A good mix of inspirational, research-y, and learning stuff this week.
Patti Neighmond: can you reshape your brain’s response to pain? NPR
Zaria Gorvett explores how modern life is transforming the human skeleton. BBC
Mike MacEacheran looks at what unicorns mean to Scottish identity. BBC
Johny Pitts’ Afropean captures the experience of black women in Europe. Refinery29
Phoebe Wood debunks eight myths about bisexuals/pansexuals (and their representation) in honour of Pride Month.
Cara Anna reports that Botswana decriminalized gay sex in a landmark case. “More than two dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa have laws criminalizing gay sex, often holdovers from colonial times.” AP
ASAP Science wants to find out what would happen if we burned all our garbage.
Andrew Freedman writes a special report on our plastic planet. Axios
Rachel Love Nuwer considers the planet’s other imperiled elephants. In his book, Giants of the Monsoon Forest, Jacob Shell explores the ancient, mutually beneficial alliance between Asian elephants and their human neighbors. UnDark
Because tardigrades. Thomas Boothby, TED-Ed.
I hope something here got your mental corn popping.
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
Here are a few things to get your mental corn popping.
Alessandra Codinha: who will save the elephants? Vogue
Sarah Stankorb reports on the daughters’ great escape from Christian fundamentalism. Marie-Claire
Nicola Twilley: the neuroscience of pain. The New Yorker
Mayim Bialik: living with social anxiety
Eul Basa reports that Canadians will now have their phones searched when crossing the US border. Narcity
Franchesca Ramsey debunks seven myths about cultural appropriation on MTV’s Decoded.
What does it mean to be Métis? The Economist
And now for something completely different …
It’s okay to be smart: it’s okay to fart!
Tomorrow is Friday. Celebrate!
And be well until I post my next chapter update on the weekend 🙂
Just a little bit of thoughty this week.
Frank T. McAndrew, PhD explains why our grief over a dog is so intense. Psychology Today
Heather Plett: what it really means to hold space for someone. Uplift
Pallab Ghosh reports on the discovery of our oldest human ancestor (and, boy, is it a beauty). BBC
John Walsh examines how doctors measure pain (and whether it’s of any help to patients). The Guardian
John Broich revisits how journalists covered the rises of Mussolini and Hitler. The Smithsonian Magazine
An open letter from the Canadian tech community: diversity is our strength. BetaKit
Rachel Browne covers Prime Minister Trudeau’s fight against fake news. Vice
Toronto’s Sick Kids hospital will provide surgeries for patients affected by the U.S. travel ban. Maclean’s
Jenny Zhang shares an amateur’s guide to activism for frustrated Canadians. Medium
Johnny Silvercloud: why isn’t anyone talking about the radicalization of whites? AfroSapiophile
Rae Paoletta reports on NASA’s twin experiment. Gizmodo
John Newsom: science illiteracy in the U.S. is a serious threat according to Neil deGrasse Tyson. Greensboro
ASAP Thought: a brief history of the fear of immigrants.
Detroit’s muddy bottom conceals cars, cannons, and guns. Robert Allen for the Detroit Free Press.
Hope it was enough to get your mental corn popping, ‘cause you know I want to inspire you to create great things 🙂
See you on the weekend.
Be well until then.
Emojis for introverts, brought to you by The Huffington Post.
Why we’re part of a sexual spectrum, not a dichotomy. Nature.
Why even reasonable people still doubt science. National Geographic.
Pain really is all in your head. NPR.
More wonderful abandoned places from PBS Newshour.
And pictures of an abandoned Ontario house brought to you by HGTV.
Kids reacting to rotary phones:
Hilarious dog fetch fails:
Zoo babies from The Smithsonian Channel:
A Muppet classic for you:
Absolutely loving Florence + the Machine’s latest:
And that, she be it ’til Saturday.