November 16, 2020

I never noticed the way society caters to extroverts — until Covid hit.

How the Pandemic Scrambled Long-Term Driving Patterns: Americans Already Drove Less, Hidden by Population Growth.

Time has come for four-day week, say European politicians.

Trump’s refusal to concede is just the latest gambit to please Republican donors.

November 15, 2020

Centrists lose again — and mainstream media blames the left again.

This tale of these two Nordic approaches to COVID-19 shows how similar countries can make dramatically different choices about how to balance the tradeoff between liberty and security.

The Strange Disappearance of Cooperation in America.

Social democracy or feudalism.

UPS and DHL are building football field-sized ‘freezer farm’ for cold storage of Covid-19 vaccine deliveries.

A season of disappointment and depression as COVID-19 rages into holidays.

The Pandemic’s Future — and Ours.

November 14, 2020

See Coronavirus Restrictions and Mask Mandates for All 50 States.

Why the FTC Will Target Instagram in Its Case Against Facebook.

Foreign investors poised to flood U.S. real estate markets.

‘Breakthrough finding’ reveals why certain Covid-19 patients die.

How Exercise Might Affect Immunity to Lower Cancer Risk. Working out may enhance the immune system’s ability to target and eradicate cancer cells, a study in mice suggests.

Measles surging as COVID-19 curbs disrupt vaccinations.

One of the great problems in America and most of the Western world is that we have been unable to accomplish anything important for over 50 years.

November 13, 2020

How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever.

The Most Famous Paradox in Physics Nears Its End. In a landmark series of calculations, physicists have proved that black holes can shed information, which seems impossible by definition. The work appears to resolve a paradox that Stephen Hawking first described five decades ago.

A hypothetical election result where a candidate wins the presidency with only 22% of the popular vote.

Lessons from the past and warnings for the future from 400 million years of wildfire.

Limiting Indoor Capacity Can Reduce Covid Infections Significantly, New Study Shows.

The Republicans’ bid to overturn the election is a full-scale emergency – and yet the Democratic strategy seems to be to pretend it isn’t happening.

Good News on T-Cell Response.

The Greatest Privilege We Never Talk About: Beauty.

Decision Trees. Trying to automate environmentalism alone won’t resolve political barriers to conservation, but it might help us think differently.

November 12, 2020

Trump’s baseless claims damage American democracy. Democracy works only when losers recognize that they have lost.

The Effects of Medicaid Expansion under the ACA: Updated Findings from a Literature Review.

Trump is attempting a coup in plain sight. How do we cover it when it’s happening here?

New Prescription Drugs: A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages.

How Ticketmaster Plans to Check Your Vaccine Status for Concerts. Will see more and more of this.

Stop Saying Women “Dropped Out” Of The Workforce. We Were Pushed.

L’homme qui a vu venir notre crise de l’information.

Joe Biden’s victory marks the end of a chapter, not a new beginning.

Now you can see the COVID-19 risk anywhere in the country, in real time.

Trump’s sore winners make even worse losers: Why his loss is inflaming an already delusional base.

Study of nearly 2,000 Marine recruits reveals asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

Atmospheric rivers help create massive holes in Antarctic sea ice.

Screw the Mars hype. Here’s why we should move to Venus.

November 11, 2020

COVID Took My Grandfather. But It Wasn’t What Killed Him.

You aren’t Hunter Biden.

Before the Dust Has Settled, Corporate Democrats Are Already Attacking AOC and the Left.

The Left Isn’t Going Back to Brunch After Trump.

Nearly one in five Covid patients later diagnosed with mental illness – study.

Hoping for a return to normal after Trump? That’s the last thing we need.

Poll wonks and epidemiologists need to be more transparent. And we need to stop being suckers.

Changes of Mind. The Pattern Seekers: A New Theory of Human Invention.

The election of the doge.

How a Human Cousin Adapted to a Changing Climate.

The English Word That Hasn’t Changed in Sound or Meaning in 8,000 Years.

November 10, 2020

The baby boomers still want to make America great again.

Picture Emerges of Weird Recovery to Historically Awful Level.

How Democrats Lost So Many South Texas Latinos—the Economy. Party messaging didn’t resonate in socially conservative border communities fearful of Covid-19 shutdowns and the loss of well-paid oil-industry jobs.

The Crisis of American Democracy Is Not Over. To succeed, the president-elect will have to do more than address the pandemic and revive the American economy.

Female banded mongooses lead battle for chance to find mates.

Why you don’t really know what you know. And they say science doesn’t need philosophy.

Voters Overwhelmingly Back Community Broadband in Chicago and Denver.

November 9, 2020

The risk of critical COVID-19 and mortality increased by 9%(OR = 1.09, 95%CI = 1.04 −1.14, P < 0.001) and 6%(OR = 1.06, 95%CI = 1.02 −1.10, P = 0.002) for each 1 kg/m2 increase in BMI, respectively.

Programs are a prison: Rethinking the fundamental building blocks of computing interfaces. Now this is thinking big. This will seem crazy to most people but is the way we should be headed.

Submarine Cable Map.

Masks could be secret behind Vietnam’s COVID-19 success.

The Overwhelming Racism Of COVID Coverage. Western media cannot write western failure.

Covid lockdown mentioned by 80% of callers to suicide prevention helpline.

Whining Pundits.

How the Cambridge Analytica sausage was made. Cambridge Analytica wasn’t something new and radically different. It was just another shitty western company selling over-hyped digital counterinsurgency solutions to private and government clients.

Macron calls for a ‘refoundation of the Schengen area’.

Why Small Talk Is Good For You. Casual chats with people we encounter in our daily routine can go a long way toward relieving loneliness. Even during a pandemic, there are safe ways to engage. Well, the libs say if it feels good, it means the ‘rona can ride the good vibes and infect you.

November 8, 2020

FDR’s Second Bill of Rights.

Optimizing the tie-breaker regression discontinuity design.

Hegel and the history of human nature.

The Faces of Americans Living in Debt.

Big pharma and health insurers are the real winners of the 2020 election.

Sharks Wash Up on Beaches, Stabbed by Swordfish.

Nasal Spray Prevents Covid Infection in Ferrets, Study Finds. Scientists at Columbia University have developed a treatment that blocks the virus in the nose and lungs, is inexpensive and needs no refrigeration.

Democrats beware: the Republicans will soon be the party of the working class. The notion of the Republican party becoming a multiethnic working-class coalition may seem farcical now, the longer-term trend speaks for itself.

America’s Next Authoritarian Will Be Much More Competent. Trump was ineffective and easily beaten. A future strongman won’t be. Zeynep.

A new window that forever changed our view of Earth.

Tiny air pollution rise linked to 11% more Covid-19 deaths – study.

Voters rejecting the war on drugs is a win for public health. On Tuesday, several states passed ballot measures to relax drug laws.

How North Dakota became a covid-19 nightmare.

Joe Biden won, but we lost: There’s no doubt who we are now, and it ain’t pretty.

It turns out that when the party of the left abandons its populist traditions for high-minded white-collar rectitude, the road is cleared for a particularly poisonous species of rightwing demagoguery.

SARSCoV2 B cell immune memory not only perseveres but evolves in a way that suggests protection from re-infection.

November 6, 2020

The surprising discovery of an early female hunter burial led the team to ask whether she was part of a broader pattern of female hunters or merely a one-off.

Why Is The Election So Close?

Florida mosquitoes: 750 million genetically modified insects to be released.

Last week, in a tweetstorm, my friend and colleague Jacob T. Levy foresaw the upside of all these warnings. He suggested that the 2020 election had many parallels to the Y2K event: Because it was a predictable disaster, it could be avoided.

GameStop challenges employees to dance on TikTok to “win” extra work hours.

This Wasn’t the Climate Election It Needed to Be.

Even if Biden wins, the world will pay the price for the Democrats’ failures.

Trump has not been repudiated – a Biden presidency would face obstruction at every level.

Life as LARP.

The 2020 Election Has Brought Progressives to the Brink of Catastrophe.

Passed California Ballot Measure Allows Uber, Lyft To Categorize Workers As Car Parts.

The brain as a dynamically active organ.

Optional stopping theorem.

November 5, 2020

Leaving the Loners Alone: Dispositional Preference for Solitude Evokes Ostracism.

What Comes After America.

United States tops 100,000 new virus cases in a day for first time.