October 31, 2021

Cognition Without Computation.

Predatory precarity.

We Need to Talk About an Off-Ramp for Masking at School.

An Electricity Crisis Complicates the Climate Crisis in Europe.

The Supply Chain Story Everyone Is Missing. Today on TAP: The deeper cause is too much offshoring and too little domestic production.

The Revenge of the Essential Worker.

It’s clear capitalism isn’t working when US politicians try to bring back child labor.

Spiders are much smarter than you think.

Fear of Desire: Dracula, Purity Culture, and the Sins of the Church.

Vaccination Offers Better Protection Than Previous COVID-19 Infection.

Dumbass nation: Our biggest national security problem is America’s “vast and militant ignorance.”

October 30, 2021

How legumes give oxygen to symbiotic bacteria in their roots.

The Dream Home Is Dead. Long Live Forever Renting.

Juno reveals deep 3D structure of Jupiter’s massive storms.

Utah congressional delegation promotes a monumental fraud.

The untold story of the world’s biggest nuclear bomb.

Parthenogenesis in California condors.

Metaverse, Mars, meditation retreats: billionaires want to escape the world they ruined.

Perhaps dark matter doesn’t exist at all. I suspect this is the case and have for a while.

October 29, 2021

You’re offended? So what? Your offense is not my emergency.

A Reason Inflation Is Worse Than The Government Says It Is.

College enrollment plummeted during the pandemic. This fall, it’s even worse.

Why progressive gestures from big business aren’t just useless – they’re dangerous.

U.S. economic growth slowed to a 2% annual rate last quarter in face of COVID.

Big tech’s push for automation hides the grim reality of ‘microwork.’


J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Hypocrisy.

The World Health Organization has approved a malaria vaccine for use in children for the first time. That’s great news.

In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan.

Ownership Inequality in the Stock Market.

Rents Spiked 10% to 25% in Half the Cities in October: How it’ll Push Up CPI Next Year, Ridiculing Fed’s “Transitory” Inflation.

No end in sight for chip shortage as supply chain problems pile up. “We’re not talking about quarters. We’re talking about years.”

U.S. Torpedo Troubles During World War II.

October 28, 2021

Bugs in our Pockets: The Risks of Client-Side Scanning.

Jobs that Marry Together the Most.

The Flying Lawnmower that Killed a Man. In 1979, a flying lawnmower killed someone at a football game – and society responded with a shrug.

Scammers Are Using Fake Job Ads to Steal People’s Identities.

Where Have All the Insects Gone? Scientists who once documented new species of insects are now charting their perilous decline—and warning about what it will mean for the rest of us.

Geothermal’s Path to Relevance: Cheap Drilling.

Fox News: Prepping viewers for fascism. That is its focus now for sure.

Christmas Gifts Are in Short Supply, Grinch Bots Could Be Fighting You for Them.

GMC Denali Takes Deadly Design to New Heights.

Rolling back labor and environmental protections won’t fix supply chain disruptions.

Don’t expect the gun-drunk conservatives mocking Alec Baldwin to feel shame. They have none.

The parenting problem the government can’t fix. America’s fertility decline is about more than money. It’s about a society that doesn’t like kids.

How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps.

How Crime Stories Foiled Reform in Victorian Britain.

Anonymity No More? Age Checks Come to the Web. Will harm more than it helps. But then, that’s what it’s designed to do.

Higher Food Prices Hit the Poor and Those Who Help Them.

How hospitals inflate bills for healthy births by labeling them ’emergencies.’

No one seems worried about a housing bubble. Just like last time the bubble burst.

October 27, 2021

Markets and freedom.

Look at How We Discuss the Defense Budget vs. How We Discuss Investing in Our People.

The neighborhood of the Spike gene is a hotspot for modular intertypic homologous and non-homologous recombination in Coronavirus genomes.

American Flew ‘Unairworthy’ Aircraft Says IG Report.

Neutron star collisions are ‘goldmine’ of heavy elements, study finds.

Managing water resources in a low-to-no-snow future.

How China controls thought and speech beyond its borders.

The search for alien tech. Radio signals is old hat: now it’s all about hunting for extraterrestrial technosignatures. But do we want to be found?.

How the US fails to take away guns from domestic abusers: ‘these deaths are preventable.’

October 26, 2021

Dune: What Denis Villeneuve Changed from the Book. Villeneuve’s changes were largely for the better, agreed.

Want To Understand Why U.S. Broadband Sucks? Look At Frontier Communications In Wisconsin, West Virginia.

Employees Cheer When Anti-vaxxers Get Fired. As they should.

Worst of US pandemic likely behind us but we can’t drop our guard, experts say. Mostly correct.

This Year’s Thanksgiving Feast Will Wallop the Wallet.

Green Hills Forever: Windows XP Is 20 Years Old.

Trouble Won’t Be “Transitory.” Mounting problems with inflation, the supply chain, and energy shortages are not likely to resolve themselves quickly. Been clear for a while to anyone not utterly clueless.

Greenhouse gas levels reached record highs in 2020, even with pandemic lockdowns.

Signs of first planet found outside our galaxy. Again, when can I move?

Why Walgreens is in Trouble in San Francisco and is Closing Some Stores: It’s Not Shoplifting, that’s an Artful Distraction from the Real Reasons.

Thousands of pages of internal documents offer the clearest picture yet of how Facebook endangers American democracy—and show that the company’s own employees know it.

The Hidden Costs of Living Alone. In ways both large and small, American society still assumes that the default adult has a partner and that the default household contains multiple people.

October 25, 2021

Biden, Tepid in the Face of Catastrophe.

A haunting tale about how a sustained political campaign can succeed despite — or perhaps as a result of — being divorced from reality.

Good old social media, always there to paper over the giant cracks of our political failures.

People Aren’t Meant To Talk This Much.

Nines of safety: a proposed unit of measurement of risk. The IT world kind of already does it this way.

How to keep a support contract: Make the user think they solved the problem. I use this strategy constantly.

The Fatiguing Effects of Camera Use in Virtual Meetings.

October 24, 2021

The Myth of Labor Shortages.

If our oil jobs are ending, we need safety nets and good replacement work. As should be true for every worker when displaced.

A cautionary tale from the streets of San Francisco. How a liberal dystopia looks.

January 6 Wasn’t a Riot. It Was War. The beginning of one, anyway. Our 1923.

BP paid ex-MI6 spy firm to snoop on green campaigners.

The Real Scandal About Ivermectin. Claims about the drug are based on shoddy science—but that science is entirely unremarkable in its shoddiness.

October 23, 2021

The Destruction of the United Kingdom.

On Fandoms, Age, and Gender: The Politics of “ Putting Away Childish Things.”

How Ugly Chins Help SUVs Dodge Regulations.

Cinema’s most misunderstood filmmaker.

What America’s Supply-Chain Backlog Looks Like Up Close.

Tolkien actually deconstructs most of the clichéd fantasy tropes he supposedly originates. I’ve said this for years. Completely obvious if you actually read his works with more than two neurons intact.

October 22, 2021

The Car Shortage Is About To Get A Whole Lot Worse.

The injury response to DNA damage in live tumor cells promotes antitumor immunity.

We Analyzed 425,909 Favicons.

You lost. Stop acting like you won.

‘I hope you die’: how the COVID pandemic unleashed attacks on scientists.

‘Waning’ Immunity.

The Key Insight That Defined 50 Years of Climate Science.

New study shows vaccine refusal’s staggering cost in human life.

The Married Will Soon Be the Minority.