American astronauts are once again all set to vote from space. For the 2020 election, Kate Rubins filmed a short video on her preparations to vote from her mission. Even though mission plans may change and allow the astronauts to vote on Earth, it's great to know that American astronauts have the option to exercise their right to vote. And that means Americans that are on Earth have no excuse...it's time to get out and vote, Vote, VOTE!
Here at Future-ish, we love data candy. Line graphs are one of our favorite information sweets and Google Books Ngram Viewer makes it super easy to track and compare different words and phrases in their corpus of books over time. So why not offer ngrams on Mondays?
Disclaimer: the words and phrases we campare are not chosen scientifically, their history and context are certainly more complex than what can presented here, and - to be completely honest - they are generally thought up over cocktails. Cheers, darling! We consder them little data poems that have the potential to be both trivial and/or profound.
In this graph: being fans of an inclusive future, we are pleased to note the slow but steady upward trend for the term "progressivism". Regarding the term "fundamentalism", we note the quick rise, peaks, and timing of the term. In addition, although it's use has decreased in recent years, it is still more prevalent than it's paired term. Per the the disclaimer, we have no context for how the paired terms are actually being used in the books the Google Books Ngram Viewer analyzes, we can only observe the frequency of the terms.
Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.
This week we focus our magnifying lense of choice (monocle, binoculars, telescope, etc.) on the fiesty little astroid Bennu. In October 2020, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission’s Touch-And-Go (TAG) sample collection event succeeded in gathering a sample of the asteroid surface. When the samples do return to Earth, we will learn a tremendous amount about asteroids, our galaxy, and our universe.
But here's a bit of trivia that is sure to win you big points at the weekend cocktail party. Why all the bird names for the features and potential landing sites on Bennu? It all starts with Bennu. In 2012, The University of Arizona, The Planetary Society and the LINEAR Project sponsored a 'name the asteroid' contest and Michael Puzio, a third-grader from North Carolina, had the winning entry. Bennu is reference to the ancient Egyptian diety, Bennu, a heron-like bird that the student felt the OSIRIS-REx craft resembled.
To honor and supplement the bird reference, the key features of Bennu, including the potential landing sights of OSIRIS-Rex, have been named for birds.
Cocktail pairing: The Blue Heron may be listed as a summer cocktail but it is sure to be tasty all year around, whether you are in Egypt or Estonia.
And you can't have post on Bennu's birds without a bit of 1978 "Birdland":
NewsFusion for October 2020
- All-female scientific coalition calls for protection of Antarctic Peninsula | Reuters
- NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Successfully Touches Asteroid | NASA
- New England Journal of Medicine published historic editorial on COVID-19 | New England Journal of Medicine
- Design Week Mexico Aims to Unite During Divisive Times | Architectural Digest
- The Palais Galliera reopens with a major exhibition dedicated to Gabrielle Chanel | Vogue
- The Hummer is back as a 350-mile range ‘electric supertruck’ that can drive diagonally | The Verge
We couldn't go another week without posting on 2020 Design Week Mexico that runs October 7-31 because it looks OVER-THE-TOP amazing!!! Jump to the website to learn more about all the online features and events throughought the month.
A hero of humanity has crossed over. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020. She was a champion of human rights, an inspiration, and a role model to so many.
We will be writing a full Future-ish Culture Icon biography for Justice Ginsburg in the coming days but there is no doubt that she served as a shining example of how culture and gender should not and must not be a barrier to anyone achievieng success and contributing to society. In surpassing her own obstacles throughout her career, she was also a tireless champion in her work for achieving justice and human rights for so many others who faced - or would have faced - similar challenges.
NewsFusion for September 2020Science...
- Phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus | Nature Astronomy
- Austrian trains to test hydrogen cell engine | CNBC
- Scientific American makes first political endorsement in 175 years | Scientific American
- The Pendleton Problem: When Does Cultural Appreciation Tip Into Appropriation? | Dwell
- Pontilly Neighborhood Stormwater Network project will reduce flood risk and beautify green spaces in New Orleans | nola.gov
- British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful on race, fashion, and a changing world | Time
- Lost Villages Project brought Unangax̂ survivors of World War II back to their communities in the Aleutian Islands they were forced to leave during WWII | KUCB
- USA Today's Women of the Century - Hawaii list celebrates mana wahine | USA Today
- Gather, a new documentary on indigenous food celebrates Indian resilience | Indian Country Today