September 30, 2021

Persistence of Neutralizing Antibody Response up to 1 Year After Asymptomatic or Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection.

America’s scarcity mindset. Is our society turning into a zero-sum competition for survival?

Vaccine mandates are good and highly effective.

The lesson of ivermectin: meta-analyses based on summary data alone are inherently unreliable.

SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617 Mutations L452R and E484Q Are Not Synergistic for Antibody Evasion.

Home prices have risen 100 times faster than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s time to stop misleading consumers about the sad state of recycling.

The GOP’s Reckless Approach to COVID Is Backfiring on Them.

The Paradox of Data: So Much Information, So Little Insight. Big Data is Big BS.

September 29, 2021

The rise of kings – DNA study finds worldwide bottleneck of male reproduction from 8,000 years ago.

What John von Neumann really did at Los Alamos.

Red-Hot Rents to Fire Up CPI Inflation Just When “Temporary” Is Supposed to Unwind It.

Calling the top on our Age of Unrest. Wrong.

Brexit is Destroying Britain — And Britain Still Can’t Face It.

Employees are accepting pay cuts to keep working from home. They shouldn’t.

South Australian eagle fossil identified as one of the oldest raptor species in the world.

Restaurants and Hotels Push Back Against the Uptick in Customer Tantrums. Owners set new ground rules during Covid-19 pandemic, going against the adage that the customer is always right. Good.

Research: When local newspapers close, corporate corruption goes up.

No Veggies, No Buns, Few Forks: Schools Scramble to Feed Students Amid Shortages.

The Pandemic Has Torpedoed Life Expectancy Across the Globe, Study Finds.

The Look of Gentrification. If you think of gentrification as coffee shops and bike lanes then you don’t understand gentrification at all. It’s about what’s inside, not outside.

People who ‘can’t fit into jeans they wore aged 21’ risk developing diabetes | Diabetes.

Is The Worst Over? Models Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March.

Steven Pinker claims to champion Enlightenment values. But his latest book is an affront to them.

My Wife Was Dying of Brain Cancer. My Boss at Amazon Told Me to Perform or Quit.

Triple jeopardy: Children face dark future of climate disasters.

September 28, 2021

Why America needs vaccine mandates.

Predictors of Test Positivity, Mortality, and Seropositivity during the Early Coronavirus Disease Epidemic, Orange County, California, USA.

Going Big and Fast on Renewables Would Save Trillions in Energy Costs.

U.S. Supply Chain Struggles to Adapt as Delays Worsen.

Conservatives are killing themselves with COVID, and no, it’s not our fault.

In Real Life, Not All Interruptions Are Rude.

The haut precariat.

Ancient Carthaginians really did sacrifice their children.

Airports to passengers: Do it yourself.

The American healthcare system damages your *thinking* not just the public health.

Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA’s secret war plans against WikiLeaks.

We Did the Research: Masks Work, and You Should Choose a High Quality Mask if Possible.

September 27, 2021

The Experts Somehow Overlooked Authoritarians on the Left. Many psychologists wrongly assumed that coercive attitudes exist only among conservatives.

Our constitutional crisis is already here.

Why corporate social responsibility is BS.

Anti Vaxxer Shocked To Discover He Carries ‘Driving Passport.’ Just wait till they hear about their SSN.

Covid Pandemic, Climate Change Crisis Show Costs of Inaction.

Sometimes Mindlessness Is Better Than Mindfulness.

After a Michigan doctor wrote about combative COVID-19 patients, most of them died. Anti-vaxxers all. No great loss and good riddance.

September 26, 2021

When the FBI seizes your messages from Big Tech, you may not know it for years.

Why New Age puritans are the enemies of progress. From sex to Covid to climate change, some people just really like telling others what to do.

Angela Merkel’s austerity condemned Europe and Germany to decline.

Vaccine nasal sprays aim to ‘shut door’ on virus. Obvious next step.

You want the house, so you write the owner a love letter. But the practice is under fire. I do not and never will do this. I do not grovel ever.

A Detroit community college professor is fighting Silicon Valley’s surveillance machine. People are listening.

Norway to end coronavirus-related restrictions on Saturday. Nice.

Space Age furniture in Sci-Fi films.

To save American democracy, take all the fun out of lying. The power of treating Republicans like adults.

September 25, 2021

The Lost Canyon Under Lake Powell.

Mainstream outlets treat potential U.S. debt default as “good news” and “opportunity” for Republicans who are threatening to destroy up to 6 million jobs.

Birds took advantage of lockdowns by hanging out in the city, study finds.

The jet-setting cosmopolitans of popular imagination exist, but they are far outnumbered by a less exalted and less discussed elite group, one that sits at the pinnacle of America’s local hierarchies.

Low Vaccination Rates are Hurting Southeast Asia’s Economy: ADB.

Infectious SARS-CoV-2 in Exhaled Aerosols and Efficacy of Masks During Early Mild Infection.

Recent Ebola outbreak emerged from someone infected 5 years earlier.

Why Costco is rationing toilet paper and paper towels again, and what it says about supply chains everywhere.

The Cost of Insuring Expensive Waterfront Homes Is About to Skyrocket. Good.

The Symptoms Show American Culture Is Transitioning into a Violent Oligarchy.

The Future of Work Should Mean Working Less.

From Technician’s Extravaganza to Logical Fantasy: Science and Society in John Wyndham’s Postwar Fiction, 1951–1960.

The digital death of collecting.

September 24, 2021

Walking Trees, Parasitic Flowers, and Other Remarkable Plants: An Illustrated Guide.

The NSA and CIA Use Ad Blockers Because Online Advertising Is So Dangerous.

Across the many contexts in which it is used, the only universal meaning that “learning to live with the virus” holds is learning to live with uncertainty. This is a message that is as frightening for “health bodies” as it is for the wider public, because uncertainty is fundamentally at odds with the kind of empirical rationalism that generates reassuring narratives of closure.

Deadwood Releasing 10.9 Gigatons of Carbon Every Year – More Than All Fossil Fuel Emissions Combined.

File not found. A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans. Even in the past, most users didn’t understand the file system. Now it’s just worse, but it was never good.

Semiconductor firms can’t find enough workers, worsening chip shortage.

Ancient Footprints Push Back Date of Human Arrival in the Americas.

New report suggests Texas’ grid was 5 minutes from catastrophic failure.

COVID is changing Trump country: Alabama’s population shrinks for the first time in history.

September 23, 2021

We labor for years, often lifetimes, to build a community of software and users, and it’s all gone in an instant, replaced by people who didn’t take the time to understand what was learned.

Chrome’s Latest Feature Enables Surveillance.

Covid-19 death rate more than 4 times higher in least vaccinated states than in most vaccinated.

2021 Could See Over 100,000 Drug Overdose Deaths in America.

A Tunguska sized airburst destroyed Tall el-Hammam a Middle Bronze Age city in the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea.

Comparing Covid-19 to the ‘Spanish Flu’ Just Shows How Badly We Screwed This One Up.

Whether it’s homes or jobs, our dreams are moving further out of reach every year.

Not Getting Vaccinated to Own Your Fellow Libs. They’ve aligned themselves with forces they despise. But lefty anti-vaxxers don’t see the contradiction.

‘Post-Vax COVID’ Is a New Disease. Eventually we might all have to deal with COVID-19—but a shorter, gentler version, thanks to vaccines.

The Democrats’ Greatest Delusion. The point of a majority is to enact legislation—not simply to maintain that majority.

September 22, 2021

America’s car crash epidemic.

‘Carbon Footprint’ and ‘Net Zero’ Don’t Mean What You Think. Words that imply strong emission reduction policies have adopted slippery meanings intended to imply companies are doing more to reduce emissions than they actually are.

Amazon’s AI Cameras Are Punishing Drivers for Mistakes They Didn’t Make.

Home Price to Income Ratio (US & UK).

Quashing demand or changing clients? Evidence of criminalization of sex work in the United Kingdom.

Specters of Saint Francis: Agamben’s The Highest Poverty and the State of Digital Culture.

This passwordless future requires that Microsoft follow in Apple’s and Google’s footsteps in deciding which software you are allowed to run on your computer. These vendors don’t trust you to manage your own security, instead they want you to hand all trust over to them.

$5.9 million ransomware attack on farming co-op may cause food shortage.

No, the COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause male infertility — but COVID-19 might.

Understanding Suicidal Americans. Why do Republicans support suicide by vaccine and mask refusal?

Unvaccinated Idahoans chose to continue Trump’s death panels.

September 21, 2021

House Democrats are scared to tax billionaires – that’s a costly mistake.

U.S. vs. China: A battle of ideas, not militaries.

The Economic Mistake the Left Is Finally Confronting.