Four-winged flying dinosaur unearthed in China Newly discovered Changyuraptor yangi lived 125m years ago and was like ‘a big turkey with a really long tail’

[Research] points to an alternative approach [to happiness]: a ‘negative path’ to happiness that entails taking a radically different stance towards those things most of us spend our lives trying hard to avoid. This involves learning to enjoy uncertainty, embracing insecurity and becoming familiar with failure. In order to be truly happy, it turns out, we might actually need to be willing to experience more negative emotions – or, at the very least, to stop running quite so hard from them.

Oliver Burkeman on why the key to happiness might be forgetting positive thinking and succumbing, instead, to pessimism… sort of. (via explore-blog)

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Both magical spirituality and environmentalism are based on recognition of whole systems; they’re both based on the idea that the world is not linear, the world is not something where A produces B, B produces C, in that kind of simple-minded fashion which too many people insist on these days. In fact, the world is a whole system in which all the parts interact, in which everything is in constant interaction with everything else, and there are subtle linkages which connect everything — that’s what ecology tells us, but it’s also what magic tells us.

John Michael Greer, Down at the Crossroads podcast, episode #040 (via cosmic-rebirth)

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When readers were asked to place a series of events from the story in chronological order—a simple plot-reconstruction task, not requiring any deep analysis or critical thinking—those who had read the story in print fared significantly better, making fewer mistakes and recreating an over-all more accurate version of the story. The words looked identical—Kindle e-ink is designed to mimic the printed page—but their physical materiality mattered for basic comprehension.

Was this the last wild wolf of Britain? Adam Weymouth picks up the trail of the wolf folklore suggests was the last to roam wildly in Great Britain before being shot in the Scottish Highlands in 1680

The meaning of exponential Why populations explode, and why traces of radioactive elements can hang around for a very long time


The Supremes:
 
how we made Baby Love.
Mary Wilson:
‘We were beginning to be known as the “no-hit Supremes”. Then we had five number ones in a row’

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grimwaltz:

God… I love Ravens…
- GrimWaltz
So does Sumpix.

grimwaltz:

God… I love Ravens…

- GrimWaltz

So does Sumpix.

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