Scott Alexander asks why WebMD is useless.
The Bayeux Tapestry online, in high resolution.
This guy agrees with what I said about political radicalism in the humanities: that its only real impact is to hasten the decline of the whole field.
South Korea unveils $43 billion plan for world's largest offshore wind farm; planned power production is 8.2 gigawatts, equal to six nuclear reactors.
Photoset of painted things in Poland, a folk tradition very much alive.
Fox Business just ousted Lou Dobbs and cancelled his top-rated show. Dobbs was one of the people named in libel suits by voting machine companies, and insiders say top advertisers had already dropped his show because he aggressively promoted the stolen election lie. I suspect more turbulence is ahead as Fox tries to hold onto both Trump's conspiracy-minded followers and top mainstream advertisers.
"The Deep Space Food Challenge is an international competition where NASA offers prize purse awards to U.S. teams and recognition to international teams. Teams are invited to create novel and game-changing food technologies or systems that require minimal inputs and maximize safe, nutritious, and palatable food outputs for long-duration space missions, and which have potential to benefit people on Earth."
The Mahjong craze of the 1920s.
Did you know that the University of California Museum of Paleontology was endowed by lesbian sugar heiress Annie Montague Alexander (1867-1950), who became a noted fossil hunter herself? Short article, more detailed bio at wikipedia.
The problem with Unschooling, says Bryan Caplan, is that when left to learn what they want hardly any kids learn math.
Doing weird genetic experiments on mice to learn about human self-domestication, hyper-vocalization, and longevity.
The now mostly underground historic canals of Milan.
The pandemic has intensified conflict between Israel's Ultra-Orthodox and the rest of society, with new calls for ending the Haredim's exemption from military service and so on. (Washington Post)
The 1970 Monocausal Event. I don't buy it, but an interesting notion.
Should we dim the sun? Do we even have a choice? (New York Times)
Thomas Edsall asks whether electoral reforms like proportional representation could help American democracy by separating the QAnon types from the rest of the Republican party. (New York Times)
Long, interesting article about QAnon in The Atlantic by Adrienne LaFrance ends by connecting Q to evangelical Christianity: "QAnon marries an appetite for the conspiratorial with positive beliefs about a radically different and better future, one that is preordained."
Results of this study: "Over a quarter of Michigan adults identified as childfree. After controlling for demographic characteristics, we found no differences in subjective well-being and limited differences in personality traits between childfree individuals and parents, not-yet-parents, or childless individuals. However, childfree individuals were more liberal than parents."
More than 18% of the people arrested in the Capitol riot had prior bankruptcies, and 60% had some kind of documented financial troubles. (Washington Post)
Good Vox Explainer on geothermal energy, which some think is on the verge of a big breakout.