2019: The Year of the Tech Crash?

* China holds breath as probe prepares to land on far side of moon

Early reports of a successful landing by the robotic probe, Chang’e 4, ended in confusion after state-run media China Daily and CGTN deleted tweets celebrating a successful mission. China Daily’s tweet said: ‘“China’s Chang’e 4 landed on the moon’s far side, inaugurating a new chapter in mankind’s lunar exploration history.”

At the weekend, the probe entered an elliptical path around the moon, drawing as close as 15km (9 miles) from the surface. China’s mission control has not confirmed a time for the touchdown attempt but reports in state-run media suggested it would be early Thursday morning UK time.
Spacecraft have taken pictures of the moon’s far side before, but no lander has ever touched down there.

* Greg Cochran: Heritable differences in dog behavior

“For example, breed differences in aggression are associated with multiple genes that have been linked to aggressive behavior in humans. Molecular associations with breed differences in energy include genes previously linked to resting heart rate, daytime rest, and sleep duration in humans. Lastly, breed differences in fear were associated with genes linked with temperament and startle response in humans, and several of the genes implicated in breed differences in trainability have been previously associated with intelligence and information processing speed in humans.”

You can’t say any of these things without detailed understanding of the causal mechanisms, just as we could not eat anything until we’d learned that edible sugars are right-handed molecules while amino acids are left-handed.

* PredictIt: 18% implied odds as of 1-3-2018 that it will last until February 9.

* Mark Zuckerberg halts Facebook stock sale as value PLUMMETS over privacy scandals

* Apple suffers its biggest single-day loss in 6 years after cutting revenue guidance

* A national housing crisis is brewing. What actions can policymakers take to head it off?

* Lawsuit Claims SPLC Abetted Theft, Spread Lies to Destroy Lawyer for ‘Thought Crime’

* Video Shows Beating at CTA Red Line Chicago Station

* British Army targets ‘snowflakes, binge gamers and me, me, me millennials’ in new recruitment drive

* THE ‘GREEN NEW DEAL’: A RADICAL MANDATE FOR GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF AMERICAN SOCIETY

* Ruby Rose’s Batwoman gets CW pilot order with Game of Thrones director

* Vox Day: A satanic racial imperialist

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I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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