This Week in Upgrades: July 5

A very pleasant Tuesday to you. Still have fireworks exploding around you? Our neighborhood was plenty raucous. I hope you had a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

If you weren’t celebrating July 4th, maybe you celebrated NASA successfully placing Juno in orbit with Jupiter? Can’t wait until we start getting images and data back.

Lots of other interesting and important things this week. Like…

Don’t go crazy with it, but we don’t need to demonize butter anymore.

We get new cells all the time. So how old is your body, really?

Will this legislation help save the bees?

We now know how dogs sniff out diabetes. Definitely humankind’s best friend.

Bluefin tuna will probably be fished to extinction if we don’t do more to protect them.

Researchers believe air pollution is responsible for 6.5 million deaths per year.

Speaking of manmade environmental change, it looks like we’ve passed a crucial threshold. This is not good.

It would help if the American government actually addressed the dire state of the climate. The Democratic Party platform wasn’t particularly aspirational.

An important essay on how slavery was fundamental to modern economics.

More than anything, a universal basic income would mean the end of BS jobs. All part of that new American Dream.

Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time looks stunning. Sometimes we lose perspective on how astounding it is that we’re here now in the midst of all this.

This Week in Upgrades: April 4

Hello, Monday. Hello, April! Were you sufficiently fooled on Friday? If I’m honest, I’m not a huge fan of the April 1st shenanigans. Netflix’s John Stamos bit was pretty good, though.

This week did give us this video of a barn owl learning to fly, so there’s really nothing to complain about. Owls are the coolest.

Speaking of animals, ever wonder how cats always land on their feet?

Civil Eats continued the conversation about “other people’s food” that The Sporkful started. Let’s keep talking about this, yeah?

This may be a strategy to save the world’s fish. Highly recommend The End of the Line if you haven’t seen it.

Do you know what chocolate looks like before it turns into the bar you have stashed away? Quite a process.

Many factory-farm chickens cannot even stand by the time they reach maturity. Whole Foods is starting a movement for slower-growing chickens for the sake of animal welfare. Good on you, guys.

Is wine better out of a can? The “beer-ification” of wine.

If all goes according to plan, electric cars will be the future of autos. Over the weekend, nearly 300,000 reservations were made for the Model 3, Tesla’s everyman electric car. Here’s everything we know about this make or break vehicle.

More about “being a man”: superheroes and the changing ideal male body.

Have a fantastic week!

 

This Week in Upgrades: December 12

Apparently, putting periods in text messages makes you rude. Didn’t realize I’ve been a jerk all this time.

 

Finally watched Mr. Robot. Wow. Can’t wait for Season 2.

 

Keeping the planet habitable for our kind of civilization means we’ll have to become its steward.

 

I am not an Instagram husband. This is hilarious and depressing.

 

1 in 5 Americans use the Internet almost constantly. This is concerning.

 

Why Home Alone is a (Christmas) film classic.

 

Paleo or Vegan (or something else)? Maybe we should ask our digestive system what we should eat.

 

Hopefully that includes fish, which actually tastes better when it has been killed humanely. Choices like this make a difference.

This Week in Upgrades: June 20

What's Old is New

People have made a living fishing for generations, but there are now too few fish in the Mediterranean. NPR

Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics, takes on Big Soda in her forthcoming book. Food Politics

These photos of children watching television are more disturbing than a horror film. Time for a break. My Modern Met

Awesome infograph of the world by native language. You might be surprised what’s in the Top 23. Lucas Infografia

The Internet’s full of outrage. Let’s refocus it into social justice IRL. The Daily Beast

The rise of the spornosexual. “In a world of increasing scrutiny–online and off–body image issues can no longer simply be regarded as a female problem.” Aeon Magazine

Slowly making our way back to a hieroglyphic society. Soon you’ll just emoji a password. NPR

Is Uber a contractor or an employer? As more and more business is networked through devices, do we need a new class of worker? BuzzFeed News

We’re in the midst of the 6th great extinction ever to occur on Earth, and this time “we are the species that is causing the loss of all these other species.” The Guardian