Last week, I had two skimpy links to offer. As I said, my brain refused to brain in the week following NaNoWriMo. This week, the neurons mustered, and so I have a reasonable selection of stuff to pop your mental corn 🙂
The Guardian editorial staff shares its view on editing human DNA: a bad idea, and badly executed.
This “city” for people with dementia is the future of memory care. Katherine Schwab for Fast Company.
More neuroscience with Shannon Odell. Your brain on hangovers. Inverse
David Paul Kirkpatrick is breathing in the light. An instruction in the “Golden Flower” meditation. Better Humans/Medium
Matt Novak: how did Mary Queen of Scots send her secret messages? Paleofuture
Lizzie Philip takes a close-up look at the most influential medical book of the 16th century. Atlas Obscura
Robert Iriondo: differences between AI and machine learning and why it matters. Data Driven Investor
Brandon Specktor reports that Earth’s mysterious “deep biosphere” harbours millions of undiscovered species. NBC
Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder. Lisa Girion for Reuters.
Christine Ro: the psychology behind stalking. Vice
And on that disturbing note, that was thoughty Thursday.
Until next Tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories.
It’s time to get your mental corn popping, that is, to present you with some interesting stuff in the hope that the resulting creative connections will lead to your next awesome project! Yup, that’s what thoughty Thursday’s all about.
Patricia Grisafi writes about the terrible “what if”: how OCD makes every day a matter of life and death. The Guardian
Brenda Knowles wonders if solitary activities are only half-fixes for anxiety and depression. Space2Live
Your brain on caffeine with Shannon Odell. Inverse
Tom Wipple: how to edit a human. On unlocking the human genome, ethics, and CRISPR. 1843
Jason Pontin discusses the genetics (and ethics) of making humans fit for Mars. Wired
Disney princesses look more like children as the years pass. It’s not accidental. It’s all about neoteny. It’s Okay to be Smart
And, for your amusement: Ze Frank’s true facts about the dung beetle.
Be well until next tipsday!
And here’s how we get your mental corn popping 🙂
John Campo thinks it’s time to recognize mental health as essential as physical health. Stat
Emily Esfahani Smith: science says lasting relationships come down to kindness and generosity. The Atlantic
Janice Johnson reports on the assault victim who was jailed and had to wear shackles to testify. CBC
Scott Gilmore shows us the Canada most people don’t see. Maclean’s
Rise of the machines: who is “the internet of things” good for? Adam Greenfield for The Guardian.
Phil Plait: Einstein was right (again!). Astronomers watch as a star’s gravity bends light from another star. Blastr
It’s okay to be smart looks at the implications of CRISPR:
Ian Sample: the oldest homo sapiens bones ever found shake the foundations of the human story. The Guardian
Kelly Richman-Abdou looks at the ancient techniques and evolution of traditional Japanese tattoos. My Modern Met
Because this addresses Guardians of the Galaxy, volume 2, I’d normally put it in Tipsday … BUT because science is way too geeky for that!
I hope you have a few tasty ideas to take to the page.
Be well until the weekend! *waves*