I love this idea from USA Facts. If you need to talk about controversial topics with the fam, then have the facts handy.
I just thought this was funny and apt. It’s an “extra-long” mediation class for stress relief leading up to Christmas. 😂. It looks like we need relief from all the peace and happiness of the holidays. 🤷🏻♂️
Interesting history of mass transit in America. For those of us frustrated by being forced to drive a car everywhere (aka being stuck in traffic without an alternative way to get around) 🙄, this article provides some explanation, or at least context.
American suburbs are unique in being almost entirely auto-oriented, relating on those dumb park-and-rides for mass transit. Other countries that have extended mass transit into the suburbs themselves have had much more success. As the article says, “good service can make transit successful even in low-density suburbs.”
I like the perspective in this article. Silicon Valley and the larger tech sector weren’t just created by a few extraordinary people, but were made possible by the overall environment.
These breakthroughs are made possible by a larger cast of thousands around them, by broader social structures, and by other things that America, writ large, makes possible — whether it be public policies or public education.
This article gives a clue as to why the tech revolution started in America. I mean it wasn’t just an accident that one giant company after another started in Silicon Valley. The US government helped. There’s wasn’t a government “plan” to create Silicon Valley, but the government did set up the environment that allowed it to happen.
Thanks, space race!
No one was sitting behind a desk in Washington saying, “Oh, this is how we’re going to build a tech industry.” But that is what happened.
I hope we continue to collectively invest like this going forward.
I don’t think a lot about cemeteries, but this article has some really beautiful alternatives to traditional cemeteries, which this article calls ” toxic wastelands” and even cremation, which “emits the equivalent of 41,040 cars worth of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in the United States alone.”
My favorite is the “Sylvan Constellation”, which transforms decomposition into electricity, resulting in a ghostly star-like grave. Sounds better than decaying underground to me anyways. 🤷🏻♂️
With the Voyager space sailing beyond out solar system, this article looks at some ways we could send people to Alpha Centauri.
This article is a complete mindmelt 🤯: ion drives, solar sails, nuclear rockets, foraging for dark matter.
I don’t really understand this stuff, but I do like the idea that people could potentially fly around the universe and find a new home. Especially considering the black holes out there.
These scientists used a virtual telescope the size of the entire Earth to nail down this black hole. And it appears that Einstein’s “least favorite idea” is holding up. Also, black holes are terrifying. 🤯