January 20, 2022

Humanity Beneath the Mask.

Dear Democrats, please don’t resurrect Hillary Clinton.

Governing Boring Apocalypses: A New Typology of Existential Vulnerabilities and Exposures for Existential Risk Research.

The pandemic’s true death toll: millions more than official counts.

Wildfire Risk in California Drives Insurers to Pull Policies for Pricey Homes.

How catching Covid has become a moral failing. This is not merely a virus, but a sinner’s mark, as we pretend we could stop getting sick if we just tried hard enough.

Firearms, a drone and 30 days of supplies: New details of Oath Keepers Jan. 6 weapons cache.

Covid passes boosted economies and vaccine uptake, study shows.

Most human activities, as well as many disciplines — from physics and biology to linguistics, finance, and computer science — follow a Pareto distribution instead of a “normal” Gaussian curve.

The SHOP SAFE Act Would Entrench Amazon’s Dominance.

January 19, 2022

School Closures Were a Catastrophic Error. Progressives Still Haven’t Reckoned With It.

Empty Shelf at a Grocery Store Near You? Tight Inventories, Labor Shortages, Supply Chain Snags, Strong Sales, Soaring Costs.

Car Companies Argue That Right-to-Repair Law Is Unconstitutional.

Hispanic Voters Now Evenly Split Between Parties, WSJ Poll Finds.

De Lisle carbine.

Starless free-floating worlds might represent the most common habitable real estate of the universe.

Herd Immunity Is Over—Long Live Superimmunity.

How Exxon is using an unusual law to intimidate critics over its climate denial.

January 18, 2022

Graphical User Interface History.

The Color of Infinite Temperature.

Thanks to Dem leadership’s foolish error, the party that holds the House, the Senate and the Oval Office will go into the mid-terms and the next presidential election having failed to deliver on the vast majority of their campaign promises.

Infectious viral load in unvaccinated and vaccinated patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 WT, Delta and Omicron.

Mons Meg.

Americans long for personal and social transformation — but mainstream politics and media are trapped in the past.

America’s Top Environmental Groups Have Lost the Plot on Climate Change.

California is poised to kill rooftop solar, damaging climate and health. Kill nuclear and now solar. We are — once again — a deeply stupid people.

China’s Inclusive Authoritarianism.

Why cat-like creatures vanished from North America for 6 million years.

You know modern life is hard when even adverts don’t try to persuade you otherwise.

The reason why so many of us are at the end of our rope? We allowed work to be what gave our lives meaning.

Why energy storage is a solvable problem. Fairly easily solvable, in fact.

WhatsApp Ordered To Help US Agents Spy On Chinese Phones—No Explanation Required.

We let people die alone. An NHS nurse has unwittingly spelled out the barbarism of lockdown. I know it’s a “bad” site, but this is dead on.

UWA archaeologists discover ancient highways in Arabi.

January 17, 2022

The strength you build is yours, even if you don’t do it forever: the evidence for ‘muscle memory.’

This Is No Way to Be Human. We now occupy a nearly natureless world.

Dancing With Systems.

How to Lose a Cold War With China. The U.S. military and its civilian leaders are overemphasizing militarized responses to what is largely an economic and diplomatic challenge.

Risk of Death For Female Patients Is Much Higher if Surgeon Is a Man, Study Reveals.

New research on twins finds that jealousy is only about 30 percent heritable.

Only one speculative genre has managed to escape the Disneyfication process and retain something resembling a soul: horror. Absolutely true.

Corporate America’s incredibly profitable pandemic.

January 16, 2022

The largest group of nesting fish ever found lives beneath Antarctic ice.

Cognitive Load Theory and its Applications for Learning.

We need to be able to talk about trans athletes and women’s sports. Easy: biological males should not be competing in women’s sports ever.

Low-Skilled, Easily Replaceable Employees Must Return to Work Immediately, Otherwise Our Society Will Collapse.

The great American sickout: Omicron is causing “hellacious” worker shortages.

Age of the oldest known Homo sapiens from eastern Africa.

Is Addiction Really a Disease? No.

The Reactionary Trap. It’s not just a right-wing phenomenon. Thinkers on the left, beware.

Global heating linked to early birth and damage to babies’ health, scientists find.

France’s Economy Is Having a Good Pandemic.

We don’t know why, but being in space causes us to destroy our blood.

China reports 5 new human cases of H5N6 bird flu.

My bile rises as I’m asked to move my dying cancer patient out of ICU to make room for an unvaccinated man with Covid.

Feminism isn’t about championing women like Nancy Pelosi just because they’re in high-powered positions: it’s about fighting for a more equal society.

To Fight Covid, We Need to Think Less Like Doctors.

January 15, 2022

Your Bubble is Not the Culture.

Study Challenges Evolutionary Theory That DNA Mutations Are Random.

Worst inflation in 40 years is spreading deeper into the economy.

The oldest aquarium fish in the world lives in San Francisco. She likes belly rubs.

Wholesale prices jumped a record 9.7% in 2021.

Enough With ‘Smart Cities’—We Need Cities Done Right.

Courage and Kazoos.

Feminist Identity and Sexual Behavior: The Intimate Is Political.

America’s housing market is in the grip of an inflation storm.

The world is becoming progressively less tangible, cloudier and ghostlier. Nothing is substantial.

A thousand-light-year-wide bubble around the Sun was blown by the ghosts of long-dead stars.

Polish scientists find gene that doubles risk of serious COVID.

emotional support trauma plot.

January 14, 2022

The convenience yield.

America needs more basic research.

To stop building heat islands, stop overbuilding parking lots.

Scientists uncover new information about cellular death process, previously thought to be irreversible.

Preliminary research suggests SARS-CoV-2 virus less infectious within five minutes of exposure to air.

Plants: RNA notes to self.

The Gender Gap Is Taking Us to Unexpected Places.

Will financialization of the music industry kill the Public Domain? It’s mostly already dead, but yes it’ll get even worse.

Here’s why modern cars feel so lifeless to drive.

Cancel culture is real and it matters.

January 13, 2022

Scientists believed Covid leaked from Wuhan lab – but feared debate could hurt ‘international harmony.’

We’re Losing Our Humanity, and the Pandemic Is to Blame.

Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Emerging Variants.

Everything Democrats Didn’t Do in 2021. From protecting the vote to raising the minimum wage to action on global warming, in the past year, the Democrats did none of it.

As an E.R. Doctor, I Fear Health Care Collapse More Than Omicron.

Prices rose at a 7 percent annual rate in December, the fastest pace in 40 years, casting a shadow over the economy.

There is something seriously wrong with the IT industry. It’s so bad that I haven’t managed to find a single industry with the same massive amount of stupidity, with the exception of perhaps the fashion industry. It’s like the IT industry has been paralyzed in some strange kind of mass hypnosis.

Pretending Monopoly Has Nothing to Do With Inflation. The Washington Post and Larry Summers don’t know what they’re talking about.

A Return to Robo-Signing: JPMorgan Chase Has Unleashed a Lawsuit Blitz on Credit Card Customers.

January 12, 2022

A massive increase in gun sales in early 2020 seems to have contributed to the recent rise in homicides.

I Was Offered Fake 5-Star Reviews in Quantity of 10s on Google, Facebook, Tripadvisor, Yelp: Turns Out, They’re Amazingly Cheap.

Even with Recent Improvements, Obamacare’s Exchanges Don’t Cut It.

Recently discovered papyri give unprecedented insight into the lives of the workers building the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Hard to Imagine the Labor Market Will Go Back to Pre-Pandemic Dynamics. Too Much Has Changed.

Receipt of 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is highly effective in preventing MIS-C in persons aged 12–18 years. These findings further reinforce the COVID-19 vaccination recommendation for eligible children.

A Holocaust Survivor’s Hardboiled Science Fiction. Though he rarely discussed them, Stanisław Lem’s experiences in wartime Poland weighed on him and affected his stories.

Djokovic Isn’t the Populist Freedom Fighter Many Believe. Anti-vaxxers like the Serbian tennis star are among a minority that’s shrinking fast as leaders and their countries get fed up with holdouts.

The Lost Girls of Covid. The pandemic is erasing decades of progress in young women’s health, education, and independence in developing nations. Doing very bad things to working moms in the US too.

Coyote-like golden jackal is laying claim to Europe. Why now?

After ruining Android messaging, Google says iMessage is too powerful.