June 30, 2021

Why Are Indians So Angry at Bill Gates? The latest backlash against the Gates Foundation in India is the result of years’ worth of concerns raised by human rights activists and civil society.

Red America’s Covid Problem. Cases are rising, because of the Delta variant. Idiots who don’t get vaccinated deserve their fate.

JPMorgan Chase Spent $59.5 Billion Buying Back Its Stock from 2017-2019 while Its Bank Tellers Didn’t Make Enough to Pay for Basic Living Expenses.

Dinosaurs Nested in the High Arctic.

Why does it cost so much to build things in America? This is why the US can’t have nice things.

Closing the world’s schools caused children great harm.

‘Where you live determines everything’: why segregation is growing in the US.

If you think Psychological Science was bad in the 2010-2015 era, you can’t imagine how bad it was back in 1999.

Why Mandatory Password Expirations Don’t Make Sense Anymore.

Physicists confirm two cases of “elusive” black hole/neutron star mergers. Black hole doing the neutron dance.

America’s Search and Rescue Is in a State of Emergency.

5,000-year-old hunter-gatherer is earliest person to die with the plague. Well, he was 5,000 years old. Something was bound to do it.

Troops bid goodbye to Bagram, once the heart of U.S. power in Afghanistan.

A New Type of Supernova Unlocks Thousand-Year-Old Stellar Mysteries.

We won’t fix the obesity epidemic by locking people’s jaws shut. Worth a try, though? (Ok, this is stupid.)

Young American Adults Are Dying — and Not Just From Covid. Last year’s mortality rate for those aged 25 to 34 wasn’t any better than in 1953 as more deaths were driven by guns and drugs.

How close did Trump come to attempting a military coup? Much too close. Trump’s erratic behavior undermined his desire to seize power. Those who come next won’t make the same mistakes.

That Heat Dome? Yeah, It’s Climate Change.

The US is concealing its research on deadly viruses — while criticizing China’s secrecy over the Wuhan lab.

June 29, 2021

Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines Likely to Produce Lasting Immunity, Study Finds.

When I look at Australia from the US, I see an insular nation that has turned its back on its own.

This plague next time: Public health scholar Nicholas Christakis on the pandemic’s harsh lessons.

Mixing Covid vaccines offers strong immune protection – study.

Vaccine Mandates Are Coming. Good. Fuck anti-vaxxers.

Does Evolution Want Us to Drink? Alcohol is terrible for the human body, yet we’ve developed a strong taste for it, suggesting that it may bring other kinds of benefits.

The most popular design thinking strategy is BS.

Millions of Americans Are About to Lose Their Homes. When the CDC’s eviction moratorium ends on June 30, what will still-struggling renters do?

June 28, 2021

Where the buffalo roam: world’s longest wildlife bridge could cross the Mississippi.

The pandemic was meant to change work, but what have we got so far? Free pizza. The corporate world is turning to novelty perks to get us back to the office in an attempt to postpone the moment of reckoning.

Pandemic restrictions in US are lifting and business is getting back on the road. Good. Now don’t let them stuff us back indoors.

How Two Start-Ups Reaped Billions in Fees on Small Business Relief Loans.

Why did pectoral training become so coveted? Why is the bench press considered the premier standard of upper body strength, whereas as 100 years ago, it was the overhead press?

This Ultra-White Paint May Someday Replace Air Conditioning. LOL. No.

CRISPR gene editing breakthrough could treat many more diseases.

What if we had 1980’s and ’90s inflation instead?

Cuba′s COVID vaccine rivals BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna.


Why Young Adults Are Among the Biggest Barriers to Mass Immunity.

Whether any variant is biologically more transmissible or causes more severe illness has not been rigorously tested. Exactly right. We only presume that of variants. We do not actually know.

June 27, 2021

I don’t drop people I disagree with from my life – but for many liberals, differences of opinion have become unacceptable.

Stewardship of global collective behavior.

Burning Frost, the view from the ground: shooting down a spy satellite in 2008.

Central Banks Did it, Won’t Admit it. Top OECD Housing Bubbles: #1 New Zealand, #2 Canada, #7 USA.

Consumer prices surge again as PCE inflation gauge hits highest annual rate since 2008.

Six Days in Suez: The Inside Story of the Ship That Broke Global Trade. How the Ever Given and its billion-dollar cargo got stuck, got free, got impounded, and got taken to court.

Stop Using Content Moderation Demands As An Effort To Hide The Government’s Social Policy Failures.

June 26, 2021

American colleges are facing a $130 billion crisi.

A Coronavirus Epidemic Hit 20,000 Years Ago, New Study Finds.

The trends of vaccine hesitancy and refusal in the U.S. are a sign of extreme privilege.

‘The water is coming’: Florida Keys faces stark reality as seas rise.

How Immunity Generated from COVID-19 Vaccines Differs from an Infection.

Inside the extraordinary effort to save Trump from covid-19. His illness was more severe than the White House acknowledged at the time. Advisers thought it would alter his response to the pandemic. They were wrong.

Blood test that finds 50 types of cancer is accurate enough to be rolled out.

The human family tree keeps getting more complicated. Newly described bones have a mix of Neanderthal and older features.

Explaining cross-cultural variation in mirror self-recognition: New insights into the ontogeny of objective self-awareness.

Where Did the Coronavirus Come From? What We Already Know Is Troubling. It’s Zeynep.

Who Controls The Past Controls The Future. Even as the academic discipline of history is in crisis, public concern about historical memory has reached a fever pitch.

Beauty Increases Moral Standing Through Perceptions of Purity.

UK facing summer of food shortages due to lack of lorry drivers.

Cold-case files: Archaeologists discover 3,000-year-old victim of shark attack.

Tech Giants, Fearful of Proposals to Curb Them, Blitz Washington With Lobbying.

In Response To Jean Baudrillard. IMO this was true when written in 1991, but not true now. Baudrillard became more right over time.

June 25, 2021

People are quitting their jobs in record numbers. Companies should take note – and treat them better.

America’s scarcity mindset.

The Economics of Higher Education Are Only Getting Worse.

The American economy is perilously fragile. Concentration of wealth is to blame.

Why Non Surveillance States Will Out Compete Surveillance States. Ceteris paribus, this is true. However, it ignores too much to actually be true in the real world.

Once the future, US now captive to its past.

Scientist Finds Early Virus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted. By rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher says he recovered 13 early coronavirus sequences that had disappeared from a database last year.

Why it took us thousands of years to see the colour violet.

I have ‘pandemic brain’. Will I ever be able to concentrate again?

Mystery of the wheelie suitcase: how gender stereotypes held back the history of invention.

The “pulse” of the Earth: Disastrous geologic events happen every 27 million years, study finds. Globe-spanning geological events seem to follow a pattern. Here’s when we are due for the next one.

Let Yourself Enjoy This Miracle Summer. Nice to see this pushback against the “hide inside forever” nutters.

The problem isn’t remote working – it’s clinging to office-based practices.

June 24, 2021

The unreasonable expectations of American motherhood.

Climate-driven coastal flooding in the US likely to get worse suddenly.

Ground Temperatures Hit 118 Degrees in the Arctic Circle. The ongoing climate crisis is not going to spare Siberia.

Some used vehicles now cost more than their original sticker price. Mine is nearly there.

Fight Over Covid’s Origins Renews Debate on Risks of Lab Work. Scientists wanting to define “gain-of-function” in some absurd, wrong way, so it won’t be (justifiably) banned. Cool, cool.

Critics were wrong about the Will Smith “adaptation” of I, Robot. Agreed. Pretty good film unfairly trashed.

Scientists identify 29 planets where aliens could observe Earth.

Do Chance Meetings at the Office Boost Innovation? There’s No Evidence of It. For some, the office even stifles creativity.

U.S. life expectancy decreased by an ‘alarming’ amount during pandemic.

Women in Trousers — from Bloomers to Rational Dress.

June 23, 2021

We find that in low-income countries, a lockdown can potentially lead to 1.76 children’s lives lost due to the economic contraction per COVID-19 fatality averted.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Policy Responses on Excess Mortality.

If we want to fight the climate crisis, we must embrace nuclear power.

Deterioration of Speed.

Where Shortages Show up: The WTF Plunge in Retail Inventories.

Pre-colonial tropical cities were actually some of the most extensive urban landscapes anywhere in the pre-industrial world – far outstripping ancient Rome, Constantinople/Istanbul and the ancient cities of China.

Jan 6. was the blueprint: The GOP is now planning a state by state hostile takeover. It’s clear that the Republican assault on democracy is actually just beginning.

Google Is Dominating This Hidden Market With No Rules.

She Fought to Reopen Schools, Becoming a Hero and a Villain. She’s right.

Car today, gone tomorrow: The ephemeral car in low-income, immigrant and minority families.

Southern California home prices hit new record, up nearly 25%. Totally sustainable.

How Quake Shook the World: Quake Turns 25.

When Doctors Downplay Women’s Health Concerns.

Last week, a stranger threatened to beat up me and my husband at a store. Apparently, this happens all the time. Why?

June 22, 2021

Boredom causes sadistic behavior.