Weekly News

Welcome back, friends. A friendly greeting for the final Wednesday before my spring break. I can taste it. Two more days. I may be crawling toward break, but I’ll get there. Two. More. Days.

This first story sounds like an innovation for those who enjoy a nice cool one, but …. Can you imagine? I’m not a drinker, so not drinking it falls into my normal aversion to beer. What about all of you? Could you stomach a beer knowing it’s treated sewage water?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stone-brewing-toilet-to-tap_us_58cc60c7e4b0be71dcf4fc2f?section=us_weird-news

This is creepy. Please don’t. Except on Halloween, then it’s okay. 🙂

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/amazon-alexa-talking-skull_us_58c9b77de4b00705db4bf02a?section=us_weird-news

Science understanding of how the microbiome directly impacts health as well as disease risk has grown by leaps and bounds. Further proof to stop with the anti-bacterial soaps and overuse of antibiotics. Step away from the bottles.

http://www.sciencemag.org/topic/microbiome

That’s it for me tonight. Two more days. I can do this…uhh. See you in seven.

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Weekly News

Welcome back to all my warm friends out there as well as my snow-bound ones. I finished a run earlier in 73 degree weather. Don’t be jealous if you’re getting pummeled by snow. I live in Colorado, which means that I could be buried under feet of snow any day between now and the end of April. Until then, I enjoy. 🙂 Time for some news.

This first story has the highest cute factor I’ve seen for a while. It may be over-shared online, but I just couldn’t leave it be. He’s. So. Cute.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/disabled-goldfish-wheelchair_us_58c9c4d5e4b0ec9d29d897c2?section=us_weird-news

This house looked weird when I first saw the picture, but then I saw the inside. I don’t know if I could get over feeling like I was living in a fairy tale, but it is interesting.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cowboy-boot-house-dan-phillips-texas_us_58c6c85be4b0d1078ca85cad?section=us_weird-news

Last up in science, they found grandpa.

http://www.livescience.com/58256-hominin-skull-is-likely-neanderthal-relative.html

That’s all for tonight. If you’re reading this wrapped up in blankets, grab a cocoa. If you’re toasty warm like we are at the moment, enjoy. See you in seven.

 

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Weekly News

Welcome back! Another week, another chance to impress with my array of intriguing stories. The following will not disappoint, or, at the very least, they will make you giggle.

This first story defines strange flea market oddities. Who wants a bejeweled Victorian gas mask?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/brooklyn-flea-market-oddities_us_58c05d1ee4b054a0ea675c98?section=us_weird-news

Perfect story for International Women’s Day. I bet she could even accomplish this feat backwards in heels. 😉

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-reporter-in-heels-just-ran-the-most-impressive-40-at-nfl-combine_us_58bd9b52e4b0d8c45f452560?section=us_weird-news

I don’t pretend to have a full grasp of this incredible science story, but I love challenging myself. Science is fascinating!

http://www.livescience.com/58171-time-crystals-created-in-the-lab.html

That’s all folks. See you back here in seven.

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IWSG and Weekly News

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Welcome back to another posting of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). Time once again for a virtual gathering of twitching laptop-chained writers. We may require coffee and chocolate to stay engaged, but those are at hand. Yum. 😉

Thank you to this month’s co-hosts:  Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!

The question this month relates to dusting off really old stories. I personally do not have that experience, so I’ll instead trumpet some good news about my WIP. I just found out that my submission in a local writing contest garnered me 3rd place in the science fiction/fantasy category. Woo-hoo! I’m even more pleased to know that it underwent further development before being sent to another contest, which bodes well for a higher place. My fingers are most definitely crossed.

 

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Time for some news. March is here! I cannot believe it is finally here. I need spring. I want warm weather and long days, and summer … I can’t wait for summer. I know I’m ahead of myself. Shut up. Let me fantasize. Ah…

This first story has an amazing shot of a UFO. Wait, it’s a jellyfish. They do not seem equivalent, but you need to take a look and decide for yourself.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jellyfish-ufo-american-samoa_us_58b604d6e4b060480e0cb577?section=us_weird-news

This next story makes me proud of the next generation. Too many people forget to acknowledge how many really good kids are out there.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/puppy-trapped-well-robot-arm-istanbul_us_58adc905e4b04a0b274ee203?section=us_weird-news

The jellyfish picture made me long to look at other ocean images. So much beauty in our largely unexplored depths.

http://www.livescience.com/58017-amazing-underwater-photos.html

That will do it for me. See you in seven.

 

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Weekly News

Welcome back. It is time for a blast of news: an interesting blast, a spectacular blast, ah…you judge for yourself. 🙂

This seems like a legit topic for a president to weigh in on. I mean pineapple … where will it end?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/iceland-president-guoni-johannesson-pineapple-pizza_us_58ac7164e4b02a1e7dac2c24?section=us_weird-news

I just love this contest. I would have so much fun trying to sculpt my own do.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hair-freezing-takhini-hot-pools_us_58a77606e4b07602ad54a5ca?section=us_weird-news

What a game changer. This is why science  and thinking is important.

http://www.livescience.com/57902-magic-foil-cools-buildings.html

That’s all folks. See you in seven.

 

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Weekly News

Sorry this is a day late. I had conferences the past two nights. Last night I just couldn’t. Tired brain and writing is as likely to be funny as incoherent. I chose instead to be an incoherent, semi-conscious vegetable for my whole hour between work and bed. It is a decision I stand by. 😉

First up is a heart-warming trick to get people to donate to this animal rescue organization. I’m all for pulling at heartstrings to get people to take care of animals.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/goat-loves-ups-man_us_58a54ed5e4b037d17d24d5a3?section=us_weird-news

Major props to Officer Chris Womack. Police officers do so much that goes unnoticed, glad this rookie is getting some attention for a very brave act.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cop-drive-thru-fire-jack-in-the-box_us_58a4381ae4b0ab2d2b1ab5b3?section=us_weird-news

Last up, who knew that oceans contained some of the most beneficial lawns imaginable. This is the first year I’m teaching about ecosystems, and I think this is definitely worth a mention.

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/seagrasses-boost-ecosystem-health-fighting-bad-bacteria?tgt=nr

That’ll do it for me this *cough* afternoon. See you in six.

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Weekly News

What’s up? It’s Wednesday yet again, and I’m feeling the urge to listen to music. So… I’m going to share.

Love, love, love this song!

Different feel and tone, but equally loved. Enjoy!

Last up, a science song that I love to play for my students.

That’ll do it for me tonight. See you here in seven.

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