Education:[Ed1] Robert Pondiscio explains the limits of testing when it comes to reading.
[Ed2] The sex life of the college crowd is not as dramatic as we are lead to believe.
[Ed3] The University of Chicago has reformed their speech codes, much to the satisfaction of FIRE.
[Ed4] So, if it pans out, what do we do with the knowledge that a college education is a worthwhile investment for the kids of the wealthy but not the kids of the poor?
[Ed5] Something that cuts against arguments right and left, Freddie points out that most PhD’s are doing pretty well, actually.
Innovative Housing:[H1] I’ll bet you wanted to read about a floating, solar-powered house.
[H2] At some point, should Google just consider barracks?
[H3] Trumwill being Trumwill, I’m kind of jazzed at the prospect of floating houses.
[H4] A list of odd and really interesting looking houses? You know I can’t resist. The crashed UFO or the toilet are the weirdest. The skycabin is the coolest. (These houses, on the other hand, seem like they’re trying too hard.)
[H5] The case for domed housing.
Europe:[Eu1] In one sense, it’s not clear that this is any different than “roughing it” by going camping. Wait… I’m not big on camping either. So really, it’s just kind of weird.
[Eu2] The politics of history, Polish edition.
[Eu3] It’s a good thing that Ordinary Times is not housed in Estonia, on the whole I think there’s more to like about President Toomas Henrik than to dislike.
[Eu4] Europeans ponder the question of why Europe doesn’t have a comparable tech industry. I’m just old enough to remember when phones were used by a certain kind of lefty as indicative of how Americans are not as great and innovative as we think we are.
[Eu5] Dawn Foster argues that there is a cold wind in Cameron’s Britain against the homeless and poor.
Transportation:[T1] Well this is neat: A solar plane made its way across the Atlantic. It took three days, but progress!
[T2] We think of flying as having been normalized in the west, but it’s still the province of the elite. I remember back before airline deregulation and before Dad got a few raises and we drove halfway across the country to visit family. It’s weird to consider that people still do that.
[T3] If you’re not careful, your otherwise helpful car may drop the dime on you.
[T4] The history of ejection seats.
Energy:[En1] Nuclear fusion! Nuclear fusion!!
[En3] Here’s an in-depth look at US carbon dioxide emissions, and what may or may not be driving the changes, if you’re in to that sort of thing.
[En4] Carbon dioxide emissions may be making forests more resilient?
[En5] Vox has some interesting energy maps!
Space:[S1] Good news! Colonizing the moon may be easier than expected! Andrew Liptak looks at Apollo 17 and why we never went back to the moon.
[S2] James Poulos argues that Silicon Valley and the Pentagon should team up to colonize space.