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I Watched All 629 Episodes of The Simpsons in a Month. Here’s What I Learned.

I Watched All 629 Episodes of The Simpsons in a Month. Here’s What I Learned.

The show hates Lisa. Before I explain what I mean, let’s back up for a second…

antihumansite.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/i-watched-all-629-episodes-of-the-simpsons-in-a-month-heres-what-i-learned/

Lost wreckage of ‘British Roswell’ flying saucer discovered in Science Museum

Lost wreckage of ‘British Roswell’ flying saucer discovered in Science Museum

“One of the museum staff tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I was aware that ‘bits of a flying saucer’ had been kept in a cigarette tin in the museum group store for decades.”

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/11/lost-wreckage-british-roswell-flying-saucer-discovered-science/

The Best SpaceX Conspiracies About the Falcon Heavy Launch

The Best SpaceX Conspiracies About the Falcon Heavy Launch

Did Elon Musk pull off the perfect murder? And other things conspiracy theorists are wondering.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/gy8vqw/spacex-conspiracy-falcon-heavy-tesla/

 

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The Life-Changing Magic of Shane Warne’s Instagram

The Life-Changing Magic of Shane Warne’s Instagram

Unfollow all those teen memelords and let the spin king take over your feed.

www.vice.com/en_au/article/d34ndx/the-life-changing-magic-of-shane-warnes-instagram/

The numbers don’t lie: Dogs are the internet’s favorite animal

The numbers don’t lie: Dogs are the internet’s favorite animal

As the internet has changed, so have its animal habits.

theoutline.com/post/3128/dogs-cats-internet-popularity

The Follower Factory

The Follower Factory

Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/27/technology/social-media-bots.html

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Are Aliens Plentiful, But We’re Just Missing Them?

Are Aliens Plentiful, But We’re Just Missing Them? – Starts With A Bang! – Medium

If the Fermi Paradox is the question of “where is everyone,” the answer is, “not within 40 light years of us,” which doesn’t tell us very much about intelligent life in the Universe at all.

medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/are-aliens-plentiful-but-were-just-missing-them-ca4c4b503b58/

‘Low Confidence’: there’s no DNA test for culture

‘Low Confidence’: there’s no DNA test for culture

You can’t understand the history of colonisation via DNA results, or even the history of your own family.

overland.org.au/2018/01/low-confidence-theres-no-dna-test-for-culture/

An Anthropologist Explains Why We Want to Eat Tide Pods

An Anthropologist Explains Why We Want to Eat Tide Pods

But it’s not uncommon to make candy colorful, even blue, in order to attract children. That association never really goes away, even for adults.

www.atlasobscura.com/articles/tide-pod-tasty-toxic-laundry

 

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Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you

Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you

Long hours, stress and physical inactivity are bad for our wellbeing – yet we’re working harder than ever. Isn’t it time we fought back?

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jan/15/is-28-hours-ideal-working-week-for-healthy-life/

How to see a memory

How to see a memory

Every memory leaves its own imprint in the brain, and researchers are starting to work out what one looks like.

www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-00107-4/

American Democracy Is an Easy Target

American Democracy Is an Easy Target

The more likely threat that America faces is of a variety of smaller attacks on specific aspects of democratic knowledge, each aimed at particular ends, but accumulating to create massive overall damage.

foreignpolicy.com/2018/01/17/american-democracy-was-asking-for-it/

From CES: The sea is alive with cheap, powerful robots — and that will be dangerous

From CES: The sea is alive with cheap, powerful robots — and that will be dangerous

It remains to be seen how non-state actors will incorporate commercial robots into their operations. But the low cost means that if there is a nefarious purpose for underwater cameras, it won’t be that hard for someone to figure it out.

www.c4isrnet.com//unmanned/robotics/2018/01/18/from-ces-the-sea-is-alive-with-cheap-powerful-robots/

Facebook may not be the Right Market for Publishers, but it is for Facebook

Facebook may not be the Right Market for Publishers, but it is for Facebook

It has been almost a week since Facebook told publishers that they were no longer a key element of its future strategy, and the outburst of articles about this has been … eh… interesting to read.

www.baekdal.com/insights/facebook-may-not-be-the-right-market-for-publishers-but-it-is-for-facebook/

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The Man Trying to Fix Mount Everest’s Towering Poop Problem

The Man Trying to Fix Mount Everest’s Towering Poop Problem

Volunteer engineers and architects want to solve Mount Everest’s most unsolvable problem: its landfills of human waste.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a3namk/the-man-trying-to-fix-mount-everests-towering-poop-problem/

During Trump’s first year in office, the rate of far-right murders surged

During Trump’s first year in office, the rate of far-right murders surged

White supremacist murders doubled last year.

thinkprogress.org/far-right-extremists-deadliest-ec699554d8c7/

How Black Flag, Bad Brains, and More Reclaimed Punk from White Supremacists

How Black Flag, Bad Brains, and More Reclaimed Punk from White Supremacists

Nazi Punks Fuck Off: An oral history of fighting back against Nazis.

www.gq.com/story/punks-and-nazis-oral-history

Here’s why 60 percent of the world’s saiga antelopes were wiped out in 2015

Here’s why 60 percent of the world’s saiga antelopes were wiped out in 2015

In May 2015, researchers in central Kazakhstan witnessed something really strange: thousands of saiga antelopes began acting a bit weird, becoming unbalanced, and then just plopping on the ground within a few hours – dead.

www.theverge.com/2018/1/17/16900590/saiga-antelope-2015-die-offs-kazakhstan-humidity-heat-climate-change/

 

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People Keep Seeing the Mothman in Chicago

People Keep Seeing the Mothman in Chicago

What Amitrano saw that night was one of 55 reported Chicago-area sightings of a flying humanoid in 2017.

www.vice.com/en_us/article/paqv9z/mothman-sightings-in-chicago/

How Will Air Traffic Control Work When We Have Drones and Flying Cars Everywhere?

How Will Air Traffic Control Work When We Have Drones and Flying Cars Everywhere?

We need to figure this out so we can have drones deliver burritos.

slate.com/technology/2018/01/how-air-traffic-control-could-work-when-we-have-drones-and-flying-cars.html

Why American medicine still runs on fax machines

Why American medicine still runs on fax machines

75% of US medical communication happens by fax machine. What year is it?

www.vox.com/health-care/2017/10/30/16228054/american-medical-system-fax-machines-why/

The Long, Strange History of Street Fighter and Hip-Hop

The Long, Strange History of Street Fighter and Hip-Hop

Capcom’s signature fighting game franchise has had a decades long relationship with rap music and culture – for surprising reasons.

waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/ypvx7k/the-long-strange-history-of-street-fighter-and-hip-hop/

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A Radical New Scheme to Prevent Catastrophic Sea-Level Rise

A Radical New Scheme to Prevent Catastrophic Sea-Level Rise

Researchers speculate that planes could periodically spray a clear gas into the high atmosphere that would prevent some sunlight from reaching Earth’s surface, cooling the globe.

www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/01/a-new-geo-engineering-proposal-to-stop-sea-level-rise/550214/

My Joke Cryptocurrency Hit $2 Billion and Something Is Very Wrong

My Joke Cryptocurrency Hit $2 Billion and Something Is Very Wrong

I feel it is shortsighted to mistake this explosive growth as being sustainable — in fact, I feel 2017 was arguably the worst year for cryptocurrencies yet. To understand why, let’s revisit what I learned from the currency I created as a joke.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/9kng57/dogecoin-my-joke-cryptocurrency-hit-2-billion-jackson-palmer-opinion/

The 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year has been announced

The 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year has been announced | DesignFaves

So the 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year award is a thing and its winner was recently announced.

www.designfaves.com/2018/01/the-2017-bird-photographer-of-the-year-has-been-announced/

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How Scripto, the App That Stephen Colbert Helped Build, Became a Fixture of Late-Night Comedy News

How Scripto, the App That Stephen Colbert Helped Build, Became a Fixture of Late-Night Comedy News

First conceived at “The Colbert Report,” in 2010, the TV-production tool has had an unusual rise.

www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/how-scripto-the-app-that-stephen-colbert-helped-build-became-a-fixture-of-late-night-comedy-news

Saving China’s Memories from the Trash, One Kodak at a Time

Saving China’s Memories from the Trash, One Kodak at a Time

Thomas Sauvin has been on a tireless mission to rescue and revive the millions of 35 mm negatives floating around Beijing’s black market recycling plants.

www.messynessychic.com/2018/01/09/saving-chinas-memories-from-the-trash-one-kodak-at-a-time/

RUBBISH!

RUBBISH!

The DA the Police Chief and the Mayor have endorsed the notion that you abandon your privacy when you set your trash out on the curb. So we figured they wouldn’t mind too much if we took a peek at theirs. Boy, were we wrong

www.wweek.com/portland/article-1616-rubbish.html-2

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Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayer Dollars

Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayer Dollars

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of about $100 billion. Take that down to $99.5 billion and nobody working at any Amazon facility in America would need assistance to eat.

newrepublic.com/article/146540/amazon-thriving-thanks-taxpayer-dollars/

It’s OK That Kendrick Lamar Didn’t Ether Donald Trump on Live TV

It’s OK That Kendrick Lamar Didn’t Ether Donald Trump on Live TV

Seeing Kendrick rip Donald Trump would’ve been amazing. But, he didn’t and that burden shouldn’t fall on him.

noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/kznnvx/its-ok-that-kendrick-lamar-didnt-ether-donald-trump-on-live-tv/

Why dolphins are deep thinkers

Why dolphins are deep thinkers

Dolphins can also use tools to solve problems. Scientists have observed a dolphin coaxing a reluctant moray eel out of its crevice by killing a scorpion fish and using its spiny body to poke at the eel.

www.theguardian.com/science/2003/jul/03/research.science

Why Mickey Mouse’s 1998 copyright extension probably won’t happen again

Why Mickey Mouse’s 1998 copyright extension probably won’t happen again

On January 1, 2019, every book, film, and song published in 1923 will fall out of copyright protection—something that hasn’t happened in 40 years.

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/01/hollywood-says-its-not-planning-another-copyright-extension-push/

A Knockoff Roomba Forever Changed My Life

A Knockoff Roomba Forever Changed My Life

Mainly, people want to know, “Is the Roomba good?” to which I say, always, “HIS NAME IS DEEBOT, and, yes.”

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbyyxm/deebot-n79-review/

A video game that doesn’t click until you let go of the controller — and your need to win

A video game that doesn’t click until you let go of the controller — and your need to win

It turns out that you — the named person you consider yourself, with hands and a brainful of electricity, the individual who profoundly wants absolute control over this existence and moreover to win — is utterly dispensable. In fact, the game plays better when you’re not running it.

www.polygon.com/2018/1/9/16851376/everything-best-games-2017-year-in-review/

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Why is Will Smith trying to be the next Jake Paul?

Why is Will Smith trying to be the next Jake Paul?

“Oh and click subscribe ‘cause Imma be makin’ hot content.”

theoutline.com/post/2856/will-smith-youtube-channel-vlogging/

New Zealand creates special refugee visa for Pacific islanders affected by climate change

New Zealand creates special refugee visa for Pacific islanders affected by climate change

As some Pacific countries prepare to relocate entire communities, New Zealand’s newly-elected Labor-led coalition government has become the first country in the world to introduce a climate refugee scheme.

www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/new-zealand-creates-special-refugee-visa-for-pacific-islanders-affected-by-climate/

Australian Birds “Intentionally” Light Their Prey on Fire

Australian Birds “Intentionally” Light Their Prey on Fire

A new study suggests that certain species of birds in Australia have figured out a way to spread fires in order to terrify – and eventually eat – their prey.

www.inverse.com/article/40018-australian-birds-light-prey-on-fire/

It Snowed in the Sahara and the Photos Are Breathtaking

It Snowed in the Sahara and the Photos Are Breathtaking

Look, I know we cover a lot of the bad types of weather here. Wildfires, droughts, extreme cold, hurricanes. But allow me to make it up to you with some Good Weather. Snow in Sahara? Yes, please.

earther.com/it-snowed-in-the-sahara-and-the-photos-are-breathtaking-1821884950/

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Google’s Latest Search: What Happened to Its Bikes?

Google’s Latest Search: What Happened to Its Bikes?

Google built a massive business organizing the world’s information, but it’s struggling to keep track of the bikes it provides for employees to get around its giant headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Local residents tend to ride off with them.

www.wsj.com/articles/googles-latest-search-what-happened-to-its-bikes-1515172167/

Is Your Child Lying to You? That’s Good

Opinion | Is Your Child Lying to You? Thatâ??s Good

Kids who know how to deceive are smarter and better adjusted.

www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/sunday/children-lying-intelligence.html

Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection — ProPublica

Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection — ProPublica

Waste removal is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. On the darkened streets of New York City, it’s a race for survival.

www.propublica.org/article/trashed-inside-the-deadly-world-of-private-garbage-collection/

How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At Once

How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At Once

The uncanny coincidences among the Meltdown and Spectre discoveries raise questions about “bug collisions”—and the safety of the NSA’s hidden vulnerability collection.

www.wired.com/story/meltdown-spectre-bug-collision-intel-chip-flaw-discovery/

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Andy Warhol’s Whimsical Drawings Before He Went Pop

Andy Warhol’s Whimsical Drawings Before He Went Pop

A new book collects Warhol’s early hand-drawn illustrations and accompanying texts, reproduced faithfully and filled with wit and whimsy.

hyperallergic.com/416162/andy-warhols-whimsical-drawings-before-he-went-pop/

Fukushima’s surfers riding on radioactive waves

Fukushima’s surfers riding on radioactive waves

“We will only know the true consequences of our time in the water 20 years from now.”

www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/08/fukushima-surfers-riding-radioactive-waves-160826095748798.html

Why did Google think LaVar Ball founded the NBA?

Why did Google think LaVar Ball founded the NBA?

The search engine continues to produce errors in its attempt to provide quick and easy answers to queries.

theoutline.com/post/2838/why-did-google-think-lavar-ball-founded-the-nba/

Pinterest’s Third Way

Pinterest’s Third Way – NewCo Shift

Ben Silbermann and company have built tech’s most misunderstood platform. 2018 could be the year it breaks out with a model markedly distinct from its Valley cousins.

shift.newco.co/pinterests-third-way-a1877c5f1001/

Astronomers Debunk the ‘Alien Megastructures’ Theory About that Weird Star

Astronomers Debunk the ‘Alien Megastructures’ Theory About that Weird Star

Over 100 people collaborated on the newest study about KIC 8462852.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mbp7wy/astronomers-debunk-the-alien-megastructures-theory-about-that-weird-star/

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Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong

Escaping Poverty Requires Almost 20 Years With Nearly Nothing Going Wrong

The MIT economist Peter Temin argues that economic inequality results in two distinct classes. And only one of them has any power.

www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/04/economic-inequality/524610/

Earth will start becoming a desert by 2050 if global warming isn’t stopped, study says

Earth will start becoming a desert by 2050 if global warming isn’t stopped, study says

More than 25 percent of Earth will experience serious drought and desertification by the year 2050 if global warming is not curbed, according to a new study by the journal Nature Climate Change.

www.newsweek.com/earth-desert-2050-global-warming-768545/

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The case for defeating death

The case for defeating death

We’re taught that death is natural and that trying to escape it is wishful lunacy. However, these researchers have made tangible discoveries. They’ve published studies in highly respected journals and attracted serious amounts of funding. When they say it’s possible to live longer, and maybe forever, it’s tempting to believe them.

theoutline.com/post/902/the-case-for-defeating-death/

Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests?

Does the White Working Class Really Vote Against Its Own Interests?

Trump’s first year in office revived an age-old debate about why some people choose race over class—and how far they will go to protect the system.

www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/12/31/trump-white-working-class-history-216200/

Documents Reveal the Complex Legacy of James Angleton, CIA Counterintelligence Chief and Godfather of Mass Surveillance

Documents Reveal the Complex Legacy of James Angleton, CIA Counterintelligence Chief and Godfather of Mass Surveillance

James Angleton was a conspiracy theorist with state power who had a profound impact on America’??s secret government.

theintercept.com/2018/01/01/the-complex-legacy-of-cia-counterintelligence-chief-james-angleton/

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Internal Emails Show Twitter Struggled To Interpret Its Own Verification Rules While Hunting Trolls

Internal Emails Show Twitter Struggled To Interpret Its Own Verification Rules While Hunting Trolls

Emails suggest that verification was never quite what Twitter said it was and that the company was aware it served as a tacit endorsement long before it admitted so publicly.

www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/internal-emails-show-twitter-struggled-to-interpret-its-own?utm_term=.thvGO4olV

We’re witnessing the wholesale looting of America

We’re witnessing the wholesale looting of America

Politicians are making decisions to enrich their donors — and at times themselves personally — with a reckless disregard for any kind of objective policy analysis or consideration of public opinion.

www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/19/16786006/looting-of-america/

Productivity is dangerous

Productivity is dangerous

I often see shit like, “Ten Habits I Have QUIT to Get More Done,” and I think, “Maybe quit writing posts like this.” If you’re waking up at 4 a.m. to write 1,000 words about how you write 1,000 words every day, what are you actually getting done? Just stay in bed.

theoutline.com/post/2595/productivity-is-dangerous/

Seeing Through Big Tobacco’s Smokescreen – Project Syndicate – Medium

Seeing Through Big Tobacco’s Smokescreen – Project Syndicate – Medium

Legal setbacks in the US have forced the tobacco industry to concede that its products are harmful, and that for decades cigarette producers deliberately misled the public about the health effects of smoking. But these “corrective statements” do not mean that the war with the industry is over.

medium.com/project-syndicate/seeing-through-big-tobaccos-smokescreen-2c14bc5be373/

The US Will Fund Research to Make Pathogens Deadlier Again

The US Will Fund Research to Make Pathogens Deadlier Again

The NIH lifted a 3-year funding moratorium on “gain-of-function” research meant to make deadly viruses stronger and more transmissible.

motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d34vyj/the-us-will-fund-research-to-make-pathogens-deadlier-again/