[P1] 5,200 Days in Space.
[P3] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Quantum entanglement in action. With cats.
[P4] A new smartphone has arrived, high-quality and cheaper than its rivals. Farhad Manjoo wonders how they’re going to make a profit. I actually think that getting the carriers to sign off may be the bigger problem. (Also, not only is “One” already taken, namewise, but it’s not a good name to begin with. What’s up with that?)
[H1] Many argue that the consolidation of health care services may lead to better care. Aaron Carroll points to a study suggesting this isn’t true.
[H2] The latest research is coming down against bilateral mastectomies. Aaron Carroll doesn’t expect that to change our approach much.
[H3] Mara Gordon has an account of her decision to go into primary care medicine. Our lives have improved immensely since Clancy left clinic work behind.
[H4] From Mad Rocket Scientist: Don’t we have consumer protection laws for crap like this? Perhaps if we spent less attention on kids injured by toy magnets meant for older kids & adults, and more on quacks hawking toxic remedies…
[Ed1] Jeannie Suk is concerned that future lawyers are not being trained to understand rape law because of student sensitivity. Corey Yung isn’t seeing it, though. Non-lawyer Conor Friedersdorf also comments on the issue.
[Ed3] Universities were using the holidays for fundraising. My alma mater has never once called or contacted me requesting money. Which on the one hand, is convenient for me. On the other hand, it’s typical of their administrative incompetencies and I want to smack them over the head for it.
[Ed4] MOOCs may be a disappointment by the standards of what their boosters have said, but there still may be gold in them there hills.
[Ed5] We talk about how college pays, but does it?
Energy:[En1] Oil prices may be falling, but US oil production remains on the upswing… for now.
[En2] Midland (TX) schools are developing a Petroleum Academy.
[En3] What will falling oil prices mean for the Great State of Texas? According to Erica Grieder, less than one might think.
[En4] The gift of coal: Matt Frost has an interesting proposal to reconcile our love for coal with our need to do something about global warming. Sort of.
[En5] Remember, if you oppose fracking, you ride with Putin.
[En6] Rather than taking potshots of the North Dakota oil boom from DC or NY, Maya Rao actually went to western Dakota and wrote her account. (The article itself is more mixed than the headline.)
[Ec1] Falling oil prices are leading to a plunge in consumer prices.
[Ec2] Anyone over a certain age probably wishes they could go back in time and invest in Apple in 1976. Turns out, you would have done better with gold.
[Ec3] Last summer, Scott Alexander reviewed Elizabeth Warren’s Two-Income Trap.
[Ec4] It takes a village to self-publish.
[Ec5] Sometimes seat-pants wisdom beats out fancy Big Data algorithms.
[I1] As Gabriel Rossman says, “Grant us this day our daily pageviews and forgive us our outrages as we forgive those who outrage against us.”
[I2] Freddie deBoer argues that “pedantic ridicule never convinced anybody of anything.” Ethan Gach made a good counterpoint that the “tactic is actually extremely effective against those who do share cultural affinities and social ambitions.” I’d bridge this gap by saying that the latter group will, at least, pretend to be convinced and argue it going forward. Which may amount to the same thing.
[I3] Politics is and ever was the mind-killer.
[I4] If being wrong feels so good, you don’t wanna be right.
America:[A1] How a police cruiser dashboard camera saved a man from prison and put some cops in hot water.
[A2] One police union willing to break the law to protect the people who allegedly defend it.
[A3] What happens when you’re an Airbnb guest and your host dies?
[A4] Kansas is the best state.
[A5] Listen to the brave story of a cow being prepared for slaughter that had other ideas.
[A6] The southern California coast may be expensive, but the weather really is better there.