Recent reading

Three weeks’ worth of articles: Obituaries, artificial intelligence, damaging storms, the case for charging genocide in Gaza, the viral Chabad tunnel story and online antisemitism, and housing—social in Vienna and enshittified at Airbnb

nytimes.com on how and why the United States still buys uranium enriched in Russia

The U.S. Is Paying Billions to Russia’s Nuclear Agency. Here’s Why. Nuclear power companies rely on cheap enriched uranium made in Russia. That geopolitical dilemma is intensifying as climate change underscores the need for emissions-free energy. By Max Bearak, nytimes.com The United States’ reliance on nuclear power is primed to grow as the country aims … Read more

The Real-World Costs of the Digital Race for Bitcoin

The Real-World Costs of the Digital Race for Bitcoin The New York Times has identified 34 such large-scale operations, known as Bitcoin mines, in the United States, all putting immense pressure on the power grid and most finding novel ways to profit from doing so. Their operations can create costs — including higher electricity bills … Read more