It’s that time of the week again—time to pop your mental corn! Give yourself the gift of thoughty, and welcome a happy Friday with a satiated brain 🙂
How to capture a ghost particle. PBS Space Time
Alex Fox relates how nuns are converting their convent into a wetland to fight flooding in New Orleans. The Hill
Geology In shows us the incredible crystal caves of Naica, Mexico.
That time the Mediterranean Sea disappeared. PBS Eons
Zaria Gorvett: medications that change who we are. BBC
Markham Heid explains why you wake up at the same time every night. Medium
Why a strong immune system may mean more severe cold symptoms. SciShow
Elle prints an excerpt from Anna Wiener’s Uncanny Valley: dispatches from the front line of Silicon Valley sexism.
Jason Beaubien: with their land in flames, aboriginals warn fires show deeper problems in Australia. Indigenous land management practices could have mitigated the disaster. NPR
Graham Redfearn reports that the Australian bushfires have reached Kangaroo Island where several species of unique wildlife are threatened. The Guardian
Tim Sohn: how Tom Mustill became “The Whale Detective.” Outside online
Moon Child shares 33 photos of weird and rare flowers that look like something out of a fairy tale.
Ze Frank brings the awkward and hilarious with the mating dance of the ostrich.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you can take away something to inspire your next creative project. Or … maybe something amusing 🙂
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories.
It’s time to get your mental corn popping.
Jamie Carter offers a skywatcher’s guide to 2020. Forbes
Caleb Scharf wonders if we’re alone in a crowded Milky Way. Scientific American
Joe explains the benefits of launching rockets from the moon. It’s okay to be smart
Physics Girl shares part three of her visit to CERN.
Shayla Love: how long is right now? Fave bit: physics says “right now” may be an illusion … that’s not to say we should all become chrono-nihilists … Vice
The MIT Technology Review considers how a virtual version of da Vinci’s glass orb helps explain its weirdness.
Mike Cannon-Brookes: how to harness imposter syndrome for the greater good. TED Talks
James Hamblin says, your bedroom is too hot. Get your mind out of the gutter! The Atlantic
Darryl Fears: on land, Australia’s rising heat is “apocalyptic.” In the ocean, it’s worse. The Washington Post
Thanks for stopping by. I hope something here inspires your next creative project.
Until tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
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.