… The Fastest Spinning Object Ever Could Detect the Elusive Vacuum Friction …

It's like one of those waterwheels on a paddleboat, only it's a laser. MirageCGetty Images A 150-nanometer spinning silica ball is the fastest spinner and finest detector of torque ever made. This team of researchers, from Purdue, is following recent developments by ETH Zurich that use a slightly different laser spinner. The setup could be … Continue reading … The Fastest Spinning Object Ever Could Detect the Elusive Vacuum Friction …

… Genetics and AI …

How two technologies can benefit the world’s poorest. by Bill Gates People often ask me which technologies have the most potential to change our lives in the decades ahead. AI is always near the top of the list. It can help us make sense of complex biological systems—like the microbiome in the human gut —and … Continue reading … Genetics and AI …

… How Stephen Miller Manipulates Donald Trump to Further His Immigration Obsession …

Donald Trump’s senior adviser has been the true driving force behind this Administration’s racist agenda. How far will he go? One afternoon in November, a half-dozen government officials sat at a conference table in the White House, waiting for the arrival of Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to Donald Trump. Miller had summoned officials from … Continue reading … How Stephen Miller Manipulates Donald Trump to Further His Immigration Obsession …

…No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay in the Air …

At NASA Ames Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, streamlines of dye in a water channel interact with a model airplane. Credit: Ian Allen Do recent explanations solve the mysteries of aerodynamic lift? In Brief On a strictly mathematical level, engineers know how to design planes that will stay aloft. But equations don't explain why aerodynamic lift occurs. … Continue reading …No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay in the Air …

… Did Donald Trump Just Get Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence Reduced? …

.... because that would be FUBAR ... damn ... looks like it's true ... shit! The Department of Justice’s decision to seek a lighter sentence for Roger Stone raises troubling questions.Photograph by Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty On Tuesday, four federal prosecutors withdrew from a high-profile case, and one resigned his position, after senior … Continue reading … Did Donald Trump Just Get Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence Reduced? …

… Ten Ways of Looking at the Impeachment and Acquittal …

... pick a number ... any number ... President Donald Trump was acquitted of the charges brought against him in the impeachment trial this week. The coming months are fateful for our democracy. (With apologies to Wallace Stevens, and in descending order of despair—though, perhaps, ascending order of importance.) 1. Impeachment was, despite it all, … Continue reading … Ten Ways of Looking at the Impeachment and Acquittal …

… Rush Limbaugh in his own words …

During his third State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Trump presented the country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to the longtime conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, who recently announced he has late-stage lung cancer. Past recipients of the award include Elie Wiesel, Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa. Mr. Trump told Mr. … Continue reading … Rush Limbaugh in his own words …

… Who Killed Two Journalists in Ukraine? And Why?…

A complicated war. A controversial trial. A challenge to easy assumptions about good and evil on the battlefield Russian translator Andrei Mironov, left, and Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli in Milan. (Photo by Gabriele Micalizzi/Cesura) When Russian security police summoned me to an interrogation at Moscow’s Lefortovo Prison in 1993, they allowed me to bring my … Continue reading … Who Killed Two Journalists in Ukraine? And Why?…

…‘The center of the orbit’: Endangered Republicans go all-in on Trump

Senate trial: Senate to vote on Trump impeachment next week A Trial ... With No Witnesses The Senate on Jan. 31 adopted Sen. Mitch McConnell’s resolution to vote on Feb. 3 whether to remove or acquit President Trump on impeachment charges. Many of the most endangered Republicans have concluded that fully embracing President Trump is … Continue reading …‘The center of the orbit’: Endangered Republicans go all-in on Trump

… What Will Brexit Britain Be Like? …

...So far ... ... So Good... The signs point to Brexit Britain becoming a kind of hybrid nation: more welcoming to foreign capital but more hostile to foreign people; freer, but weaker. At 11 P.M. on Friday, Britain will leave / left the European Union. Big Ben will not bong—it’s too expensive—but the United Kingdom … Continue reading … What Will Brexit Britain Be Like? …

… The People Who Power the Presidential Campaigns in Iowa …

Thousands of volunteers from across the country have devoted their time to support a particular candidate this primary season. Here are the stories of eight who did so in the first caucus state. American political campaigns are embarked upon by politicians and staffed by professionals, but they achieve scale only with the help of volunteers. … Continue reading … The People Who Power the Presidential Campaigns in Iowa …

… The Last Time Democracy Almost Died …

Learning from the upheaval of the nineteen-thirties. It’s a paradox of democracy that the best way to defend it is to argue about it. The last time democracy nearly died all over the world and almost all at once, Americans argued about it, and then they tried to fix it. “The future of democracy is … Continue reading … The Last Time Democracy Almost Died …

… The Closing of the Senatorial Mind …

On Day Four of the Trump Impeachment Trial, it was clear that the House Democrats’   case against the President was Not Being Heard. Representative Adam Schiff speaks to the media before the fourth day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. Each day this week, when the Senate impeachment trial of Donald John … Continue reading … The Closing of the Senatorial Mind …

…Fake news and fact-checking …

... 7 studies you should know about ... What better way to start the new year than by learning new things about how best to battle fake news and other forms of online misinformation? Below is a sampling of the research published in 2019 — seven journal articles that examine fake news from multiple angles, … Continue reading …Fake news and fact-checking …

… The Cost of Fleeing Climate Change …

How an adoption racket in Arkansas offered a way off the Marshall Islands. Navigational charts, wall decorations, and hats at the Marshallese Resource and Education Center, in Springdale, Arkansas, where estimates of the Marshallese population hover between twelve and fifteen thousand. Photographs by Rana Young for The New Yorker In the summer of 2015, Shelma … Continue reading … The Cost of Fleeing Climate Change …

… William Barr, Trump’s Sword and Shield …

The Attorney General’s mission to maximize executive power and protect the Presidency. For decades, Barr has argued that Congress is a menace to the Presidency. As Attorney General, he’s poised to fight back. Illustration by Zohar Lazar Last October, Attorney General William Barr appeared at Notre Dame Law School to make a case for ideological … Continue reading … William Barr, Trump’s Sword and Shield …

…Irv Moss, Denver Post sports reporter for 60 years, dies at 85 …

Moss died of complications from esophageal cancer, according to his close friend, Gary Sever. “The last of a vanishing breed in the newsroom,” said Mike Judson, a copy editor who worked alongside Moss at The Post for more than two decades. “Irv covered it all and knew it all, from preps to colleges to pros … Continue reading …Irv Moss, Denver Post sports reporter for 60 years, dies at 85 …

… What Will Happen to The Trump Toadies? …

Look to Nixon’s defenders, and the Vichy collaborators, for clues. Irony, declared dead after 9/11, is alive and kicking in Trump’s America. It’s the concepts of truth and shame that are on life support. The definition of “facts” has been so thoroughly vandalized that Americans can no longer agree on what one is, and our … Continue reading … What Will Happen to The Trump Toadies? …

… Iran Attacks U.S. Forces, Then Both Sides Stand Down …

Onlookers visit a crater that was caused by a Iranian missile attack on U.S. military bases in Iraq. Photograph by Ari Jalal / Reuters On Tuesday, speaking to hundreds of thousands of mourners at the final funeral service for Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard vowed that the United States would pay … Continue reading … Iran Attacks U.S. Forces, Then Both Sides Stand Down …

… Shit Show’s A Comin …

Campaign Predictions for 2020: To get some insight into the next 12 months and beyond, a group of campaign trail practitioners was asked to flex their prognostication muscles. Here’s what this group of consultants from different corners of the industry had to tell us about the year to come: Brian Ross Adams, founder, Trusted Messenger … Continue reading … Shit Show’s A Comin …