Note — Apr 11, 2021

No.168 Asides

  • 🇺🇸 🇭🇺 🤩 🙇🏼‍♂️ 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 Much respect and gratitude for her dedication! Dr. Kati Kariko Helped Shield the World From the Coronavirus. “But for many years her career at the University of Pennsylvania was fragile. She migrated from lab to lab, relying on one senior scientist after another to take her in. She never made more than $60,000 a year. By all accounts intense and single-minded, Dr. Kariko lives for ‘the bench’ — the spot in the lab where she works. She cares little for fame. ‘The bench is there, the science is good,’ she shrugged in a recent interview. ‘Who cares?’”
  • 😍 🧱 🇬🇭 🇨🇦 Massive Lego Kingdoms That Defy the Cultural Erasure of Africa’s Medieval Civilizations. “The centerpiece of the project, “Kumbi Saleh 3020 CE” (2019), takes its name from the capital city of the ancient Ghana Empire. Constructed with 100,000 black Lego pieces, the 30-square-foot sculpture renders the lost trade capital into a futuristic, bustling metropolis with detailed references to the Islamic influences that shaped its architecture and history.”
  • 🎶 🇩🇪 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Brahms. “Now we want to convince those curious friends to love the music of Johannes Brahms (1833-97), master of stirring symphonic exclamations and moody piano solos. We hope you find lots here to discover and enjoy; leave your favorites in the comments.”
  • 🐙 Octopuses can feel pain both physically and abstractly. “After experiencing a short burst of pain, octopuses showed a conditioned preference for locations where pain was relieved, while avoiding the location where the pain occurred. The octopuses also demonstrated pain-specific grooming behaviors.”
  • 💶 🇪🇺 The Foundational Economy. “The Foundational Economy is a collective of (mainly) European academic researchers working together to develop a new way of thinking which challenges mainstream ideas about what economic policy should be. Our focus is on the foundational economy – including health, care, education, housing, utilities and food supply- because these basic goods and services are a driver of welfare and the basis of citizenship.”
  • 🇺🇸 🐻 🐺 🤬 In Montana, Bears and Wolves Become Part of the Culture Wars. “The politics of predators seem poised to enter a new chapter in the state, which now seems intent on reviving some of the practices of a century ago that virtually exterminated wolves from Montana.”
  • ✝ 🏇🏼 ⭐️ One tweet by Brenna, with an image of the article, but follow-ups in the replies. In 1990 8 nuns sold up their convent, bought a Mercedes, bet on racehorses and disappeared to the south of France. I want to be clear that when I talk about inspirational women this is who I mean