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Wednesday assorted links

1. Is a five-year humanities degree even possible?  What a radical idea. 2. Do conservatives or liberals demonstrate more self-control?, more here.  Speculative. 3. The Behavioral Economics Guide, 2015. 4. From Taylor Swift to a pencil box, more here. 5. Video of my talk on the future of labor markets, from Porto, Portugal. 6. John […]

An Illustrated Guide to Civil Asset Forfeiture

This cheerfully drawn comic from the Daily Signal does an excellent job highlighting the insanity of civil asset forfeiture.  It begins with a quintessentially American premise: a young person setting out on his own, all wordly possessions in hand, to start a new life as an adult. Show More Summary

Chambered nautilus: the ocean’s jet-propelled diverTo avoid...

Chambered nautilus: the ocean’s jet-propelled diver To avoid predators by day, nautilus linger along deep reef slopes as deep as 2,000 feet. At night, they migrate to shallower waters and cruise the reefs, trailing their tentacles in...Show More Summary

Today's 'Galaxy' Insight -- "The Cosmos Five-Billion Years in the Future"

“In 5 billion years, the expansion of the universe will have progressed to the point where all other galaxies will have receded beyond detection. Indeed, they will be receding faster than the speed of light, so detection will be impossible....

What Do We Do About Misogyny Online?

Not surprisingly, the issue of misogyny on the Internet has hit the news again. The blatant and horrid misogyny women face online has been an issue for as long as there’s been an Internet. Recently, though, with the advent of GamerGate,...Show More Summary

Monday assorted links

1. Ben Bernanke on the no-hitter he saw. 2. The culture that is the Leningrad Cowboys Red Army Choir (song, bad). 3. Brink Lindsey on reforming regulation to boost American economic growth. 4. “…many social and personality psychologists said that they would discriminate against openly conservative colleagues. The more liberal respondents were, the more they […]

Are Volcanoes Still Erupting on Venus?

There are a handful of known currently tectonically active objects in the solar system: Earth, of course, plus Saturn’s moon Enceladus, Neptune’s moon Triton, Jupiter’s moon Io (the actual most active body known) and (most likely) Jupiter’s moon Europa. And now we may be able to add Venus to that list. Show More Summary

To Pluto

Why is it so many of us are excited about the New Horizons mission to Pluto? This. This is why. That video was created by Erik Wernquist, the brilliant mind behind Wanderers, what I consider one of the best paeans to exploration ever made. And like Wanderers, all the places in the New Horizons video are real. Show More Summary

The Future of Depression Treatment

2014 Jessica is depressed again. After six straight weeks of overtime, her boss blandly praised her teamwork at the product launch party. And the following week she was passed over for a promotion in favor of Jason, her junior co-worker. Show More Summary

Statistics Be

This modern statistics got me confused, To tell you friends I’m quite unenthused. This modern statistics got me confused, To tell you friends I’m quite unenthused. I like Pee Wee Fisher or the great Jerzy But can’t make head nor tail...Show More Summary

Saturday Interview: Rob Wallace

Rob Wallace is a councillor on Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council as well as a (very) active campaigner. Away from politics, when he's not swilling tea and shouting at people on FIFA, Rob can be found tweeting here. Have you made your made up about the Labour leadership? Not 100% certain yet. Show More Summary

Vulcan Is an Angry God. A Very, Very Angry God.

On April 22, 2015, the Chilean volcano Calbuco erupted, providing the most dramatic and awe-inspiring photographs I’ve ever seen of such an event. On that day, photographer Martin Heck was right on the scene, by happenstance taking time-lapse footage on the neighboring Osorno volcano. Show More Summary

Anonymity, Ethnography, and Alice Goffman: Welcome, journalists

I think I’ve written and thrown away three separate posts on the Alice Goffman debate trying to find something to say that people will find interesting. I personally don’t find the case to be very interesting, or to speak to core issues...Show More Summary

Best and Worst of Psychology and Psychiatry — May 2015

We have been seeing some groundbreaking developments in understanding psychological disorders and how best to treat them this year. It seems that May was the cream on the cake, with game changing advances in autism, schizophrenia and depression research — quite fitting for International Mental Health Awareness Month. There were two main themes that emerged […]

Hold Your Zorses

Mix a zebra and a horse, and you get a zorse. Swap the horse for a donkey, and you have yourself a zonkey. When a pony and a zebra love each other very much, you wind up with a zoni. It’s fun to think of animal hybrids as the Reese’s peanut butter cups of nature. Show More Summary

Crash Course Astronomy: Comets

When it comes to exciting solar system exploration right now, comets are right there at the top. With Rosetta orbiting the comet 67P for nearly a year now, and hearing once again from the nearly-lost Philae lander, it’s a great timeShow More Summary

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