Lovely black and white photographs of ancient baobab trees by Beth Moon.
The quest to build aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen.
One of the most amusing squirrel/bird feeder videos ever.
Thousand-year-old surgical kit found in Peruvian tomb.
Fascinating discoveries in the genetics of the classical Maya, who were largely descended from South American migrants.
A Nebraska state senator finally identifies the real threat to American culture, goes off on a rant about furries and litter boxes in elementary school bathrooms.
Last piece of a stolen 17th-century tapestry returned after 40 years.
The "People's Convoy" gives up after three weeks of driving around the DC Beltway and accomplishing nothing.
You can destroy coronaviruses with safe ultraviolet light.
Staggering aerial photographs of the extremely extensive greenhouses of Almeria, Spain.
MIT reinstates its SAT requirement, says test scores help them identify disadvantaged students who still have a chance at MIT. But they're sorry for stressing people out.
Since American politicians are back to being "tough on crime," it's time to remind everyone that longer prison sentences do not deter crime, but hiring more police to raise the rate of solving crimes does deter crime. The US leads the world in the ratio of prison guards to police, and that is a mistake.
Review of a new, global history of science between 1500 and 2000; on the basis of the review the book sounds factually interesting but theoretically silly.
“Isn’t the art scene today revolting?” Warhol asked Cecil Beaton; “I wish I could find a way of making it worse.” Well, he did.
In today's conspiracy theory news, the Rothschilds paid Charles Darwin to devise his theory of evolution. If you tried to satirize these people you would fail, because you can't come up with anything crazier than what they already believe.
Wringing out a towel in space.
What happens when you adjust medical inflation for improved quality?
Pew study finds that "Multigenerational living has grown sharply in the U.S." The announcement was accompanied by rhetoric about turning away from the nuclear family, but it turns out this mostly means childless people 25-35 still living with their parents. Couples with children still mostly live out on their own.
On every day of the past week, Ukraine has recaptured more territory than it lost. Map of recaptured areas here, keeping in mind that much of this territory was not so much held by Russia as driven through.
Early on April 1, two Ukrainian helicopters crossed the Russian border to launch a rocket attack on a fuel storage facility in Belgorod. Another morale-boosting bit of heroism for Ukraine, and another kink in the already snarled Russian supply chain. Local residents wonder how this happened, since the military had announced that all of Ukraine's helicopters were destroyed on the first day of the war.
Thread on the current mood in Moscow.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby says Putin is not being given the full picture of fighting in Ukraine because people are afraid to tell him the truth. As several commentators have pointed out, this is a really harsh insult for a former intelligence operative; is the Pentagon just trolling at this point? Somebody said, about a briefing last week, "that wasn't a situation update, it was a slap in the face."
President Zelensky's phones, weirdly fascinating in a post-Soviet way.
Makeup of a typical Russian battalion tactical group (Washington Post)
Baffled by former US Representative Tulsi Gabbard's pro-Putin rhetoric, a panelist on Russian TV asks if she is a Russian agent. I regard American support for the heinous Russian invasion as a sign of something very disturbing in our society, something broken at a deep level. Same goes even more so for Russian support of the heinous Russian invasion.
Russia is becoming more like the Donetsk People's Republic, and Putin is becoming more like its founder Igor Strelkov.
Statement from the Ukrainian Azov battalion, which contains a lot of far-right characters, about whether they are Nazis.
European governments are seeing interest among their hardline nationalist groups in fighting in Ukraine, for one side or the other. Not many have gone yet, but police worry that fighting in Ukraine will become for radical nationalists what jihad in Afghanistan was for Muslim extremists. (Washington Post)
Ninety-second video from the Ukrainian side depicting the recapture of Trostyanets near Sumy. And a news report. The Russian defenders were from the 4th Guards Tank Division, another elite formation that has taken heavy losses, including more than half its tanks. Visually confirmed Russian vehicle losses now amount to more than two complete US armored divisions.
Debating the war on Russian television, short video with English subtitles: the speaker says Russia must win to survive, because a treaty with Zelensky would be the end: "win this operation or start the final countdown."
Another example of Russian soldiers refusing to go to Ukraine, allegedly 137 from one regiment this time. Not sure what will happen but captured soldiers in Ukraine have said that their comrades who refused to cross the border got 13-year prison terms. Meanwhile, Ukrainian border control says 460,000 men of fighting age have returned to the country since the war started. There are rumors that some are training in Poland, with Polish and US help, before crossing.
Intercepted call from Russian soldier: "It's hard as hell here."
Nightclubs are back open in Odessa; "music is life."
ISW statement about Russian "withdrawal" around Kyiv: "The Russian high command may have decided to stop its previous practice of forcing units that have already taken devastating losses to continue hopeless offensive operations."
According to this Washington Post piece, transfer of air-defense systems to Ukraine is being held up by caution in Washington about what moves would be "escalatory."
Keeping Ukraine's trains running. Great look at Ukrainian attitudes..
Interesting argument that the unresolved "problem of Donbas" drove Putin to invade Ukraine.
Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church clarifies that killing Russian invaders is not a sin.