A person who has good thoughts

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

-Roald Dahl, The Twits, p. 7

The Friday Feelgood for March 31, 2017

Happy Happy Happy! This week in the Friday Feelgood:

Yesterday in the office everyone was buzzing about this new pneumatic robot hand inspired by octopus tentacles. What!

This week National Geographic brings us an amazing story of dinosaur tracks in Australia. Fearing damage to one of their sacred sites from a planned natural gas plant, members of the Goolarabooloo people contacted researchers at the University of Queensland. The result is an incredible effort to map a trove of dinosaur tracks from over 20 species. Some of the tracks are over a meter long!

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And in still more awesome dino news, a new discovery suggests Tyrannosauri reges (mmhm, that’s a proper plural lol) had sensitive snouts they may have rubbed together during mating! That. Is. Too. Cute!

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

The Friday Feelgood #1

Hello, and welcome to the Friday Feelgood, our week-ending review of art, innovation, discovery, and anything else that makes you feel good!

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Credits: NASA/JPL/Caltech

NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star (NASA)
We lead this week’s Friday Feelgood with one of the most incredible exoplanetary discoveries to date, the discovery of seven (7!) Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of a star about 40 lightyears from Earth in the constellation Aquarius. Count us excited for this age of Aquarius!

NBCBLK28: Kia LaBeija: At The Intersection of Art and Activism (NBC News)
NBC News profiles dancer and visual artist Kia LaBeija, whose self-portraits appear in the touring exhibition Art AIDS America. LaBeija, the only woman of color featured in the show, says: “Everything is intersectional. My story is in all of my work. As an activist and as an artist, telling your story is also part of resistance.”

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Image: Nanoleaf Aurora (manufacturer)

Smart art: The Nanoleaf Aurora triangular lighting system is really neat (Ars Technica)
Ars Technica takes a look at the Nanoleaf Aurora, a new lighting solution and interactive art project. Made of interchangeable linked LED light panels, the Aurora can be configured in many different ways, can display more than 16 million different colors, and is controlled through a mobile app.

Her Scientific Discovery: Support (The New York Times)
Following the release of the (excellent, really super-duper very good) Hidden Figures, scientist Anjelica L. Gonzalez reflects on coming up as a woman of color in science, considering ways to better support marginalized people in STEM education.


Books we loved this week:

Bloodchild and Other Stories (Butler)
How to Be a Villain (Zawacki)

New tunes we love:

Slide,” Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos
American Teen,” Khalid