September 12, 2020

Mainstream macroeconomics—pandemic edition.

September 11, 2020

Big manta rays found ‘right under our nose’ off Florida beaches.

Humans, not climate, have driven rapidly rising mammal extinction rate.

Public sector job loss is coming. Women will be hit hardest.

Let’s stop pretending we love our jobs.

How do Routers Work, Really? This is surprisingly good.

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the glaring contradictions in American higher education.

When the Otters Vanished, Everything Else Started to Crumble.

September 10, 2020


In a gerontocracy, equality feels like oppression.

Mask Up and Shut Up. COVID-19 transmission would go down if we spoke less, or less loudly, in public spaces. Why aren’t more people saying so?

Earth has less water than Pluto and five planetary moons.

Precise measurement of deuteron mass raises hopes of solving the nuclear-mass puzzle.

Climate change may wreck economy unless we act soon, federal report warns.

Would Americans feel a greater sense of alarm about our rapidly warming planet and the disastrous, perhaps irreversible effects of climate change if everyone could experience a fire season in person? No; something I’ve sadly realized is that nothing will convince most people.

Elements in the Human Body and What They Do.

September 9, 2020

A Medieval Metropolis Existed In What’s Now St. Louis, Then Mysteriously Disappeared in the 14th Century.

Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson.

How philanthropy benefits the super-rich.

Americans Back Tough Limits on Building in Fire and Flood Zones.

From Chaos to Order: A Brief Cultural History of the Parking Lot.

The ‘brushing’ scam that’s behind mystery parcels.

The US Army Spent Millions Developing Giant, Six-Legged Walking Trucks in the 1980s. What the truck is that thing.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Is Now Linked to More Than 250,000 Coronavirus Cases. One study estimates the public health cost of the super-spreading event is near $12 billion.

The Fed Now Owns Nearly One Third of All US Mortgages.

September 8, 2020

Michael Sandel: ‘The populist backlash has been a revolt against the tyranny of merit.’

Thought capitalism couldn’t get worse? Meet the workplace ‘spiritual consultants.’

She Claimed To Fight For Survivors Of Sexual Harassment In Science. But For Many, She Added To The Pain.

Only one in every 10 people who end up in intensive care with Covid-19 were in a range of healthy weight.

While Krug’s persona was certainly offensive, what’s far more offensive is that there is a demand for this kind of performance in liberal academic circles.

The Fed Provides an Unlimited Money Lifeline to Wall Street; 30 Million Americans Facing Eviction Get a No-Money 4-Month Plan.

Inside the Hidden World of Legacy IT Systems. How and why we spend trillions to keep old software going.

The Idea that a Scientific Theory can be ‘Falsified’ Is a Myth. It’s time we abandoned it.

The ugly numbers are finally in on the 2017 Trump tax rewrite. Radical Republicans ramrodded that law through Congress, and the rich made out like bandits.

This desolate English path has killed more than 100 people.

Alien signals.

September 7, 2020

Why Facebook’s political-ad ban is taking on the wrong problem.

In the richest nation on earth, they live at the edge of hunger.

A majority of young adults in the U.S. live with their parents for the first time since the Great Depression.

Our Long, Forgotten History of Election-Related Violence.

How Will Language Change if Humans Travel the Stars? Real-life interstellar travel will be so slow that some weird linguistic things may happen before ships reach their destinations.

New Guinea singing dogs, renowned for their ethereal howls, are no longer believed to be extinct.

Looking skin deep at the growth of neutron stars.

September 6, 2020

Fertility, mortality, migration, and population scenarios for 195 countries and territories from 2017 to 2100: a forecasting analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study.

Russia’s permafrost is melting.

Technoglobalism and Its Discontents.

By Losing Genes, Life Often Evolved More Complexity.

Conspiracy theories are a symptom of a failed status quo – the left must offer progressive alternatives..

The User Always Loses. How did the Internet get so bad?

Fed study: Wage growth an “illusion” that’s “almost entirely attributable” to low-wage job losses.

September 5, 2020

Bullish Switzerland moves on from lockdown and focuses on economy.

Our pilot study demonstrated that administration of a high dose of Calcifediol or 25-hydroxyvitamin D, a main metabolite of vitamin D endocrine system, significantly reduced the need for ICU treatment of patients requiring hospitalization due to proven COVID-19.

When My Son Went Over a Waterfall, a Stranger Helped.

False vent perfect for hiding guns where small children will spot them.

“A deadly barrage” of pandemics is coming, a new report warns. Pretty likely.

Palantir powers Ice immigration raids, the defense sector and police surveillance. It is the big tobacco of the tech world.

It’s not just cars that make pollution. It’s the roads they drive on, too.

One man’s battle shows why covid-19 and obesity are a toxic mix.

Horrifying Images Show How the Coronavirus Ravages Our Lungs.

‘Just Because I Have a Car Doesn’t Mean I Have Enough Money to Buy Food.’

Wildfires Hasten Another Climate Crisis: Homeowners Who Can’t Get Insurance.

September 4, 2020

Disdain for the Less Educated Is the Last Acceptable Prejudice. It’s having a corrosive effect on American life — and hurting the Democratic Party.

New research provides solution for the ‘Dust Bowl paradox.’

Massive release of methane gas from the seafloor linked to global warming discovered for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere.

Active shooter drills are meant to prepare students. But research finds ‘severe’ side effects.

The same number of people could die from ‘deaths of despair’ as have already died in the U.S. from coronavirus, new study finds.

The Second Wave of Layoffs is Here, Now Hitting Well-Paid Jobs.

Big Setback for the Unemployment Crisis: Week 24 of U.S. Labor Market Collapse.

Three stars, warped rings may show how planets end up moving backward.

September 3, 2020

Five years ago, both diners and restaurant workers pushed back against efforts to go tip-free — efforts that could play out differently in a post-pandemic world.

No, 94 Percent of COVID-19 Deaths Were Not Caused by Something Else.

COVID-19 Can Wreck Your Heart, Even if You Haven’t Had Any Symptoms.

There Really Is No Ethical Restaurant Under Capitalism. Or anything ethical under capitalism.

The Flagrant Hypocrisy of Bungled College Reopenings.

Remote Work Is Killing the Hidden Trillion-Dollar Office Economy. From airlines to Starbucks, a massive part of our economy hinges on white-collar workers returning to the office.

Sea level rise from ice sheets track worst-case climate change scenario.

How millions from Uber and Lyft are funding the harassment of a critic.

Enter Planet Miranda July.

Four years ago, we warned progressives Trump could win. Now we’re warning you again.

Meet GW190521—a black-hole merger for the record books. It’s the most massive, distant, and energetic black-hole merger yet.

The fabric of American society can easily unravel. It’s happened elsewhere.

Feds can’t ask Google for every phone in a 100-meter radius, court says. Google says “geofence” search requests grew 100-fold between 2017 and 2019.

September 2, 2020

Pandemic sends real yields on corporate debt into negative territory. That will not be good, long-term.

You know how the Curse of the Monkey’s paw works: a cursed object grants all of your wishes, but in the worst way possible: “be careful what you wish for.” That’s what we’re living through with Big Tech right now.

The Real Reason Contact Tracing Is Doomed in the US: Spam Calls.

A dilemma for ‘long-haulers’: Many can’t prove they ever had Covid-19.

Eviction And Foreclosure Moratorium On Federally-Backed Mortgages Officially Extended Through The End Of 2020.

NuScale’s small nuclear reactor is first to get US safety approval.

White Southern Women Have Always Defended an America That Doesn’t Exist.

We’re All Socially Awkward Now. Deprive people of interactions with peers, and their social skills will atrophy. This is yet another side effect of the pandemic.

September 1, 2020

We Don’t Know How to Warn You Any Harder. America is Dying.

Wall Street Is Looting the American Retirement System.

How the Digital Camera Transformed Our Concept of History.

The politics of algorithmic governance in the black box city.

The Trump show: he could just win again. It’s a fairly likely outcome that he just wins, even absent any significant election tampering/suppression.

Scientists See Signs of Lasting Immunity to Covid-19, Even After Mild Infections. New research indicates that human immune system cells are storing information about the coronavirus so they can fight it off again.

The Climate Activists Who Dismiss Meat Consumption Are Wrong.

You’re Paying for Sports Stadiums You Don’t Even Go To.

August 31, 2020

The tyranny of chairs: why we need better design.

The first complete dinosaur skeleton ever identified has finally been studied in detail.