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Weekend Reads 12/17/16

First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber

While individual dinosaur-era feathers have been found in amber, and evidence for feathered dinosaurs is captured in fossil impressions, this is the first time that scientists are able to clearly associate well-preserved feathers with a dinosaur, and in turn gain a better understanding of the evolution and structure of dinosaur feathers.

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Weekend Reads 12/3/16

'Alt-right' online poison nearly turned me into a racist

About a week before the US election, I heard one of these YouTubers use the phrase "red-pilled" – a term from the film The Matrix – in reference to people being awakened to the truth about the world and SJWs. Suddenly I thought: "This is exactly like a cult. What am I doing? I’m turning into an arsehole."

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Weekend Reads 11/26/16

Why the White Working Class Abandoned the Democratic Party

Coelho’s Democrats soon achieved a rough parity with Republicans in contributions from corporate and Wall Street campaign coffers, but the deal proved a Faustian bargain as Democrats become financially dependent on big corporations and the Street.

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Weekend Reads 11/12/16

Scientists discover a lake under the sea: Those who swim there never come back alive

The water in the "lake within the sea" is about five times as salty as the water surrounding it. It also contains highly toxic concentrations of methane and hydrogen sulfide and can thus not mix with the surrounding sea.

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Weekend Reads 11/5/16

Google AI invents its own cryptographic algorithm; no one knows how it works

The AIs were not told how to encrypt stuff, or what crypto techniques to use: they were just given a loss function (a failure condition), and then they got on with it.

The Curious Have Won

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Weekend Reads 10/29/16

Monkey 'tools' raise questions over human archaeological record

The capuchins make the fragments unintentionally while bashing rocks into dust, the researchers find. Some scientists say that the results call into question whether some stone tools have been incorrectly attributed to hominins — including 3.3-million-year-old artefacts from Kenya that are the oldest on record.

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Weekend Reads 10/22/16

The Great Republican Revolt

The angriest and most pessimistic people in America are the people we used to call Middle Americans. Middle-class and middle-aged; not rich and not poor; people who are irked when asked to press 1 for English, and who wonder how white male became an accusation rather than a description.

'Planet Nine' Can't Hide Much Longer, Scientists Say

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