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Morning Ed: Food {2017.03.02.Th}( 108 )

Marie-Helene Rousseau writes of the Ethopian restaurant community in DC.

How did this not debut in the United States?

I love pork so I hate stories like this.

Meet the man Jordan Anaya calls the the Donald Trump of food science.

What do people use food stamp money on? Well, food.

Quentin Fottrell makes the case that Trump was right to force the meatloaf onto Chris Christie, and not out of Christie-animus.

So, yeah. Jamestown.

This is a delightful little story.

It may be better for the chicken, but eggs from free pasture hens are not better for you.

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Morning Ed: Transportation {2017.03.01.W}( 35 )

How German carmakers plan to navigate the future of transportation.

The thing is, it wasn’t really the bug that caused the divorce… (though I’m not sure if they see it that way in France).

Purvi Rajani tells the story of cruise ships and pirates.

No gondola?

How did this happen somewhere other than in Florida?

Just when you think you’ve got a retrograde outrage, it gets a bit more complicated.

A look at Google’s lawsuit against Uber in the smart car battles. It involves lasers! Either way, Ryan Felton says Uber is doomed. If so, that doesn’t bode well for the future of Flying Cars.

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Morning Ed: World {2017.02.28.T}( 64 )

Mark Brolin writes of the state (of disconnect with the real world) of Labour.

Rage against the present.

This is a superhero origin story.

Like crop circles, except Amazonian and without the crops.

Swedish officials want to know who the heck this guy is.

The fate of Rachel Dolezal, and some commentary from Jazz Shaw.

My god, they do have a superior culture.

St Patrick didn’t actually banish the snakes from Ireland. Here’s how it went down.

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Morning Ed: Automation {2017.02.27.M}( 146 )

A lot of manufacturing jobs are being automated out of jobs, but a lot of them aren’t.

But… if it’s robots either way, why make stuff in China to begin with? (Raw minerals, I guess…)

Could personalized learning make teachers obsolete? I was never big on “computers in the classroom” until I saw them at work in Redstone. The individual tailoring has remarkable potential.

Tyler Cowen is not even a little bit comforted by comparisons of our current predicament to the Industrial Revolution, which actually had some negative impact on workers.

You know a product is revolutionary when all an ad has to do is show you what it does.

David Meyer Lindenberg investigates what could go wrong with teleconferenced traffic stops.

Slate investigates how half of the country grew up thinking that Eli Whitney was black.

James Pethokoukis looks at the economic boost driverless cars could give the economy. The question is, of course, who reaps the dividends?

Cade Metz says when it comes to AI, we need to worry less about Skynet and more about destroying the middle class.

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Linky Friday: Survival of the Fittest( 464 )

Crime:

(Not this Black Widow. Or Marvel's)

(Not this Black Widow. Or Marvel’s)

[C1] The story of Carmine Caridi, the only man ever kicked out of the Academy (as in the Academy Awards Academy).

[C2] Meet Black Widow, the superhero of Norfolk.

[C3] The government does make it harder for ex-offenders to find work, but can also make it harder for ex-offenders to keep jobs when temporary parole revocation is applied too easily.

[C4] Is the TSA’s behavior screening program a bunch of hokum?

[C5] Germany is cracking down on biohacking.

[C6] The story of shadowy illicit cigarette sales, featuring the ATF.

[C7] Because I screwed up the link on Wednesday: The title explains it all: How a former editor allegedly used Vice Canada to recruit drug mules for a global smuggling ring.

Economics:

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Image by Patrick Denker

[Ec1] From the Jacobin, a look at how capitalists threaten strike and use their power to get their way.

[Ec2] Well, no, Mao probably didn’t do more good than harm. Relatedly, Adam Ozimek argues that socialism is bad.

[Ec3] Mirian Tupy wonders if Britain may position itself as the new Singapore. Or maybe Silicon Valley.

[Ec4] As the oil wells run dry, Gabon is looking at becoming a Trading hub.

[Ec5] Donald Boudreaux argues for Econ 101.

[Ec6] Adam Ozimek takes issue with the idea that macroeconomics is all about the confirmation of priors.

Marriage:

[M1] Eat, Stay, Love? According to some research, an unhappy couple that sticks it out is likely to find happiness.

[M2] Drake Baer argues that we should stop treating the divorce rate like the crime rate. It’s certainly a more complicated statistic. We certainly don’t want a divorce rate of zero. Divorce rates don’t seem to have lead to happier marriages (by attrition), though divorce rate can also fall if fewer people get married.

[M3] A new study suggests that gender traditionalism is okay for religious marriages, but bad for non-religious ones.

[M4] About five percent of male prairie voles form monogamous bonds. What separates them from their peers? They can gain the ability actually tell the ladies apart.

Breeding:

[B1] I’ve been shown this story both by libertarians who want to blame regulation and liberals who want to blame fundies for the fact it happened in Mexico instead of the US.

[B2] Babies are getting bigger. Are c-sections promoting evolution?

[B3] Robert VerBruggen – who is not a Nazi – argues that eugenics has not, in fact, been discredited.

[B4] I am glad I never read this piece when we were naming Lain, or we would definitely have been victim to paralysis-by-analysis. With any luck, though, we will have this problem at some point in the future.

[B5] Can we breed chickens to suffer less?

Nature:

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Image by edans

[N1] Look, I’m not going to argue with the spider. Are you? If like me you are scared of spiders you can find put what the best spider repellent is.

[N2] Ugh. Okay, I guess bees are necessary.

[N3] Toddlers are dumber than chickens.

[N4] There are female lampreys that engage in sham mating, with birth control (or egg withholding) on the sly.

[N5] This was known about monkeys, but corvids also: Don’t cheat me, bro.

[N6] Monster worm! Monster worm! And not even in Australia. Before we start thinking Dune or whatever, they’re actually under two centimeters long, but that’s apparently very big for this sort of thing.

Education:

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[Ed1] Lurking in the background of this article about for-profit medical schools in the Caribbean is the increase of medical school slots in the US, which has not been met by an increase in the number of residency slots. This means that having an MD (or DO) is no longer an automatic ticket to a residency and being a physician. This also has implication for people booted from residency, and visa applicants.

[Ed2] At Jacobin, Tanner Howard explains how elite universities regressively work to maintain the class hierarchy.

[Ed3] The irony with this one is deep. I am glad that she has alternatives for her kid.

[Ed4] Alexandru Pintilie asks whether her career, teaching high school math, is useless.

[Ed5] Glynn Custred laments anthropologies turn from science into activism. As an aside, this day and age dropping the word “science” from a mission statement is just dumb. I mean, whether you plan to actially be scientific or not that would should be everywhere you can put it because people f’ing love science.

[Ed6] Wait… whiteboards?

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Tech Thursday: Billions & Billions( 45 )

Materials

Suddenly, I very much want to invest in Vanadium Futures

Nanotube reinforced Graphene.  Tough and conductive.  Come on now, say it with me… “SPACE ELEVATOR!”  And look, we can make the stuff with soybeans.  Related, perhaps the secret to strong elevator cables is tiny little knots.

The future will be very… flexible.  From stretchy printed circuits, to flexible solar or stealth coatings, to thermally conductive rubber.

I can think of more applications for a nearly uncuttable textile rope than just a bike lock.  Although BDSM applications should probably be avoided.

Another product that might not need oil as a feedstock.

Transportation

Autonomous cars are getting smarter.

A new camera helps cars to see by reducing the amount of data it needs to process.  This might sound bad (less data means less info to make decisions upon), but it’s not.

Making better LED street lights and signs.

Field testing CNG truck fleets.  If your fleet is relatively local, it can make sense to use energy sources besides gas and diesel, like compressed natural gas.

Honda and Hitachi are joining forces to build higher quality, lower cost electric vehicle components.  This sounds like a significant signal that electric vehicles will go mainstream pretty soon.

Aerospace

Two Billion pixels of nebula.

Saturn’s Rings in detail.

That’s a neat drone launch and retrieval system.

There is something about gyrocopters that I just love.

A primer on the legal landscape of lunar real estate.

Exploring the ass end of aerospace.

Way to stick that landing of a stick!

Now I know where Firefly happens!

Bio and Medical

Stem cells treat brain cancer.

You just know this is a superhero/villain origin story.

I used to think Chimeras were just something from the AD&D Monster Manual, now they are a hope for organ transplants.

We’ve all seen lab printers, but printable labs are even cooler.

Brazilian weed offers a new tool for fighting drug resistant bacteria.

A way to create addiction resistance?

Production

Farming algae more efficiently.  This is actually pretty neat.

Printing prosthetics.

Robots

Asimov was only missing 20 rules or robotics.

Sometimes you want to take a cue from nature, and sometimes nature has other design goals than man does.

Two legged robots take another step.

Lightweight Iron Man!

Energy

A better Pee Battery.  Ya know, I hate that term, Pee Battery.  It’s not like you can park one of these behind the local tavern and hook it to the urinals.  Although speaking of pee and power

A single material that is photo-, pyro-, and pizeo-voltaic, at the same time.  Speaking of perovskite, we are closer to being able to make them cheaply, at low temperatures.

Future phones could have touch screens that double as solar panels, thank to dual function LEDs.

A non-toxic, long life flow battery.

Not that we’ll ever let nuclear power ascend enough for this to matter, but there is a new, easy way to extract uranium from seawater.

Other Tech

This is not the sexiest application of CFD I’ve ever seen, but it’s still kinda neat.   (From Aaron, who has never had a Shamrock Shake).

Using heat for levitation.  Don’t get too excited, they were levitating lint at super cold temperatures.  But, it’s the first time anyone has done it.

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Morning Ed: Media {2017.02.22.W}( 153 )

Social media was meant to unite us, but according to Alex Berezow instead created a perfect storm.

The title explains it all: How a former editor allegedly used Vice Canada to recruit drug mules for a global smuggling ring.

In case you ever wanted to know what happens to the archives of defunct newspapers, Slate covered it some time back.

Bryan Curtis writes more on the politicization of sportswriting. Michael Brendan Dougherty argues that it’s actually hurting the quality of the work.

An upside to Trump? His war with CNN could make cable cheaper!

Conservatives have pointed out that our last president had his own little war with the media, and then claim the media was silent when it was about Fox News. The thing is, that latter part is not true.

While the Fox News report on Sweden that Trump alluded to had some serious journalistic problems, he’s not crazy to believe that Sweden is having some issues. Kevin Drum just wants people to use valid numbers when discussing it, even when inconvenient.

For the love of heaven, media, stop putting the words “election” and “hacking” together. Especially with articles showing people voting.

Ugh. I do hate it when I find myself agreeing with Gawker people.

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The Boy Who Flew Too Close To The Sun( 156 )

After Underage Sex Comments, Milo Yiannopoulos Loses CPAC Invite, Book Deal (NPR)

Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos lost both a speaking gig at a prominent conservative event and a book deal in less than 24 hours.

First, Monday afternoon the American Conservative Union rescinded its invitation to the right-wing provocateur — noted for his political posts on the Internet — to speak at its annual Conservative Political Action Conference this upcoming weekend. Then, a few hours later, Simon & Schuster announced that it was canceling the publication of Yiannopoulos’ upcoming book, Dangerous.

These actions come in the wake of a social media backlash against Yiannopoulos after the conservative news outlet The Reagan Battalion tweeted videos on Sunday in which Yiannopoulos appears to condone statutory rape and sexual relationships between boys and men.

Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns From Breitbart News (NBC)

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos resigned as an editor from Breitbart News amid backlash from fellow conservatives over controversial comments he made on sexual relationships between boys and older men.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Yiannopoulos said he did not want his “poor choice of words” to take away from the “important job” of his colleagues, adding that the decision to step down was “mine alone.”

“Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved. They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never have heard them. They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I forged there,” Yiannopoulos wrote.

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Morning Ed: World {2017.02.21.T}( 23 )

UK abortion docs have more business from Ireland than they can handle.

Hey, not everything is terrible! (Excepting the fact of the circumstances that required 669 to be saved, of course.)

A lot of things are terrible, though.

Putin brings the band back together.

Behold, the eighth continent! And why it matters. The “sunken continent” is usually assigned to the Atlantic, but the Pacific makes way more sense.

This makes sense, when we think about which Israeli Jews are reproducing in large numbers and which ones aren’t.

Is this the most American story or the most Florida story ever told?

Well, this stinks.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2017.02.20.M}( 232 )

Maybe tamp down the protests, a bit. Such things can be overdetermined, but I’ve had people on both sides of the 2016 vote tell me that BLM and the Charlotte Rage may have flipped North Carolina.

There has to be a middle ground between the dumb view of “keep politics out of our comic books” (Uhhh, they’ve always been there) and politics overwhelming the medium. Whatever the case, it’s looking like Marvel might be taking a step back from the latter.

Michael Weiss argues that Trump isn’t disciplined enough to be Big Brother. As Trizzlor pointed out on Twitter (you should follow him there, if you don’t), the notion that he is this totalitarian ruler might be considered complimentary to him and many of his supporters.

What if Building The Wall ends up keeping more people in than out?

This strikes me as obvious, but important. Somewhat relatedly, but not the same thing, for people like me, there is a “woah” moment when someone big I mention or talk about on Twitter is suddenly talking to me when I’m used to being ignored.

Chris Ladd explains how Trump is the White Marion Barry.

Protest at your peril. Whether I am sympathetic to the workers or the employer depends on the particulars of the situation.

From Ted Cruz to Hillary Clinton to Vladimir Putin, it’s all fun-and-games until it isn’t anymore.

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Linky Friday: Learnin’ & Earnin’( 188 )

Learning, The Early Years:

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Image by andrewmalone

[L1] I’ll be darned if this story doesn’t confirm a lot of my biases about public school systems, the CPS, and attitudes towards homeschooling. UPDATE: It may not be an isolated incident.

[L2] I’ve always gone back and forth on the “read a new book” and “read the same book” or “read a new book,” though most of the things mentioned in this article are relevant to both. Just read, basically.

[L3] Have we figured out a fool-proof way to teach kids math?

[L4] A while back, Gabriel Rossman wrote about publication bias and how it affected the universal pre-K debate.

[L5] I am, as always, entirely on board with starting school later.

Migration:

moving photo

Image by Alikai

[M1] The recovery from job loss takes less time if you live near family. The power of social networks, or an artifact that they actually make less money to begin with and it’s easier to recover from a lower base?

[M2] No surprise, I agree with Kevin Williamson on helping people relocate, though the political environment right now seems pretty brutal for the concept.

[M3] One thing Mark Whitehouse says we can do to help African-Americans is through changing zoning laws so that people can move to where the opportunities are. (Alternately, we could just give them wealthier parents.)

[M4] Colleges are worried about a drop in foreign applicants to engineering schools. Maybe not just them.

[M5] Remember when threats to move to Canada were meant as a joke?

Crime:

[C1] The videos on this story remind me old GI Joe cartoons where they couldn’t use guns and so had “laser guns.”

[C2] Sweden is increasing the criminalization of rape by removing the concept of rape. {via Jaybird}

[C3] In what was thought to be a sequel to the rapes in Cologne, the alleged New Year rapes in Frankfurt didn’t happen.

[C4] If you have diarrhea, it’s apparently an officer’s right to obstruct your trip to the bathroom on a traffic stop.

[C5] George Friedman has an alternate take on the Flynn resignation.

Economics:

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Image by foeock

[E1] In the abstract, I agree with this piece about falling home prices. In the real, we recently bought our first house and will probably be moving again in the next few years. Oh, dear. I’ve become one of those people.

[E2] Yay markets! Even though I don’t consider myself a light user, the $5 price bump (as well as the implication that the new price is introductory) is probably not worth it for us. It’s funny to watch the industry come full circle, though.

[E3] I do not find this tidbit about Steve Bannon surprising at all.

[E4] Maybe less coding and more networking is needed. Both can be helpful! Though one of them is both (a) teachable and (b) non-zero sum.

[E5] Jane the Actuary believes it’s time to put an end to under-the-table domestic engineer work. Given that both employer and employee benefit, easier said that done.

Working:

[W1] While New Hampshire just killed theirs, Missouri recently signed a Right-to-Work bill, and the unions are responding.

[W2] South Carolinian Being workers, meanwhile, said “no union for us.”

[W3] It’s not uncommon to be unable to retain personnel due to low pay and tough working conditions, but it’s not the sort of thing you expect with politicians.

[W4] The rise and fall of the six-hour work day in Sweden.

[W5] How. Odd.

Learning, Continued:

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[L6] Maybe the problem with vocational schools isn’t too little demand so much as not enough supply.

[L7] Is coding going blue collar? It… depends on the intelligence level of the blue collar workers we’re talking about. From experience I can tell you, some just can’t do it.

[L8] This has me wondering if we’re going to see national shifts in evidentiary thresholds in campus rape allegations every time there is a party change in the White House.

[L9] Interesting! Now, who’s going to be the first to sue American employers for disparate impact? {via Jaybird}

[L0] Mike Riggs writes of his life, times, and illusion of immortality as a fraternity brother.

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Morning Ed: Healthcare {2017.02.16.Th}( 19 )

John Timmer writes about a new study suggesting better heart outcomes when cardiologists aren’t around. They’re not sure if it’s a staffing thing, holding off procedures until they get back, or extra caution on the part of the remaining doctors.

The visa crackdown could have adverse effects on ruralian healthcare as many of their doctors have visas. A lot of people underestimate the reliance on immigrants in rural hospitals, because we often assume that immigrants wouldn’t be caught dead there, but that’s not the case and it would be better if such programs were expanded rather than contracted.

I was about to say that the pharmaceutical industry needs to stop doing this, but actually it’s the government that needs to stop it.

Thomas Nasca writes about the new residency working hours, and the expected effects. The 2011 requirements were actually better than what my wife had in 2011.

Aaron Carroll reports that for some medication – such as asthma inhalers, we can raise the price without decreasing utilization.

I hadn’t thought about it, but now that I have the ethical issues of crowdfunding medical expenses do seem kind of problematic. {More}

China has revised its organ donation programs, trying to convince the medical world that it has reformed.

As we’re doing with Down Syndrome, are we setting the stage to abort autism out of existence?

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Morning Ed: Cities {2017.02.15.W}( 191 )

One advantage to abolishing city limits is that it would bring in suburban tax revenue. Another advantage, to me, is that it would moderate leftward dominance of major cities by bringing in suburban voters, though for leftwards that might be more of a bug than a feature.

That is, of course, what Poland’s Law & Justice Party has in mind.

Everybody knows that when it comes to city size, the big are getting bigger and the small are getting smaller. It’s more complicated than that, though. Towns below a certain size are dying, but that size is really small.

When you have lemons, make lemonade!

Greenery is nice, but this sure seems to take up some valuable real estate.

If you can’t built greenery sideways, maybe build it up!

Tracking heat in Los Angeles.

Even before Trump, it was always about the suburbs. And will be for the forseeable future, as nobody can win without them.

It’s not clear to me that a city that is flooded three times a week is still a city anymore. Seawalls and heading for the hills it is, most likely.

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Morning Ed: War {2017.02.14.T}( 57 )

James Holmes explains what our navy can learn from the Cylons and the Enterprise.

This is a pretty flattering profile of Tillerman’s security philosophy. {More}

I sometimes get the impression that it’s going to be awkward explaining to Lain about how it was the Europeans who used to be considered progressive on Islam and the Middle East and immigration related to both.

Canada, meanwhile, likes Trump better than Trudeau on national security.

Putin is preparing for war, and Gorbachev is worried.

I’m seeing this get tossed around as an example of Evil Trump, but it’s not just icky conservatives and libertarians saying that the conflict mineral provisions of Dodd-Frank backfired in a pretty big way and the authority cited in the article helped spearhead the effort.

Anne Frank may have been done in by an investigation involving ration coupons.

While Tulsi Gabbard is getting a lot of criticism domestically for her trip to Syria, she has the appreciation of the aunt of the dead boy on the beach.

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Morning Ed: Media {2017.02.13.M}( 88 )

Well, this is a real bummer. I can tell how good a news outlet is doing by how frustrated I am by the paywall. WSJ is in the top five.

The subject of Shy Trumpers recently came up. Steven Shepard argues that the phenomenon could mean we’re underestimating Trump’s popularity. I don’t think we are, or at least aren’t by that much. The “safe harbor” for shy Trumpers will be a Clintonesque divergence between favorables and approvals, which we’re not really seeing yet.

Noah Rothman would really like conservative critics of the media to take a step back.

Reuters seems poised to cover Donald Trump as they would an authoritarian dictator.

Every conservative media outlet that stood against Trump, or stood on the sidelines, paid a pretty significant price for doing so. Breitbart, meanwhile, reaped the whirlwind.

Bless Natalie Jackson for taking a good and righteous stand against questions like the PPP’s about the “Bowling Green Massacre.”

Does journalism need to get back to its blue-collar roots? The real question is… can it? As media becomes more vertical and hierarchal, it’s logical and probably inevitable that it would be largely populated by elites with the best connections who went to the best college that the well-to-do families they were born to could afford to prepare them for and send them.

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Linky Friday: Natural Power( 55 )

Crime:

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Image by Nerru

[C1] The reunion of a man and his bear. (Not a real bear.)

[C2] This is a really good idea. Also, a horrible one.

[C3] There is a correlation between refugee placement and crime. An inverse one.

[C4] As long as it doesn’t put the woman in the hospital, domestic violence is legal in Russia.

[C5] First we turned them into the army, now we’re turning them into the NSA.

Business:

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[B1] Nobody gets to sit on the sidelines anymore. Nobody. Sorry.

[B2] I’m always up for a touching tribute.

[B3] Comcast can no longer claim to have the fastest internet.

[B4] Well, it’s certainly important that workers know their rights.

[B5] Will Connecticut lose Aetna? Conservatives and libertarians often make too much of tax rates because, at the the end of the day it’s one expense among many. On the other hand, it’s definitely an expense.

Energy:

[E1] David Akin says that the Liberals in Canada are being opaque with how much their carbon taxes are going to cost customer.

[E2] Wouldn’t it be ironic if Trump brought back the Dakota Access Pipeline only to erect trade walls that de-necessitate it?

[E3] One of the big question marks surrounding solar energy is storage. Progress in France!

[E4] Wind ascendant! Well, it’s passed hydropower anyway.

Space:

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Image by Alan Light

[S1] It’s going to be a busy night for the sky, tonight.

[S2] Alabama governor Robert Bentley proves Jerry Seinfeld’s point.

[S3] How astronauts cope with stress. I suppose smoking would be out of the question.

[S4] Astroids die in some of the strangest ways.

Wildlife:

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Image by alicedice

[W1] This reminds me of a particularly unpleasant episode of X-Files.

[W2] Geckos in Madagaskar shed their skin when being attacked, which may be useful to human medicine in the area of skin healing and regeneration.

[W3] Somewhere in here is a lesson for the Republican Party.

[W4] Come on. Why can’t tasty meat just be slow, dumb, and non-sentient?

Housing:

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Image by Jnzl’s Photos

[H1] Tanvi Misra argues that preservation, rather than construction, is a better way to tackle the affordable housing issue.

[H2] Success in San Francisco?

[H3] If they can afford $1,250 a month in rent, they’re… probably not transients.

[H4] Susan Popkin looks at what was learned by the deconstruction of the projects.

[H5] Trailer parks: Affordable, dense, unwelcome by urban planners that like affordable and dense. Hmmm.

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Morning Ed: US Politics {2016.02.08.W}( 118 )

I don’t know how many good arguments for Sunday blue laws there are, but this one is one of the worst I have ever ever heard.

Peter Frase’s argument about deplatforming the likes of Milo and Richard Spencer makes sense… right up until we’re talking about state universities. No, not everyone has the right to speak on campus, but if there are invitation procedures they need to be observed and can’t be arbitrary.

Speaking of Milo, he was once a relatively staid and normal Tory once. And we should remember, while sometimes politics is about policy, politics usually isn’t.

Chidike Okeem argues that Black History Month has conservative roots.

John Robb explains how social networking, through Trump, changed governance.

If we want to Build a Wall, we’re going to have to Take Some Land.

There does appear to be an upshot to Trump’s cracking down on Sanctuary Cities: Deregulation.

I’ve posted links to political affiliations and occupations before, but this one has some interesting juxtapositions (Democratic florists vs Republican exterminators!).

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Morning Ed: Society {2016.02.07.T}( 71 )

Alex Knapp writes about chess in the age of e-sports, and how worldwide computer chess is allowing people to get more and more practice by giving them opponents very close to their own level. Pretty cool.

I can see through some of these, but others I’d never guess.

A lot of the issues we think of as Men vs Women, like abortion or even genital mutilation, are mostly Women vs Women.

I’ve always said that if I start going bald, I’ll probably just start shaving my head. Bias confirmed! Take note, Marco Rubio.

Brad Stulberg writes about how online communities may end up making us lonely together.

Bethany Mandel is done with Facebook, Shoe (who some of you may remember as the architect behind my parody account) and David Burge quit Twitter, and Cool Material explains why you should quit social media altogether.

It turns out there is a reason why Deep Space 9 will not make it to Bluray. Also, a review of DS9.

Variety investigates why actresses aren’t doing romantic comedies anymore.

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Morning Ed: World Politics {2017.02.06.M}( 120 )

I’m not saying that Le Pen is going to win. I am saying that for Le Pen wins, something like this exact thing would need to happen.

A protest success in Romania.

Elizabeth Picciuto writes about the value of refugees, and how wrong liberals and border doves are to emphasize economic contribution.

One of the protections of a multiparty system is that the mainstream parties can isolate the fringy parties… but it only works if everybody cooperates.

On the other hand, Canadian politicians want to keep things FPTP because (allegedly) they fear that a multiparty system will make fringies too powerful.

I think, at this point, we can just about say they got away with it.

If you want to go to a Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia, you’re out of luck.

The Nigerian president’s health problems look like they might be worrisome. Allegedly, God has already chosen a successor (though perhaps not the immediate one..

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Linky Friday: Making The World Go Round( 141 )

Labor:

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[L1] The article makes Odyssey sound pretty ominous, but I kept waiting for the part that was something other than an intriguing business model. On the other hand, I probably wouldn’t throw money on it because live by the whims of young people, die by the whims of young people.

[L2] Will civil service be able to stymie the Trump Administration by simply refusing to do its job?

[L3] Is this even legal?

[L4] They have one of these at my wife’s hospital. They’re pretty cool and the coffee was good.

[L5] The Jacobin asks what a working class party would stand for.

[L6] Robert Colville explains two new papers that argue that labor is struggling at least in part because of the resurgence of the monopoly.

Energy:

canada tar sands photo

Image by Mark Klotz

[En1] Saudi Arabia is looking at geothermal energy.

[En2] It’s rough when you can’t even afford to get your product to market.

[En3] Tony Lodge explains the failure of British energy policy.

[En4] Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’, Trump and the Republicans are rolling back green Obama decisions.

[En6] A look at an energy-pooling effort in Alaska.

Education:

Finland school photo

Image by okfn

[Ed1] According to Evelyn Douck, Harvard Law students want political debate.

[Ed2] How Ivy League schools avoid real diversity. This coincides with my own observational experience with affirmative action, wherein my upper middle-class Cuban-American friends with decent but not spectacular were getting offers from across the country.

[Ed3] Finland is, evidently, getting rid of school subjects.

[Ed4] Jenny Anderson argues that learning styles aren’t really a thing. The question I have, though, is that if there is a way you’re more comfortable learning (even if psychosomatically) does it make you inclined to want to learn more? Which may or may not help in the classroom, but seems like it would be significant.

[Ed5] Walter Olson has a thing or two to say on Trump’s Berkeley-related funding threat, following the funding threats of previous administration.

Religion:

vaclav havel photo

Image by @boetter

[R1] Vaclav Havel’s thoughts on the temptations of political power, and religion, are worth reading.

[R2] What is the origin of the phrase abracadabra? Could be it… Jewish?

[R3] Whatever happened to Freedom From Religion?

[R4] The Brothers of Jesus, and other Biblical moments left out of Jesus movies.

[R5] Bradley Birzer reviews a John J Miller story The Polygamous King, which sounds fascinating.

Food:

From Pixabay

From Pixabay

[F1] This sure makes sense. Lower pork costs plus generated (and seemingly random!) scarcity make for a good combination.

[F2] Alex Tabarrok tests out some fake meat, and decides that it is good.

[F3] This strikes me as an emergency! What is Trump going to do about it?

[F4] Gustavo Arellano explains how Andrew Puzder ruined Carl’s Jr.

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Morning Ed: World {2017.02.02.Th}( 148 )

Huh.

Iceland is a country, but it has a population half the size of El Paso (a third the size of El Paso metro). So with that and low crime generally, it’s not hard to imagine how a crime that may or may not even get attention here could rock an entire country.

Well this bodes ill.

Hmmm, I hope this doesn’t pan out.

I suppose Macron as Trump makes sense along a particular axis, but not the most salient ones. Among other things, Macron has experience in government and seems to me to be coming from a pretty different place ideologically. They represent the Dr Jekyl and Mr Hide of the political center.

Lyman Stone looks at illegal immigration rates and attempts, where they’re coming from and at what rate.

The interesting relationship between Shakespeare, falconry, and our language. {Via Aaron David}

From Greginak: Meanwhile in the rest of world. Yet there has been talk of removing sanctions on Russia and Trump has a noted affection for Putin and there was the consensus of the IC about Russia’s influence on our elections.

“If you can’t help cities advance progressive policies, then just leave us alone,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said. “Don’t punish cities for our immigration policies because you want to please your base by pretending to do something about immigration reform. Just actually do smart immigration reform and then cities won’t have to have distinct immigration policies in the first place. And, dear god, stop tweeting.” {via Jaybird}

What if I just like the Mercator projection because I think Greenland is awesome and doesn’t get enough attention?

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Morning Ed: Health {2017.02.01.W}( 64 )

Wow, this is scary and awesome. Good work, people.

Eric Boehm writes about how an arbitrary hospital licensing law led to an infant’s death. I can abstractly understand the notion of a “certificate of public need” given the entrepreneurship of many medical service providers, hospitals (as opposed to clinics and urgent care centers) tend to be financially self-limiting.

So if we end up able to pull this off, that may sidestep the question of paying organ donors. I, for one, welcome our porcine donors…

The worst of the ecig studies are the ones that present scenarios that no vaper would ever do, like 5 volts for ten seconds. Of course you’ll find carcinogens, and blaming that on ecigarettes is like burning steak to a crisp and finding carcinogens in the char and blaming the steak. Well, now they’re worried about carcinogens in char.

Only Trump can save us!

This is why Trump won. I mean, why Le Pen will or something.

I’d be interested to find out what May has in mind here, but my default is to keep them out, out, out.

Mother Jones takes a dark look at the medical side of childbirth, and takes issue with the anti-cesarean movement.

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Morning Ed: Entertainment {2017.01.31.T}( 139 )

“The phrase is ‘the death of the middle.’ We’re getting to a place where there’s going to be too much dramatic content. The best will always be bought and continue to rise in price. In the U.S., there are 62 buyers for drama. There is a lot of demand for the best, but that middle goes away or drowns. It’s the best or the cheap and cheerful.”

I was all prepared to disagree with Todd VanDerWerff’s ode to episodic television, but I actually agree mostly with the relatively modest argument that he’s making. Mostly I wish we just had shorter seasons.

Maria Carla Sanchez worries that young people are more than just losing their imagination, but not even understanding the concept.

Whatever happened to the the kids from the Runaway Train video?

Nicholas Barber takes issue with “universe-shrinking,” which is a really good term for interconnecting everything within a story with everything else (Luke is Vader’s son, etc). It reminds me of the tension comic book world between “clean origins” that stand independent (new character with an understood with a very quick explanation) and the desire connect existing properties (the new Green Lantern is the old Green Lantern’s adopted daughter).

While Adam Ozimek has argued that Disney saved Star Wars from its creator, Varad Mehta argues that Star Wars needs Lucas now more than ever.

I was wondering if one of the reasons that airlines weren’t pressuring the FAA to allow portable devices was because they wanted to sell it to you. Maybe so, maybe not, but cause is meeting effect.

The story of Adam Carrolla’s rise.

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Morning Ed: Muslims {2017.01.30.M}( 397 )

A little under two years ago, Muslim convert “Roger” was replaced as the counter-terrorism chief. He had a number of notches in his belt, including bin Laden’s death.

Eli Lake reports on some Syrian-Americans who are not fans of the Iranian president, or the most recent former American one.

The story of Aaron Driver, a suburban Canadian turn ISIS supporter and criminal.

Meet Ali J Mohammed, Iraq native serving in our Marine Corps.

‘I know [a ban on Muslims is] very much illegal and unconstitutional. I know it’ll never be enacted. And furthermore, even Donald Trump has backed out of it,’ says Saba [Ahmed].

If we bombed you, we’re banning you. To be fair, the list of affected nations was, evidently, inherited from the previous administration. Benjamin Wittes explains just how unconscionable it is, while David French explains that it’s no big deal.

Late last year, Zar Mohammad Stanikzai was quite worried that his a visa cap preventing exfiltration of those who help our military actions overseas. And here we are, with US veterans now worried for them.

Aspects of the Executive Order have been stayed, and we’ll see what happens, but it seems likely that it would be pretty hard to get credibility back with foreign agents after this sort of thing.

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Linky Friday: Out Of This World( 263 )

Athletics:

Little League photo

Image by greg westfall.

[A1] I doubt much will come of this, in part because how far does $50k a year get you in Southern California and also because playing for free in college is actually not a bad deal.

[A2] Not being the basketball fan, I had missed the whole sleeved uniforms trend. We had sleeves in YMCA ball. It was kind of a big deal to graduate to a more competitive league where we got to wear real basketball jerseys.

[A3] Ed Latimore writes about what he learned growing up in the Hood.

[A4] Mark Zeigler proposes moving the Chargers to… San Diego.

[A5] This sounds right to me. At some point I’m going to have to go back and see if there is any correlation between my eyesight and my sporadic little league performance.

Money:

airline seats photo

Image by MattHurst

[M1] A pressing problem has now been solved. (Seriously, though, I like it when they can do stuff like this.)

[M2] It’s tough times for Macy’s and Sears and company.

[M3] Despite my personal discomfort, I tend to support the small seats on airplanes and allowing people who need more (like me) to get more to pay for it. At some point there are some legitimate health concerns, though, so I don’t mind a fair inquiry into that.

[M4] Samsung has delivered their Note 7 Disaster Autopsy. What a disaster. A month or so ago it really looked like I was going to be in the market for a new phone and it was weird not having a Note to consider. (My next phone will likely be LG.)

[M5] Sustainable burial practices? That sounds cool, I guess, but fire me up when I die. (My wife, notably, wants the same – but only after she’s dissected in a medical school laboratory.)

[M6] I love capitalism.

Relationships:

[R1] Formerly alleged to be easy pickins for mail-order brides and American men, Russian women aren’t so much into us anymore.

[R2] Lucius Wisniewski’s proposal to his girlfriend did not go off as planned, but he learned an Important Lesson. My proposal involved me trying like heck to get the Internet up on her laptop while she sat on the sofa irritated with the fact that I couldn’t Let It Go and do without Internet for a day.

[R3] This strikes me as a reasonably good dating site strategy if you’re female. Less so if you’re male. But looking back to when I was on that scene, I wonder if I was too timid. Sometimes, standing out is better than anything.

[R4] Texting didn’t really become a universal thing until after I married, but even so this article really brought back some unpleasant memories vis-a-vis AOL Instant Messenger.

[R5] I guess I could get on board with adding some new words to our vocabulary.

Family:

co-sleeping photo

Image by Kelly Sue

[F1] “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes babies in the baby carriage” has become passe, and it hasn’t been good for stability. Even if we were to chalk this up entirely to selection, we run into the issue of the asymmetrically committed.

[F2] How the Japanese grieve the miscarriage.

[F3] Sometimes it would take my mother four names to get to me.

[F4] A look at the pros and cons of co-sleeping.

[F5] We did the 90-minute nap thing with Lain and had some real success with it. Not sure if it was actually the 90 minutes or whether it was mostly a matter of establishing a rhythm.

Space:

Image by Brett Jordan

Image by Brett Jordan

[S1] Do we finally know what that alien megastructure is?

[S2] In case you wanted to see some images of what galaxy collisions look like, here you go. Is this our future?

[S3] Never mind “learning” from it, how do we get this sucker to Earth?

[S4] The ins and outs of colonizing Jupiter’s moons.

[S5] Venus was thought to be perhaps the most habitable planet aside from Earth. What happened?

[S1] Behold! The earliest maps of Mars!

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Morning Ed: World Politics {2016.01.26.Th}( 355 )

Make the FDA Great Again?

Donald Trump is turning “liberals” into preppers. The wealthy, too.

Who did Russia sell its oil company to?

Republicans are trying to turn protesting into “economic terrorism.”

If they can’t (or don’t want to) have free roaming with Europe, could the UK enter one with the Anglosphere? Movement in Australia.

The French Socialist primary happened, and… #BanPrimaries. The good news is that France has runoffs, so Le Pen won’t be trotting into the presidency with 37% of the vote. While Benoît Hamon may have learned something from Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn’s team is learning from Trump.

Weird. And totally unexpected! More seriously, the places most at risk for this sort of thing are like NYC, Maryland, Massachusetts, and other places where crossing state lines is no big deal. Montana has more flexibility.

Netherlands is stepping up, in response to the global gag rule.

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Morning Ed: Science {2017.01.25.W}( 147 )

In the wake of the Reproducibility Crisis, Richard Price argues that we need to strengthen peer review.

The Implicit Bias test may be a bunch of bunk. Also, microaggressions?

From Pangaea to Amasia.

Dogs remember things differently than people, but they do remember things.

Well, this sounds like a real mess. The laws for having (or trying to have) someone involuntarily committed vary a pretty great deal from state to state. Our current state is one of the most difficult to, but our previous was one of the most lax.

I’m willing to bet this is not specifically a psychology thing. At least two of the reasons for the pushback against the experts revolves around confidence levels and consensus.

Look, I understand. Physics people didn’t see Donald Trump winning either. No reason to rely on multiverses in explaining yourself.

Conflict in Canada as the University of Toronto as the psychiatry folks are rather pissed at a new scholarship for anti-psychiatry.

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Morning Ed: Rogue One {2016.01.24.T}( 49 )

Adam Ozimek looks at how a grubby corporation saved Star Wars from a stubborn artist who was ruining his own story.

Sarah Bond looks at the history of weapons engineers.

A critical obituary of Leia Organa.

I’d never heard of this kind of insurance, but it sure makes a lot of sense. I understand that – contrary to rumors – they’re not immediately planning to digitize Carrie Fisher going forward, but I kind of hope they do.

The ethical dilemma of resurrecting Tarkin in Rogue One is pretty much null to me, especially given that they got the blessings of his estate. The CG for Tarkin almost works – I might not have noticed except that I knew to notice – though I think it might look more conspicuous in ten years.

For First Things, Marc Barnes looks at the theological bearings of Rogue One, and its abandonment.

Bryan Alexander looks at the retro of Rogue One.

Vox took a lot of crap for saying that Star Wars was the first movie of the franchise about war, but even as people were laughing I think everyone did kind of know it was true.

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Linky Friday: It’s Been Good Knowing You( 138 )

Cities:

[C1] We hear a lot of the bad, but there’s some good happening in Chicago. Even so, Chicago looks over its shoulder and asks, “What about Houston?”

[C2] Go West, young man. You don’t even need to go far. Three cheers for geographical load balancing!

[C3] Last time we were looking at places to potentially move to, Sacramento registered pretty reasonably in terms of cost-of-living. Apparently, no longer so. {More}

[C4] Buffalo may be making a comeback! Full speed ahead.

[C5] David Wheeler argues that Silicon Valley has declared war on Snake People.

[C6] Using Lafayette, Louisiana as an example, Charles Marohn explains the infrastructure trap and why your city has no money.

Wildlife:

russian bear photo

Image by dvanhorn

[W1] In New Hampshire it’s ticks versus moose, and the ticks are winning.

[W2] What the hell, Mother Nature?

[W3] But how do they taste?

[W4] Well, this is kind of a cool story. Except for the fox.

[W5] Even if not actually a Wyoming problem, this sounds like a very Russian problem.

[W6] Catfood is the most popular fish for people who don’t like seafood, and combine that with our politics and government being what they are, I guess it’s no surprise they’re a political football.

[W7] I have to say, this isn’t my response to hearing about that kind of animal with that kind of nickname.

Transportation:

[T1] Lifehacks to drive more safely in better heated cars.

[T2] Unable to get electric bikes up and running and the existing program being retired, Seattle killed its bike-sharing program. For now, at least.

[T3] In New York, drivers are lining up against Driverless Cars, and apprehension in Ohio. I didn’t know Ohio had so many truck drivers. Seems to me they’re all from Oklahoma (except Rod, of course).

[T4] An Israeli company is working on wireless charging of electric vehicles.

[T5] Angie Schmitt wants to replace these eight transportation engineering euphemisms.

[T6] this limo really rubs the wrong way for some reason.

Money:

[M1] Conor Sen’s words on shopping malls seem true. Having lived around places where shopping malls have closed, it’s hard to overstate the footprint/infrastructure issues (unless the land is valuable for repurposing.)

[M2] I thought about making a Monday Trivia out of this map, but figured it too obscure. It’s really weird to me when any Walmart is not open 24 hours. That’s half of the point of a Walmart.

[M3] Elias Crim argues is concerned about the economic repercussions entangled with the “smart city” and, more particularly, the Uberization of our workforce when better alternatives may be available.

[M4] This makes sense. And portends our doom.

[M5] Alan Moore encourages new writers to self-publish.

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Morning Ed: World {2017.01.19.Th}( 245 )

Todd Gordon and Jeffery Webber discuss Canada’s oppressive history in Latin America.

Alana Samuels explains why Norwegians and Americans see inequality differently.

Who has more to lose with Brexit, the UK or the EU? {More}

As you have probably heard, Obama closed the gates on Cuban refugee policy, bringing it in line with the rest of the world. Here is a look at The Last Cubans In.

A French newspaper is forsaking polls and horse race journalism for their upcoming election. One would think there is a middle ground, but I’m not sure there is.

Kishore Mahbubani looks at the datapoints and trends pointing to an Asian Century, which Chinese president Xi Jinping looks ready to move on.

Evening the score after the fall of the USSR? Putin’s man is working on secession movements worldwide. Well, outside of Russia.

From paragon to bystander, the Samantha Power Story.

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Morning Ed: Work {2017.01.18.W}( 100 )

Oops.

If stuff is going to be built mostly by machines, doesn’t it make more sense for American companies to build it in Nevada than China?

Lawrence Harvey looks at the growth and discomfort of automation.

Josh Barrie at the Spectator is worried about self-pour taps in British pubs. I hear him, though I’d sure like something like that at music shows at bars where you can spent 20 minutes of an 80 minute show waiting in line.

It never occurred to me that it has to be someone’s job to do this.

The labor market is getting tight… in fast food?

Amazon is going on a hiring spree.

According to Cate, when working from home, the most important thing is figuring out the work part of it.

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Morning Ed: Law & Order {2016.01.17.T}( 93 )

Should male statutory rape victims be required to pay child support? In some states, at least, they are. It goes down to the fundamental question of whether we really believe young people can or can’t consent to sex (and with whom),.

After getting a traffic-camera ticket, Adam MacLeod fought the law and the law lost.

The Global Coalition has an interview with a French Daesh defector.

Speaking of France and terrorism, they’re getting very twitchy about Islamic infiltration of their police force.

This is like the ending of the movie where they try to get you to like and admire that character whose earlier actions should have precluded liking and admiring them.

An attempt to make OxyContin safer by preventing it from being crushed and snorted ended up pushing more people to heroin.

If Trump repeats this, will he get Three Pinocchios or Four?

Kansas has a lawyer problem. Specifically, a “no lawyers in the State Senate” problem.

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Morning Ed: Politics {2017.01.16.M}( 107 )

Aren’t pigouvian taxes supposed to increase prices? To be fair, if I recall Philadelphia was unusually blunt in saying “Actually, this is really about the money; we need the money.”

The DC school board apparently has a Republican on it.

Kenton Tilford looks at where independent candidates did well, and where they didn’t.

Russell Dalton explains what the lay of the electoral land in the world of reliable and blind partisanship.

Boo. Hiss.

Republicans who’ve been passed over for cabinet spots this election are hoping for quick turnover. They’ll probably get it.

Ned Resnikoff argues that the fall of the center has given rise to white nationalism. Though I find “The center is dead, so you’re either with us or with them” to be a dynamic that is convenient for the person saying it, I find (fear?) there is a lot of truth in the work in the overall.

What we can learn about Trump support from Juggalos. {via Greginak}

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Linky Friday The Doomteenth( 182 )

Creatures:

feral cat photo

Image by Salim Virji

[C1] Feral cats are conquering Australia. Also, a scandal involving the feral cats, and KFC.

[C2] A man in Northern Michigan falls in the freezing cold on New Year’s Eve. His dog did what dogs do in these stories.

[C3] Can’t sleep or the bats will drink your blood.

[C4] Predicting the weather with shark oil.

Energy:

Image by Fibonacci Blue

Image by Fibonacci Blue

[E1] Maybe we can get renewables where we want them before shutting down nuclear power plants?

[E2] How the US uses energy.

[E3] A look at a carbon capture project in Texas.

[E4] North Dakota was left with a hefty tab from policing the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

[E5] Obama is reasonably pleased with his clean energy legacy.

Healthcare:

antibiotic photo

Image by Wesley Fryer

[H1] MD Anderson is having to cut almost 1,000 jobs to compensate for economic losses caused by the EMR rollout.

[H2] The situation in Britain with the NHS looks kind of dire.

[H3] I guess it’s not surprising that I never heard of the vaccination for cholera, given that it’s available elsewhere but not in the United States.

[H4] Meanwhile, EpiPen’s only competitor (in the US) is now at CVS.

[H5] It’s really unclear to me how allowing the Canadian import of drugs would have much effect except perhaps much higher drug costs in Canada.

[H6] Well, this isn’t good.

Transportation:

car snow photo

Image by Martin Pettitt

[T1] Who among us hasn’t lost a car in a parking garage for six months?

[T2] This is nuts. Back out west, people leave their car running everywhere. The fear of theft is outweighed by the fear of the car not starting up again.

[T3] Some potential progress for self-driving cars as a new, cheaper sensor has been created.

[T4] Dodge the Dodge, if you want to avoid regrets.

Media:

Image by leighblackall

Image by leighblackall

[M1] I’m not worried that the media won’t try to hold Trump accountable, I’m worried that they will fail and hurt their own credibility.

[M2] Yeah, this doesn’t sound good to me.

[M3] An interesting interview with Slate’s David Auerbach on the state of the media.

[M4] Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev tells the American media what to expect.

[M5] Vanessa Gezari makes the case for Buzzfeed’s decision to run with the memos.

Space:

e83cb40928f7003ecd0b470de7444e90fe76e6dd1db3174291f1c0_640_planet-nine[S1] Hey, me too.

[S2] To dust we shall fall, from stardust we come.

[S3] Planet Nine… the rogue world that may have been screwing with our solar system.

[S4] Reason has some kind words for Obama’s space policy.

Doom:

car snow photo

Image by Brony1789

[D1] Was the Titanic sunk by ice or fire? Or, well, lots of things.

[D2] If your New Year’s goal is to lose weight, you might be doomed from the outset.

[D3] Britain is overdue for a major flood.

[D4] How Global Warming could cause an Icy Apocalypse.

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Tech Thursday( 57 )

Bio

Using bacteria to test for toxins in water.  Put a bunch of E. coli in a view glass, dye them so they are visible, then add a spot of suspect water.  If all the bacteria flee from the water, there is bad juju, don’t drink it.

Requirement One, engineer bacteria to produce medicine inside a human body.  Requirement Two, once no longer needed, get the bacteria out of that body.  Solution: Give the bacteria a two position thermostat.  At one temperature, they make medicine, at another, they self destruct.

Leveraging worms to figure out how we can cause the human body to regenerate lost tissues (like arms, legs).

Why are scars ugly?  Two reasons, no fat, and no hair follicles.  Looks like that is another problem solved.

Wound closure has gone from stitches, to staples, to steristrips, to super glue, and now this.

Physics

That is a very, very, very, … very tiny amount of time.

Renewables

A common mineral shows promise in boosting the efficiency of solar cells that are designed to use more of the spectrum of light.  First generation, 21.7% efficiency.  Also, this kind of solar cell can be made by essentially wet printing, so the cells can be printed on flexible sheets, which makes them a hell of a lot cheaper.  So an efficiency on par with the best cells in production, and a very cheap production process means this could flip the solar PV cost equation on it’s ear.

Wind turbines make noise because big airfoils create big turbulence..  That noise annoys people who live close to the turbines.  Owls have big airfoils and are next to silent.  Now we know why owls are so quiet, and the bet is that we can use that to make turbines much quieter.  See also.

Using bio-waste to make fuel for airliners.

Turning old tires into fuel.

Turning sewage into energy.  Obama probably isn’t wrong, given all the ways we are playing around with producing energy.

Technology

And yet another application for carbon molecules.

Using metamaterials to replace semi-conductors in micro-electronics, etc.  Result is cooler devices that can handle more power flow.

It’s not technically a hologram, but the effect is the same.

As if men needed a legitimate reason to watch porn on their phones…

Portable, room temperature hydrogen storage.  Ummm, this is kind of a bigger deal than it’s being made out to be.

Climate

I’ve said before that one of the problems with climate models is that there is an awful lot of variables that the models can’t account for, because we just flat out don’t know about them.  Case in point.  This doesn’t mean we can drill and dig for dead dinosaurs with renewed vigor, but it is another example of why you should always be a little wary of trusting computer models of poorly understood systems.

Aerospace

Mars Adobe hut!  The dirt is a great way to shield from radiation.  If you can’t bind it into a concrete to coat the exterior of your habitat walls, then you dig a hole and have a habitat that reminds you of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru (but sadly, no T-16).

I love the idea, but it’s still a concept for travel over oceans, unless they can do something about the boom.

Cool space photos.  That is all.

I wonder if Trump will shut this down in favor of a small telescope on the roof of Trump tower and a claim that he is the best at spotting dangerous asteroids.

A fun, seven part series about space weather.  Credit to Aaron, who found it for me.

Materials

Seems a little bit of skin pigment goes a long way.

This is interesting, but I’m not exactly sure how it would stay on the wing of a transonic airliner.  That would have to be one hell of a strong magnet.

When it comes to safety gear, I usually have no problem shelling out money for good gear, because it’s my life on the line.  But at the same time, the fact that each piece of gear is a single use item does make the cost a bit unpalatable.  So if a bike helmet can be made of paper, and still do the job…

A glue that works no matter the temperature.  And helps you save 15% or more on your car insurance.

Nuclear Diamond Batteries.  Admit it, that right there is enough to make you want to click that link.  And it’s not even clickbait, but it might result in a strange union between Greenpeace and DeBeers.

Game changing process for making cheap, non-toxic hydrogels.  Sounds like they might be biodegradable, or at least inert enough that it could make diapers less of an environmental burden.

Suddenly silk becomes a lot more interesting for things other than comfy clothes.

Civil

Remember the NYC staircase as public art?  I said before this is silly because it doesn’t go anywhere.  This is how you do public staircases as art.  See, it not only goes somewhere, it’s being useful at the same time (crossing busy roads).

The general idea is good (houses that rise up in the event of a flood), but why a mechanical system to jack it up?  Just design the house to float and anchor it like a floating dock.

Again, looks good and is useful.  I’m curious as to the cost, though.

A floating community.  Of course it’s the Dutch.

I love dome houses, they appeal to an aesthetic I have.  I also understand I am in the minority.  I do think that, if we are going to continue to publicly insure people who live in hurricane prone areas, they should be required to live in something like this.  With armor glass panels.  Seriously, why do we subsidize their choices?

Our changing world, courtesy of Google.

Something For The Lawyers

Star Trek and Copyright Law.  See, I do love you!

Image by r3v || cls

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Morning Ed: United States {2017.01.10.T}( 195 )

West is best, Dixie is good, and more can be gleaned from this Lucky 13 map. It’s interesting that a population and economic boom in so much of the west seems to have passed New Mexico by, and Montana is probably wishing that instead of having its population split between six decently sized small cities that they had their own Boise or SLC.

Maybe this will help New Mexico grow, once prices are back up again.

Dan Walters looks at the positive and negative effects of the declining population growth in California.

Kudos to Rhode Island, the most empathetic state in the country.

Vice has a good article on how Chattanooga turned itself around with high-speed Internet.

It seems to me that this is mostly a case of advertising transparency, rather than “blaming the minimum wage hike.” There’s nothing to stop them from using the bill to outline the discounted price (what it would be without the minimum wage hike) and the price with a surcharge, as long as it’s clear the price with the surcharge is the price they will be paying.

Here is a handy article on where states get their revenue.

Lyman Stone points out that interstate migration is mostly going not to super-deep red states, but to purple states. The definition of purple is sufficiently broad so as to include Texas, but interesting all of the same.

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