And hello, September! Can I trot out the pumpkin spice guinea pigs, yet? Lots of stuff to get your mental corn popping this week.
Andrew Wolfson and Billy Kobin: former Louisville police officer pleads guilty to lying on Breonna Taylor search warrant. USA Today
Guy Foulconbridge provides this explainer: blood, treasure, and chaos — the cost of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Reuters
Rozina Ali: the Afgan women left behind. The New Yorker
Terry Spencer reports that defense for Parkland school shooter’s trial set to present its case. Associated Press
Singapore to end colonial-era ban on gay sex after years of debate. France24
Andrew Marshall and Josef Tanfani report on “Skew-Tube”: the new breed of video sites thriving on misinformation and hate. Reuters
Amy Meeker says, to keep people from procrastinating, don’t give them a deadline. Harvard Business Review
Jessica Stillman reveals that remote workers are wasting more than an hour a day on “productivity theatre,” new report finds. Inc.
Men are lonely … but should we care? Khadija Mbowe | You Can Always Change Your Mind
When Alzheimer’s degrades cells that cross hemispheres, visual memory suffers. The Picower Institute at MIT
The role of dementia proteins in normal memory. Flinders University
Noah Fromson: early blood tests predict death, severe disability for traumatic brain injury. University of Michigan Health Lab
Catherine Caruso explains what happens when recovery goes awry. Harvard Medical School
Matt Shipman reports that ancient skulls may place human and neanderthal interbreeding. Futurity
Brian Handwerk reveals that seven million years ago, the oldest-known early human was already walking. The Smithsonian Magazine
Daniel Jones and Hui Li report that scientists have discovered how to destroy “forever chemicals” (PFAS). Fast Company
Lauren Saria: this restaurant is run entirely by robots. Eater
The crime wave we can blame on … neutron stars? Be Smart
Devan McGuinness reports NASA just revealed what a black hole sounds like … and it’s haunting. Fatherly
Alise Fisher reveals Webb’s images showcasing Jupiter’s auroras and hazes. NASA JWST
Dr. Alfredo Carpineti: JWST detects “unequivocal” carbon dioxide in an exoplanet’s atmosphere for the first time. IFLS
Will Dunham announces that rock-hunting NASA rover reveals crater’s surprising geology. Yup. Percy’s still at it 🙂 Reuters
Vishwam Sankaran reports that researchers identify the first plant that should be grown on Mars. The Independent
Jack Wallington recommends a drought-resistant garden for a changing climate. The Guardian
Katie Hunt reports that dogs’ eyes well up with tears of joy when reunited with their people. CNN
And that was thoughty Thursday. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you took away something to inspire a future creative project.
This weekend, I should be posting my next chapter update for August.
Until then, keep staying safe and well.