Have you heard of the mystery of the sailing stones? It’s not a Hardy Boys novel — it’s the strange phenomenon of rocks leaving zig-zagging tracks across Death Valley.
Image: Momatiuk - Eastcott/Corbis / Video: Jim Norris
Step Inside London’s Felt Cornershop
Look closely at a corner shop in East London and you’ll see everything is not as it seems. The Cornershop, opened in a derelict store in Bethnal Green by artist Lucy Sparrow (@sewyoursoul), is actually an art installation which consists of 4,000 items all handmade from felt! From Heinz Baked Beans to Digestive Biscuits, everything in the shop is hand-stitched and the whole shop took Lucy eight months to assemble.
“I wanted to create something that surrounded people completely,” says Lucy, whose first job was in her local corner shop. “I hope this project reminds people just how much the cornershop cements life in local communities.” The installation runs until August 31.
The attention to detail in this installation is *amazing*! -Emily
Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.
The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers.
The UCLA researchers studied two groups of sixth-graders from a Southern California public school. One group was sent to the Pali Institute, an outdoor education camp in Running Springs, Calif., where the kids had no access to electronic devices. For the other group, it was life as usual.
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NPR’s Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate an intensely emotional community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership.
Rev. Willis Johnson, the pastor of Wellspring Church, hosted a community conversation Thursday night that drew about 200 people to the church. In welcoming the audience, Johnson acknowledged he’s “gone from feeling hurt, to wanting to hurt,” but he said he hoped the event would be a step to healing a “community in trauma.”
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New York City is launching the latest salvo in its never-ending war on rats.
City officials are ramping up efforts to teach regular New Yorkers how to make their streets, businesses and gardens less hospitable to rodents — in other words, to see their neighborhood the way a health inspector would.
When Caroline Bragdon, a rat expert with the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, walks through the East Village, she’s not looking at the people or the storefronts. Her eyes point down, at the place where the sidewalk meets the buildings and the street. “If you look really carefully, you can even see their hairs,” Bragdon says, pointing to a little hole in the sidewalk next to a sewer grate. “When we see something like this, what we say to each other is, ‘This catch basin is hot.’ You know, ‘This is ratty.’ “
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If you want a job here, show up to your interview with lots of questions.
via Cosmo Magazine
We love this Throwback Thursday post from the American Library association!
The poetry of the Great War is some of the most wrenching, evocative stuff ever written — we also like this new graphic novel compilation of the war’s most memorable poems:
Tonight Michel Martin will be holding a live conversation in St. Louis about race, law enforcement and more. Hashtag is #beyondferguson. Page to link to today is here. Follow @nprmichel and @stlpublicradio for updates. It will air tomorrow but you can follow the conversation as it’s taking place tonight between 6-8 PM CT with the hashtag #beyondferguson.
Anyone can now go to https://analytics.twitter.com and see detailed analytics about your personal Twitter account, including who follows you. I learned that 34% of my followers also follow @TheOnion and 55% of them are guys. Who knew!?
Former NPR program director Bill Siemering sends along this project on climate change that’s building on its roots in public radio to involve citizen scientists on a national scale.
WNPR’s Patrick Skahill now has a science tumblr.
I found this blog about social media from Harvard Business School that’s really interesting.
Wright Bryan sends along this AMA on commenting sections from someone who studies commenting sections for a living.
JuxtaposeJS is a new Knight Labs tool that allows you to see changes between images. It is still in development but was mentioned as one of the new tools in this interesting piece on Building Data Journalism Teams. Carol Ritchie sends along an example of before-and-after images from NOLA.com featuring images taken before and after Hurricane Katrina.
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Mel “nominates the Science Desk to do a story about ice cubes and the optimal temperature for ice cubes and the proper ratio of ice cubes / water for the ideal ice bucket challenge and the health risks involved and then would like the entire desk to take the challenge” Kramer