It’s time to get your mental corn popping!
Jessica Conditt: Good Omens and the art of avoiding Armageddon. Engadget
ASAP Science exposes the biggest lie about climate change.
Michaeleen Doucleff reveals how Inuit parents teach kids to control their anger. NPR
Dr. Brian Goldman interviews Alan Alda about teaching doctors empathy on CBC’s “White Coat, Black Art.”
SciShow Space looks at three solar systems astronomers can’t quite figure out.
Noor Al-Samarrai: a medical manual linking medieval Ireland to the Islamic world has been found. Atlas Obscura
Philippe Bohstrom reports that the beads found in 3,400-year-old Danish graves were made by King Tut’s glassmaker. Haaretz
Use your head … and your butt … like Nancy, the bolas spider. Ze Frank
Until next week, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
Thoughty Thursday’s here with a mixed bag of edutainment to get your mental corn popping!
Jamie Shreeve: if life exists beyond Earth, how do we find it? National Geographic
SciShow reveals what scientists have discovered to date about Stonehenge—and how much more remains to be learned.
Sharanya Deepak investigates how climate change has put Kashmir’s saffron under threat. Eater
David Roberts looks at the California coalition tackling one of the hardest, unsexist aspects of climate policy. Vox
Messy Nessy Chic profiles the real ice queens: women who conquered the cold wearing corsets.
SciShow Psych looks at the enneagram personality types and the science (or lack thereof) that supports them.
Ross Andersen reveals how scientists are totally reconsidering animal cognition. The Atlantic
Last weekend, I shared a picture of two pileated woodpeckers dancing around a tree trunk on social media. This is what they were up to 😉
Sarah Zhang figures out why we think cats are psychopaths. It’s just “resting cat face.” The Atlantic
True facts about the lemur. Ze Frank. Man, I’ve missed these!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something inspiring in thoughty Thursday.
This weekend, I’ll be posting my monthly next chapter update.
Until then, be well, my friends.
It’s time to pop your mental corn. Get those creative connections ping-ponging around that skull of yours!
Jim C. Hines shares lessons from a viral #metoo tweet.
Michael Hobbes: everything you know about obesity is wrong. The Huffington Post
ASAP science teams up with Gigi Gorgeous to explore the science of being transgender.
Marie Heinen: Doug Ford, no power grab is worth undermining Canada’s solid foundation. The Globe and Mail
The Ottawa Citizen provides an update on the tornadoes that touched down in Ottawa and Gatineau: it’s devastating.
SciShow explains why the weak nuclear force ruins everything.
In SciShow Space news: cryovolcanoes on Ceres and Iridium flares.
Ryan F. Mandelbaum reports that scientists gave MDMA (ecstasy) to octopi … and learned something profound. Gizmodo
True facts about the cuttlefish. Ze Frank
And that was your edutainment for the week.
Until next Tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories 🙂
The thoughty is a little more substantial this week.
Jim C. Hines considers all that “pro-life” encompasses, or what it should.
Darius Foroux says, the purpose of life is not happiness, but usefulness. Medium
Emily J. Smith: the art of being completely alone. Medium
Christopher D. Connors lists the ten qualities of an emotionally intelligent person. Medium
Brian Handwerk reveals that the benefits of probiotics might not be so clear cut. The Smithsonian Magazine
Sarah Chodosh explains how much your food waste harms the environment. Popular Science
Jane C. Hu goes inside the all-female trek to the north pole. Wired
New Evidence of Water on Jupiter! SciShow Space
Eric Mack celebrates NASA’s 60th anniversary: all about the space agency’s past, present, and future. CNet
True Facts: Bobbit Worm and Polychaete Pals – Ze Frank
I hope something in this modest curation got your mental corn popping.
Until next Tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
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.
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!
It’s time to get your mental corn popping, that is, to present you with some interesting stuff in the hope that the resulting creative connections will lead to your next awesome project! Yup, that’s what thoughty Thursday’s all about.
Patricia Grisafi writes about the terrible “what if”: how OCD makes every day a matter of life and death. The Guardian
Brenda Knowles wonders if solitary activities are only half-fixes for anxiety and depression. Space2Live
Your brain on caffeine with Shannon Odell. Inverse
Tom Wipple: how to edit a human. On unlocking the human genome, ethics, and CRISPR. 1843
Jason Pontin discusses the genetics (and ethics) of making humans fit for Mars. Wired
Disney princesses look more like children as the years pass. It’s not accidental. It’s all about neoteny. It’s Okay to be Smart
And, for your amusement: Ze Frank’s true facts about the dung beetle.
Be well until next tipsday!
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!
It’s time to pop your mental corn, get those creative connections established, and generate awesome ideas for your craft.
Brain scans show four different types of depression. Kate Horowitz for Mental Floss.
Brenda Knowles explores avoidant attachment in adult relationships: the truth behind our need to be alone. Space2Live
SciShow Space stops video production to report on the underground lake on Mars.
Linda Webster tells a dog tail: my dog is teaching me to be resilient. The Globe and Mail
Those forest fires I posted about last week? Stephanie Johnson introduces us to Shawn Rae, a fire rescuer who’s saving people’s cottages from the French River fires. Parry Sound North Star
Adele Peters: the four-day work week is good for business. Fast Company
Abby Sewell and Stephanie Gengotti invite us inside the magical life of Europe’s family circuses. National Geographic
Dave Lucas explains what it is to love an old dog. Made me weep. Literary Hub
Stephen Dowling: the complicated truth about a cat’s purr. BBC
Sadie Dingfelder tells the story of the crane who fell in love with a human. The Washington Post
Moar Ze Frank: true facts about ducks (and their spiral genitals—seriously weird shit).
Watch a black bear take a bath.
And that was your Thoughty Thursday for the week.
This weekend, I’ll be composing my next chapter update for the month of July. Come back for a visit and see what I’ve been up to.
Until then, be well!
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!