February 20, 2021

Effectiveness of Mask Wearing to Control Community Spread of SARS-CoV-2.



A COVID-Vaccinated Summer Could Be Wonderful.



February 18, 2021

Sticker Shock: Why Used-Car Prices Are So High.



An anniversary for great justice: Remembering “All Your Base” 20 years later.



Texas Is a Failed State.



On the origin of probability in quantum mechanics.



Who gets a second chance? On accountability and reinvention in American life.



The lethal atmospheric setup behind a deadly Arctic outbreak.



Virtual control: the agenda behind China’s new digital currency.



Why Frigid Mars Is the Perfect Place to Look for Ancient Life.



Survivors of Severe Covid-19 Should Get Their Eyes Checked, Study Suggests.



Million-Year-Old Mammoth Teeth Contain Oldest DNA Ever Found.



Texas Could Have Kept the Lights On. Republicans are blaming renewable energy, when it’s the state’s powerful utilities that failed to prepare for the worst.



How ‘Not in My Backyard’ Became ‘Not in My Neighborhood.’ The expectation that homeowners should be able to reach beyond their property lines has become deeply embedded.



How to fix what the innovation economy broke about America. Across the country, small towns have been left behind. Finding a way to turn things around is crucial if American democracy is to be saved. WHAT YOU MEAN EVERYONE JUST MOVE TO SAN FRANCISCO OR NYC ISN’T THE RIGHT ANSWER?



Here’s What’s Hiding Behind the Massive Seasonal Adjustments in January Retail Sales.



February 17, 2021

How complex systems fail.



Battle for the thermostat: Gender and the effect of temperature on cognitive performance.



Slate Star Codex vs NYT is a battle within the same faith.



The Simplest Explanation For Not Breaking Covid Vaccine Patents.



How The US Legalized Corruption. White people use funny words for bribes.



Governing Boring Apocalypses: A new typology of existential vulnerabilities and exposures for existential risk research.



Inflation Isn’t Lurking Around the Corner. This Isn’t the 1970s. Democrats need to shelve the memory of stagflation.



The Death of the American Dream Measured by household wealth, the middle class is worse off now than it was 20 years ago.



Experimental tests of relativistic chemistry will update the periodic table.



February 16, 2021

A grand anticlimax: the New York Times on Scott Alexander.



Researchers propose that humidity from masks may lessen severity of COVID-19.



The Money Theory of the State.



Want to Reverse Inequality? Change Intellectual Property Rules.



The crypto market as a single unified scam. The whole economy outside of crypto-currency is a unified scam.



Ketogenic diets inhibit mitochondrial biogenesis and induce cardiac fibrosis.



Covid-19: Social murder, they wrote—elected, unaccountable, and unrepentant.



What’s cheaper than a new line of fighter jets?



How a Flawed Experiment “Proved” That Free Will Doesn’t Exist. It did no such thing—but the result has become conventional wisdom nevertheless. And yet dipshits bring this up all the time.



The Therac-25 Incident.



February 15, 2021

In Memoriam: Real Pants.



The enduring mystery of Critchfield’s spruce.



The Death of Open Skies Means a More Dangerous World.



Underwater photographer of the year 2021 winners.



The Terrible Things I Have Said and Done My Entire Life, and Right Up Until a Few Days Ago, Do Not Represent Me As a Person.



Why the ‘Global Vaccine Apartheid’ Is a Dire Warning for the Future.



Finally, a Site That Just Lets Me Know How to Cook the Dang Thing.



‘A Game Changer’: Drug Brings Weight Loss in Patients With Obesity.



February 14, 2021

Microbial ecosystems in the mouth and gut are linked to many ills.



The Body Is Far From Helpless Against Coronavirus Variants. The virus is evolving, but the antibodies that fight it can change, too.



The Coronavirus Is Airborne Indoors. Why Are We Still Scrubbing Surfaces?



How the Boeing 747 Changed the Way Airplanes Are Designed.



Mesopotamia and the Dawn of History.



Do Adults Really Not Remember School Sucked? Most adults seem to undergo a complete memory wipe when they hit 25 or so.



Amazon’s ‘Mentor’ tracking software has been screwing drivers for years.



Variant-proof vaccines — invest now for the next pandemic.



February 13, 2021

Vaccine reduces spread risk even before 2nd shot, Israeli study indicates. When people test COVID positive, viral loads are 4 times lower if they’re vaccinated, finds first-of-its-kind research; expert calls it ‘game-changer’ in pursuit of herd immunity.



‘I don’t make enough’: the financial cost of having Covid in the US.



The Problem Isn’t Just One Insurrection. It’s Mass Radicalization.



Dollar’s Purchasing Power Drops to Record Low, Despite Aggressive “Hedonic Quality Adjustments.”



The pandemic fallacy: Inaccuracy of social scientists’ and lay judgments about COVID-19’s societal consequences in America.



The BuzzFeedification of Mental Health.



The rise and fall of the cigarette in the US was, she shows, intertwined with the country’s transition from the associational state created by the New Deal to the stripped-down neoliberal state of our own time.



Report: NASA’s only realistic path for humans on Mars is nuclear propulsion.



February 12, 2021

The Pentagon Turns on Wall Street. Roll the tanks!



Democrats Ditch $600 Unemployment Boost. Now that Republicans are less of an obstacle, Dems are negotiating with themselves. And they can’t even do that competently.



Oxford coronavirus vaccine shows sustained protection of 76% during the 3-month interval until the second dose.



We asked an art historian to review 8 fighter cockpits.



How the Fossil Fuel Industry Convinced Americans to Love Gas Stoves.



Why is America getting a new $100 billion nuclear weapon?



Secrets of the VIP Party: Why the 1% Love ‘Ritualised Waste.’



February 11, 2021

The Hard Lessons of Modeling the Coronavirus Pandemic.



A New Kind of Spy.



NFL Bankrupted After Receiving $6.3 Trillion Bill From Hospitals For Healthcare Workers Appearance.



A terabyte isn’t what it used to be—14% of Internet customers use more. Remember the heady days of those full of utter surety pronouncing that “250GB is enough for anyone?”



Hear the Sound of a Seashell Horn Found in an Ancient French Cave.



Here Are Six Accidents UNC Researchers Had With Lab-Created Coronaviruses.



Silence of the Lambs 30th Anniversary Review: Jodie Foster & Misogyny. Now that is someone who understands why the film works and what it was really about.



Twenty-Six Words Created the Internet. What Will It Take to Save It?



February 10, 2021

Long hundred.



Bring Back the Nervous Breakdown. It used to be okay to admit that the world had simply become too much. But that’s not efficient or productive!



The Health Costs of Cost-Sharing.



Why France’s new ‘repairability index’ is a big deal.



The next act for messenger RNA could be bigger than covid vaccines.



Humanity Is Flushing Away One of Life’s Essential Elements.



We’re still missing the origin story of this pandemic. China is sitting on the answers.



The Case for Semicolons.



Corporate concentration in the US food system makes food more expensive and less accessible for many Americans.



Commodifying the natural world.



February 9, 2021

Pfizer expects to cut COVID-19 vaccine production time by close to 50% as production ramps up, efficiencies increase.



GOP Lawmakers Seek Tougher Voting Rules After Record Turnout, Election Losses.



Just Too Efficient.



Men who feel need to prove manhood prone to violence.



Why some scientists believe life may have started on Mars.



The Republican Party Is Radicalizing Against Democracy.



An Ode to the Final Miles of the Mississippi River.



Macrosystems as metacoupled human and natural systems.



cheems mindset.



Hygiene Theater Is Still a Huge Waste of Time. Better ventilation and better plans is what we need.



Virginia passes legislation designating water as a basic human right.



The direct observation of the Pauli principle.



Start With The State.



February 8, 2021

Conspiracy theories as they say, are as American as apple pie — as are their entanglement with nativist politics.



The crux of the problem is Americans now occupy two separate worlds – a fact-based pro-democracy world and a Trump-based authoritarian one.



As Covid-19 Vaccines Raise Hope, Cold Reality Dawns That Illness Is Likely Here to Stay. And so are restrictions. Both easily predictable.