Thursday, January 22, 2015

IF THIS IS TRUE it means I'll merrily live till I'm 300-years-old: Coffee may be able to lengthen your life and lower your risk of depression.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WORLD HYPOCRISY FORUM: 1,700 Private Jets Fly to Davos to Discuss Global Warming.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES of climate change policy.

Monday, January 19, 2015


An Argentine prosecutor who accused the government of secret deals with Iran over an investigation into a 1994 terrorist attack was found dead, officials said early Monday.

Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was due to participate in a closed-door session with Congress Monday over his claim last week that de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman covered up a deal with Iran.

He said they promised to absolve Iranian officials accused of masterminding the 1994 bombing on a Buenos Aires Jewish center that left 85 dead, in return for deliveries of much-needed oil from Iran.

Nisman was found shortly before midnight (0300 GMT) in a pool of blood in his bathroom, apparently after committing suicide, the Buenos Aires Herald reported, citing unnamed sources.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

EXCELLENT: Japanese Researchers Say Bone and Tissue Bioprinting Process Could Be A Year Away From Use In Humans.

Friday, January 16, 2015

THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY of how automakers invented the crime of "jaywalking".

Sunday, January 11, 2015

NO, Islam doesn't forbid images of the Prophet: there's a long tradition, actually.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

AT LAST: Antibiotic Pulled From Dirt Ends 25-Year Drug Drought.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

86 VIRAL IMAGES from 2014 that were totally fake.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

A FRENCH SOLDIER'S view of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Monday, December 22, 2014

COOL, LET'S NORMALIZE RELATIONS WITH THESE GUYS: Cuba’s Coast Guard sinks boat carrying 32 refugees who were trying to reach Fla.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREAT MOMENTS OF FACT-CHECKING: New York Mag’s Boy Genius Investor Made It All Up.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WELCOME TO THE 21st CENTURY: Scientists have put a worm’s brain into a Lego robot’s body - and it works. There's video.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

DOES MALCOLM GLADWELL have a plagiarism problem?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

WHAT, NO DEMONSTRATIONS HERE? Grand Jury Refuses To Indict Cops Who Killed Man With Down Syndrome Who Wouldn’t Leave Movie.

Friday, December 05, 2014

NO, China hasn't overtaken U.S., and may not ever.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

WHY 84% of vegetarians and vegans return to meat. I'd have never imagined there were so many.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AS IF THEY WEREN'T DOING THAT ALREADY: John Kerry Advised Russian Foreign Minister ‘Just Ignore Obama’.

Friday, November 21, 2014


When the late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez came into power in 1998, he saw in his movement an answer to capitalism and a solution to Latin America's soaring inequalities. Chávez's aspirations were clearly global, and he even had the gumption to list "preserving life on the planet and saving the human species" as part of his 2012 election platform.

For a while, it seemed as if all of Latin America would catch the chavista wave. But though voters in Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, and Nicaragua elected governments that shared Venezuela's ideology and outlook, the wave seemed to die down toward the end of the 2000s.

Now, it seems to be rising in the unlikeliest of places: Spain.

Read the rest for a good rundown on the extensive links between Venezuela and the new kids on the block in Spain. And then pray for us if they win. I'm not too concerned, though. I see this a bit like the Beppe Grillo phenomenon in Italy: a seemingly lifechanging phenomenon that fizzles as soon as they find themselves elected and people realize they're not as different to the others as they claimed while campaigning.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Five nuclear engineers were assassinated last week in a mysterious attack just north of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based NGO that monitors the crisis in Syria, one of the victims was gunned down when their car was ambushed was Iranian.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MUST BE A PANDEMIC: Virus that 'makes humans more stupid' discovered.

AND THE NYT explains it as if was the most normal thing:

The apartment checked off every box on the buyers’ wish list: airy, gracious, great views of the park. It was in a terrific building, one of the most prestigious on the Upper East Side. The couple moved in, unpacked and tried without success over the next few months to get settled.

In the end, they packed up and moved out, said their broker, Barbara Fox, the founder of the Fox Residential Group, because of a pervasive sense that they didn’t belong. It wasn’t that their neighbors were standoffish, ignored them in the elevator or didn’t invite them to their parties — though in fact the whole thing did come down to parties.

“Frankly,” Ms. Fox said, “they just felt the building had too many Republicans.”

To me it looks pretty intolerant and close-minded.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

NO OFFENSE: The New Threats to Free Speech.

Friday, October 31, 2014

THE POPE DECLARED there's no conflict between Big Bang, evolution and Catholic faith… in 1951.

UPDATE. Time magazine has more.

GREAT PIECE at The New Yorker on Billy Joel. Long, but well worth a read.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AT THE SAME TIME? Sex with 21 women lowers risk of prostate cancer, academics find.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TRUE: The Internet Has Enriched Us More Than Flying Cars Would Have.

I'm no fan of flying cars: if people are lousy drivers in 2D, just imagine on 3D — a nightmare. Plus, imagine the debris of what would be a fender-bender down on earth, falling down on pedestrians…

WAIT, WASN'T SCIENCE SETTLED? Past Climate Change Was Caused by the Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere, New Rutgers Study Finds.

JUST ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES? Taxes on Information Technologies Threatening Economic Growth, Report Says.

Is there a reason why this principle doesn't apply to just about any sector?