Dark matter is the most ubiquitous thing physicists have never found. Is it time to consider alternative explanations? "Does dark matter exist?"
(Plus- the Hartford Circus Fire)

Interrogate the invisible: roughlydaily.com/2020/07/06/ev

If the Black Death caused the Renaissance, will COVID also create a golden age? @Ada_Palmer: "Black Death, COVID, and Why We Keep Telling the Myth of a Renaissance Golden Age and Bad Middle Ages"
(Plus- al-Ghazali)

Look back: roughlydaily.com/2020/07/05/st

On this pandemic-attenuated Fourth, a blast from the past: "An Oral History of the Great San Diego Fireworks Fail of 2012"
(Plus- we Declared)

Light the fuse: roughlydaily.com/2020/07/04/we

No one knows your sweet tooth better: "The intense flavor science behind Haribo’s gummies"
(Plus- the honey bee, honored)

Indulge: roughlydaily.com/2020/07/03/ca

A photographer's attempt to assess the value she places on objects: "Artist Barbara Iweins on spending two years photographing all 10,532 objects in her house"
(Plus- Rousseau)

Kondo? Can do! roughlydaily.com/2020/07/02/th

Using carbon-capturing rocks to counteract climate change? Promising, but lots of uncertainties remain: "How green sand could capture billions of tons of carbon dioxide"
(Plus- F. Sherwood Rowland)

Contemplate CO2: roughlydaily.com/2020/06/28/in

A close reading of a remarkable work, a 1515 painting that turns a mirror on its viewers: "Hell is for White People"
(Plus- Pizarro)

See yourself in others: roughlydaily.com/2020/06/26/we

A painfully-plausible worst-case scenario featuring the four horsemen of what could be an economic apocalypse: "The Second Great Depression" @AnnieLowrey
(Plus- barbed wire)

Take necessary steps: roughlydaily.com/2020/06/25/ev

At once a delineation of the frontiers of canonical (vs. valuable but off-beat) knowledge and a rabbit hole down which it's eminently amusing to descend: "Wikipedia:Unusual articles"
(Plus- Jaws)

Forage on the fringe: roughlydaily.com/2020/06/20/th

A look through the Overton Window to explain the seemingly-sudden ripening of ideas that seemed impossible just months ago: "The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?" @rcbregman
(Plus- Galileo and the Inquisition)

Buckle up: roughlydaily.com/2020/06/18/we

How boxed macaroni and cheese became a pantry principal-- the story of a staple: "An ode to mac and cheese, the poster child for processed food"
(Plus the Toll House cookie)

Say (processed) "cheese": roughlydaily.com/2020/06/17/al

Demagogues do not rise on popular feeling alone but also on the constitutional ideas of Weimar and Nazi legal theorist Carl Schmitt: "Lawyer for the strongman"
(Plus- Magna Carta)

Grapple with "greatness": roughlydaily.com/2020/06/15/wh

From Steve Weber and @nils_gilman, on the importance of operational expertise, plans for the long-term, and the socialization of some risks: "The Long Shadow Of The Future"
(Plus- the Difference Engine)

Make yourself ready: roughlydaily.com/2020/06/14/pl

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