People are repainting their houses in the "quarantine palate", colors that many seem to find soothing.
Glorious 4-minute video of dry ice pieces being dropped into water, weirdly, amazingly beautiful.
How to talk to people who are falling for conspiracy theories (NY Times)
Experts To Western States: Time To Finally Fight Wildfires With More Fire (NPR)
So you want to regulate Facebook and Twitter; did you mean regulate them like phone companies, or like broadcast television?
3-minute video using 3d animation to explain how large bridges were built in the Middle Ages; I wish they had shown the arch construction in more detail, but still quite cool.
Paul Krugman tries to explain why Trump's tariffs did not help US manufacturing, somewhat technical but not polemical. One issue is that in our economy staggering amounts of money flow across borders, and companies have mainly responded to Trump's tax and tariff changes by moving money rather than manufacturing operations.
"Captain" Roger Gallagher, famous highwayman of Ireland's County Mayo, who stole from the English rich and gave some of it to the Irish poor.
Is Palantir a scary threat to privacy and democracy, or a faddish, money-losing company with a bad business model? (NY Times)
Huge, zoomable image of a telescope photograph that shows 10 million stars.
Very wealthy neighbors feuding like spoiled children; admit it, you love these stories
Why Amazon has such a big problem with people bribing its employees.
NY Times story on geoengineering to fight climate change, which makes it sound like a lot is being done, until you look at the pathetic budget numbers.
The mysterious strategy of the "nuclear sponge": according to testimony by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the main purpose of the hundreds of nuclear-armed ICBMs we keep in silos across the plains is to "soak up" nuclear attacks from our enemies, luring fire away from New York and Los Angeles. We have no plans to fire them. But we're about to spend $95 billion replacing them with newer missiles we also have no plans to fire.
The history of dogs, from their DNA. One weird fact is that no wolf DNA has entered the dog genome since domestication more than 15,000 years ago, so huskies are no more wolf than pugs (NY Times)
According to a leaked document, somebody in the Trump administration thinks Billie Eilish is "destroying our country and everything we care about." Pretty impressive accomplishment for a teenage pop star.
Women of color running for Congress as Republicans (Washington Post)
Long NY Times story on the Epoch Times, a right-wing rag owned by the Falun Gong movement.