Saturday, January 27, 2024

As males evolve to have better weapons, females develop bigger brains

    “But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

― Carl Sagan

As males evolve to have better weapons, females develop bigger brains National Geographic 

 Sperm Whales Live in Huge, Distinct Clans Spread Across The Ocean Science Alert

LONGEVITY:  Biohacker spending $2m a year to reverse his age beaten by man paying just $30,000 a year.

       Vivek Shanbhag Q & A 

       At The Wire Jahnavi Sen has a Q & A with the Ghachar Ghochar-author, in I Refuse to Give Readers Everything on a Platter: Vivek Shanbhag
       His most recent book available in translation is Sakina's Kiss; see also the Vintage India publicity page

   Lev Rubinstein (1947-2024) 

       Russian poet Lev Rubinstein has passed away; see, for example, the BBC report
       (Updated - 17 January): See now also Benjamin Ivry reporting Russian authorities are calling the death of a prominent Jewish poet an ‘accident’ — his compatriots say it was an assassination at Forward

       Ugly Duckling Presse have brought out several of his works in English translation. 

This Camera Takes 1,000 Years to Capture a Single Photograph Science Alert

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Los Angeles Times union calls for walkout in response to planned layoffs

The Times reportedly plans to cut ‘at least 100 journalists, or about 20% of the newsroom,’ due to financial challenges.

The Times reportedly plans to cut ‘at least 100 journalists, or about 20% of the newsroom,’ due to financial challenges.

 Novel Evil The New Inquiry

Plantwatch: the strange organism so tough it can survive in space Guardian

Why Holes at the Bottom of the Ocean Disappear and Reappear Atlas Obscura

Will the Expanded BRICS Finally Dethrone the Dollar with Help from Crypto? InfoBrics. By Betteridge’s Law, no.

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Art and design things. How London Transport’s roundel was nearly a rabbit, at Ian Visits / Controlled Demolitionspecialise in taking things down / the story of the Teenage Engineering Choir / ‘The Anomalist‘ is a journal and website that explores the mysteries of science, nature, and history’ / infographics at Very Small Array / Show of Stolen Goods, curated by Victoria Gill at Filet Space / Intangible Cultural Heritage: UNESCO status for the Shipping Forecast? / cemetery illustrations and other architectural ephemera by Agustine Coll / Brutalist Belgium / architectural paintings by Marie Lenclos / meticulous small scale environments at David Miniatures / the Skeptical Inquirer asks Is Bigfoot Dead? Yes. Yes he is / Lol on Goth / paintings by Kathrin Landa / the work of designer and historian David King / drawings by Paul Draper / paintings by Harriet Porter / ‘Poor Thingsbehind the scenes: hair and make-up in Yorgos Lanthimos’ new film’, at


Tech things / the workings of an early 5,000-character Chinese typewriter / the Perkins Brailler mechanical braille typewriter / Citroën U55 Cityrama Currussightseeing bus, 1955 / the International Journal of Computer Game Research / CES offers a Gallery of Tech Flops / explore the Apocalypse Recovery Computing Cluster / the golden age of gadget catalogues / a video exploring the depths of the Earth / a dispiriting and rage-inducing Minimum Wage Clock / a set of New Era Techno / Spacerock Mountain, an mp3 blog / the indispensable London Metropolitan Archives / The San Diego Lowrider Archival Project(via MeFi) / tales of a Lost Concept Car / a collection of classic Christian movies / the story of failed supersonic airport.