Thoughty Thursday has arrived to get your mental corn popping! Enjoy 🙂
On the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, some consideration of the progress that’s been made since. Baby steps, yes. But steps, nonetheless.
Farnoush Amiri, Colleen Slevin, and Camille Fassett report that the Floyd killing prompts some states to limit or ban choke holds. Associated Press
Fadel Allassan: “Defund the Police” lives on as a local movement. Axios
Then again … 967 people have been shot and killed by police in the last year. The Washington Post
Lisa Theodore-Vachon says, interracial couple representation in pop culture isn’t as progressive as we think. The Undefeated
Justin Dunnavant, Delande Justinvil, and Chip Colwell want to craft an African American graves protection and repatriation act. Nature
The overlap of autoimmune disorders and mental health conditions. SciShow Psych
Can you be awake and asleep at the same time? Masako Tamaki. Ted-ed
Matt Egan and Alexis Benveniste report that activist investor ousts at least two ExxonMobil directors in historic win for pro-climate campaign. CNN
Related: Dutch court rules oil giant Shell must cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 in landmark case. Chloe Taylor for NBC.
Rupert Neate reports that airships for city hops could cut flying’s CO2 emissions by 90%. The Guardian
Matthew Wills says that solar housing is actually kind of retro! JSTOR Daily
Christi Carras announces that a new rainbow set of Lego arrives just in time for Pride Month (everything is awesome!). The Los Angeles Times
The Curiosity rover captures shining clouds on Mars. “Viewed just after sunset, their ice crystals catch the fading light, causing them to appear to glow against the darkening sky.” NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Chelea Gohd wants to teach you (yes, it says your kids, but why exclude adults?) about the Super Flower Blood Moon. And, of course, it was overcast here … Space.com
Jess Romeo introduces us to Chien-Shiung Wu, the first lady of physics. JSTOR Daily
5 beautifully complex ways to fly. SciShow
Graeme Green: “huge surprise” as giant river otter feared extinct in Argentina appears. The Guardian
Charlie Campbell says that covid-19 has slashed Asia’s appetite for wild animals. Time
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you took away something to inspire a future creative project.
This weekend, I should be putting together my next chapter update for May 2021. Until then, be well and stay safe, my writerly friends!