Getting Real About Rural America

Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:16 PM

Nobody knows how to reverse the heartland’s decline. Things clump together; the periphery cannot hold.

Alma The Talking Dog Might Win Some Bar Bets

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 1:54 PM

Students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have a brain-computer interface that can measure brainwaves. What did they do with it? They gave it to Alma, a golden labrador, as you can see in the video below. The code and enough info to duplicate the electronics are on GitHub.

Beto O’Rourke was a member of the US’s oldest hacking group

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 1:54 PM

Beto O’Rourke used to be part of the United States’ oldest hacking group, something he and former members kept under wraps until now, the former representative from El Paso, Texas said in an interview with Reuters. O’Rourke announced his bid for the presidency yesterday.

Don’t Blame Robots for Low Wages

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 9:54 AM

Progressives shouldn’t fall for facile technology fatalism. The other day I found myself, as I often do, at a conference discussing lagging wages and soaring inequality. There was a lot of interesting discussion.

The Power of Petty Personal Rage

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 9:54 AM

Straw police, hamburger paranoia and the state of the right. Today’s column is about plastic straws, hamburgers and dishwashing detergent. Also Captain Marvel.

A clue to why ice ages got much longer

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:46 PM

If you’ve read about the “ice ages” of Earth’s recent history before, you probably learned that the cyclical rhythm of these climate changes is controlled by several reliable cycles in Earth’s orbit.

State Department rescinds award for Finnish journalist over Trump criticism: report

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 4:21 PM

The US State Department planned to honor a prominent Finnish journalist this month — and then rescinded her award, reportedly because of her public criticism of President Donald Trump.

Republicans don’t like the National Science Foundation, and there’s a perfectly good reason for it

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 10:46 PM

This post is part of Mischiefs of Faction, an independent political science blog featuring reflections on the party system.

How Has Fox News Changed In The Trump Era?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11:31 AM

Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited.

Most churches are losing members fast — but not the Mormons. Here’s why.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 9:26 AM

Jennifer, a young mother and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in northern Virginia, is honest about the challenges of being Mormon in America today. “It’s not an easy gig,” she says.

This Jelly’s Butthole Only Appears When It Poops

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 9:26 PM

Imagine if your butthole materialized when you needed to poop, and vanished when you were done. That sums up a normal bathroom break for Mnemiopsis leidyi, a comb jelly species with a “transient anus” described in a recent paper published in Invertebrate Biology.

A Well-Meaning Job Training Bill That May Hurt More Than Help

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 10:14 AM

It could set off a new wave of exploitation by the same for-profit colleges that have already wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. Democrats and Republicans are working together to help poor people get training for better jobs. That might seem hard to believe these days, but it’s true.

Mapping the Growing Gap Between Job Seekers and Employers

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 5:21 AM

Good news: America’s cities have plenty of jobs. Bad news: Many of the people who want them don’t live anywhere nearby.

App makers are sharing sensitive personal information with Facebook but not telling users

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 5:21 AM

Facebook is getting ahold of sensitive personal information that smartphone owners submit to entirely separate mobile apps, thanks to a software tool that immediately shares that data with the social network to improve ad targeting, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Striking study finds a climate tipping point in clouds

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 5:21 AM

The word “hysteresis” doesn’t immediately seem threatening; it hints at a portmanteau of “history” and “thesis”—a dense read, perhaps, but those never killed anyone. But that’s not what the word means.