It’s Thursday (or Friday eve)! It’s also Christmas Eve. You know what that means. It’s time to open some virtual presents and get your mental corn popping.
Isaac Abrak and David McKenzie report on the more than 300 students still unaccounted for after Nigerian school raid. They have since been found/rescued, thank goodness. CNN
Eric Levitz asks, should NYC axe “gifted” programs to integrate its schools? Yes, this is from last year, but it’s an example of another aspect of our lives affected by racism. And it still hasn’t been addressed. New York Magazine
Jeff Zeleny, Dan Merica, Gregory Krieg, MJ Lee and Kate Sullivan: Biden taps Deb Haaland as first Native American interior secretary. CNN
A new variant of coronavirus identified in England. The messaging is to remain calm and wait. Other than to know that it’s more transmissible, they haven’t learned much about it. BBC
Leah Asmelash and Cheri Mossburg report that after 51 years, two amateur codebreakers crack the Zodiac Killer’s cipher. CNN
Loren Grush: Virgin Galactic aborts first powered space flight from New Mexico airport. The Verge
Uranus smells like farts (and other smelly facts about our solar system). SciShow Space
Why do remember the past but not the future (or, how your brain is like an asteroid)? PBS Space Time
Seven-billion-year-old stardust is the oldest material found on Earth. In Geology
Annie Lennox performs Dido’s Lament with London City Voices. So touching.
Capture the Atlas presents the 2020 northern light photographers of the year.
Sara Burrows: photographer captures the northern lights taking the form of the firebird. Return to Now
True facts about army ant riders. Ze Frank
Rachel Nuwer says young ravens rival adult chimps in a test of general intelligence. Scientific American
Two of the most beautiful voices. Dala – The Christmas Waltz
Thank you for visiting. I hope you took away lots of inspiration for a future creative project.
Until next tipsday, be well and stay safe, be kind, and stay strong. Have a peaceful and safe holiday. The world needs your stories!