Here is a hodge podge of reading links I have been saving in my tidbits folder for you:
Astronomers strike gold – and platinum – as they watch two neutron stars collide
In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling
“Lizzie said she was upset by how people had become so attached to their phones.
“People are treating those phones like they are gods,” she said. “They’re bowing down to it at the table, bowing down to it when they’re walking. Here we say we don’t bow down to idols, and that’s getting dangerously close, I think.”
Professor Kraybill said such insights were not unusual among Amish people.
They “are more savvy about the impact of technology on human interactions than most of us are,” he said.”
The Trump Conundrum: Four Factors Sending The Donald Into a Rage/Shame Spiral
“Trump’s swerve did the unthinkable—uniting Coulter and liberal commentators.”
“As best scientists can tell, this is what happens: Rising CO2 revs up photosynthesis, the process that helps plants transform sunlight to food. This makes plants grow, but it also leads to them pack in more carbohydrates like glucose at the expense of other nutrients that we depend on, like protein, iron and zinc.”
10 Phrases that Originated in the Middle Ages
Trump’s Warning to Mueller Proves, Again, That It’s All About the MoneyIt always has been.
How to Kill a Dinosaur in 10 Minutes
In a Warming World, Keeping the Planes Running
Learning to Learn: You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain
Landscape Photography focusing and Aperture tips from Spencer Cox at Photography Life:
“As a young person trying to break into a male-dominated field, I spent my 20s afraid of being perceived as a froofy little girl, and acted accordingly. I was a hardcore feminist who’d nonetheless listened to the boys in my MFA program as they mansplained their Raymond Carver tattoos. I consciously practiced not speaking in uptones. I worried I had vocal fry. I limited ballet talk to visits with my mom. I wanted so badly to be taken seriously that I sought others’ approval at the expense of my own.
Oh, we live in a country that hates the dreams of little girls? I thought. Well, I’m going to become a fucking ballerina.
After the election, I lost my patience for this almost overnight. I was furious. Tamping down the desires of my inner five-year-old girl finally felt like the self-effacing erasure it had always been. How many ways do women edit and adjust themselves every day to exist in a world that hates them? I wondered. For me, it had already been too many, and for too long.
And so I began actively returning to the things I’d always loved but had dismissed as too feminine, too froofy, too much. Ballet was one of them.
Oh, we live in a country that hates the dreams of little girls? I thought.
Well, I’m going to become a fucking ballerina.” – Megan Burbank