It’s New Year’s Eve, the last thought Thursday, and the last curation of the year! This is your last opportunity to get your mental corn popping for 2020.
Chloe Alexander: body cam footage shows officer Jose Santos shooting Joshua Feast. It’s graphic. It’s distressing. This young man did not have to die. KENS5 News
Gregory S. Schneider reports that statue of General Robert E. Lee is removed from US Capitol. The Washington Post
Emmanuel Acho – How to have uncomfortable conversations with your loved ones.
Phoebie Shamiso Chigonde profiles nuclear scientist Senamile Masango. The Weight She Carries
15-year-old Jessica Hyatt, a Black woman chess champion, wins $40k scholarship. Season two of The Queen’s Gambit, anyone? Black News
Elly Belle: how white people can hold each other accountable to stop institutional racism. From last year, but we can’t lose sight of our responsibilities. Teen Vogue
Ryan Patrick Jones: Health Canada approves Moderna covid-19 vaccine. Between Pfizer and Moderna, we should have 1.2 million vaccinations available by Jan 31st. Good news for long-term-care homes, Indigenous populations in remote areas, and the rest of our valiant health care and other front-line workers! CBC
Jamie Carter explains why 2020’s longest night of the year is special. Forbes
Mistletoe shouldn’t exist. SciShow
Danielle Prohom Olson considers the spirit of winter solstice: doe, a deer, a female deer. Gather Victoria
Dennis Zotigh shares Indigenous winter solstice traditions: a season of storytelling and ceremony. The Smithsonian Magazine
Ask an Elder: winter solstice in the Cree tradition. CBC
Piqsiq – Coventry Carol
Researchers create entangled photons 100 times more efficiently than previously possible. The goal is to see quantum laptops in the backpack of every child. We’ll see. Phys.org
Chelsea Gohd reports that, following Arecibo’s collapse, China is opening the world’s largest radio telescope to international scientists. Space
Jonathan O’Callaghan and Lee Billings: alien hunters discover mysterious signal from Proxima Centauri. Scientific American
How Joan Feynman demystified auroras. SciShow Space
Barnaby de Hoedt: hemp batteries are better than lithium and graphene. UK Cannabis Social Clubs
Thank you for visiting. I hope you found something to inspire your next creative project.
This weekend, I’ll be assembling my December next chapter update and year-end round up.
Until then, be well and stay safe, and have a happy New Year!