April 30, 2021

New venomous species of tarantula-like spider discovered in South Florida.

Commentary On Biden’s Speech.

The Economy Is (Almost) Back. It Will Look Different Than It Used To. The recovery is profoundly unequal across sectors, unbalanced in ways that have big implications for businesses and workers.

Aligning with Lukianoff and Haidt’s assertions, we found that students’ self-reported prevalence of cognitive distortions positively predicted their endorsement of safetyism beliefs, even when controlling for other relevant demographic and psychological predictors.

The Wind and Solar Boom Is Here.

Drug Companies Took None of the Risks to Develop the COVID-19 Vaccine. They’re Getting All of the Profits.

The Swedish model.

The Coming Conflict Between Introverts and Extroverts.

Don’t Wait for Herd Immunity. We may never reach the point when viral spread stops, but a strategy of minimizing risk—not eliminating it—can help Americans reclaim normalcy.

California’s Carbon Offset Program Is a Complete Disaster.

The Math That Explains the End of the Pandemic. Get ready for exponential decay.

Want to save an island’s coral reefs? Get rid of invasive rats.

April 29, 2021

Neutron stars may be bigger than expected, measurement of lead nucleus suggests.

Bronze Disease.

The World’s Deadliest Dive Site.

Uncomputable Numbers. Real numbers we can never know the value of.

Color confinement. One of my favorite bits of physics.

Why Progress Always Required Space Travel.

The Entangling, Ever-Extending Labyrinth of French Lockdowns. Walk the dog? Only one kilometer. Want a raclette maker? Sure. A lamp? Nope. During the pandemic, France’s bureaucracy has hit overdrive, and the French are increasingly fed up.

Ignorance might be bliss up to a point, but it rarely resolves existential threats.

How the Federal Reserve Is Increasing Wealth Inequality.

Baby Mammoths Were Meals for These Saber-Tooth Cats. Fossils from a Texas site suggest that the predatory felines not only snatched mammoths from their herds, but dragged the remains back to their cave. Still a mammoth undertaking.

72% of all people live in countries with biocapacity deficits and below-average income.

Why Everywhere Looks The Same.

April 28, 2021

Stunning DDT dump site off L.A. coast much bigger than scientists expected.

Woman Hit With Embezzlement Charges for 20-Year-Old Overdue VHS Tape Rental.

We were promised Strong AI, but instead we got metadata analysis.

Pfizer is testing a pill that, if successful, could become first-ever home cure for COVID-19.

We Are Turning COVID-19 Into a Young Person’s Disease.

One Vaccine to Rule Them All.

A Wrinkle in Nature Could Lead to Alien Life. There may be more than one way to tune a universe for life. This universe isn’t even tuned for life.

The G7 must act to end ‘vaccine apartheid’ or everyone in the world will suffer.

Regulators missing pollution’s effect on marine life, study finds.

They Call It a ‘Women’s Disease.’ She Wants to Redefine It. Now she is reframing endometriosis as a key to unlocking some of biology’s greatest secrets.

Normal has never meant “perfectly safe.” A safer world will likely still have Covid-19 in it. The liberal tears are flooding major cities.

Better air is the easiest way not to die.

April 27, 2021

The Plane Paradox: More Automation Should Mean More Training. Today’s highly automated planes create surprises pilots aren’t familiar with. The humans in the cockpit need to be better prepared for the machine’s quirks.

Crime Shouldn’t Pay: Why Big Tech Executives Should Face Jail.

No housing market can handle the perversity of vacant homes being used as leveraged investment vehicles to generate capital gains by just sitting there.

Bill Gates says no to sharing vaccine formulas with global poor to end pandemic.

The Debate Over What ‘Infrastructure’ Is Is Ridiculous. Both snarled traffic and a morning without a home health aide can make you late for work.

Wall Street’s Cooked Books Fueled the Financial Crisis in 2008. It’s Happening Again.

Nevada governor backpedals on plan to allow tech companies to form local governments.

‘Divisive’: How Corporate Media Dismiss Ideas Unpopular With Elites.

April 26, 2021

How Big Tech got so big: Hundreds of acquisitions.

The Heroic Congressional Fight to Save the Rich.

Accused money launderers left a path of bankrupt factories, unpaid taxes, shuttered buildings and hundreds of steelworkers out of jobs.

‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world.

The bosses of Tesla and Amazon want to take humans to Mars and beyond – but won’t show basic humanity on Earth.

America’s incredibly successful pilot of universal health care.

The corporate income tax is a jobs program.

How Effective Have Masks and Social Distancing Been?

On Covid vaccine safety, how do we close the gap between risk perception and reality?

The Right to Crash Cars Into People. How Republicans across the country came to endorse a terrorist tactic against protesters.

April 25, 2021

Jaguar Land Rover to suspend output due to chip shortage.

COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens.

“Skilled” is a social construct.

Lower Risk for Dementia Following Adult Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccination.

Mall department stores were struggling. The pandemic has pushed them to the edge of extinction.

Exercising about 22 minutes a day could cut your risk of getting severe COVID or dying, study finds. The least active people were hospitalized almost 2x as much, and were 2.5x times more likely to die vs. the most active people.

The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen by Linda Colley review – how the modern world was made.

C.E.O. Pay Remains Stratospheric, Even at Companies Battered by Pandemic.

Our governance problem in a nutshell.

The World Needs Many More Coronavirus Vaccines. Wealthy nations have to step up.

Burden of influenza-associated respiratory and circulatory mortality in India, 2010-2013.

I Left Islam for Liberal Values. Now Woke Liberals Are Embracing a New Religion.

Weirdo Subcultures Are No Longer Producing Great Art.

Can We Learn to Live With Germs Again? The health of our bodies and microbiomes may depend on society’s return to lifestyles that expose us to bacteria, despite the risks. The lockdown lifer liberals are crying big tears now.

April 24, 2021

America’s an oligarchy where the rich and powerful live longer and are healthier and richer because they oppress everyone else. That’s a fact. The mechanisms of how they do so are boring.

NASA Generates Oxygen on Mars, Setting Stage for Crewed Missions.

Patients With Long Covid Face Lingering Worrisome Health Risks, Study Finds. Patients who were not sick enough to be hospitalized still had a significantly greater risk of dying within six months than people who were not infected.

The Newest Status Symbol for High-Net Worth Homeowners: Trophy Trees. In search of the perfect garden, the super rich are paying upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring in huge old trees by helicopter, barge and flatbed truck. Should be outright illegal to do this.

Is a productivity miracle possible? The post-pandemic recovery is an opportunity to address longstanding sources of poor growth. Possible and necessary.

The government promised to forgive military members’ student loans after 10 years of service — it’s only worked for 124 of them.

End of an era for the International Space Station as Russia looks east. Moscow’s departure brings two decades of rare co-operation with West to a close.

Nicolas Petrosky-Nadeau, vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, stated his views on the current economy and the outlook as of April 8, 2021.

April 23, 2021

India’s giant second wave is a disaster for it and the world.

The erosion of personal ownership. Everything from your fridge to your tractor can change without your permission. Hell world and clown world combined.

Smart Folk Often Full of Crap, Study Finds.

The Postal Service is running a ‘covert operations program’ that monitors Americans’ social media posts.

Changes to giant ocean eddies could have ‘devastating effects’ globally.

The Crazy Way $30M Was Stolen From Safe Deposit Boxes.

How Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists.

As you sit watching bombs falling in some old documentary, or the armies advancing against each other, villages and towns going up in fire and smoke, you forget about the people huddled in the cellar.

April 22, 2021

EU lawmakers propose strict curbs on use of facial recognition. Draft legislation would limit use to essential public-interest scenarios.

Pfizer says it has uncovered counterfeit COVID vaccine distribution in Poland and Mexico. Now that’s just evil.

America’s Architecture and Construction Industry Is Broken.

Four in 10 Americans live in counties with unhealthy air pollution levels.

The new iMac isn’t pretty, it’s badly designed.

Crew Of ‘Ever Given’ Could Be Stuck On The Big Boat For Years.

New data is evidence of process that powers exploding stars.

Do you really need to drink 8 glasses of water a day? An exercise scientist explains why your kidneys say ‘no.’ I’ve known that was moronic since the 1980s because I can read.

April 21, 2021

U.S. banks deploy visual AI tools to monitor customers and workers.

The Problem With ‘Climate Havens.’

The Pandemic Will Be More Deadly This Year. Consider the surging case count in India. A false sense of complacency is discouraging any course correction, and numbers could get worse still. Wouldn’t have happened if we’d done better with vaxes.

They Hacked McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines—and Started a Cold War.

Perceptual grounding for long-distance vowel harmony.

America’s Ham-Fisted Elite Is Harming Our Kids.

Why Cryptocurrency Is A Giant Fraud.

Relearning The Language Of A Lost World.