What I read today

My boyfriend commented yesterday on how much information my brain sucks in every day from what I read on the internet. I was a little skeptical, so thought I’d start keeping track.  Here’s a list of what I read during spare moments at work while pages loaded or spreadsheets tried to die on me.


Pockets of Oil from Exxon Valdez Spill Persist Along Alaskan Coast
Somewhere between amazing and sad.

Project Ara is Google’s moonshot for the smartphone world
So cool! A modular phone you can piece together yourself.  Control over the camera specs of my device would be amazing.

5 Ways to Make Shareable Images That Drive Traffic
Decent piece on making viral content for marketing purposes, though I must admit I only skimmed it.  Mind the popup when you click on it.

Hollowing Out the Promises of God
“While the Christian tradition teaches us to tell ourselves over and over again that “God cannot forsake us,” it also teaches us that experiencing God’s faithfulness could mean enduring the most horrific things imaginable, which makes the promise never to forsake us an empty promise.”
Godless in Dixie always has fantastically thought-provoking posts.

New research suggests a strong link between the powerful smell of pine trees and climate change.
This news article has a slightly sensationalist headline, but the meat of the article is really interesting stuff.  There’s also a link in there to the abstract of the study published in Nature. The implications are significant and exciting, hinting at possible future developments in technology and general practices that could mitigate climate change. In other words, replant the forests to save the world.  Speculative fiction for now, but the idea of having to essentially replant all of the boreal forest we’ve lost in recent centuries is a beautiful twist in the meandering path of the development of modern civilization.

Tackling Tumors With Space Station Research
“True weightlessness affects human cells in a number of ways. For one thing, cells grown in space arrange themselves into three-dimensional groupings, or aggregates, that more closely resemble what happens in the body. “Without gravitational pull, cells form three-dimensional aggregates, or spheroids,” Grimm explains. “Spheroids from cancer cells share many similarities with metastases, the cancer cells which spread throughout the body.” Determining the molecular mechanisms behind spheroid formation might therefore improve our understanding of how cancer spreads.”

Decimating Our Ads Revenue
In which Reddit tries to do a nice thing, and appreciates a rather old pun.