The mystery of how hundreds of postcards came to have exactly the same sky.
Delightful staircase murals in Lima, Peru.
According to Gallup, Republicans' confidence in big business has fallen significantly in the past year, and their confidence in big tech companies has gone down even more.
Caltech's new walking, flying drone explained in a one-minute video. To me it has a strong Star Wars vibe.
How universal are human emotions? (This article starts with a major error, stating that the view that emotions are universal was originated the 1960s, when it actually goes back at least to the ancient Stoics, and Darwin was among its great advocates; but don't give up, it gets better on more recent stuff.)
Sensible Vox update on where we stand with driverless car technology.
Drone photo award winners.
Long essay by Jay Caspian Kang about Asian American identity and how he feels listening to Bruce Springsteen (NY Times)
Excavating the remains of a V-2 rocket in England.
A fossil tardigrade found trapped in amber.
The strange worldwide problem of cargo ships abandoned by their owners with their unpaid crews still onboard.
Lovely flower murals painted on Beirut's rubble.
The "Opportunity Zones" tax avoidance scam, created by Congress, made into a scandal by governors who saw opportunity everywhere. (NY Times)
NY Times review of what sounds like an interesting book by a American immigrant from an elite Filipino family. And yet he keeps asking questions like, "Why was America so kind and yet so cruel?' Dude, life is so kind and so cruel; being in America has nothing to do with it.
Lots of fooferaw in the news about the bad effects of social media on the mental health of girls, but no real evidence supports these worries. (NY Times)
The Biden administration proposes building offshore wind farms along large parts of the US coastline.
Inflatable tires are a major source of pollution: designed to wear out, prone to failure, difficult to recycle. People have been talking about replacement technologies for decades. Airless tires are already on the market, greatly reducing the number of flats and tires disposed because of them; now there it talk of commercially viable unified wheels that last as long as the vehicle, largely eliminating the need for disposable tires.
Charming paintings of Korean corner stores by Lee Me Kyeoung.
I know I harp on this too much, but it was forced on me by my children's elementary school teachers. Anyway, here is the National Museum of the American Indian: "Question: What is the correct terminology: American Indian, Indian, Native American, Indigenous, or Native? Answer: All of these terms are acceptable."
Interesting review of Bryan Caplan's graphic novel-style book on immigration, Open Borders.
What does a wikipedia article look like when the experts don't agree on anything? Consider this article on the size of Ming Dynasty admiral Zheng He's "treasure ships."
In the US, people over 65 are more likely to vote Republican, more likely to support Trump, more likely to watch Fox News, and generally prone to believe online misinformation, but more than 95% have been vaccinated for Covid-19. (NY Times)
This week's music is Khatia Buniatishvili playing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2.