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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Julián Faivovicha and Carlos Taboada

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times

Students 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 the Blanton Museum of Art as part of a course on empathetic communication.

Essence reports this week that art historian Nana Oforiatta-Ayim is working on an encyclopedia of African art! The project has received funding from the 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 had 😂 😂

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

Stunning Science Instagrams!

Hello hello!

We thought we’d shake things up this Wednesday with a look at some amazing science accounts on Instagram. Enjoy and be well!


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Astronomy Pictures Daily

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Scientific American

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National Geographic

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Nautilus Magazine

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Science by Guff

Who are your favorite science Instagrammers? Link us 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