YouTube has invaded thoughty Thursday, this week, but it should get your mental corn popping, anyway 🙂
Erin Winick: get ready for these rocket milestones in 2019. MIT Technology Review
SciShow Space wonders if there are planets even more habitable than Earth out there. (Spoilers: the answer is yes!)
Veritasium looks at how we determine the spin of a black hole and why it’s important.
Ephrat Livni looks at how physics explains why time passes faster as you age. Quartz
Signs of high-functioning depression that you shouldn’t ignore. BetterHelp
Ferris Jabr: how beauty is making scientists rethink evolution. The New York Times
Solving the mystery of the Great Unconformity. SciShow
What women with autism want you to know. Iris
Thanks for stopping by!
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
I hope something in this grab bag gets your mental corn popping! On with the thoughty!
Heather MacDougall explores the pagan roots of Easter. The Guardian
Zdravko Cvijetic lists thirteen things you need to give up if you want to be successful. Medium
George Monbiot: neolibralism encourages loneliness and that’s wrenching society apart. [Mel’s note: this introvert says being alone is not necessarily lonely. Keep the distinction in mind as you read.] The Guardian
For balance: Michael Harris promotes the benefits of solitude. The Walrus
Alice Klein reports that creative people see and process the world differently. New Scientist
Tracy Moore says, we have to talk about women who regret having children. Jezebel
Kat Chow: the “model minority” myth is again used to drive a wedge between Asians and blacks. NPR
Itai Palti thinks that the next industrial revolution will be driven by human creativity, not machines. We can always hope. Quartz
D.T. Max reviews how humans have shaped our evolution. National Geographic
Why are you so tired? ASAP Science
Following up on last week’s postmodernist post, have a look at an animated introduction to Roland Barthes’ Mythologies. Learn how to deconstruct popular culture. Open Culture
Carol Off interviews biologist David George Haskell about the songs of the trees. CBC
April 22 was Earth Day, so here are some topical posts:
See you on the weekend. Be well until then.
Time to warm the ole brain pan. There’s mental corn that needs popping.
Arnie Seipel shares the dark origins of Valentine’s Day. NPR
Daniele Cybuskie relates three fairy tale romances in honour of Valentine’s Day. Medievalists.net
Henry Rollins: what side of history do you want to be on? LA Weekly
Mario Livio reports on the discovery of Winston Churchill’s lost essay on alien life. Nature
Tom Hale shares these stunning aquatic vistas by finalists of the underwater photograph of the year competition. IFLS
Cats sailed with the Vikings to conquer the world. Bec Crew for Science Alert.
Katy Evans reports on how dogs and monkeys judge you on how you treat others. IFLS
Do crows have funerals? You betcha. Ask a Mortician
Tom Hale encourages you to observe the evidence of evolution in your own body. IFLS
Lesley Alderman: the year of conquering negative thinking. The New York Times
Linda Rodriguez McRobbie reports on the people who never forget and what they’re teaching us about memory. The Guardian
Sarah Knapton: our seas have become a plastic graveyard, but can technology turn the tide? The Telegraph
Google’s “DeepMind” AI understands the benefits of betrayal. Robin Andrews for IFLS.
I admit it. I was #furiouslyhappy to find this list of more than 150 learning resources compiled by Janet Alexandersson for Medium.
Here’s hoping creative connections are being made.
See you on Saturday for more WorldCon 2016 reportage.
Stay strong, be kind, and be well!
Let’s get that mental corn a-poppin’!
Carol Mulligan explores the lore of the pour. The Sudbury Star
What are dreams? Drake Baer shares five of humanity’s best explanations for dreams. Science of Us
Anna Lovind: the shameless introvert.
Suzanne Lucas to employers: please stop punishing your employees for being introverted. Inc.
UpWorthy recommends Marzi’s cartoons to help others relate to intorversion and anxiety.
The Born Again Minimalist examines the gaslighting of the millennial generation.
Transgender rights bill passes key commons vote and heads to committee. The Globe and Mail
Too sweet, or too shrill? The double bind for women. Shankar Vedantam hosts the Hidden Brain podcast for NPR.
The transformative power of Moko. Michelle Duff for Broadly/Vice.
Cath Pound considers the great women artists that history forgot. BBC
Artist Toby Allen, who suffers from anxiety, illustrates mental illnesses as monsters. Bored Panda
Regina activists place warning labels on indigenous Hallowe’en costumes. CBC
I’m just going to leave this here. To the new culture cops, everything is appropriation. Cathy Young for the Washington Post.
Avaneesh Pandey: self-awareness may be a side effect of the brain trying to maximize entropy. International Business Times
Ben Paynter shares news about how the world is slowly winning the fight against Malaria. Fast Company
Sarah Knapton reports on how tool-making monkeys are prompting scientists to reconsider human evolution. The Telegraph
Bec Crew: scientists accidentally discover the process that turns CO2 into ethanol. This could change the world. Science Alert
Ross Pomeroy explains why Bill Nye changed his mind about GMOs. Real Clear Science
The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle may finally be solved . . . by meteorology. Cory Charlton for The New York Post.
Loren Grush explains how the ExoMars spacecraft will make its way to the surface of Mars. The Verge
Catch Space.com’s coverage of the landing and other astro-news.
Maddie Stone: Pluto’s skies look more Earth-like than we’d imagined. Gizmodo
A spiral galaxy defies the cosmic flow. In an expanding universe, it’s actually getting closer to us. Also: how big is Proxima Centauri’s planet? Later in the week, we learn that the Schiaparelli lander (crash) site can be seen from orbit. Phil Plait for Slate.
Can the multiverse explain the course of human history? Andrew Crummey for Aeon.
Alex and Jumpy, the parkour dog 🙂
Just a reminder, this is your penultimate thoughty Thursday prior to my #NaNoWriMo break.
I’ll see you next Thursday, but after that, you won’t get your weekly dose of thoughty until December.
Respect your priorities.
All my (virtual) love.
Another short one this week. Hey, I went to a con. What can you do? Just a warning, November curations might tend to the small. NaNoWriMo takes precedence.
Anna Lovind wonders, what you would do if time wasn’t scarce?
Susan Lynn Reynolds shares the touching final days of her friend’s life. Janet dies at home. Conversations on dying. Phil Dwyer.
Guys, this is what it’s like to be a woman. Thought Catalog.
Buzzfeed presents 12 historical women who gave no fucks.
Why self-driving cars must be programmed to kill. MIT Technology Review.
What do you call the night before Hallowe’en? Lexicon Valley.
Mental Floss presents 10 graveside traditions at famous tombs.
Thought Catalog shares 10 delicious 14th century meals we should all try.
An ultra-successful mix of dog, wolf, and coyote, this new species is evolving right before our eyes. Now, technically, if the animals can procreate, they are part of the same species. So there may be a little issue with the terminology here. Raw Story.
Catch you next week.
Ready for the thoughty Thursday workout? Here we go in 3 . . . 2 . . .
This is awesome: Scientists unlock the biological secrets of creativity. The Globe and Mail.
This video made me cry, but it’s brilliant. And you all have to watch it. The Daily Mail.
The Huffington Post presents ten ways introverts interact differently with the world.
What’s the point of thinking about death? The Atlantic.
If you want your kids to do better in school, you need to get serious about mental health. Take Part.
Nigeria bans female genital mutilation. Finally! International Business Times.
A primer on rape culture (in case you needed one). While you were sleeping.
Why is Elizabeth I always depicted as grotesque? The Guardian.
17 R-rated history facts no one teaches you in school. Distractify.
How did the Vikings make this incredibly strong sword? i09.
This is beautiful. I want to start one up in Canada 🙂 Solar Sisters: how this “Avon” model of solar power distribution has taken off. Fast Company.
What are ice spikes and what are they doing in your freezer? Veritasium.
Writing and speaking are totally separate in the brain. Futurity.
The Big Bang Theory just did something awesome: they established a STEM scholarship for impoverished youth 🙂 Hello Giggles.
Full rainbow filmed at Niagara Falls.
This graphic of all life forms will make you feel tiny. Business Insider.
Ms Mr – Painted. I shared the audio only version the other week. I figured it was only fair to share this when it was posted 😉
Saturday will bring moar Ad Astra reportage and the next chapter. See you then!