Quickies: Diversity in science fiction, the physics of gymnastics, and a 400 year old shark
- 400-year-old Greenland shark is oldest living vertebrate – “Grey, plump and growing to lengths of around five metres, the Greenland shark is one of the world’s largest carnivores. With a reported growth rate of less than one centimetre a year, they were already thought to be long-lived creatures, but just how long they lived for was something of a mystery.”
- NK Jemisin has a plan for diversity in science fiction – She, “placed the onus on the markets, not aspiring authors, to make writers of color welcome. “The front gates are still shut, see,” she wrote. “You’re just letting a few more exceptions in the side door.””
- Why female gymnasts are so short – Physics!
- Simone Manuel, first African American woman to win a gold medal in swimming – “Tying for gold; setting both an Olympic and an American record: There was a lot of information on the scoreboard, and all of it surpassed Manuel’s expectations, as the native of Sugar Land, Texas, said afterward.”
- Cute Animal Friday! Capybaras overrun the Olympic golf course.