If your brain’s already gone on holiday, have some thoughty fun with these offerings 🙂
Saw last week that Alan Thicke has passed away, too. It’s been such a sad year for performers and artists 😦 And political unrest. And Syria . . . Take heart. Here are 99 reasons 2016 was a great year. Medium
Christopher Dickey shares the tale of angels of the resistance (and one serial killer) in Nazi-occupied Paris. The Daily Beast
UN Women takes a stand against gender-based violence.
Eugene Soltes explores the psychology of white-collar criminals. The Atlantic
Matt Blitz tells the real story behind the myth of Area 51. Popular Mechanics
Annalee Newitz investigates the lost city of Cahokia under the St. Louis suburbs. Ars Technica
Amanda Gefter interviews Donald D. Hoffman: the case against reality. One of my favourite bits: “… we have evolution itself to thank for this magnificent illusion …” The Atlantic
Peter Dockrill: cellular reprogramming has been used to reverse the aging process in animals. Science Alert
Simon Oxenham explains why bees could be the secret to superhuman intelligence. BBC
Peter Brannen examines a possible break in one of evolution’s biggest mysteries. The Atlantic
Chris Jones reports on Sara Seager, the woman who might find us another Earth. The New York Times Magazine
Watch this cool BBC video about how one woman with Parkinson’s regained the ability to write and draw.
Robby Berman reports on filmmaker Adam Rosenberg’s hilarious video in which he shares some of his nocturnal musings. It’s called Somniloquist and you have to watch it. Nearly peed myself laughing. Slate
Olga Khazan explains how magic mushrooms help patients with severe anxiety and depression. The Atlantic
Lauren Vinopal lists the 18 best houseplants for cleaning the air, according to NASA. Fatherly
Julia Shaw: I’m a scientist, and I don’t believe in facts. Scientific American
George Dvorsky reports on what the brightest supernova ever seen really was. Gizmodo
Natalie Wolchover: quantum gravity research could reveal the true nature of time. Wired
‘Tis the season, so here’s sommat from Grimfrost on Vikings, Santa, and Christmas 🙂
Honest to Paws introduces us to the Akhal-Teke, the most beautiful horse in the world.
Hope your mental corn’s a-poppin’ fit to see you through the holiday frenzy 🙂
Have a good one, everyone!