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“This latest detection is a neutrino that began its journey in a faraway, as yet-unnamed-galaxy in the constellation Delphinus, born from the death throes of a shredded star.”

posted Mar. 28, 2021, 9:08pm

“Yes, it would be good if Harvard et al. let in a lot more poor kids. But if we really want to boost opportunity for the mass of working-class Americans, we should be worrying more about expanding access to places like UC Riverside, SUNY Stony Brook, Cal State Fresno, and so on.”

posted Mar. 28, 2021, 9:03pm

“The concern trolling book lovers miss the point that other people’s bookshelves don’t exist to please or displease them: they exist because the owner of the rainbow shelves likes their books to be that way.”

posted Mar. 28, 2021, 8:47pm

“The findings suggest that some of the most important members of our gastrointestinal menagerie—the ‘keystone taxa,’ as Candela and his colleagues put it—have been with us even longer than modern humans have existed.”

posted Mar. 28, 2021, 8:35pm

“The video shifts to an image of Senator Charles Schumer, reminding the viewer of prominent Jewish leaders of the Democratic party. … The next frame shows the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, flanked by two Jewish Congressman…. Pelosi, too, is controlled by Jews.”

posted Mar. 28, 2021, 8:32pm

“To love a book is to constantly interrogate it. … Every time you pick up a book and it is set in another world, written long before some social changes have been made, you have to ask yourself whether or not it is problematic that the orcs are a certain color, or why the villain is disabled.”

posted Mar. 28, 2021, 8:22pm

“[David Chang] didn’t really care about the moscato; he cared, it seemed, more about cutting me down in front of the staff I managed, so that they no longer saw me as their boss but, instead, as a small, easily flustered, puffy-with-tears young woman.”

posted Mar. 27, 2021, 11:06pm

“Little reportage has been devoted to unpacking Korean players’ personal histories and the context in which they compete. Esports, like everything else, is inextricably tied to questions of race, class, and structures of power.”

posted Mar. 27, 2021, 11:02pm (edited)

“Going back to the Gossaert painting, I could now see that the documents were strung together and hanging from a peg. The leaves appear to be blank because they are hung upside down and back to front, with the oldest items adjacent to the thong and vellum label, and the most recent items near the reinforced point.”

posted Mar. 27, 2021, 10:59pm

“People work at Gumroad as little as they need to sustain the other parts of their lives they prefer to spend their time and energy on: a creative side-hustle, their family, or anything else.”

posted Mar. 27, 2021, 10:55pm

“Here we encounter our first surprise. The normal RNA characters are A, C, G and U. U is also known as ‘T’ in DNA. But here we find a Ψ, what is going on?”

posted Mar. 27, 2021, 10:49pm

“There is a messiness to Rogue One, from the assassinations to the jailbreaks to the diffuse cells of rebels and the use of torture, that makes it feel more like a civil war than, well, the Galactic Civil War at the center of the original trilogy.”

posted Mar. 27, 2021, 9:43pm

“Okay, wild! We guessed someone else’s tweet ID! And as the IDs are time-dependent that means they were met with an instantaneous retweet—creepy. Also, it seems like Twitter doesn’t actually care about the username and just resolves URLs based on the tweet ID.”

posted Mar. 27, 2021, 9:39pm

“The colors are different, but decisions are still being made to make them as bold as possible. The green of Gwen’s outfit, as seen here, can only exist online — which is to say, in RGB colorspace.”

posted Mar. 27, 2021, 9:36pm

“The thing about a $590 T-shirt is that, upon acquiring one, you immediately become the human assistant to a $590 T-shirt. Your compensation for this role is capped at the amount of joy you personally are able to derive from the act of wearing it.”

posted Mar. 27, 2021, 9:29pm