20 Shirtstorm Narratives and What's Wrong With Them
A Billionaire Dinosaur Forced Me Gay
Playing With My Son
"I gave my son a crash course in video game history, compressing 25 years of gaming history into about four years."
Whales Aren’t Keen on Being Flayed Alive By Gulls
"Kelp gulls, like most of their kind, are opportunists. They’ll pluck fish from the sea, and scraps from landfill sites. And those near Peninsula Valdes in Argentina have started stripping flesh from the backs of whales.
The wounds might riddle the whales with skin infections, especially if the gulls are sticking their faces in rubbish heaps beforehand. Fazio found that the whales spend a quarter of their daylight hours trying to avoid the gulls, which might exhaust them, while depriving them of feeding opportunities."
Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies
Of the estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, only one in 10 can support complex life like that on Earth, a pair of astrophysicists argues. Everywhere else, stellar explosions known as gamma ray bursts would regularly wipe out any life forms more elaborate than microbes. The detonations also kept the universe lifeless for billions of years after the big bang, the researchers say.
Race and Justice: Much More Than You Wanted To Know
"Does the criminal justice system treat African-Americans fairly? I decided to waste my precious free time reading seven zillion contradictory studies to figure out what was going on.
There seems to be a strong racial bias in capital punishment and a moderate racial bias in sentence length and decision to jail.
There seems to be little or no racial bias in arrests for serious violent crime, police shootings in most jurisdictions, prosecutions, or convictions."
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