New Star Trek series from CBS.

New Star Trek series from CBS.

Pretty heartbreaking to read about how terrible things are in Venezuela

While Venezuelans were dying for lack of simple, inexpensive pills, their radical socialist government was spending tens of millions a year to keep a native son, Pastor Maldonado, competing in the Formula 1 global auto-racing circuit.

Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, PDVSA, spent some $45 million each year to keep Maldonado racing under its logo. Why an oil company without a retail arm and with monopoly rights to Venezuelan oil needs to advertise in the first place was never clear.



Venezuela Is Falling Apart – The Atlantic
Scenes from daily life in the failing state

This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and…

This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and in politics is hopeless.

— Hayao Miyazaki

A transcription factor (the colorful protein) sending signals to the basal machinery…

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A transcription factor (the colorful protein) sending signals to the basal machinery as part of the mechanism that turns genes on.

A simulation from some new research: http://goo.gl/7gSnzt (warning: typical dense scientific paper)



I can't really explain what this is very well, but it's just a tech demo…

I can't really explain what this is very well, but it's just a tech demo that draws lines that follow your mouse cursor….and it's strangely satisfying.



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Lines go all over the place.
Accumulation of drawn lines, this time with options. Tested in Firefox 3.5 Safari 4.0.2 & Chrome. Fade? Color? Lots? Javascript Files: library.js particle.js. Full Source: many-lines.zip. Related Links: More HTML5 …

When I think of intelligent people who probably have the Right Answers To Build Our…

When I think of intelligent people who probably have the Right Answers To Build Our Utopia, the first people I always think of are people who are very intelligent but also good communicators and writers.

I think this probably gives short shrift to a very large group of just as intelligent people with just as many Right Answers who just aren't as good at communicating, or, at the very least, are too busy to be writing cool essays for me to read on the internet.

Bunch of journalists who said Trump would not get the nomination

Most interesting is the musing about what it means that so many prominent pundits were so absolutely wrong.

Influential journalists live much different lives from the mass of voters on whose behalf they think they can speak — or, at least, whose thoughts and actions they believe they can anticipate. They also often have different interests, including an inclination to prefer status quo preservation (and to see the status quo more favorably) than those who have been less rewarded by the status quo. The media class, by and large, is not furious with the political class or with prevailing conditions, and they thus failed to detect the sentiments of anger and anxiety that drove the Trump campaign (and, in some similar ways, the Sanders campaign).

Beyond Schadenfreude, the Spectacular Pundit Failure on Trump Is Worth Remembering
A collective error of this magnitude requires some serious self-examination.

Google, Ford, Uber, Lyft, Volvo, etc, form lobbying group for self-driving cars

I’d forgotten that people could also lobby in favor of things I want!

I mostly shared this because I so identified with the bolded sentence.

That whole first paragraph is stolen straight from Scott Alexander. (http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/05/09/links-516-linko-de-mayo/)

Google, Ford, and Uber just created a giant lobbying group for self-driving cars
A who’s-who of carmakers, technology companies, and ride-sharing startups are joining forces to pressure the federal government on the issue of self-driving cars. Ford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and…

Causes of death at various ages for males and females

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Males sure like to get themselves killed in their 20s…

From Flowing Data: http://goo.gl/Mccejf

Mummified woman had lots of tattoos

The mummy, found in a village called Deir el-Medina, was once a woman who proudly inked sacred wadjet eyes on her neck, shoulders, and back, lotus blossoms on her hips, and cows on her arm. Her village was home to artisans who worked in the nearby Valley of the Kings, where they would have carved elaborate sculptures and inscriptions for pharaohs and gods.pharaohs and gods.

3,000-year-old female mummy was covered in hidden tattoos
Evidence suggests tattoos are a very ancient form of human decoration.