What I Read Today July 9 2014

A call for participants in an experiment to quit Facebook for 99 days, and take a close look and whether they are happier with or without Facebook.


” The requirement that health insurance plans cover contraception without a copay is still in place, and most employers are actually complying without much of a fuss because most of them are smart enough to prefer the cost savings you get from covering contraception to worrying about what their employees are up to in their private time at home. “


“Some of the fossils were so well preserved the team could still see limb joints and muscle tendons, as well as the darkened thickening on the cuticles of the legs.”






What I Read Today March 24th

The convoluted not-logic of Hobby Lobby’s upcoming Supreme Court case, more creepy things about Chernobyl, Google’s latest plan towards world conquest, and pine tree DNA is pretty crazy stuff.

A cat is trapped in snow, with only its head and tail sticking out, swishing around.

MotherJones: Are You There God? It’s Me, Hobby Lobby

So basically, the Hobby Lobby case requires the court to decide whether a corporation has sincere religious beliefs that would be compromised by having its health plan cover the contraception that it once covered because it believes that contraception causes abortions, even when it doesn’t. Got that?

Live Science: Chernobyl Trees Barely Decomposed, Study Finds

Everything about Chernobyl is creepy horror movie fodder.

Wired: Google’s Bold Plan to Overthrow Amazon as King of the Cloud

Like other cloud giants, Google and Hölzle aim to make life easier for anyone who’s building a new website or new a mobile app, storing or processing large amounts of data, or just trying to see if some code will run. Rather than setting up their own infrastructure, businesses and developers can just open up a web browser and run their software on Google’s network. Many are already doing this.

Live Science: Pine Tree Yields Longest Genome Ever Sequenced

Conifers have been around since the age of the dinosaurs, and they have some of the biggest genomes of all living things.