This week, I found lots of resources to get your mental corn popping.
Zwikar Oli reports for the Plaid Zebra: moss-growing concrete absorbs CO2, insulates, and serves as vertical garden.
Alex Landon considers similar installations in London: artificial trees absorb as much pollution as 275 regular trees. Secret London
Nathan Bahadursingh says that urban farming is the future of architecture. Architizer
Greta and George
Gosia Wozniacka warns about the dark side of compostable take-out containers. Eater
Alex Ross considers the past and future of the world’s oldest trees. The New Yorker
Five things ravens do. The Raven Diaries
Christian Cotroneo tells the tale of the astonished divers who encounter a massive jellyfish off the coast of England. Mother Nature Network
Chelsea Whyte explains how we can tell where a whale has travelled by the themes in its song. New Scientist
True facts about the ostrich. Ze Frank
Eben Disken: wombats are the improbable heroes of the Australian bushfires, hiding other animals in their burrows. Matador Network
Greg Hogben explains how we broke our promise to Harry. My Daughter’s Army
Melissa Pandika: why does my body jerk when I’m falling asleep? Mic
Joseph Stern shares his perspective on dying in the neurosurgical ICU. The New York Times
Kathrin Glösel: Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need. Scoop.Me
Anne Quito reviews a survey of 20,000 creatives that suggests group brainstorming is a giant waste of time. Quartz
John Pavlus: computers are learning to see in higher dimensions. Wired
Kelly Richman-Abdou shares five powerful paintings by underappreciated female artist Artemesia Gentileschi. My Modern Met
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something you can use to inspire your next creative project.
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories.
Thoughty Thursday is more video than not, this week. Still, let’s see if we can’t get your mental corn popping.
Annakeara Stinson says, hacks for overthinking aren’t as complex as you think. Elite Daily
Rob Harvilla eulogizes Aretha Franklin, a pop star who could make you see God. The Ringer
Chasing asteroids: dual missions sniff out clues to the solar system’s past. Eva Botkin-Kowacki for the Christian Science Monitor.
Tilly the river otter teaches her kit, Mo, how to swim. Oregon Zoo
Liz Langley wonders how jellyfish rule the seas … without brains. National Geographic
This dog LURVES the new ball-popper 🙂
True facts about the land snail. Ze Frank
And true facts about the mantis.
I hope you were edutained 🙂
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
Right now, I’m down in Orillia, Ontario, attending CanWrite! 2014. Started the day with a light breakfast and yoga, and I’m going to get Thoughty Thursday out before the sessions start up after lunch. Life is good.
Dame Judy Dench and Daniel Craig explore the question: Are we truly equal? See what you think . . .
What’s new in the war on Alzheimer’s Disease? from the Psychiatric Times.
Why we need creative confidence from Ideas.TED.com.
The quest to understand consciousness, a TED talk by Antonio Damasio.
Let these stunning photos of incredible storms inspire you. Also from Ideas.TED.com.
More inspirational ideas from i09: 12 futuristic forms of government that could one day rule the world.
All our patent are belong to you (did you catch the pop culture reference?). Tesla Motors makes its patents open source.
The most important sci-fi film never made from the Japan Times. Jodorowsky’s vision of Dune launched the careers of several notables in the field, including Geiger, and influenced moviemaking to the current day. I really want to see this documentary now.
Wired’s absurd creature of the week: the lion’s mane jellyfish. When I visited the Vancouver Aquarium last fall, they were featuring jellyfish. Apparently, they really do like global warming.
This week was pretty thoughty 🙂
Enjoy, my writerly friends, and I hope you garner some inspiration for your writing from this crop of curation.