Day: May 19, 2015

9 questions about the Illuminati you were too afraid to ask

Via Vox: ‘Will the Illuminati kill me for reading this article? If they do still exist, you already know too much.’

Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated a same-sex wedding, and everyone’s looking for clues

Via Vox: ‘The month before a huge Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage is expected, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over a same-sex wedding, and her words and gestures are being scrutinized for hints of how the case might come out.The New York Times’s Maureen Dowd was a guest at the wedding of Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn and New York architect Charles Mitchem. After the ceremony, Dowd wrote in her column that Ginsburg had pronounced the two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States, and that she’d emphasized the word “Constitution” and given “a sly look.”‘

Annals of the Age of Idiocy (cont’d)

Via Vox: ‘Forty-six states now have laws that explicitly ban texting while driving. But smartphones can distract drivers in many other ways, too, a new survey commissioned by AT&T shows.While it found that texting was the most common distraction, lots of drivers said they emailed, browsed the internet, checked Facebook, took selfies or other photos, or even video chatted while driving’

Please let David Letterman go

Via Salon.com: ‘From “Mad Men” to “Sopranos,” our obsession with endings gets everything backwards. We debate them to death, but there are no perfect endings. We’d enjoy our favorite shows more if we accepted that. ‘

Giant ice shelf in Antarctica will be gone within the decade

NASA says a giant ice shelf in Antarctica will be gone within the decade | The Verge

Via The Verge: ‘Antarctica‘s once-massive Larsen B Ice Shelf is melting rapidly, and will likely be entirely gone by the end of this decade, according to a new report from NASA. A team led by Ala Khazendar of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) found the shelf is developing large cracks while its tributary glaciers rapidly disintegrate.”Although it’s fascinating scientifically to have a front-row seat to watch the ice shelf becoming unstable and breaking up, it’s bad news for our planet,” Khazendar said in a statement. “This ice shelf has existed for at least 10,000 years, and soon it will be gone.” ‘

Four Quasars in One Nebula: An Incredible Astronomical First

Four Quasars in One Nebula: Scientists Find an Incredible Astronomical First | Motherboard

Via Motherboard: ‘[A] team led by cosmologist Joseph Hennawi has discovered four of these objects—a quasar quartet—huddled together in a nebula 10 billion light years away. This is the first time such a large gaggle of quasars has ever been imaged, and according to Hennawi team, the odds of finding such an event are 10 million to one.’

How Big Pharma Can Save Antibiotics From Superbugs

Via WIRED: ‘[The] problem of a lack of commercial investment in antibiotics can be solved relatively quickly and without a dramatic increase on what governments and private patients spend on antibiotics globally today (approximately $40 billion US dollars a year)…’

Can We Just Save This Adorable Parrot for Christ’s Sake?

via WIRED: ‘Almost half of New Zealand’s native bird species are now extinct, while a particularly bizarre bird is teetering on the edge: the kakapo. It is the world’s only flightless parrot. It can live 100 years. Its sex life is best described as … involved. And there are just 126 left in the wild…’