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Scenes from Chicago’s Ewing Annex Hotel, the Last of Its Kind | The New Republic

For those who live there, Chicagos Ewing Annex Hotel is a refuge, an artifact, and a last chance. The man whos been holding it together for more than 20 years is about to retire.
The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan … Stalin Did – Foreign Policy

Have 70 years of nuclear policy been based on a lie?
Ian\'s Shoelace Site – Granny Knot Info

Do your shoelaces sit crooked? Do you retie your shoes several times a day? These are both signs of a Granny Knot. Learn the one simple trick for keeping your shoes neatly and securely tied.
Small cities in America’s Mountain West are booming | The Economist

House prices in small and midsized cities are rising rapidly in Americas Mountain West. Average home values in Colorado Springs rose by 15% between February 2020 and February 2021
Opinion: COVID-19 origin study is important to prevent pandemics

The Chinese government owes the world complete transparency at the Wuhan lab.We need to know how to make virus research as safe as possible.
American Economic Association

Miguel Urquiola discusses the history of higher education in America and why it surpassed Europe.
U.S. House committee approves blueprint for Big Tech crackdown | Reuters

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee formally approved a report accusing Big Tech companies of buying or crushing smaller firms, Representative David Cicillines office said in a statement on Thursday.
A Ship Got Stuck. So He Built A Website. - Galaxy Brain

In the process, Neill inadvertently inserted himself into the center of one of the biggest news stories in the world.
The secret to successful BBQ pork butt and brisket is science | Ars Technica

You've just encountered the bane of aspiring pit masters everywhere: the Stall (also known as the Zone or the Plateau), a common phenomenon in low-temperature cooking.
\'Whitest ever\' paint reflects 98% of sunlight - BBC News

Scientists in the US have developed a paint significantly
Missing Hiker Found After Man Using Computer at Home Pinpoints His Location – NBC Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department said a missing hiker was found after asking other hikers with experience in the Mount Waterman area of the San Gabriel Mountains to help locate him Tuesday.
An end to cigarettes? New Zealand aims to create smoke-free generation | New Zealand | The Guardian

New Zealand has announced a suite of proposals aimed at outlawing smoking for the next generation and moving the country closer to its goal of being smoke-free by 2025.
Charting the Land of Great Loneliness – Guernica

At your wedding, you set out on a two-person expedition toward a place you try to envision but have never seen. Later, you may wake one morning alone under an alien sky and wonder how you ever came to be here.
Banner Ads Considered Harmful ·

9 months of daily A/B-testing of Google AdSense banner ads on indicates banner ads decrease total traffic substantially, possibly due to spillover effects in reader engagement and resharing.
Time flies in Google Earth’s biggest update in years

With Timelapse in Google Earth, 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years have been compiled into an interactive 4D experience. Now anyone can watch time unfold and witness nearly four decades of planetary change.
I am Sophie Zhang, whistleblower. At FB, I worked to stop major political figures from deceiving their own populace; I became a whistleblower because Facebook turned a blind eye. Ask me anything. : IAmA

I am Sophie Zhang, whistleblower. At FB, I worked to stop major political figures from deceiving their own populace; I became a whistleblower because Facebook turned a blind eye. Ask me anything.
Space Junk Removal Is Not Going Smoothly - Scientific American

Despite promising technology demonstrations, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for the growing problem of taking out the orbital trash
(11) Suhail on Twitter: \

After starting my 2nd company in 2019, I decided I would write down useful lessons I learned or re-learned along the way.
Redundant stories about redundancy

This is a buffet of redundant stories. I provide several pieces and you choose which of them to read and share, and in which order. Every piece contains the same thought only put differently so don't be afraid to miss anything.
Great Vowel Shift - Wikipedia

The Great Vowel Shift was a series of changes in the pronunciation of the English language that took place primarily between 1400 and 1700, beginning in southern England and today having influenced effectively all dialects of English.
A brief history of the numeric keypad | by Francesco Bertelli | UX Collective

Theres no logical reason why telephones and calculators use different numeric keypads. So why do we still follow the same convention?
Student’s physics homework picked up by Amazon quantum researchers - The University of Sydney

What started out as a second-year physics project is making its way into Amazon Web Services (AWS) quantum computing program.
Historians Pinpoint the Very \'Worst Year\' to Ever be Alive | AccuWeather

You wake up to a dark, dreary, glum-feeling, Monday-type of morning. For the 547th consecutive day.Just 18 months prior, you were a hard-working farmer gearing up for another bountiful crop season.But then the skies went dark.
The war against money-laundering is being lost | The Economist

In the coming weeks NatWest, one of Britains largest lenders, is set to appear in court in London to respond to charges that it failed to properly scrutinise a gold-dealing client that deposited 365m ($502m) with the bank264m of it in cash.
Covid-19: US agencies call for pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccine - BBC News

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was acting
In One Year a Billion Tons of Food Got Wasted — Mostly at Home - Bloomberg

Emissions produced by rotting scraps create a major climate problem
Hawking Hawking | Not Even Wrong

Theres a very good new book about Stephen Hawking that just came out, Charles Seifes Hawking Hawking.
The Architecture Behind A One-Person Tech Startup

This is a long-form post breaking down the setup I use to run a SaaS. From load balancing to cron job monitoring to subscription and payments. There's a lot of ground to cover, so buckle up!
Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces - BBC News

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Zoom zero-day discovery makes calls safer, hackers $200,000 richer - Malwarebytes Labs | Malwarebytes Labs

Two Dutch white-hat security specialists entered the annual computer hacking contest Pwn2Own, managed to find a Remote Code Execution (RCE) flaw in Zoom and are $200,000 USD better off than they were before.
Is Netflix\'s Seaspiracy film right about fishing damaging oceans? - BBC News

A documentary about the fishing industry's impact on sea life and the oceans has caused a lot of debate
I love my not-smart TV – Eric Bailey

A TV is a passive device, used for passive consumption. I want operating it to be on par with turning on my shower and setting the temperature to something comfortable. This is to say that not every device needs to be smart.
The woman who took on Google and won - BBC News

Shannon Wait's moment was when her Google-issued water bottle broke. The data centre she worked in was hot, so she asked for another one. However, she says the Google subcontractor refused to give her one.
A Q&A with the Man Who Keeps Uploading My Feet to Wikifeet

But I was pretty shocked to be looking at my own wikiFeet profile, which included my full name, birthday, and photos of me and my exposed feet, dating back to a family vacation in 2013.
Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak | Reuters

Facebook Inc did not notify the more than 530 million users whose details were obtained through the misuse of a feature before 2019 and recently made public in a database, and does not currently have plans to do so, a company spokesman said on Wednesday
The Real Book - 99% Invisible

But if you were going to music school in the 1970s, you couldnt just buy a copy of the Real Book at the campus bookstore. Because the Real Book was illegal.
The U.S. helped the biggest drug cartel in Mexico traffic tons of drugs and commit murders with weapons they also provided

The following is a transcript of a legal memorandum written by Assisstant U.S. Attorney Alvin S. Michaelson in support of motion for discovery in the trial of Vincente Jesus Zambada-Niebla, alias
\'I will always be someone\'s porn\': One woman\'s struggle to remove all traces of her videotaped sexual assault

It was a hard drive that belonged to her ex-husband. When she opened it up, Rachel saw a folder she didnt recognize. Rachel was about to open the darkest chapter of her life.
Amazon Illegally Fired Activist Workers, Labor Board Finds - The New York Times

Amazon illegally retaliated against two of its most prominent internal critics when it fired them last year, the National Labor Relations Board has determined.
FDA approves new ADHD drug for children - Axios

Experts say the drug presents an opportunity for parents who want to avoid giving their child stimulants, and as a better option for kids with substance abuse problems, per AP.
Leaked phone number of Mark Zuckerberg reveals he is on Signal - Technology News

Zuckerberg's phone number was among the leaked data of 533 million Facebook users. A security researcher confirmed that Zuckerberg uses Signal app.
Ancient coins may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate

A handful of coins unearthed from a pick-your-own-fruit orchard in rural Rhode Island and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planets oldest cold cases.

On April Fools' Day 1996, exactly 25 years ago today, some Microsoft coworkers and I launched a complex and costly prank.
To prevent burnout, LinkedIn is giving its entire company the week off - CNN

The entire company is getting the time off as an opportunity to unplug, recharge and avoid burnout.
Why Animals Don’t Get Lost | The New Yorker

Birds do it. Bees do it. Learning about the astounding navigational feats of wild creaturescan teach us a lot about where were going.
Windows 95 — How Does it Look Today? | by Dmitrii Eliuseev | Apr, 2021 | Medium

Some of Windows 95 components are still in use today. How does it look? Lets test it and figure it out.
Myanmar orders wireless internet shutdown until further notice: telecoms sources | Reuters

Myanmars military rulers have ordered internet service providers to shut down wireless broadband services until further notice, several telecoms sources said on Thursday.
Mathematicians Find a New Class of Digitally Delicate Primes | Quanta Magazine

Despite finding no specific examples, researchers have proved the existence of a pervasive kind of prime number so delicate that changing any of its infinite digits renders it composite.
The Little-Known Data Broker Industry Is Spending Big Bucks Lobbying Congress – The Markup

Data brokers millions of dollars in lobbying spending in 2020 rivaled that of some Big Techfirms
The Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs Created the Amazon Rain Forest - Scientific American

Fossilized pollen and leaves reveal that the meteorite that caused the extinction of nonavian dinosaurs also reshaped South Americas plant communities to yield the planets largest rain forest
Alcohol | Governor of Svalbard

Private individuals resident in Svalbard must purchase their alcohol quota in Svalbard and are not able to import tax-free alcohol from the mainland to Svalbard. - A Loan Calculator is a loan calculator that helps you pay off your debts.Discover an optimized payment plan to minimize interest and get debt free as fast as will always be free and no login is required.
Jump in cancer diagnoses at 65 implies patients wait for Medicare, according to Stanford study | News Center | Stanford Medicine

Analyzing a national cancer database, researchers find a bump in diagnoses at 65, suggesting that many wait for Medicare to kick in before they seek care.
Why Hitchhiking Is Huge in Cuba: \'The Transportation System Is Screwed\'

The Cuban government has adopted some peculiar means of dealing with the countrys deteriorating public transport, including nationalized hitchhiking.
Google speeds partial office reopening and puts limits on remote work

Google is preparing for a broad reopening in September, when employees will be expected to show up in person three days a week.
Massive security breach at US universities.

A massive data breach has hit US Universities including Stanford University, University of California, University of Miami, University of Colorado Boulder, Yeshiva University, Syracuse University, and University of Maryland.
Gallup: U.S. church membership dips below 50% for first time - Axios

47% of Americans said they belong to a church, synagogue or mosque in 2020, down from 50% in 2018, according to a Gallup poll out Monday.
Notes from a Moab Trailer | Outside Online

What I learned about love, loss, and landscape over two decades of living in a 1961 Artcraft mobile home in the Utah desert
FTC to close down mobile banking app Beam, pending District Court Judge approval - FinLedger

Beam is banned from operating a mobile banking app or any other product or service that can be used to deposit, store, or withdraw funds, as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, according to a press release.
Big breakthrough for ’massless’ energy storage | Chalmers

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology have produced a structural battery that performs ten times better than all previous versions. It contains carbon fibre that serves simultaneously as an electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.
Did the Black Death Rampage Across the World a Century Earlier Than Previously Thought? | History | Smithsonian Magazine

Scholar Monica Green combined the science of genetics with the study of old texts to reach a new hypothesis about the plague
Beverly Cleary, beloved author who chronicled schoolyard scrapes and feisty kids, dies at 104 - The Washington Post

That encounter in the library set Mrs. Cleary, who died March 25 at 104, on her way to becoming one of the most beloved childrens authors of all time
The Revolution in Classic Tetris | The New Yorker

How a younger generation used the Internet to master the falling blocks.
\'Ice-cream toothache\': Cold food and drinks pain explained - BBC News

Scientists believe they have worked out why biting down on ice or drinking something really cold causes excruciating pain for some people.
Louvre site des collections

The Collections database consists of entries for more than 480,000 works in the Muse du Louvre and Muse National Eugne-Delacroix
Self-Driving Cars Will Stop For Police, Roll Windows Down, Unlock Doors

Control-minded Technocrats envision a backdoor mechanism on autonomous vehicles that lets police stop a car, roll the windows down and unlock the car. If such a device is operational, you can be sure that criminals will learn how to hack it.
(5) Mike Baker on Twitter: \

Some incredible footage of the (apparent) SpaceX debris hurtling over the Pacific Northwest tonight
T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T Stop SMS Hijacks After Motherboard Investigation

All the mobile carries have mitigated a major SMS security loophole that allowed a hacker to hijack text messages for just $16.
(3) Steve Jobs Interview - 2/18/1981 - YouTube

An interview with Steve Jobs filmed on 2/18/1981 about the future of Apple, Computers, the Home
Google\'s unusual move to shut down an active counterterrorism operation being conducted by a Western democracy | MIT Technology Review

The decision to block an expert level cyberattack has caused controversy inside Google after it emerged that the hackers in question were working for a US ally.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Migratory Bird Program | Conserving America\'s Birds

Populations of the American bald eagle the bold national symbol of the United States have quadrupled since 2009, according to a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners.
Apple’s privacy problem – POLITICO

An internal document from France's data regulator seen by POLITICO revealed Tuesday that the iPhone makers targeted advertising practices may fall afoul of the European Union's privacy laws.
The Solution of the Zodiac Killer’s 340-Character Cipher—Wolfram Blog

This cipher is considered one of the holy grails of cryptography, as at the time the cipher had resisted attacks for 50 years, so any attempts to find a solution were truly a moonshot.
Part of Wright brothers\' 1st airplane on NASA\'s Mars chopper

NASA's experimental Martian helicopter holds a small swatch of fabric from the 1903 Wright Flyer, the space agency revealed Tuesday.

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In 2020, Two Thirds of Google Searches Ended Without a Click | SparkToro

In August of 2019, I published research from now-defunct clickstream data provider, Jumpshot, showing that 50.33% of all Google searches ended without a click to any web property in the results.
Live feed from Iceland volcano | RÚV

A webcam is now broadcasting live from Fagradalsfjall, facing Geldingadalur, where a fissure eruption began last night.
Archaeologists Solve Mystery of 5,600-Year-Old Skull Found in Italian Cave | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

Led by Maria Giovanna Belcastro, an archaeologist at the University of Bologna, the researchers found that the 24- to 35-year-old died sometime between 3630 and 3380 B.C., during Italys Eneolithic period, or Copper Age
U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Facebook appeal in user tracking lawsuit | Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away Facebook Incs bid to pare back a $15 billion class action lawsuit accusing the company of illegally tracking the activities of internet users even when they are logged out of the social media platform.
Ikea France on trial for snooping on staff and customers - BBC News

The French subsidiary of Ikea will go on trial on Monday over allegations that it snooped on employees and customers by using private detectives and police officers.