Amy Coney Barrett’s Adoption Myths

In oral arguments for the abortion case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, Justice Amy Coney Barrett asked pro-choice advocates: Would banning abortion be so bad if women could just drop their newborns at the fire station for someone else to adopt?
— Read on nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/12/amy-coney-barrett-adoption-myths.html

At Art Basel, NFT Fans Say No Thanks to Facebook’s Metaverse

Miami’s Art Basel has become a frenzied, self-interested search for the future of the internet. Just don’t mention Mark Zuckerberg.
— Read on nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/12/at-art-basel-nft-fans-say-no-thanks-to-facebooks-metaverse.html

The ingenious living bridges of India – BBC Future

For centuries, indigenous groups in north-east India have crafted intricate bridges from living fig trees. Now this ancient skill is making its way to European cities.
— Read on www.bbc.com/future/article/20211117-how-indias-living-bridges-could-transform-architecture

In Latest Assault on Dissent, Egypt Convicts a Human Rights Activist – The New York Times

In June, Ahmed Samir Santawy, an Egyptian researcher and graduate student of anthropology in Vienna, who was detained during a visit to Egypt and questioned about anti-government posts he had made on social media, was sentenced to four years in prison on charges of spreading false news.

And this month, five activists and politicians, including a former member of Parliament, were sentenced from three to five years in prison, also on charges of spreading false news and using their social media accounts to undermine national security.
More trials of other researchers, activists and bloggers are expected in coming weeks.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/11/29/world/middleeast/egypt-hossam-bahgat-verdict.html

In Latest Assault on Dissent, Egypt Convicts a Human Rights Activist – The New York Times

— an outcome that experts said appeared calculated to serve two purposes: a guilty verdict that would intimidate government opponents into silence while simultaneously presenting a more reasonable face to the audience abroad by not imprisoning him.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/11/29/world/middleeast/egypt-hossam-bahgat-verdict.html

NFTs, Explained | a16z Podcast

with @jessewldn @ljxie @smc90

Everything you need or want to know about NFTs (or to help others understand NFTs.) Cuts through the noise to share the signal:
covering what NFTs are, the underlying crypto big picture, and then specifically what forms they take; addressing common myths and misconceptions from “just a JPG” to the question of energy use; sharing briefly how NFTs work; providing a quick overview of the players/ ecosystem; and throughout, discussing various applications too.

This episode was originally released in March 2021.
— Read on a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/nfts-explained-CesNt_e1

Plant-based ice cream 2.0? Eclipse Foods buoyed by ‘incredible’ early data from Whole Foods

Eclipse Foods – a plant-based brand on a mission to replicate the taste and functionality of conventional dairy rather than building a brand around ‘hero’ ingredients such as oat, almond or coconut – says early data from Whole Foods suggests its strategy is paying off.
— Read on www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2021/11/28/Plant-based-ice-cream-2.0-Eclipse-Foods-buoyed-by-incredible-early-data-from-Whole-Foods

Great Barrier Reef: how a spectacular coral spawning event is helping to breed heat-tolerant corals | Great Barrier Reef | The Guardian

Scientists have carefully collected spawn bundles by moonlight in a bid to help save the reef
— Read on www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/26/great-barrier-reef-how-a-spectacular-coral-spawning-event-is-helping-to-breed-heat-tolerant-corals

Prehistoric Moms May Have Cared for Kids Better Than We Thought | Lab Manager

A new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has revealed the death rate of babies in ancient societies is not a reflection of poor health care, disease, and other factors, but instead is an indication of the number of babies born in that era.

The findings shed new light on the history of our ancestors and debunk old assumptions that infant mortality rates were consistently high in ancient populations.

The study also opens up the possibility mothers from early human societies may have been much more capable of caring for their children than previously thought.

“It has long been assumed that if there are a lot of deceased babies in a burial sample, then infant mortality must have been high,” lead author Dr. Clare McFadden, from the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology, said.

“Many have assumed that infant mortality was very high in the past in the absence of modern health care,” McFadden said. “When we look at these burial samples, it actually tells us more about the number of babies that were born and tells us very little about the number of babies that were dying, which is counterintuitive to past perceptions.”
— Read on www.labmanager.com/news/prehistoric-moms-may-have-cared-for-kids-better-than-we-thought-27121

Disappointing test figures show students are still struggling to get back into school-mode | NL Times

Poor results of the first “normal” test week of this academic year show that kids are still having a hard time getting back into the swing of things at school. Only one school reported that the results were comparable with other years, Trouw reports after surveying secondary schools. 

The reactions from other schools included “dramatic,” “not what we are used to,” and “less than we normally score.” 
— Read on nltimes.nl/2021/11/24/disappointing-test-figures-show-students-still-struggling-get-back-school-mode

Maybe the struggles with online learning weren’t the “faults of teaching online”, but rather the reactions students were having to a global crisis.