September 12, 2019

Ghost crabs use teeth in stomachs to ‘growl’ at predators. Scientists find first evidence of an animal using stomach sounds to communicate.

Why Are Poor Women Poor? Our feel-good narratives put the burden back on the oppressed and let rich countries off the hook.

When Medicaid Takes Everything You Own.

Boeing’s travails show what’s wrong with modern capitalism.

STEM Is Overrated.

NY Payroll Company Vanishes With $35 Million.

California Approves Statewide Rent Control to Ease Housing Crisis.

September 11, 2019

Eros at play. Why the ancient erotic poems of Sappho and Wallada bint al-Mustakfi are far more stimulating than modern pornography.

Still Evil After All These Years.

What the CEOs of the 8 largest insurers earned in 2018.

Charter Spectrum Once Again ‘Competes’ By… Raising Prices.

Weakness in Intel chips lets researchers steal encrypted SSH keystrokes.

Someone moved $1 billion in a single bitcoin transaction. We don’t know who was responsible for the massive transfer of 94,504 bitcoins. Someone doing way illegal stuff, I can tell you that much.

Bits or pieces?: From values to rituals.

How wiping out $1.5 trillion in student debt would boost the economy.

China’s FAST Telescope, the World’s Largest Single Radio Dish Telescope, is Now Fully Operational.

The fall of coal and its pollution-linked deaths is boosting the economy. Farming now produces more particulate pollution than electricity generation.

Solving the longstanding mystery of how friction leads to static electricity.

September 10, 2019

Amazon is tracking us offline.

Silicon Valley’s final frontier for mobile payments — ‘the neoliberal takeover of the human body.’

Recent evidence across multiple meta-analyses on key mental disorders provides an overarching picture of limited benefits for both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. A dead end has been reached.

Self-enhancement, righteous anger, and moral grandiosity.

Female sex offenders are treated more leniently than their matched male counterparts, even in instances of more serious sex offenses and those involving minor victims.

Someone made a version of ‘Civilization’ that runs in Microsoft Excel.

Researchers unearth ‘new’ extinction.

Aiming for Moral Mediocrity.

Pornography Users Hold More Gender Egalitarian Attitudes Than Nonusers in a Representative American Sample. Completely not surprised. Prudes hate women far more than anyone else.

Is 60 the New 50? Examining Changes in Biological Age Over the Past Two Decades.

Reversal of epigenetic aging and immunosenescent trends in humans.

Transit ridership declined again in the United States in 2018. As a whole, the nation’s transit systems lost 2 percent of their riders over the previous year—about 200 million fewer trips, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

Democracy Devouring Itself: The Rise of the Incompetent Citizen and the Appeal of Populism.

50 states and territories launch massive joint probe into Google.

Why Are America’s Three Biggest Metros Shrinking? After a post-recession boomlet, the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago areas are all seeing their population decline. Maybe because they are hellholes that no one sane can stand.

More than third of foreign investment is multinationals dodging tax.

September 9, 2019

Nobel Laureate Shiller Says U.S. Home Prices Could Start Falling. I suspect this is inevitable within 1-2 years.

The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million. Ms. Hurchalla was successfully sued by Lake Point Restoration for encouraging Martin County commissioners to back out of a water deal.

Intellectual Dark Matter. Knowledge that we can show exists, but cannot directly access, rests at the foundations of society and technology.

Medical bankruptcy is an American scandal — and that’s not debatable.

From sedition to hate speech, from fake news to the giving of offence, there is a plethora of arguments about the need to constrain speech so as not to harm society, arguments that are often as hollow as Locke’s.

What Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market Teaches Us About Urban Planning.

Do unmarried women face shortages of partners in the US marriage market? Time to start marrying “down.”

There aren’t any climate deniers anymore. At this point, they are all climate arsonists and nihilists.

How the Anthony Levandowski Indictment Helps Big Tech Stifle Innovation in Silicon Valley.

Google Has My Dead Grandpa’s Data And He Never Used The Internet.

‘It’s Not You. Software Has Gotten Far More Expensive.’

A Century of “Shrill”: How Bias in Technology Has Hurt Women’s Voices.

Strange life forms found deep in a mine point to vast ‘underground Galapagos.’

Public ‘underestimate climate breakdown threat.’

September 8, 2019

Is life after 75 worth living? This UPenn scholar doubts it.

The Fall of the Chosen Ones.

Squirrels listen in to birds’ conversations as signal of safety.

Making sense of Saturn’s impossible rotation.

Source Hacking: Media Manipulation in Practice.

The Financialization of the US Economy.

Computer Science from the Bottom Up. Good basic intro.

Radicalization And Redemption: My Time On A Terror Trial Jury.

7 Rules for Creating “15-Minute Neighborhoods.”

‘Aryan’ and ‘Octoroon’: Couples challenge racial labels to get married in Virginia.

The Gun Problem Is Guns. More a symptom, but take away the guns it’s much harder to kill people en masse (the actual piece says something similar).

20 Reasons the New Urban Mobility Report Is Fatally Flawed…Again.

An Environmental Disaster unfolding in East End Grand Bahama…As Hurricane Dorian damages oil storage facility.

Cheating, Inc.: How Writing Papers for American College Students Has Become a Lucrative Profession Overseas.

Suicide rates on the rise, with steep incline in rural US.

Why Does USB Have to Be So Complicated? It doesn’t, but was designed by fucking morons.

Why It’s So Hard for Young People to Date Offline. Meet-cutes are hard when nobody wants to talk to strangers. The thing everyone told me wasn’t, couldn’t and wouldn’t happen is happening.

September 7, 2019

A meteorite older than Earth shows evidence of ancient volcanism on a long-gone protoplanet.

What a Prehistoric Monument Reveals about the Value of Maintenance.

America’s fastest growing jobs don’t pay a living wage.

Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?

EASA Insists On Testing Boeing 737 MAX Itself Before Lifting Ban. How it should be.

Offloading memory leaves us vulnerable to memory manipulation.

The Imaginary Intrasexual Competition: Advertisements Featuring Provocative Female Models Trigger Women to Engage in Indirect Aggression.

Lost in Alaskan Wilderness, I Found My Anti-Home.

September 6, 2019

A Rare Universal Pattern in Human Languages. Some languages are spoken more quickly than others, but the rate of information they get across is the same.

“Everything as a service” is coming—but we’re not there quite yet. A rental-only world is not a good one, no matter the field.

Fortunes of Davos A-Listers Grow By $175 Billion in 10 Years.

Physics not “broken” after all? We’re close to resolving proton radius puzzle. New measurement confirms 2010 finding that proton is smaller than previously thought.

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong? Ahahahahahaha! Oh, Wired, you’ll always be this dumb and I kind of love you for it.

That Assault Weapon Ban? It Really Did Work.

September 5, 2019

Study finds that texting while walking is fine. But highly annoying as these idiots bumble around and stumble into everything and get in the way of other people walking.

What Statistics Can and Can’t Tell Us About Ourselves.

The deadly hidden risks within the most prominent economic model of climate change.

T. Rex had an air conditioner in its head, study suggests.

Student Debt Is Transforming the American Family.

The hellish future of Las Vegas in the climate crisis: ‘A place where we never go outside’.

Why Index Funds Are Like Subprime CDOs.

Google’s GDPR workaround.

Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies at 69.

Democrats’ Climate Plans Lack Vision for Urban Transportation.

Please, My Digital Archive. It’s Very Sick. Our past on the internet is disappearing before we can make it history.

DRM Broke Its Promise.

White Americans’ Hold on Wealth Is Old, Deep, and Nearly Unshakeable.

September 4, 2019

The point of health insurance companies is to deny claims and we should destroy those useless suckers.

On the Job, 24 Hours a Day, 27 Days a Month. A home health aide for a 77-year-old man serves as social worker, diaper changer, dietitian, day planner, warden and more — all at dismal wages. Why “progressives” support open borders.

Empty Carcasses.

This Nobel Prize-Winning Idea Is Instead Piling Debt on Millions.

Very often, when the press use the word “cost” to describe a policy, what they really mean is a transfer.

These High-Flying Geese Are ‘the Astronauts of the Bird World.’

Study shows some political beliefs are just historical accidents.

September 2, 2019

Genes linked to being gay may help straight people get more sex. The largest-ever study of genetics and sexual orientation offers a theory about the longevity of genes that influence homosexuality.