It’s the usual mixed bag, this Thursday. I hope you find something here to inspire your next creative project.
Nina Munteanu shares five perspectives on humanity’s relationship to our forests.
Maya Wei-Haas: mysterious waves have been pulsing across Oklahoma. National Geographic
Matthew Green introduces us to three young women racing to defuse a carbon bomb in the arctic: the climate hunters. Reuters
Stephen Kinzer recounts the secret history of Fort Dietrick, the CIA’s base for mind control experiments. Politico
Sarah Harvey suggests trying Japan’s Kaizen method to cure insomnia and sleep anxiety. Stylist
Dr. Becky considers the engraved hourglass nebula.
Veritasium looks at the Planet 9 hypothesis.
And PBS Space Time weighs the possibilities for terraforming Mars.
Dave Linkletter reveals the ten toughest math problems ever solved. Popular Mechanics
Finally, SciShow introduces us to a snail that makes its own armour (!)
Sara Barnes shows how a natural phenomenon transforms Christian Spenser’s hummingbird photographs into rainbows. My Modern Met
Thanks for stopping by and popping your mental corn with me.
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
Here are some media links that I hope will get your mental corn popping.
Our provincial government is cutting everything. Nurses, arts funding, education, they even cancelled OHIP coverage for out of Canada health issues (not that we had extensive coverage, but we had some) … here are just three of the distressing articles that have come out in the past week:
Those of you who don’t live in Ontario, let alone Canada, may wonder why you should care. It’s just one more conservative government making the average citizen’s life worse in the name of fiscal responsibility (read catering to big business). See any familiar themes?
The World Wildlife Fund assesses Canada’s protected habitats and finds them wanting. What we could be doing better to protect endangered habitat and species and prevent climate change at the same time.
In the good news column: Autumn Peltier named chief water commissioner by Anishnabek Nation. CBC
SciShow Space looks at how life might evolve without liquid water
David Robson: the dreams you can’t remember may never have occurred. The Atlantic
Emily Dreyfuss: you’re not getting enough sleep, and it’s killing you. Wired
Simon Makin explains how ketamine changes a depressed person’s brain. Scientific American
SciShow Psych: depression isn’t just a chemical imbalance
And that was your thoughty Thursday for the week.
This weekend, I’ll be posting my next chapter update for April. I’ve had to admit defeat and reorganize my plans for the year. Come on by and see what’s been going on in this writer’s life.
Until then, be well!
Here’s your weekly batch of inspiration and research-y links to get your mental corn popping.
Vivid Maps presents Canada, mapped only in terms of bodies of water. Makes me unaccountably proud of our beautiful country.
Geoff Manaugh says, move over San Andreas, there’s a new, ominous fault line in town, and it’s called the Walker Lane. Wired
SciShow Space looks at how astronomers got that image of a black hole.
Angus Chen: parents learn to let their anxious kids face their fears. NPR
Think you can catch up on lost sleep over the weekend? Inverse says, nope.
Bret Stetka reveals new strategies to take on the worst cancer—glioblastoma. Scientific American
Douglas Main: why oysters close on the full moon—and more odd lunar effects on animals. National Geographic
I hope you found something to feed your creative factory 🙂
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
Here’s a good selection of articles and posts to get your mental corn popping (making those creative connections).
Fake news and lies: the caravan edition. Jim C. Hines (AKA the voice of reason)
Rachel Monroe profiles the FBI of the National Park Service. Outside
Former CIA chief explains how spies use disguises. Wired
Ivan Semeniuk interviews Canada’s newest Nobel Prize winner, Donna Strickland: I just wanted to do something fun. The Globe and Mail
Douglas Fox wants you to meet the endoterrestrials. The Atlantic
Phil Plait shares an awesome video that shows you how big the biggest stars really are. SyFy
Farhad Manjoo: a future where everything becomes a computer is as creepy as you feared. The New York Times
Emily Mullin explains how tuberculosis shaped Victorian fashion. The Smithsonian Magazine
Antonio Regalado relates one family’s race for a gene therapy cure. MIT Technology Review
Diana Kwon reports on the nerve pathway linking the stomach to the brain’s pleasure centers. Scientific American
Alex Williams: maybe your sleep problem isn’t a problem. Me? I’d prefer to sleep until 8 or 9 am and slowly roll into the day. Too bad I can’t actually do that. The New York Times
Sarah DiGuilio explains why some researchers think “brain tingles” could be the next big trend in relaxation. My ASMR aren’t triggered visually or auditorily, but tactilely. I’ve always had a thing for someone running their fingers lightly over my back. I used to bug my best friend to do it when I was a kid. NBC News
Sadie Caron says that nature is a free and easy way to manage anxiety. North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper
Maybe my stoicism and introversion are hard-wired? Laura Studarus explains how the Finnish survive without small talk. BBC
Check out this guilty dogs compilation. Laugh & Grin
Be well until the weekend!
Just a little thoughty this week.
Alexandra Hansen: is it possible to catch up on sleep? Yes and no. Quartzy
What if solar energy was as easy as pressing “print”? PBS Reinventors
Mary Halton interviews Farah Alibay: when flying to Mars is your day job. BBC
Green Porno: the mantis with Isabella Rossellini (!)
True facts about the aye aye. Ze Frank
Hope something in this odd mix popped your mental corn.
Be well until the weekend and my next chapter update for August.
Thanks for coming back! It’s Friday eve and time to get your mental corn popping.
Anne McLaughlin reminds us that August first is Lughnassadh.
Ephrat Livni: the artful science behind the scent of bottled rain. Quartz
Brian Kahn exposes how the quietest place in America is becoming a warzone. Gizmodo
Brad Stulberg introduces us to the equation that will make us better at everything. Outside
Christa Couture hosts a summer edition of CBC’s “Tapestry”: rethinking disability.
Michael Finkel explores the amazing journey our minds go on when we sleep. National Geographic
Annaliese Griffin recommends Wednesday as the best day to take off. Quartzy
Shannon Odell: your brain on alcohol. Inverse
Natalie Wolchover: the peculiar math that could underlie the laws of nature. Wired
Nadia Drake gives us the facts on the underground lake found on Mars. National Geographic
This star might be hiding new elements. SciShow Space
Jesse Grady explains what dog and cat years really mean. Popular Science
Julija Televičiūtė brings us the story of how a puppy saved from a fire became a fire fighting dog. Bored Panda
Ze Frank: true facts about the owl. Not as hilarious as some, but still cute 🙂
Until the next time I blog, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
And here we are in the land of Friday Eve. Have some thoughty to see you through to the weekend.
Ephrat Livni says, look up at the moon every night, not just when there’s a lunar eclipse. Quartz
Rhett Allain presents a comprehensive guide to the physics of running on the moon. Wired
Ryan F. Mandelbaum: cosmic ray mystery finally solved by supermassive black hole emitting ultra-high-energy cosmic rays directly at Earth. The supermassive black hole is called a blazar. So cool. Gizmodo
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry recommends evacuations near the French River. CTV Northern Ontario
The Parry Sound 33 forest fire grows to 1,900 hectares and jumps the Key River. The Northern Life
Eric Barker says that the secret to loving your life is … amor fati. The Week
Laura Beil: the brain may clean out Alzheimer’s plaques during sleep. Yet another reason to get a quality night’s sleep. Science News
Kate Snow and Jon Schuppe: how a small forensics company is cracking years-old cold cases. NBC News
Jennifer Dixon: dead bodies, wild dogs, and squatters in government-owned Detroit houses. USA Today
Lynn Freehill-Maye profiles Daniel Toole, who finds the untapped potential of alleys. CityLab
Ze Frank – true facts about the sea pig (from 2013, but they’re all hysterical)
And more true facts, this time about the tarsier.
Until next week, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
Happy Friday eve, everyone! Please enjoy these resources. It’s time to get your mental corn popping!
Philip Bump: 2018 has been deadlier for school children than for service members. The Washington Post
Jim C. Hines thinks too many men can’t handle being told no.
Kat Eschner says, sleeping in on the weekend might be good for you, but it’s not going to solve all your problems. Popular Science
How is ADHD different for an adult? Kati Morton
Inverse: your brain on meditation with Shannon Odell.
Charlotte Ahlin lists eleven real life inventions inspired by science fiction novels. I wasn’t sure whether to put this in Tipsday or here in Thoughty Thursday, but the thought won out. Bustle
Kevin Sieff profiles a 21st Century Noah’s ark in Malawi that strives to repopulate animals that have been wiped out. The Washington Post
Is this the beginning of the end for bees? Mind Foster
Guy Winch: why we need to take pet loss seriously. Scientific American
Tomorrow’s Friday. I hope you have a good one, and a great weekend to come! Looking forward 🙂
Be well until this weekend’s next chapter update. Yup, another month will have passed. Time marches on, but so do we.
This week was thoughtier than usual 🙂
Dana Goodyear: can Hollywood change its ways? The New Yorker
Joseph Shapiro exposes the sexual assault epidemic that no one talks about. NPR
Zdravko Cvijetic lists 13 things you must give up to live the life you want. Uplift
Judith Graham says that good friends might be your best brain booster as you age. Scientific American
Ed Yong pays tribute to the transgender scientist who changed how we understand the brain. The Atlantic
The benefits of deep sleep and how we can get more of it. Dan Gartenberg’s TED Talk.
Holly Butcher was diagnosed with Ewings sarcoma and posted an inspirational message on the eve of her death. BoredPanda
Mya Fourstar aims for college basketball and life beyond the reserve. Jesse Dougherty for The Washington Post.
Arthur C. Clarke predicts the internet in 1962.
Dave Mosher reports on the Jupiter probe’s latest mind-bending images of the gas giant. The Business Insider
Andrew Fazekas shares his top eight must-see sky events of 2018. National Geographic
NPR’s Skunk Bear explores the sci-fi sound of singing ice.
SciShow: Egyptian Blue. Modern applications for an ancient pigment.
Shake your silk-maker: the dance of the peacock spider.
The firefly experience.
I hope something in this curation got your mental corn popping.
Be well until the weekend.
Thoughty Thursday’s here, and you know what that means—tomorrow is Friday!
Again, this is just a brief curation to restart the blogging engine 🙂
It’s time to get the mental corn popping.
Fan asks Dan Harmon about depression and he offers insightful advice. Bored Panda
Nothing But Thieves frontman, Conor, on his experience with depression and anxiety.
Jack Turban: nice brains finish last. Scientific American
ASAP Science: can you change someone’s opinion?
Rich Bellis explains how to design your ideal workday based on your sleep habits. Fast Company
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) reports that they’ll be able to extend the life of Voyager 1 (and possibly Voyager 2) by using thrusters that haven’t been fired in 37 years.
Nothing But Thieves – Broken Machine live for #IAMWHOLE
How’s that for a practice run?
Be well until the weekend!