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Thursday
Dec082016

The Best Albums of 2016

[NyTimes] : "<i>The music critics of The New York Times share their picks for the best pop and jazz albums of the year.</i><p><b>Jon Pareles</b><p><b>1.</b> <b>BEYONCÉ</b> “Lemonade” (Parkwood/Columbia) As a set of songs, “Lemonade” plunges into one troubled marriage: a cycle of distrust, betrayal, fury, loyalty and wary reconciliation. It moves …"

Thursday
Dec082016

Trump: Madman of the Year

[NyTimes] : "So, Time magazine, ever in search of buzz, this week named Donald Trump Person of the Year. But they did so with a headline that read, “President of the Divided States of America.”<p>The demi-fascist of Fifth Avenue wasn't flattered by that wording.<p>In an interview with the “Today” show, Trump huffed, …"

Wednesday
Dec072016

UC Berkeley's Salto Is the Most Agile Jumping Robot Ever

[Link] : Ron Fearing's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab at UC Berkeley is famous for its stable of bite-sized bio-inspired robots, and Duncan Haldane is …
Tuesday
Dec062016

‘The Circle’ Trailer: Emma Watson Takes on Silicon Valley

[Link] : Watch the EXCLUSIVE first trailer for the adaptation of Dave Eggers' #TheCircle starring @EmmaWatson and @TomHanks: https://t.co/92cJBvDhKK …
Tuesday
Dec062016

This Map Shows Where All the Ships Are Buried Underneath San Francisco

[Link] : San Francisco—on top of everything else, it is literally a ship burial ground.Below, you can see where ships are entombed just below the surface, in …
Tuesday
Dec062016

Man Charged in Washington Gunfire Thought Pizzeria Was ‘Harboring Child Sex Slaves’

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — The North Carolina man who was arrested on Sunday for firing a rifle in a popular Washington pizzeria said he was motivated by the storm of fake online news about a suspected child trafficking ring allegedly running out of the restaurant and led by Hillary Clinton.<p>Edgar M. Welch said …"

Tuesday
Dec062016

Want to Bring Back Jobs, Mr. President-Elect? Call Elon Musk

[NyTimes] : "PALO ALTO, Calif. — Donald Trump: Please think about calling Elon Musk.<p>President-elect Trump has spent a lot of time talking about how he plans to reinvigorate the manufacturing sector, repeatedly telling the public on the campaign trail, “We are going to bring back jobs that have been stolen from …"

Monday
Dec052016

A Warning for Americans From a Member of Pussy Riot

[NyTimes] : "MIAMI BEACH — On Tuesday, Donald J. Trump wrote on Twitter that people who burn the flag should be punished with “perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”<p>Two days later, I went to a little cafe here to meet with Nadya Tolokonnikova of the Russian punk band and activist art collective Pussy …"

Monday
Dec052016

Trump’s Agents of Idiocracy

[NyTimes] : "Last week when Donald Trump began his so-called Thank You Tour in Cincinnati, he had yet another opportunity to be magnanimous and conciliatory, to step beyond the division and acrimony of his campaign and into the unity and healing necessary to be president of a strained nation.<p>As is his wont, he …"

Monday
Dec052016

$25 Million in Breakthrough Prizes Given in Science and Math

[NyTimes] : "The biggest prize payday in science came around again Sunday evening when the Breakthrough Foundation handed out more than $25 million in its annual prizes to more than a thousand physicists, life scientists and mathematicians.<p>This year's winners include five molecular biologists who won $3 million …"

Monday
Dec052016

A Woman Just Stood Up To Trump’s Latest Outburst On Twitter – And America Is Cheering Her On

[Link] : Donald Trump didn’t like Saturday Night Live last night very much.<p>During the show he tweeted out the following response, saying that the show was …
Sunday
Dec042016

Trump’s 7 techniques for controlling the media

[Link] : Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, …
Sunday
Dec042016

Abe Ankumah of Nyansa: Are You a ‘First Principle’ Thinker?

[NyTimes] : "<i>This interview with Abe Ankumah, chief executive of Nyansa, a network analytics software company, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.</i><p><b>Q. What were your early years like?</b><p><b>A.</b> I was born and raised in Ghana. I'm the youngest of five children. My parents were in the travel and tourism business — …"

Sunday
Dec042016

Octopuses and the Puzzle of Aging

[NyTimes] : "Around 2008, while snorkeling and scuba diving in my free time, I began watching the unusual group of animals known as cephalopods, the group that includes octopuses, cuttlefish and squid. The first ones I encountered were giant cuttlefish, large animals whose skin changes color so quickly and …"

Sunday
Dec042016

Why Blue States Are the Real ‘Tea Party’

[NyTimes] : "When the modern Tea Party movement coalesced in the early days of the Obama presidency, its allusion to the political grievances of the protesters in Boston Harbor a couple of hundred years earlier seemed plausible enough: Its members felt that their taxes were too high and their interests not …"

Sunday
Dec042016

'SNL' skewers Trump's Twitter habit, and he immediately proves their point

[Link] : Alec Baldwin was back on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> this week as President-elect Donald Trump in a skit poking fun at Trump's decision to retweet a number of unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud from his supporters this week — including a 16-year-old from California.<p>And did Trump tweet about it? Of …
Saturday
Dec032016

Technology Start-Ups to Get a License to Bank

[NyTimes] : "Federal bank regulators are planning to offer a new type of national banking charter to technology companies that provide financial services.<p>The new licenses, from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees many national banks, would address some of the concern about technology …"

Friday
Dec022016

The House Science Committee is retweeting bad science

[Link] : "Where'd you get your PhD? Trump University?"<p>The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology was roundly criticized for retweeting an opinion-laced, misleading <i>Breitbart News</i> story on climate change. Titled "Global temperatures plunge. Icy silence from climate alarmists," it noted that global …
Friday
Dec022016

Four New Names Officially Added to the Periodic Table of Elements

[NyTimes] : "It's official. Chemistry's highest gatekeepers have accepted the newly proposed names for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118.<p>Please welcome to the periodic table: Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson.<p>Scientists first synthesized the new elements between 2002 and 2010, but it wasn't until …"

Friday
Dec022016

Trump’s Chaos Theory: A Single Tweet Causes Jobs To Return

[NyTimes] : "Donald J. Trump spent much of his campaign peddling hope to beleaguered working-class Americans that, on his watch, those old-fashioned, good-paying manufacturing jobs would come back to America.<p>On Thursday, the president-elect was in Indiana to celebrate the news that the Carrier Corporation will …"