Happy Hallowe’en! It’s all treats and no tricks here—time to get your mental corn popping.
Gideon Lichfield: has Google achieved quantum supremacy? MIT Technology Review
Sarah Todd extols the metaphorical power of NASA’s all-woman space walk. Quartz
Fiona Macdonald: for the first time, scientists have observed a giant magnetic bridge between galaxies. Science Alert
It’s okay to be smart considers what plants might look like on other planets.
Claire Bugos explains what millions of books have taught us about 200 years of happiness. The Smithsonian Magazine
Hari Sreenivasan: how Sesame Street is still supporting families, 50 years after its debut. PBS
Waylon Lewis: Fuck minimalism. Fuck modernism. Give me joyously cluttered, antique, upcycled, and repurposed. The Elephant Journal
The remnants of Queen Elizabeth I’s sole surviving dress found in rural church. CBC’s “As it Happens.”
Geology In looks at fulgurites: when lightning strikes sand, magic happens. Actually science. Science happens 🙂
Justine Hunter reports: BC introduces legislation to align its laws and policies with the UN Indigenous rights declaration. The Globe and Mail
Kyle Chayka says Iceland’s tourism boom isn’t a boon. Vox
Stephen J. Bronner reports that lab-grown meat can not only fight climate change, but it can also offer other benefits. Inverse
Chelsea Papineau: two white “spirit moose” seen at the side of northern Ontario highway. CTV
Dina Templeton-Raston says that elephants under attack have a new ally in AI. NPR
Tioga takes us inside the mind of a very good boy. Outside Online
Related: Ze Frank offers insight into dogs in therapy.
Thanks for the visit. Hope you found what you need to make your next creative project scary-good!
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