It’s that time of week, again. It’s time to get your mental corn popping.
Charmaine A. Nelson says, the Canadian narrative about slavery is wrong. The Walrus
Aleem Maqbool looks at the British role in America’s tainted past. BBC
Candine Marie Benbow explains how to support your strong friend and yourself. Dispelling the myth of the strong Black woman. Medium
Jonathan Bundy: as companies try to address racism, a generic response is no longer enough. Fast Company
Stu Mills reports on statistician Ryan Imgrund’s concerns about the return to school plan. CBC
Wise words from Kim Fahner: why a safe return to school in Ontario should be the priority. The Republic of Poetry
Aitor Hernández-Morales, Kalina Oroschakoff and Jacopo Barigazzi predict the death of the city (thanks to telework). Politico
Emily Zarka looks at the history of the siren. Monstrum | PBS Storied
Ethan Hawke: give yourself permission to be creative. TED2020
Matthew M.F. Miller says that stargazing is a magical way to escape. Shondaland
Charlie Wood reports on a breakthrough some scientists thought would never come. The Atlantic
The launch of Perseverance to Mars. Veritasium
Marina Koren: thanks for flying SpaceX. The Atlantic
Alana Everson: Vale helping butterflies with milkweed and monarchs project. CTV
Point Defiance Zoo shares some baby beaver cuteness.
Eric Niiler explains how the anglerfish deleted its own immune system to fuse with its mate. Wired
Faysal Itani reports on Lebanon’s mushroom cloud of incompetence. The New York Times
The hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 75th anniversary of the bombings. BBC
Thanks for visiting, and I hope you found something to inspire your next creative project.
Until next tipsday, be well and stay safe, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories.
There’s enough information on the interwebz about covid-19. I don’t need to add to the deluge here. But I have assembled a nice batch of resources to get your mental corm popping.
Joe looks at daylight saving time and whether it’s still a good idea. It’s okay to be smart
Katie Weeman: time has no meaning at the North Pole. Scientific American
Maria Popova: how Kepler invented science fiction and defended his mother in a witchcraft trial while revolutionizing our understanding of the universe. Brain Pickings
Stephanie Vozza explains how to tap into your brain’s four attention states to get more done. Fast Company
Tom Lamont tells the incredible tale of Dominic Van Allen, the homeless man who built a life underground. The Guardian
Jessica Stewart announces that a 100-year-old illustrated herbal has been available online since 2017. My Modern Met
When the Sahara was green. PBS Eons
Research shows that Mangrove conservation will pay for itself in flood protection. Phys.org
Sarah Keartes shares super macro photos that reveal the magical world of the tiniest creatures of the sea. Yes. It’s old, but it’s just so dang beautiful! Earth Touch News
Greta Keenan shares a recording of fish singing a dawn chorus on reefs just like birds. New Scientist
The Mind Circle shares pictures of Japanese and Siberian dwarf flying squirrels because they’re the cutest animals on the planet (!)
Ze Frank offers some true facts on the freaky nudebranchs.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you found something to inspire your next creative project (or at least entertain you).
Until next time, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories.
It’s time to get your mental corn popping, that is, to get you thinking and to get those ideas and creative connections ping-ponging off the inside of your skull 🙂
Suzanne Yost says, because I’m an introvert, you won’t see the real me right away. I still remember when I got to know one of my boyfriend’s friends better, they said they thought I was a snob … but that I was really rather fun. Thanks? Introvert, Dear
Nikki Sanchez: decolonization is for everyone. TEDxSFU
Erin Blakemore presents seven mysterious sounds that science has yet to solve. Popular Science
Neel V. Patel shares the highest resolution picture of the sun ever taken. MIT Technology Review
Alex Pasternack: this amazing new planetarium show is like Google Earth for the universe. Fast Comapny
Andrew Daniels: we spent all day arguing about this triangle brain teaser. Can you solve it? Popular Mechanics
How a simple equation will change the way you see the world. Veritasium
The oldest pool of water on Earth is in Ontario. Curiocity
Judith Lavoie reports that a government investigation reveals BC timber sales violating old-growth logging rules. The Narwhale
Bryan Nelson: the world’s largest honeybee makes rare, hallucinogenic honey. Mother Nature Network
Appalachian Magazine introduces us to the witch bottle.
Delaney Strunk presents a mother’s letter, written moments before her death at Auschwitz. Insider
Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you found something to inspire your next creative project.
Until next time, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories.
It’s time to get your mental corn popping.
Jamie Carter offers a skywatcher’s guide to 2020. Forbes
Caleb Scharf wonders if we’re alone in a crowded Milky Way. Scientific American
Joe explains the benefits of launching rockets from the moon. It’s okay to be smart
Physics Girl shares part three of her visit to CERN.
Shayla Love: how long is right now? Fave bit: physics says “right now” may be an illusion … that’s not to say we should all become chrono-nihilists … Vice
The MIT Technology Review considers how a virtual version of da Vinci’s glass orb helps explain its weirdness.
Mike Cannon-Brookes: how to harness imposter syndrome for the greater good. TED Talks
James Hamblin says, your bedroom is too hot. Get your mind out of the gutter! The Atlantic
Darryl Fears: on land, Australia’s rising heat is “apocalyptic.” In the ocean, it’s worse. The Washington Post
Thanks for stopping by. I hope something here inspires your next creative project.
Until tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
It’s time to get your mental corn popping!
Eleanor Cummins: how humans have created color for thousands of years. Popular Science
How nature works as seen in stunning psychedelic illustrations of scientific processes and phenomena in a 19th century French physics textbook. BrainPickings
More researchy goodness. The Ritman Library is making its Hermetic collection available online.
Satellite data reveals a record number of fires in the Brazilian rainforest. BBC
Mary Anne Potts explains what it’s like to swim through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. National Geographic
On a local level, the CBC reports on the Sudbury Conservation Authority’s puzzled reaction to direction and further cuts to funding.
SciShow Psych spelunks the uncanny valley.
David Armstrong shares neurologist Laura Boyle’s struggle back to health: in men, it’s Parkinson’s, but in women, it’s hysteria. ProPublica
SciShow Space news: new hypotheses about Jupiter’s core and estimates of the numbers of Earth-like planets.
More SciShow Space. This time, they’re breaking down the process that could make Mars settlement possible.
Simon Cooper, Charles Kemp, Daniel R. Little, and Duane W. Hamacher discuss: why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations? The Conversation
SciShow wonders why there aren’t cancer-sniffing dogs in service.
I hope you found something to inspire or support your current creative project.
See you on the weekend for my next chapter update.
Until then, be well 🙂
It’s time to get your mental corn popping!
Jessica Conditt: Good Omens and the art of avoiding Armageddon. Engadget
ASAP Science exposes the biggest lie about climate change.
Michaeleen Doucleff reveals how Inuit parents teach kids to control their anger. NPR
Dr. Brian Goldman interviews Alan Alda about teaching doctors empathy on CBC’s “White Coat, Black Art.”
SciShow Space looks at three solar systems astronomers can’t quite figure out.
Noor Al-Samarrai: a medical manual linking medieval Ireland to the Islamic world has been found. Atlas Obscura
Philippe Bohstrom reports that the beads found in 3,400-year-old Danish graves were made by King Tut’s glassmaker. Haaretz
Use your head … and your butt … like Nancy, the bolas spider. Ze Frank
Until next week, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
Thoughty Thursday’s here with a mixed bag of edutainment to get your mental corn popping!
Jamie Shreeve: if life exists beyond Earth, how do we find it? National Geographic
SciShow reveals what scientists have discovered to date about Stonehenge—and how much more remains to be learned.
Sharanya Deepak investigates how climate change has put Kashmir’s saffron under threat. Eater
David Roberts looks at the California coalition tackling one of the hardest, unsexist aspects of climate policy. Vox
Messy Nessy Chic profiles the real ice queens: women who conquered the cold wearing corsets.
SciShow Psych looks at the enneagram personality types and the science (or lack thereof) that supports them.
Ross Andersen reveals how scientists are totally reconsidering animal cognition. The Atlantic
Last weekend, I shared a picture of two pileated woodpeckers dancing around a tree trunk on social media. This is what they were up to 😉
Sarah Zhang figures out why we think cats are psychopaths. It’s just “resting cat face.” The Atlantic
True facts about the lemur. Ze Frank. Man, I’ve missed these!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something inspiring in thoughty Thursday.
This weekend, I’ll be posting my monthly next chapter update.
Until then, be well, my friends.
Get your mental corn popping with some thoughty this Thursday.
Gloria Hillard reports on how abused wolves and troubled teens find solace in each other. NPR
Kelly McGonigal: how to make stress your friend. TED Talks 2013 (yes, it’s old, but it’s good)
Aida Edemariam delves into Roxane Gay and her philosophy: “Public discourse rarely allows for nuance. And see where that’s gotten us.” The Guardian
Mark Lorch: the periodic tables we almost had. Quartz
Neel V. Patel introduces us to Farout, the newest, most distant member of our solar system. Popular Science
SciShow Space considers why it’s so hard to land on Mars.
And then, they compile several of their videos to tell you everything your need to know to live on Mars.
Michael Greshko wonders, now that China’s landed on the far side of the moon, what’s next? National Geographic
The “snowman” shape of Ultima Thule is revealed by NASA’s New Horizons. Jonathan Amos for the BBC.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you found something inspiring in the mix.
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories, my friends!
Just a few thoughty links to get your mental corn popping. We’re starting off the year … gently.
Kyle Dickman examines how Baldomero Olivera is finding opioid alternatives in cone snail stings. Popular Science
Luke O’Neil revisits “Earthrise” at 50: the photo that changed how we see ourselves. The Guardian
Andrew Fazekas lists the top astronomical events in 2019. National Geographic
Marcelo Duhalde: for Forbidden City concubines in imperial China, beauty was more a curse than a blessing. South China Morning Post
Mack Lamoureux considers the strange case of the Antarctic researcher who allegedly attacked a colleague because he wouldn’t stop spoiling novels. “The two researchers were spending time at the Bellingshausen station for about half a year before Savitsky allegedly went all stabby.” Vice
I hope you found something to inspire your creative efforts.
Come back on the weekend for my next chapter update and 2018 wrap-up post.
Be well until then.
A few links to get your mental corn popping 🙂
Brian Resnick: Stephen Hawking’s final paper makes a hopeful case for the limits of existence. Vox
A super-massive black hole is hurtling toward Earth, but don’t worry, it’ll take about four billion years to get here. Sci-Tech Universe
Wil Wheaton shares his keynote speech for the NAMI Ohio’s statewide conference, Fulfilling the Promise: I live with chronic depression and I’m not ashamed.
SciShow: the strange (but true) history of hysteria.
Inverse: your brain on sugar with Shannon Odell.
Inverse: your brain on music with Shannon Odell.
Alfredo Carpineti: fasting for just one day can regenerate your stem cells. I wonder if the stomach flu counts? IFLS
Maggie posts about the history of our most common vegetables. The Plant Guide
Rosie McCall reports on a crow that steals a credit card, attempts to use it to buy a train ticket, and, after it fails, returns the card to its owner. Corvids rock my world. IFLS
I hope you found something in the mix to inspire.
Be well until next Tipsday!