Here we are with some inspirational, research-y goodness to get your mental corn popping!
Lindsay Holiday reviews the lives and reigns of the gay kings and queen of England.
Anna Silman: every girl I knew was on it. Why some women are questioning hormonal birth control. I stopped birth control in my mid twenties because it was messing with my mental health. My spouse could see it clearly. The few times I’ve had to use it since, usually for some form of menstrual intervention, I’ve turned into a basket case. So support women listening to their own bodies and minds. The Cut
Olga Khazan explores a breakthrough in the mystery of why women get so many autoimmune diseases. The point was made by a commenter, however, that many of these autoimmune diseases develop before puberty. Can they explain that? The Atlantic
Anna Bianca Roach: her death made headlines. We should learn from her life, instead. The Washington Post
Karen Russell writes a letter of recommendation about superstitions. The New York Times Magazine
Open Culture reveals that Leonardo da Vinci’s huge notebook collections, the Forster Codex, are now digitized in high resolution so you can explore them online.
Ryan F. Mandelbaum reports on a Norwegian town that wants to abolish time. Gizmodo
Meilan Solly reports that a perfectly preserved, 32,000-year-old wolf head was found in Siberian permafrost, and what wildlife biologists are learning from it. The Smithsonian Magazine
Nathan Rott: going “zero carbon” is all the rage but will it stop climate change? NPR
Michael Greshko wonders, what is the summer solstice? National Geographic
Maria Popova reveals the mesmerizing microscopy of trees—they look like lovely crochet patterns! BrainPickings
Chris R. Morgan says, the best streaming service is the National Film Board of Canada 🙂 The Outline
SciShow looks at the origin of butts 🙂
Kaitlyn Schwalje reports that we finally have the answer to how many squirrels there are in NYC’s Central Park. But who was asking the question? National Geographic
Joe paints butterfly wings with CRISPR. It’s okay to be smart
And that was thoughty Thursday.
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories.