January 29, 2023

Netherlands and Japan join US in restricting chip exports to China.

Services PCE Price Index Spikes, But Goods PCE Price Index Falls as Energy Prices Plunge: Core PCE Re-accelerates. Services inflation is tough to stamp out, and it has taken over inflation.

‘Putin is redrawing an iron curtain’ across Europe, veteran Russian analyst says.

Study finds those with schizotypal, paranoid, and histrionic personality traits are more likely to fall for fake news. Surprising no one at all.

The Time for ‘Catalytic Government’ Is Now.

How a Drug Company Made $114 Billion by Gaming the U.S. Patent System. Alternative translation: how a drug company killed thousand of people for a bit of money.

I’m a copywriter. I’m pretty sure artificial intelligence is going to take my job.

January 28, 2023

Why so many people believe in conspiracy theories.

As we consider how to decarbonize transportation, preserving mobility, especially for lower- and middle-income people, must be a priority.

Archaeologists Discover 1.2 Million-Year-Old ‘Workshop.’ The discovery pushes the timeline of obsidian tool use back by an astonishing 500,000 years.

Electric cars are better for the climate than petrol or diesel.

Remote work is the best thing to happen to families in decades.

The Comeback of Small Cars and Trucks Is Good for Everyone.

How software engineers became social engineers in our democracies.

Looking back now, it’s clear that the “American Dirt” debacle of January 2020 was a harbinger, the moment when the publishing world lost its confidence and ceded moral authority to the worst impulses of its detractors.

January 27, 2023

Large Study Finds Link Between Viral Infections and Future Brain Illness.

Job interviews are a nightmare — and only getting worse. Employers are constantly finding new hoops for candidates to jump through.

Antidepressants help bacteria resist antibiotics.

Major railroad posts record earnings, spends more on share repurchases than on its employees.

Slack is the opposite of organizational memory.

A Pitched Battle on Corporate Power. Biden’s expansive executive order seeks to restore competition in the economy. It’s been a long, slow road to get the whole government on board—but there are some formidable gains.

Q4 2022 was a disaster for smartphone sales, sees the largest-ever drop.

January 26, 2023

Anti-Stable Diffusion Lawsuit Deep Dive: It’s A Neutron Bomb. The endgame is to eliminate the artists but leave the servers running & churning out animated features.

On the Picket Lines of Britain’s Shattered National Health Service.

Why Mark Zuckerberg Should Face the Threat of Jail.

Wage theft often goes unpunished despite state systems meant to combat it. Often? Almost always.

McDonald’s, In-N-Out, and Chipotle are spending millions to block raises for their workers.

We Need Pleasure to Survive.

Alec Baldwin Didn’t Have to Talk to the Police. Neither Do You.

January 25, 2023

The Disappearance of the Ashtray.

Stunning new view of the Milky Way galaxy.

The tech industry and Google.

How Equifax Became a Private IRS.

Covid is not destroying kids immune systems. Conspiracy theories abound on the internet. They are wrong.

Please Don’t Feed the Debt Scolds.

Lab-grown meat moves closer to American dinner plates.

Compared to prior laments from social conservatives and feminists, today’s debate is less focused on purity and patriarchy. It is more concerned with women’s satisfaction and happiness. Yet despite that focus, the conversation too often fails to treat women as individuals with widely varying values, tastes, and preferences. Ayup.

Call of the Void: Seven years on, what do we know about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370?

Ransomware victims are refusing to pay, tanking attackers’ profits.

The Designer Economy. With the right structures in place, we can transform the government from a passive issuer of regulations and transfer payments into an active builder of an equitable and sustainable economic future.

Shifting Mortality Dynamics in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic as Measured by Years of Life Lost.

U.S. sues Google, calls for breakup of ad-technology ‘monopoly.’

Islands in the Stream. Musicians are in peril, at the mercy of giant monopolies that profit off their work.

U.S. Leans Toward Providing Abrams Tanks to Ukraine. Deliveries would be part of deal to enable provision of German-built Leopards. Sweet.

Pentagon Will Increase Artillery Production Sixfold for Ukraine.

First-in-the-world study suggests that even brief exposure to air pollution has rapid impacts on the brain.

NASA and DARPA will test nuclear thermal engines for crewed missions to Mars.

The first generation of F-150s was 36% cab and 64% bed by length. By 2021, the ratio flipped, with 63% cab and 37% bed. Making them FUCKING USELESS.

January 24, 2023

The Big Tech layoffs are a turning point.

American culture feels dangerously stuck and stilted these days.

Study reveals average age at conception for men versus women over past 250,000 years.

Does COVID really damage your immune system and make you more vulnerable to infections? The evidence is lacking.

The aftermath of shootings often shows us how politically insane our discourse has become.

The Toxin That Helps Oyster Mushrooms Devour Worm Flesh.

Iron-Air Batteries 10 Times Cheaper Than Li-Ion Will Start Mass Production in 2024. I and others were also told this battery tech would “never happen” and was “impossible.” Not so much it turns out.

Is tipping getting out of control? Many consumers say yes.

January 23, 2023

Early Abortion Looks Nothing Like What You’ve Been Told. Because the conservatives have a very successful propaganda operation.

Study explores how exercise might mitigate age-related decline in skeletal muscle structure and function.

One of the signs that we are living in the later stage of some sort of historical interregnum is that everyone these days seems to be working on building a new ‘useable past.’

Podcasts aren’t as smart as you think.

China’s Global Mega-Projects Are Falling Apart.

Japan was the future but it’s stuck in the past.

How a War on Porn Is Endangering US Sex Workers.

Covid, flu, RSV declining in hospitals as ‘tripledemic’ threat fades.

Life as a 21st-Century Trucker. Technology, corporate greed, and supply-chain chaos are transforming life behind the wheel of a big rig. I went on the road to find exactly how.

January 22, 2023

My Husband Was Right About DVDs All Along. If you don’t have the physical media or a ripped/pirated copy, you got fucking nothing.

A Brutal New Phase of the War in Ukraine.

Most Abortion Bans Include Exceptions. In Practice, Few Are Granted.

Prices of Existing Homes Fall 11% from Peak. Sales Hit Lockdown Low. Cash Buyers and Investors Pull Back Hard.

You want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food? Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local.

Not a new Xi.

Is life in the UK really as bad as the numbers suggest? Yes, it is.

January 21, 2023

How Joe Biden Wins Again. Biden Rest Stops as far as the eye can see.

The lights have been on at a Massachusetts school for over a year because no one can turn them off.

Trying to Stop Long COVID Before It Even Starts. New data offer hope that chronic illness can be headed off with the right combination of drugs.

Degrowth Is Not the Answer to Climate Change.

Loneliness associated with unhealthful diets and physical inactivity among US college students.

Of the 132 plant-based meat analogues analysed, only 12 percent were fortified with key micronutrients essential for health that are found in meat – iron, vitamin B12 and zinc. Trash food.

The Greatest Nuclear Threat We Face Is a Russian Victory.

Bulgaria to the rescue: How the EU’s poorest country secretly saved Ukraine.

NRC Certifies First U.S. Small Modular Reactor Design.

America, the Bland.

Tech Layoffs Shock Young Workers. The Older People? Not So Much. The industry’s recent job cuts have been an awakening for a generation of workers who have never experienced a cyclical crash.

January 20, 2023

When It Comes to Cybersecurity, the Biden Administration Is Getting Much More Aggressive.

70% of drugs advertised on TV are of “low therapeutic value,” study finds.

Yes, Your Loud Neighbors Are Driving You Bonkers.

The E.U. Should Stop Whining About the U.S. Stealing Its Jobs.

The governors of California and Florida — two of the nation’s biggest ideological rival states — are leading in opposite directions. Both may run for president.

America’s Gas Stove Freak-Out Is a Culture War, Not a Scientific Disagreement.

San Francisco Bay Area House Prices Plunge 30% from Crazy Peak: Housing Bust 2. As goes San Francisco, so goes the rest of the country soon enough.

January 18, 2023

“Progressive” Capitalists are Still Capitalists and They Still Hate Labor.

Birds bounced back in severely burned Appalachian forests.

There is no US labor shortage. That’s a myth.

If plants are so intelligent, should we stop eating them? Hmm.

Supply chain attacks on PyPI and other online repositories show no sign of ending.

The Crypto Collapse and the End of the Magical Thinking That Infected Capitalism. This magical thinking happens every 15 years or so.

Tipping Is Weird Now. Technology and the pandemic have transformed the meaning of gratuity.

Losing Taiwan Means Losing Japan.

The Smithsonian Will Restore Hundreds of the World’s Oldest Sound Recordings.

Want to solve climate change? This California farm kingdom holds a key.