Note — Apr 05, 2020

No.120 Asides

Seen in → No.120

  • 🧫 Scientists find bug that feasts on toxic plastic. “The bacterium, which was found at a waste site where plastic had been dumped, is the first that is known to attack polyurethane. Millions of tonnes of the plastic is produced every year to use in items such as sports shoes, nappies, kitchen sponges and as foam insulation, but it is mostly sent to landfill because it it too tough to recycle.”
  • I haven’t looked through this thoroughly yet but looks excellent. Futures in long-termism. “To address the multiple crises we face today, we need to extend our temporal frame of reference and develop strategic and critical responses that orient deep structural transformations in Long-termism. In other words, we need to develop the will, motivation and structural instruments to escape the salience of the present, and realise our power and responsibility over the future.”
  • 😍 There are many such lists, my favourite so far is the BESIDE Quarantine Guide which covers a lot of angles.
  • 🦸🏼‍♀️ Marvel Unlimited Now Offering Free Access to Iconic Comic Book Stories “[O]ffering all fans FREE access to some of Marvel’s most iconic stories from recent years, including now-classic Marvel Comics events and critically acclaimed runs featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and more.”
  • 🤓 Mathematics as a Team Sport. When 50 mathematicians spend a week in the woods, there’s no telling what will happen. And that’s the point.
  • 🐟 Saving ocean life within a human generation is ‘largely achievable’ say scientists. “[S]ubstantially rebuilding marine life, so that populations rebound by 50-90 per cent, within a human generation is largely achievable, if action including tackling climate change and restoring habitats happens at a large scale.”
  • 🎥 🐦 (Not the usual starlings visuals.) Murmurations; Ornitographies. “In winter, starlings join in flocks of thousands of individuals to try to confuse the hawks that attack them, doing a mesmerizing dance.”