The Friday Feelgood for May 12, 2017

Hello hello and Happy Friday! This week for the Friday Feelgood, we wanted to share some of the recent news that’s made us go WOW!


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Popular Science shares an interview with a star-nosed mole researcher (so that’s a job!), who highlights findings like how the mole uses that star as a super-sensitive touch organ. The mole has also been found to be that fastest-eating mammal in the world – but I’d counter that they’ve never seen me when my mom makes enchiladasĀ šŸ˜‚ šŸ˜‚

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In news that might be literally out of this world and with almost too many cool names to count, researchers are sharing their theory that a pillar called the Vulture Stone at the archaeological site Gƶbekli Tepe in Turkey shows confirmation of a theorized comet strike thought to contribute to a miniature ice age about 12,800 years ago. Vulture Stone is definitely a Nicolas Cage movie waiting to happen, right?

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In probably the biggest WOW we’ve had lately, human tools found alongside a mastodon now dated to be 130,000 years old suggest that humans may have come to the Americas more than 100,000 years before previously thought. That might change the way we understand a huge chunk of human history! (!!!)

PS how much does that picture make you love the internet!? Shoutout to Pixabay user SerenaWong!

What made you say wow this week? Let us know in the comments!

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It’s World Penguin Day!

It’s World Penguin Day! Could any day be more lovely?

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Greenpeace invites you to invite today by helping protect penguin habitats. Click the pic to learn more!

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The Telegraph offers a quiz to find out what kind of penguin you are!

National Geographic Kids has a whole playlist of penguin videos!

And last but not least, this underwater penguin cam from Explore.org!

 

The Friday Feelgood for April 21, 2017

Hello hello! It’s Friday once again! Making us happy this week:

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This week brings us news of the discovery of giant exoplanet KELT 11b. 320 lightyears away, the gas giant is 40% larger than Jupiter with just one-fifth its mass – making it about the same density as styrofoam!

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This week also brings us exciting news in the animal world. Scientists have discovered that the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) can recognize its own body as an impediment in task performance. This unique marker of intelligence places elephants in a group with other animals like great apes, dolphins and magpies!

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This last one is one of my favorite pieces of news in a while! Khipus (above) were used by the Inca to store accounting and other information, but they have remained untranslated and unreadable. That may change, though, with new evidence emerging from a color code found in a spectacular pair of khipus preserved by Andean village elders since colonial times, demonstrating consistency with a logosyllabic writing system. This is a major step towards understanding ancient Incan writing!


What’s making you feel good this week? Let us know in the comments!

Mindful Monday for April 17, 2017

Happy Happy Monday! This week:

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The Star Tribune offers a profile of “yoga enthusiast and fat femme” Jessamyn Stanley and her new book Every Body Yoga.

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The trend of animal yoga carries on with a heartening twist in Ohio as an animal shelter offers yoga classes with adoptable animals.

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And in the continuing adventures of “where WON’T people do yoga?” this week brings you yoga on paddle boards!

What are you looking forward to this week? Let us know in the comments below!

The Friday Feelgood for April 14, 2017

The happiest of Fridays to you indeed! Making us feel good this week:

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Researchers have uncovered a trove of caves in South America that were BURROWED BY GIANT ANCIENTĀ SLOTHS. “It’s cute, it’s terrifying, IT’S GIANT ANCIENT SLOOOOOTHS!”

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The BBC has this great story on animals that humans have mistaken as evil. Would giant cave-burrowing sloths have made this list?

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This week also brings us news of the discovery of this new species of pistol shrimp,Ā Synalpheus pinkfloydi, named for its giant pink claw. Wish you were here…unless you were an angry pistol shrimp!


Making us feel grrrrreat right now is news that Fight for the Future is providing seed funding for “A-Teams,”Ā letting real people apply with their own ventures to become professional activists. Oh snap!

What’s making you feel good this week? Let us know in the comments!

Mindful Monday for March 27, 2017

Happy Mindful Monday! This week:

Spreading MS awareness through yoga: Fox 2 Detroit speaks withĀ yoga therapist, author and entrepreneur Mindy Eisenberg, director of Yoga Moves MS, who highlights her organizations efforts to help those with MS and similar conditions through yoga practice.

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Dr. Stanley Rodski highlights “colourtation,” a practice named following findings that five minutes a day coloring can have benefits similarĀ to an hour of meditation.

In the ever-developing world of animal yoga, CNN this week highlights cat yoga:

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[Not actual cat yoga. lol]

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And finally this week, the New Yorker offers a little satire with Puritan Yoga.

Say hi in the comments, and let us know how you’re being mindful this week!

Newly discovered animals!

Discovery happens all the time, and these incredible creatures are just some of the recent finds!

Live Science has a great feed for animal discoveries – but just a heads up, a shocking number of new animal discoveries are nightmare spidersĀ šŸ˜‚ šŸ˜‚

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This newly discovered colorful Hawaiian fishy,Ā Tosanoides obama, received the honor last month of sharing its name with another famous Hawaiian, former President Barack Obama. Adorbs!

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Turns out, 6 million years ago theseĀ LITERALĀ OTTERS THE SIZE OF WOLVESĀ terrorized China.Ā BUT SO ADORABLY!Ā 

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Oh my gibbon! Specifically: Skywalker hoolockĀ gibbon! The scientists who named the adorable primate friend say their inspiration came from the Chinese name, which translates to “heavenā€™s movement,” as well as from the Star Wars fandom. May the gibbon be with me!

What’s your favorite recent discovery? Share it in the comments!

The Friday Feelgood for March 17, 2017

Welcome to the Friday Feelgood. It’s Friday and we feel good! This week:

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Artist Theaster Gates by photographed by Gabriella Demczuk for the New York Times.

The New York Times profiles artist Theaster Gates, his new show, “The Minor Arts” at the National Gallery, and the Chicago organization he founded to help transform vacant buildings into aesthetic, affordable living and cultural spaces.

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Researchers have discoveredĀ fluorescent frogs. That’s cool AND alliterative.

 

 

 

 

 

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StudentsĀ at the new Dell Medical School at University of Texas at Austin are receiving training in nontraditional areas like mindfulness and observational skills. Above, students meet in theĀ Blanton Museum of Art as part of a course on empathetic communication.

Essence reports this week that art historianĀ Nana Oforiatta-Ayim is working on an encyclopedia of African art! The project has received funding from theĀ Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and should yield a digital and maybe eventually physical compendium on African art both historic and modern.

And last but not least, PWR BTTM brings us their newest, Answer My Text…a feeling we’ve all hadĀ šŸ˜‚ šŸ˜‚

What’s making you feel good this week? Let us know in the comments!