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Last Build Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:26:49 -0500


dog ownership and health

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:26:49 -0500

Dog ownership has health benefits.

republicans sweeten the pot for the rich

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:23:59 -0500

While cutting students by taxing loans and support the Republicans have decided to give another new tax break where it's really important - private jets. they are a true kleptocracy

local sea level and melting surface ice

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:18:05 -0500

The melting glaciers of Greenland may impact New York City more than Reykjavik. (via The Washington Post) snip ... The research draws on a curious and counterintuitive insight that sea level researchers have emphasized in recent years: As ocean levels...

passively smart clothing

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:10:22 -0500

A new type of conductive textile that can keep you cooler in hot weather than cotton. There are numerous hurdles to make any textile practical, but clearly an interesting development.

working to destabilize america

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:01:44 -0500

A Russian troll describes the work of the worker bees at the Internet Research Agencydirected by Putin and probably encouraged by the Trump and the Republicans. a tip of the hat to Sukie

face detection on the phone

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:40:46 -0500

Apple does face detection on the phone .. here is a very high level paper article on their neural network approach.

income inequality is bad for an economy

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:06:28 -0500

A look at 21 OECD countries shows high income inequality is bad for economies,. Economic studies can be a bit weak, but it generally makes sense. I just skimmed the paper (it's open).. it looks quite readable.

some art

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:52:28 -0500

Amber Ma's illustrations.. Pinocchio's forest is particularly good.

when humanity gets frantic

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:24:41 -0500

Some techno-solutionists propose using geoengineering to artificially cool the planet to deal with global warming down the road. Quite a bit of work suggests this is a risky strategy that could make things worse. A new paper in Nature Communications...

transpiration in the amazon

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:49:21 -0500

Does it start a wet season or just amplify it? A neat answer using deuterium.

john oliver on the silver lining of the trump presidency

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:17:13 -0500

a tip of the hat to Josh

the despot's apprentice

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:35:10 -0500

An excerpt from The Despots Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack o Democracy by Brain Klass snip ... Two years ago, in Minsk, I met with Mikolai Statvekich, a presidential candidate in Belarus — a country often called the “Last Dictatorship in...

patterns from the sky

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:55:21 -0500

Some beautiful work here.

taking his fifth

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:36:06 -0500

There are probably more.. The text of Beverly Young Nelson's accusation against Roy Moore. snip ... Mr. Moore was wearing brown hush puppies on his feet. He drove a two door car. I believe that it was an old car,...

words used by authors when they write about love

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:12:55 -0500

Male and female differences (via The New York Times)