A good mix of inspirational, research-y, and learning stuff this week.
Patti Neighmond: can you reshape your brain’s response to pain? NPR
Zaria Gorvett explores how modern life is transforming the human skeleton. BBC
Mike MacEacheran looks at what unicorns mean to Scottish identity. BBC
Phoebe Wood debunks eight myths about bisexuals/pansexuals (and their representation) in honour of Pride Month.
Cara Anna reports that Botswana decriminalized gay sex in a landmark case. “More than two dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa have laws criminalizing gay sex, often holdovers from colonial times.” AP
ASAP Science wants to find out what would happen if we burned all our garbage.
Andrew Freedman writes a special report on our plastic planet. Axios
Rachel Love Nuwer considers the planet’s other imperiled elephants. In his book, Giants of the Monsoon Forest, Jacob Shell explores the ancient, mutually beneficial alliance between Asian elephants and their human neighbors. UnDark
Because tardigrades. Thomas Boothby, TED-Ed.
I hope something here got your mental corn popping.
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!