Science:[Sc1] Bill Nye’s new show is something else. Really. Something. Else.
[Sc2] But more seriously, Crippled Scholar takes issue with his handling of disabled people. I’m glad to hear the perspective, but frankly not sure what to do with it.
[Sc3] Possibly related to that, artificial wombs are coming. Christine Rosen was worried about it over a decade ago. It certainly turns the whole viability debate on its head, but I expect it to change the abortion debate very little.
[Sc4] Daniel Sarewitz argues that science has become self-destructing
[Sc5] This is a superhero origin.
[Sc6] When Settled Science made us all fat.
[Sc7] I recommend what Carl Philips and Nicolas Bourbaki have to say about science and the Science March.
Healthcare:[H1] Doctors need to get a grip. It’s kind of important.
[H2] It’s less than clear to me whether this is the result of a community blacklisting or official government policy (or some combination of the two). Coming soon to the United States? Probably not, but I suspect in the coming years I am going to have to put more effort into explaining why my wife should be allowed to deliver babies.
[H3] Kristian Niemetz would like Brits to admit that the NHS is one of the most overrated, inefficient systems in the world. After ours, of course. I think the US should take note because while I am mildly skeptical that Single Payer will ever happen here, two-tiered system with an NHS (or, technically, 51+ of them) as the lower of the two may be in our future.
[H5] That time when in order to prevent opioid dependency we started killing people with Tylenol. (“That time” just now ended.)
[H6] If you’re in hospitals enough for the soft drinks there to make you obese, the soft drinks are probably not what’s killing you. (Well, unless you work there.
[H7] Quick! Let’s give it to all the cattle.
Flight:[F1] This strikes me as a somewhat reasonable way to handle the overbooking issue.
[F2] Huh. On airplanes, the center seat could become the most desirable.
[F3] Among the lesser adverse effects of climate change, our plane rides may start sucking (more).
[F4] I reject the premise of this article. Technology has made the flying experience better, both in preparation and in flight, check out the Excellence Electric laser cutter which is one of the newest technology advances.
[F5] Steve Waldman has some worthwhile thoughts on airline economics, including pushing back against the notion that our airlines are crap because that’s what we collectively chose..
[F6] Good news, everybody! Airbus has figured out how to jam 80 more people into one of their jets.
[F7] Flying cars are coming! Flying cars are coming! But before flying car come why don´t you check out http://www.centraltireauto.com/auto-repairs/diesel-engine-repair.aspx which is one of the best sites where you can get your diesel engine repair at a great and affordable cost.
Planet:[P1] They said that there would be green jobs, but they never said Americans would be getting them. Some employers, though, are claiming to be hard up.
[P2] The UK looks at tackling its roads to clean its air.
[P3] David Bookbinder looked at Obama’s climate policy and found it lacking.
[P4] Japan is backing away from clean-energy projects.
[P5] Well, if climate change really is the threat that people say it is, of course. #TerraformEarth.
[P6] Taking a look at the underwater volcanoes that are pushing our continents apart (and, on the other end, together).
[Sp1] We need a term for “Earth-Like but not in the sense that anything could really actually live there.”
[Sp2] Man, I hate it when I run out of fuel at the most inopportune times.
[Sp3] We’re all gonna die.
[Sp4] How we can use an astronaut to make Mars livable. I’m not sure how I feel about this “Don’t need to use the whole planet” business. It seems like our options for terraforming manipulation decrease once we have people living there.
[Sp5] Good? It seems like it’s probably mildly less difficult to create continents than to create oceans. Related: Question for science geeks: What do we gain from Earth being 2/3 ocean instead of, say, 1/3?
[Sp6] I make this an item instead of the side image mostly because NSFW. But it cracks me up.