March 15, 2019

Ketamine works great for depression and other conditions, and costs $10/dose; the new FDA-approved “ketamine” performs badly in trials and costs a fortune.

March 14, 2019

Cancer Patients Are Getting Robotic Surgery. There’s No Evidence It’s Better. High-tech surgical robots aren’t an improvement over traditional operations, the F.D.A. warns. For some patients, the robots may be worse. But see, they can charge you 10x as much. That’s “better” in their eyes.

Abolish the Billionaire Class.

Gentrification Is a Feature, Not a Bug, of Capitalist Urban Planning.

The Politics of The Green New Deal: Part 1.

How the Rich Really Play, “Who Wants To Be An Ivy Leaguer?”

Destruction from sea level rise in California could exceed worst wildfires and earthquakes, new research shows.

Colbert Smears Tulsi Gabbard To Her Face While Telling Zero Jokes. Establishment patsy, like anyone else who makes it onto TV.

Pressure Cooker: the morality of home cooking.

Give me back my monolith.

Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation.

With days to go until the #CopyrightDirective vote, #Article13’s father admits it requires filters and says he’s OK with killing Youtube. Most media companies would be fine with rolling back to 1990.

Rewarding Neglect and Punishing Investment in Struggling Neighborhood.

March 13, 2019

Research carried out in partnership between the nonprofit Hives for Humanity and the University of British Columbia showed that honey collected from urban beehives can accurately measure how polluted a city is.

Vaccines Against Measles And Other Diseases Confer Added Protections.

You can simultaneously think markets are a useful civic tool and recognize obvious, egregious failures. Alas, most people can’t actually hold two ideas that conflict in some way in their head at once.

Modern Monetary Theory: Democrats Should Try New Economic Ideas. QE did not work out fine: massive asset inflation, bubble.

Your Environment Is Cleaner. Your Immune System Has Never Been So Unprepared.

This story of how rich people schemed and broke the law to get kids into college is a perfect capsule of America now.

On Surveillance in the Workplace.

Graying Out. It looks like the future of the internet and web is to get worse and worse, forever (fuck smartphones).

America’s Defining Divide Isn’t Left vs. Right. It’s Old vs. Young. When most of the Boomers die, things might improve. But it’ll probably be too late due to climate change.

The World Wide Web at 30: We got the free and open internet we deserve. And now we’re going to have to rebuild it from the ground up.

The Software That Shapes Workers’ Lives.

All College Admissions Are a Pay-to-Play Scandal. Exactly. The meritocracy is a complete lie. All rigged from end to end. Why should I trust experts again? Why should anyone?

March 12, 2019

Dream of desegregation is dying, and white parents are enabling it.

Ignore All Arguments About What Is “Politically Feasible.”

As if being picked on wasn’t bad enough, victims of workplace mistreatment may also be seen as bullies themselves, even if they’ve never engaged in such behavior.

Results showed that both girls and boys engage in gender-enforcing behavior. Further, findings suggest that aggression and biased gender-related beliefs are associated with gender-enforcing behavior.

The phenomenon of moral contagion has a number of important implications for understanding morality and politics in the digital age.

Selfish genetic elements amplify inflammation and age-related diseases.

Microsoft’s new Skype for Web client: An early taste of the browser monoculture. Back to IE6 days we go.

For all the many controversies around Facebook’s mishandling of personal data, Google actually knows way more about most of us.

Googling Strangers: One Professor’s Lesson On Privacy In Public Spaces.

Tim Berners-Lee: ‘Stop web’s downward plunge to dysfunctional future’.

Engineering for the Long Haul, the NASA Way.

March 11, 2019

People in open-concept homes are realizing the walls were there for a reason.

Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined.

Amid the opioid crisis, a different drug comes roaring back. Deaths caused by meth use have risen 18-fold this decade.


Winograd Schema Challenge.

The dirty error-prone algebra is better done by computers. Learning math that makes you stupider (from an absolute and opportunity cost perspective) is utterly pointless.

St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1894.

China orders its airlines to suspend use of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

March 10, 2019

Galaxy Simulations Offer a New Solution to the Fermi Paradox.

These Professors Make More Than a Thousand Bucks an Hour Peddling Mega-Mergers. The economists are leveraging their academic prestige with secret reports justifying corporate concentration. Their predictions are often wrong and consumers pay the price.

Accidental Empires.

Why Do We Have To Suffer.

If We’re Going to Break Up Big Tech, We Shouldn’t Forget Big Telecom.

A Crisis of Identification.

Women Do Ask for More Money at Work. They Just Don’t Get It.

Measles Is a Quintessential Political Issue of Our Time.

Seat Choice in a Crowded Café: Effects of Eye Contact, Distance, and Anchoring.

March 9, 2019

Reality Bites: ‘Captain Marvel’ and the Lie of the ’90s. Now that is how you do a fucking review.

Formafantasma’s Ore Streams is an indictment of consumer design.

The Astonishing Increase In The Price Of Textbooks Since 2004, Visualized.

Size matters: Studies find that operating and embodied energy increases with building height. High density may be a good thing in cities, but tall buildings are not. Tall buildings are also just ridiculously, absurdly expensive, and anti-human.

Pew: One in Four American Adults Did Not Read a Book in the Past Year.

Dianne Feinstein’s dust-up with activists over the Green New Deal revealed that progressives are unwilling to tolerate a political system that they feel threatens planetary survival.

We Can Do Better Than Capitalism.

The Sharing Economy Was Always a Scam. ‘Sharing’ was supposed to save us. Instead, it became a Trojan horse for a precarious economic future.

No One Can Explain The Dominance Of Cavalry.

A College Chain Crumbles, and Millions in Student Loan Cash Disappears.

The findings suggest that, even in a context chosen to optimize the observation of an ego-depletion effect, it seems difficult to be conclusive about the existence of this effect.

Clinton die-hards are leading the charge against Bernie and are as vicious today and this were in 2016.

Over a quarter of U.S. adults now own a smart speaker, typically an Amazon Echo. Jesus fuck, what the hell is wrong with people.

Neuroscience Readies for a Showdown Over Consciousness Ideas.

Hand Grip Strength Associated With All-Cause Mortality, Other Adverse Outcomes.

What matters is just merit, but the expected variance around that merit. Hirers sometimes want to reduce this variance.

Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for Facebook sounds a lot like China, where I couldn’t buy a cup of coffee without the app that dominates people’s lives there.

Teen Fiction and the Perils of Cancel Culture. Readers, not a Twitter mob, should decide the fate of a book.

I want to stress that there is only one way to effectively protect sex workers from the dangers and massive amounts of harm they’ve been subjected to by being made illegal by the state. And that is full legalization of all sex work.

Did you wait until middle age to get fit? It could still boost your life span.

Tokyo, March 10, 1945: The Day of the Deadliest Attack in the History of Human Warfare.

The secret of how the mako shark swims so fast lies in its flexible scales.

March 8, 2019

Capturing bacteria that eat and breathe electricity.

Why do remote meetings suck so much?

Butterflies aren’t expendable. Our brittle reality depends on them, too.

Mark Zuckerberg Is Trying to Play You — Again. Most people want to be played, so will probably work.

Owl Feathers & Flight.

Liberal feminists are stuck in the mindset that if a man gets away with it, a woman should, too—or, worse, that acting “like a man” is what feminism is all about.

Common Myths About Porn, Debunked by a Porn Performer.

At the end of the day, think outside the box about clichés.

Here’s Why You Should Combat Nazis, Not Debate Them.

New surprises from Jupiter and Saturn.

Are Insects Going Extinct? The Debate Obscures the Real Dangers They Face.

For every automated appliance or system that actually makes performing a task easier—dishwashers, ATMs, robotic factory arms, say—there seems to be another one—self-checkout kiosks, automated phone menus, mass email marketing—that actively makes our lives worse.

How Automated Tools Discriminate Against Black Language.

The data brokers quietly buying and selling your personal information.

Why do poor school kids have to clean up rich commuter’s pollution?

Fantastical rescue from unhappiness and loss (which might also be called “reality”) is what fairy tales – and faith in the market – are predicated on.

It’s about time we ask why men aren’t funny.

Wealth Inequality Across Class and Race in 5 Graphs.

March 7, 2019

Momo Hoax Shows America’s Susceptibility To Bullshit Goes Well Beyond Social Media.

Everything has changed. Even the way we change has changed.

Bedtime protein for bigger gains? Here’s the scoop.

Millennials Must Vote or the Gerontocracy Will Kill Us All.

We need to abolish the Harvard M.B.A degree for the good of the people who pursue that path, as well as the world at large.

Why Only Fools Trust America’s Mainstream ‘News’ Media After the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.

Facebook extremism and fake news: How Facebook is training us to be conspiracy theorists.