- My Great-Great-Aunt Discovered Francium. And It Killed Her. – “There is a common narrative in science of the tragic genius who suffers for a great reward, and the tale of Curie, who died from exposure to radiation as a result of her pioneering work, is one of the most famous. There is a sense of grandeur in the idea that paying heavily is a means of advancing knowledge. But in truth, you can’t control what it is that you find — whether you’ve sacrificed your health for it, or simply years of your time.” From Donna.
- This Is America, As It Is – “I never got the handbook on how to raise a black boy in America, but I remember the words my father said to me. I took a deep breath, steadied my voice, and started telling my son what to do when confronted by the police. As I spoke, that uncomfortable feeling in my chest blossomed, squeezing my internal organs, making it hard to breathe. This is America, as it is.”
- In 1911, Albert Einstein Told Marie Curie To Ignore The Trolls – “On Friday, a digitized trove of Albert Einstein’s writings and correspondence was made available online. While perusing the collection, astrobiologist David Grinspoon found a letter addressed from Einstein to famed physicist, chemist, and two-time Nobel-Laureate, Marie Curie. “
- If You’re Protesting Today, or Any Day, You Should Know Your Cellphone Rights – “Don’t forget that a fingerprint lock alone may not be enough to secure your phone, because you could be compelled to use your finger to unlock it. Also, messaging with friends on a service that uses end-to-end encryption (like Wickr or now WhatsApp) can help keep the content of messages away from prying eyes.”
- Siblings Build A Butcher Shop For ‘Meat’-Loving Vegans – “It might seem like a contradiction, but brother and sister Kale and Aubry Walch — yes, Kale — are opening the first vegan butcher shop next spring in Minneapolis, to be called the Herbivorous Butcher. They plan to bring their customers all of those delicious meat flavors, minus the meat. Recreating the taste without the actual ingredient is a challenge worth tackling, the siblings say.”
- Growing Up Gender-Nonconforming Amid Scolding, Awkward Silences – ” ‘And, as I’m singing along with Mary, my hand is limp. And I remember my mother yelled at me. She was like, “Boys don’t hold their hands like that, girls and sissies hold their hands like that.’ She repeated, ‘Fix your hand, fix your hand!” ‘ Williams says. ‘But I didn’t know that my hand was broken. And I was like, “Ma, I don’t — I don’t know how to fix it.” And so, that was one of the first moments I remember being judged for acting like a girl.’ “
BONUS: The best Christmas songs you’ve probably never heard. I just wanted to add in a shout-out to my favorite Christmas album, Santa God and Other Blasphemies by Dan Hart.