Short video of a lightning strike destroying a tree, stunning.
Archaeologists say 100,000-year-old footprints found on an ancient Spanish beach represent a clan of 36 Neanderthals, the adults walking in straight lines and children frolicking among them.
Eight-minute video of an animated show depicting the life of Vincent Van Gogh, using 600 lighted drones.
According to this story, many psychologists think teenagers won't suffer from their "lost year" unless grown-ups constantly harp on how bad it was. (New York Times)
Maryland repeals its "Police Bill of Rights," enacts stricter limits on police violence.
There is a drug that makes opioid pain relievers more effective, giving people better relief at much lower doses: amphetamines. This has, I discover, been known for 50 years. Of course learning enough about the details of the best regimen has been a bit of a challenge, but it looks like this is still worth it. (Via Scott Siskind's monthly link post)
Roman strongbox – basically a stoutly made chest with a lot of metal fittings – from the 4th century AD found in Spain.
Is American politics too meta?
Giant Pterosaurs raise a lot of questions, including, how could they carry prey without snapping their meters-long necks? New CT scans of vertebrae reveal complicated structures that provide part of the answer.
And a 2019 New York Times piece on the evidence that pterosaur babies could fly right out of the egg.
Something I knew nothing about: the hunting traditions of Taiwan's indigenous people and the conflict over them. (New York Times)
Syrian/French artist Khaled DAWWA has turned his experience with various forms of detention into a series of sculptures called "Compressed."
Thomas Edsall examines the contradictions of "woke capitalism." (New York Times)
Another writer rather mysteriously maintains that "The risks associated with the literary and artistic vocation have risen." Indeed there is still censorship, and indeed there is still risk in art, but we have now hardly compares to, say, the 16th century, or the Cultural Revolution. The need some people have to think things are getting worse has always puzzled me.
Biden promises complete withdrawal from Afghanistan: "We're going to zero troops by September."
London's COVID Memorial Wall, with 150,000 painted hearts.
Brazilian phot0ographer Vitor Schietti's "Dancing Light Paintings"
Against apocalyptic thinking, pretentious and literary but still interesting
John McWhorter is posting excerpts from his new book on his substack; the book argues that woke anti-racism, which he calls Electism, is racist and horrible for black people.
Trying to cleanse computer science of racist language: master, slave, blacklist, etc. The immediate problem is that since the IETF can't agree on new terms, various programming groups are inventing their own, raising the possibility of much misunderstanding (New York Times)