According to this study, the requirement that toddlers have car seats, making it difficult to fit three children into the back seat of a car, has saved 57 lives since 2000 and led to 125,000 fewer births. The paper is titled "Car Seats as Contraception."
Interesting Twitter thread on the new fusion developments. No, we won't have fusion reactors soon.
Pressured to increase "equity" among its staff and promote diversity in its collections and audience, the Baltimore Museum of Art is selling three major works by Warhol, Clifford Still, and Brice Marden to raise $65 million for these initiatives. I say good riddance to the Warhol.
Moving little essay by Carolina Levis on the history of the Amazon forests and how they have ben shaped by the people who live in them, for spiritual reasons as well as for food. (NY Times)
Video showing how well a crow understands using water displacement to reach a reward.
Controlling a crop-destroying fungus by infecting it with a virus. (NY Times)
Review of a new book on the Vikings by Neil Price, with some thoughts on how hard it is to write about them for a world troubled by neo-Nazi Viking fans; can study of the Vikings be saved for the rest of us without falling into nonsense about Norse openness and tolerance?
In the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, both sides have released videos showing tanks destroyed by drone strikes, and both have claimed more than 100 tank kills. Some say this means tanks are finished, but others say it means the Armenian and Azerbaijani armies are incompetent and their governments are lying.
Apocalypse watch: since March the yield on the 10-year US Treasury bond has hovered around .666%
People who go to top universities make more money. Here's a study that says when California switched to a system that let the top 4% of graduates from any high school enroll in a selective state university, the post-graduation incomes of students who took advantage of this opportunity went up by 16%.
The House of Representatives just passed a motion condemning the QAnon conspiracy theory, with only 18 votes against. Mother Jones asked all 18 to explain their votes, and most who responded emphasized free speech.
Is the name "Negro Mountain" – a ridge that extends from Maryland into Pennsylvania – a racial slur or a "very important part of African American history"?
Miniature mixed-media laceworks by Ágnes Herczeg, quite charming.
A bit of escapism: account of a recent sailing/snorkeling trip on Mexico's Sea of Cortez, following the track of John Steinbeck. (Washington Post)
Physicists don't understand what could be making all the gold in the universe; it's simply too common for all the mechanisms ever dreamed up to account for its abundance.
Algerians learn that ousting a crooked dictator is just step one on the long road to democracy.
NY Times report on the progress of drug decriminalization in Portugal: "A lot of the benefits over the years from Portugal’s policy shift have come not from decriminalization per se, but in the expansion of substance-use disorder treatment."
Speaking of sociopathic founders: John McAfee of antivirus fame, who previously fled Belize after his neighbor was murdered, has been indicted for tax fraud by the US. (NY Times)