expected. No vaccine ever made is 100% effective. Not a single one.

March 23, 2021

Time-Lapse Of Worms Composting Leaves, Cardboard And Paper Over 100 Days.

The Myth — and Liability — of America’s Obsession with Rugged Individualism. When society becomes so enamored with individual success, it forgets, and even attacks, the very institutions that enable it.

Disenfranchised Grief in a Year of Pandemic Losses.

Europe is starting to freak out about the launch dominance of SpaceX.

High-Income Tax Avoidance Far Larger Than Thought, New Paper Estimates.

How Biden Can Clean Up Obama’s Big Tech Mess.

California to consider buying back private beachfront properties.

Vaccinated Americans, Let the Unmasked Gatherings Begin (but Start Small).

March 22, 2021

The Coronavirus Killed the Gospel of Small Government.

How Vaccines Might Improve Long Covid. A working hypothesis from an expert immunologist.

Neglected species – Red alert for endangered trees.

The Banality of Merit: Unlearning Obama.

A Layman’s Guide to Separating Causation from Correlation … and Noticing When Claims of Causality are Invalid.

Crisis in the Himalayas: climate change and unsustainable development.

How Evangelicalism’s racist roots and purity culture teachings catalyzed the Atlanta killings. The only correct take on what happened in Atlanta.

March 21, 2021

After a Violent Year, a Search for Answers. The uptick in homicides seen in many U.S. cities during the Covid-19 crisis has left criminologists with several possible explanations — and lots of new questions.

Things I do not ever need to hear or read about a shooter again.

Here are three ways the world has changed for the better during this awful year.

Effects of exercise‐induced beta‐hydroxybutyrate on muscle function and cognitive function.

America Has Forgotten How to Forgive. The revolt against Alexi McCammond shows that even Teen Vogue doesn’t think teens deserve a sin jubilee.

‘Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination’: the scientists turning the desert green.

Rip Up the Unemployment System and Start Again.

The Revolt Against the 30% Mafia.

Recent generations show a worrying decline in health compared to their parents and grandparents when they were the same age, a new national study reveals. Obesity will do that do to you.

A reptilian nightmare: Florida bans nonnative species despite industry outcry. Good.

Quantum Mischief Rewrites the Laws of Cause and Effect. Spurred on by quantum experiments that scramble the ordering of causes and their effects, some physicists are figuring out how to abandon causality altogether. At the deepest level, cause and effect isn’t really a thing.

March 20, 2021

The Rise of Healthcare in Steel City.

New Brunswick monitoring more than 40 cases of unknown neurological disease.

Beware the lonely, angry men.

Who Can and Can’t Get Vaccinated Right Now.

Timing the SARS-CoV-2 index case in Hubei province.

The Water on Mars Vanished. This Might Be Where It Went.

The Fantasy Of Political Intimacy.

The U.S. still has higher per capita emissions than most parts of Asia. But the climate does not care even one tiny bit about per capita emissions!

March 19, 2021

Fear is only information.

I’ll take the “hippie dippy wishful thinking” case for vaccinating the world.

Facial Recognition: What Happens When We’re Tracked Everywhere We Go? One step closer to the liberal utopia of being in the pods and eating bugs?

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine was scoffed at for suggesting there ‘aren’t any bands any more’ – but if you look at the numbers, he’s right. Wolf Alice, Maximo Park and industry insiders ask why.

The geopolitical fight to come over green energy.

How much economic growth is necessary to reduce global poverty substantially?

The vast majority of people who have had COVID-19 are indeed protected from catching it again — for at least six months. However, people ages 65 and older are far more likely than younger individuals to experience repeat infection. Note that “at least six months” does not mean “only six months” for the hard of reading.

Why remote work has eroded trust among colleagues.

March 18, 2021

All Together Now. The success of the vaccination campaign reminds us of what’s possible when we stop tearing things down and focus on building again.

Scientists stunned to discover plants beneath mile-deep Greenland ice.

The internet is splitting apart. The Internet Archive wants to save it all forever.

‘They aren’t used to losing’: wealthy New York enclave battles over offshore windfarm.

Touch of gray: The Air Force can’t retire the Boeing 707.

This Is What Those Black Stripes On School Buses Actually Mean.

I Miss My First PC.

A Close-Up Picture of Partisan Segregation, Among 180 Million Voters.

Deep-time organizations: Learning institutional longevity from history.

New technique reveals genes underlying human evolution.

Long Covid Is Not Rare. It’s a Health Crisis. Lingering symptoms from the coronavirus may turn out to be one of the largest mass disabling events in modern history.

Our Endless Wars Led to the Capitol Insurrection. As a former soldier in America’s forever wars, I found what happened strangely familiar, almost inevitable.

The AstraZeneca Vaccine Crisis in Europe Isn’t About Science at All.

March 17, 2021

How the West Lost COVID. How did so many rich countries get it so wrong? How did others get it so right?

Natural but deadly: huge gaps in US rules for wood-stove smoke.

Why the Pandemic Experts Failed. We’re still thinking about pandemic data in the wrong ways.

Zero Traffic Deaths Isn’t as Far Fetched as It Sounds.

Everything is heritable. That is, variation in every aspect of human psychology and behaviour, and variation in every social outcome that’s influenced by one’s behaviour, is influenced by the genetic differences among us. I can hear a billion liberals wailing.

Why people are getting evicted for calling 911. One way cities are quietly circumventing due process and fair housing laws to evict renters.

Some long-haul covid-19 patients say their symptoms are subsiding after getting vaccines.

Billionaires Hit The Jackpot During The Pandemic.

March 16, 2021

Not the Same Internet as the Dotcom Bubble.

Never Forget “Crack Babies.”

In the shadow of its exceptionalism, America fails to invest in the basics.

Virus Variants Likely Evolved Inside People With Weak Immune Systems. Growing evidence suggests that people with cancer and other conditions that challenge their immune systems may be incubators of mutant viruses.

Up to 25% of House members refuse COVID shots; Fauci warns of “disturbing” GOP vaccine avoidance. Then they should not be allowed to work until they get jabbed. Problem solved.

The year the y-axis broke.

You’re Doing It Wrong: Notes on Criticism and Technology Hype.

March 15, 2021

The Phantom Risk of Covid-19. Some parts of the economy will struggle even after most of the dangers of the virus have passed.

The Covid Baby Bust Could Reverberate for Decades. The sudden drop in global fertility during the pandemic will have far-reaching consequences for businesses and economies.

Our other pandemic — speeding cars and lost lives.

Wall Street vs. Workers.

How Tenant Screening Reports Make It Hard for People to Bounce Back From Tough Times.

The Graphic Truth: Minimum wages around the world.

Research Shows Diversity Training is Typically Ineffective.

Remember Ringtones? How a forgotten piece of pop culture sparked the mobile revolution.

What logic could possibly be upended by punks, goths, gabbers, or neo-pagans when the internet, a massively lucrative space of capitalization, profits off the personal expression and political conflict of its users?

Only Your Boss Can Cure Your Burnout. People refer to various forms of malaise as “burnout,” but it’s technically a work problem. And only your employer can solve it.

March 14, 2021

Neanderthals Listened to the World Much Like Us. A reconstructed Neanderthal ear adds a new piece to the puzzle of whether the early humans could speak.

When Science Fiction Meets Social Science. Sci-fi author Ada Palmer explains why she goes less into the details of antimatter engines and more into sociological questions of of state formation, legal history, identity groups and such.

Air Pollution Kills Far More People Than Covid Ever Will. More than 10 million people die every year from a problem that doesn’t receive the attention it should.

Drivers are 24% more likely to speed when using adaptive cruise control.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday warned the World Trade Organization’s new director-general not to “distract” herself with proposals to suspend global intellectual property rules in order to distribute COVID-19 vaccines around the world. Now that is some deep evil.

Researchers think a planet lost its original atmosphere, built a new one.

‘Bad History and Worse Social Science Have Replaced Truth.’ Daryl Michael Scott on propaganda and myth from ‘The 1619 Project’ to Trumpism.

Fitbit is doomed: Here’s why everything Google buys turns to garbage.

March 13, 2021

Cotton masks may offer better protection than synthetic ones: study.

Poverty Is All About Personal Stress, Not Laziness.

Late-Stage Pandemic Is Messing With Your Brain. We have been doing this so long, we’re forgetting how to be normal.

Biggest void in space is 1 billion light years across.

IceCube detection of a high-energy particle proves 60-year-old theory.