What George Stephanopoulos Gets Wrong About Climate Policy

This weekend, we got a great view into the broken way that the American political media covers climate change. Many people sense that U.S. politics reporters don’t always cover global warming in the most substantive or evidence-grounded way. This weekend provides a good example of how their coverage is also frequently negligent and just plain silly.

On Sunday, George Stephanopolous hosted H.R. McMaster, the president’s national-security adviser, on ABC’s This Week. Amid a discussion that touched on many aspects of the Trump administration’s foreign policy, Stephanopolous asked McMaster about the Paris Agreement.

At the time, The Wall Street Journal was reporting that Trump might not withdraw from the climate pact; the paper has since more or less backed off that report. But even though the … Read the rest

The Best Blue Cheese I’ve Ever Had

Part of getting older is a decreasing frequency of new experiences. Thinking about food specifically, when I was 25, I was tasting new things regularly, perhaps once per week or more. But now months or even years can go by without me trying something I’ve never had before. And when I do, the newness is in degree of flavor and experience rather than in it being wholly new.

So it was with great pleasure that I tried Firely Farms’ “Black and Blue” goat blue cheese. It is creamier and far less astringent than any other blue I’ve had, in a category by itself. I have not tried other blue cheeses mad of goat milk, so I can’t say how this compares.

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The Massive Trans-Siberian Railway May Get Even Longer


The Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest railway line in the world, built between 1891 and 1916 by order of Russian tsar Alexander III, covers around 6,000 miles, from Moscow to Vladivostok (with service to Pyongyang), in nearly eight short days. If a plan recently put forward by a group of Japanese investors goes forward, it may get even larger—all the way to Tokyo. Given the fact that Japan is more than 500 miles from the mainland, this would require at least two colossal bridges over the ocean, one connecting coastal Russia to its eastern-most island, Sakhalin, and another from Sakhalin to the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

This would not be the first time that the epic railway—which runs through 87 cities and across 16 rivers, such as … Read the rest

This Squid Egg Mass Looks Like a Massive Jelly Tube

As if squid aren’t fascinating and frightening enough on their own, some species lay eggs that are fascinating and a little frightening themselves. One lucky undersea photographer was recently able to snap some shots of the bizarre, rarely seen egg tube of the diamond squid, and it is something to behold.

As Live Science is reporting, Jay Wink, owner of Abc Scuba Diving Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia, caught these images of a translucent, pink, worm-like mass that looks like it is about to engulf the diver floating nearby. After Wink posted his photos to the internet, many speculated that it was some kind of pyrosome, a colonial animal also called a “sea pickle.”

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We’re Not the Only Primate With Unsustainable Eating Habits


Driving other species to extinction might be something of a primate proclivity. A new study suggests that monkeys in Thailand are using tools—just like us—to overfish some tasty shellfish. Long-tailed macaques in a national park in Thailand have figured out how to use rocks to crack open snails and oysters. And they have been busy.

An international team of researchers studied two groups of the macaques on islands in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. On one of the islands, NomSao, there is a small population of monkeys that use large rocks to break open big shellfish along the shore. On the other island, Koram, a denser population of monkeys uses smaller stones on smaller shellfish. The researchers suspect that the size difference in prey and … Read the rest

The Commuter Parking Benefit Is Seriously Hurting Cities

There’s no shortage of conflicting priorities between the federal and city governments, ranging from the life-threatening to the seriously wonky. Tax subsidies for parking are decidedly in the latter category, but they really do have a big impact on urban life.

A new report from TransitCenter lends some statistics to show just how big that impact really is: Commuter benefits programs (also known as tax subsidies) for drivers—or rather, parkers—cost the U.S. $7.3 billion each year, add about 820,000 commuters to the road, and result in an extra 4.6 billion miles driven annually.

The effect is most pronounced in central business districts, where even a small increase in cars at peak times can lead to severe congestion. And because parking tends to be most expensive in … Read the rest

The Real Difference Between Warm and Cool Colors

The internet abounds with techniques for teaching elementary schoolers the difference between warm and cool colors—an often-invisible, somewhat flexible line down the middle of the color wheel to separate warm reds, oranges, yellows, and browns from cool blues, greens, purples, and grays. The balance between them is said to enhance the beauty of Baroque landscapes and the Mona Lisa. Interior designers claim that cool colors recede and make rooms expand, while warm colors make rooms cozier.

Still, the basis for the warm-cool divide has remained murky, largely resting on the sometimes ambiguous and overlapping feelings different colors give people, as opposed to any clear scientific distinction. But a new study might change that: Across languages, it suggests, warm and cool colors can be distinguished by … Read the rest