It’s here, guys. Thanksgiving week. If you weren’t listening to Christmas music already the last couple weeks like me, we’re legitimately into the holiday season now. I wrote some thoughts about
the holidays yesterday if you didn’t get a chance to check it out. Do you have traditions you’re looking forward to? Favorite movies and music? Places you’ll go? Are there people and things you miss that are no longer around?
Here’s the best that I could find on the Internet this week. Check them out in-between
the dishes you’re cooking.
Nature at its most
intense. A reminder that safety is not guaranteed.
We all really need to move
beyond identity politics.
Some Native American tribes are
reviving indigenous crops, and it’s much more than a food fad.
Speaking of food,
vegetables may be your secret weapon against illness this winter.
Is now finally
the right time for electric cars?
Breakthrough success is not about waiting until you’re old enough. Get going!
CRISPR has been
used on humans for the first time. The start of a new era of medicine.
If you’re still trying to make sense of the election,
this is worth checking out.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that
excessive screen time can rewire youngsters’ brains. “I would minimize it.”
global warming alarm bells: the North Pole is 36 degrees above normal and Arctic sea ice is at a record low.
looks like a must-see documentary. National Bird
“Post-truth” is Oxford Dictionaries’
word of the year. I’ve got some thoughts on what’s true and how we know in a post coming soon.
Have a wonderful week and Thanksgiving ! (if you celebrate it).
Oh, hello! Here we are at the start of another week. How are you doing? Rested? Eager? Ready to
keep the world new?
We’re in the midst of a fire-pocalypse in the LA area. Wildfires are common in California, but
the Sand Looks like the end of the world when the smoke-obscured sun glows an ominous red-orange, and ash is snowing down on you. Very unsettling. fire in Santa Clarita is uncommonly dire.
What else happened this week?
Amazon is looking to use
lampposts as part of their drone delivery network. Maybe drones are better than pooping pigeons?
We learned more about
how wild birds and humans team up to get honey. Wonderful things happen when we work with nature instead of trying to subdue it.
Here’s everything you’d want to know about
campfires. Just keep them contained, OK?
When we’re at ease, humans gravitate toward equality. In stress, hierarchy. Very interesting.
Do you remember what it was like to be small and the world seemed full of magic? We’re learning more about
how kids understand fantasy, reality, and pretending.
“Masterplan Part Two”. Ambitious, but encouraging for society if they can make it happen. “The first time, possibly ever, that a green product with significant environmental credentials has been the thing everybody wanted.”
In the midst of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions,
members of the media try to explain why the media is failing us. This American presidential election has been a wild and depressing ride. Hopefully, a lot of beneficial change–media included–emerges out of the ashes.
Have a great week!
Hello! Today is the first Monday in May. A third 0f 2016 has already come and gone, you guys.
Whoa! But there’s still plenty of time to try to put into and get out of this year everything that you want to. Are you dreaming in years and living in days?
The days of this past week brought some really interesting stuff.
Lots of important animal things:
about to become the official mammal of the United States. In many ways, they tell the story of America.
Kenya just burned over 100 tons of stockpiled ivory.
Elephants have performed in one of the most popular circuses for the last time. Probably should do the same for the rest of the show animals.
barn owls are just really cool. Amazing.
In news of the human animal variety:
SpaceX plans to
send a craft to Mars as early as 2018. We may become an interplanetary species sooner than we thought.
Will the first manned mission to Mars look
something like this?
Drones are more popular than ever, and we’re not talking about the one your neighbor is flying.
Is it too late to stop the unmanned arms race?
The Punisher was the best part of
Daredevil Season 2, and now he’s getting his own series. Interested to see how they tell more of his story.
A majority of Millennials are disturbed by capitalism. The flaws of the “free market” are more apparent than ever.
What’s it like to perform the most popular, culture-challenging show in the world hundreds of times?
Ask Hamilton’s Leslie Odom, Jr.
Have a fantastic week! You got this.
Some of the best human things from the last seven days. Have a good week!
L’Oreal unveiled a
UV patch that tells you your sun exposure and potential skin damage.
Do you understand the new dietary guidelines?
Here’s a solid explanation.
How likely is it that
a robot will take your job in the near future? An interesting chart.
Perhaps the gun legislation we need will come
through the states.
variable velocity gun help reduce the number of deaths?
Drone ride for one. The future of transportation? Would you ride it across town?
ICYMI: California has
declared a state of emergency for its methane leak.
The science behind Brendan Dassey’s forced confession on Making a Murderer.
What’s the fastest way to
defrost your car?
RIP to the understatement. Welcome to death by Internet hyperbole.”
Amazon is serious about
loneliness do to our bodies?
The health benefits of running are not hard to achieve.
The stress of
holidays with family is an expectations-versus-reality problem.
Are “ultra-safe” playgrounds
stunting children’s growth?
end-of-year lists so popular?
The United States has
an unsustainable meat addiction.
The rise of self-driving cars will likely bring
an end to car ownership. I’m OK with that.
MTV wants to call the generation after Millennials
. No pressure. (Also, does MTV still carry that kind of cultural weight?) Founders
“The baby market is essentially
a commodity market.” Having a baby makes you susceptible to a whole new consumerist trap.
This bandage will
glow green if the wound is infected.
Great short video: What makes people
I personally wouldn’t be mad to see bills and coins disappear. Will Sweden be
the first cashless country?
Amazon has already been working with the FAA to fly packages to your home, and now Wal-Mart wants in on
ICYMI: According to the World Health Organization, bacon and other cured meats can probably cause cancer. Let’s take a moment and
consider this rationally.
Speaking of things that can be delicious but not great for your health:
The changing landscape of fast food.
closing all of its stores during Black Friday and encouraging people to get outside. Brilliant. Will other retailers start doing the same?
Ever put together IKEA furniture? How they design
their iconic instruction manuals.
We keep learning more about what stress does to us. How it
makes you sick.