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Links for November 2022

A Tale of Two Telescopes: WFIRST and Hubble

How much economic growth is necessary to reduce global poverty substantially? by Max Roser
“Adjusted for the purchasing power in each country, 85% of the world population live on less than $30 per day.

Why Does It Take So Long to Count Mail Ballots in Key States? Blame Legislatures: The slow count of mail ballots has been used to cast doubt on election results, but these delays are a deliberate choice by lawmakers in battleground states.

Links for October 2022

‘You Can’t Sail Around the World By Yourself’: Susie Goodall wanted to circumnavigate the globe in her sailboat without stopping. She didn’t bargain for what everyone else wanted.

China overtakes the US in scientific research output: Between 2018 and 2020 China published 23.4% of the world’s scientific papers, eclipsing the US.
“The Japanese NISTP report also found that Chinese research comprised 27.2% of the world’s top 1% most frequently cited papers.”

U.S. aims to hobble China’s chip industry with sweeping new export rules.

A Nation-State by Construction: Dynamics of Modern Chinese Nationalism by Suisheng Zhao

Memo to Democrats: Inflation Only Beats You If You Don’t Talk About It by Mike Lux

Ukraine war expert links:
Kamil Galeev
2022 Ukraine Crisis: Reporters, diplomats, heads of state and analysts tweeting on the Ukraine crisis

Texas Woman Nearly Loses Her Life After Doctors Can’t Legally Perform an Abortion: ‘Their Hands Were Tied’

Running doesn’t wreck your knees. It strengthens them. Contrary to popular opinion, distance running rarely causes knee problems in runners, and often leaves joints sturdier and less damaged, link, link2

OneZoom tree of life explorer

Why I’m Not Writing About This Year’s Nobel by Chad Orzel
“the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics was announced as going to John Clauser, Alain Aspect, and Anton Zeilinger, “for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science.””

Pluralistic: 20 Oct 2022 It was all downhill after the Cuecat by Cory Doctorow

The Highest-Rated Beer in Every State (2022)
Too many high ABV stouts!



Links for September 2022

How a Strange Grid Reveals Hidden Connections Between Simple Numbers. Erdős–Szemerédi theorem in arithmetic combinatorics

Ancient genomes and West Eurasian history. Storytelling with ancient DNA reveals challenges and potential for writing new histories. by Benjamin S. Arbuckle and Zoe Schwandt

The Periodic Table of Endangered Elements by David Cole-Hamilton

Explanation of cracking a Master combo lock in 8 attempts or less!

Plastic-Eating Enzymes Chomp into the Future. An innovative alternative to a non-degradable plastic.

Stanhopes, novelties with a tiny hidden image.

Twitter texts reveal rich have no ideas

Modeling COVID-19 Mortality Across 44 Countries: Face Covering May Reduce Deaths

Links for August 2022

How far a train will take you in 5 hrs in Europe
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin. Documentary

Impact of Lifting School Masking Requirements on Incidence of COVID-19 among Staff and Students in Greater-Boston Area School Districts: A Difference-in-Differences Analysis. “We estimate that lifting of school masking requirements was associated with an additional 44.9 (95% CI: 32.6, 57.1) COVID-19 cases per 1,000 students and staff over the 15 weeks since the lifting of the statewide school masking requirement, representing nearly 30% of all cases observed in schools during that time. “

You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack, cartoons by Tom Gauld


Links for July 2022

Chicago River. “Bubbly Creek: An Environmental Quagmire for Federal Agencies and Local Activists
An Environmental Disaster Brought to You by Meat: Chicago’s Bubbly Creek

The Republican Attack on Citizenship: From Rhetoric to Reality by John Ganz

The Bactra Review: book reviews by Cosma Shalizi of What Is Intelligence? Beyond the Flynn Effect by James R. Flynn

The Bactra Review: book reviews by Cosma Shalizi of What Is Intelligence? Beyond the Flynn Effect by James R. Flynn

100 Prisoners Riddle
Pioneer Panzer Brigade, the East German Boy Scout Tank Unit

WebbCompare Deep_Field
2022 Audubon photography award

Compounded: the Peer Reviewed Edition! is a game about scientists grappling for recognition on the edge of known chemistry, and getting credit for their discoveries, all while competing for limited resources and striking deals with the competition to ensure their work gets done.

IU’s silence regarding Dr. Caitlin Bernard hasn’t gone unnoticed by Jeffrey C. Isaac. IU leadership silent on attacks on OB/GYN professor.


Links for June 2022

Tirzepatide gives 20% weight loss! Once Weekly for the Treatment of Obesity

Laser spot size tradeoffs, link

Amateur ruling engine for making diffraction gratings made by Brian Manning TJIIRRS: Number 13,
Diffraction gratings, buy

Handy Techniques and Devices for making stuff by Jon Singer

More Guns, More Unintended Consequences: The Effects of Right-to-Carry on Criminal Behavior and Policing in US Cities. John J. Donohue, Samuel V. Cai, Matthew V. Bondy & Philip J. Cook.

Solar Panel Tilt Angle Calculator

Your optimal year-round tilt angle:
32.4° from horizontal
Your optimal tilt angles by season:
Spring: 32.4°, Summer: 17.4°, Fall: 32.4°, Winter: 47.4°





Links for May 2022

Favorites book list

The Abortion Backup Plan No One Is Talking About: Even in states with the strictest abortion laws, pregnant people have a safe, inexpensive option to terminate their pregnancies. But few know about it. by Olga Khazan

New ClusteredNR database: faster searches and more informative BLAST results

Every Republican Political Ad by Corey Forrester

Mechanical Watch site by Bartosz Ciechanowski
Origami folding simulator

Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies: Burn It With Fire(Nicholas Weaver)

Links for April 2022

Donna and Walt audio: A Series of Unlikely Events

Americans are split on buying a house where the prior owners were murdered
Nearly two in five Americans say they believe that ghosts (36%), demons (37%), and psychics (37%) exist. Less than half of Americans say each one doesn’t exist. Far fewer believe in the existence of vampires (7%) and werewolves (7%); more than 80% of Americans say vampires and werewolves do not exist.

Panic! On the Editorial Page: Breaking down a “cancel culture” scare story by Michael Hobbes

I’m a Longtime Professor. The Real Campus “Free Speech Crisis” Is Not What You Think. I’ve never seen classrooms like mine in the pages of the Times. by Lucas Mann