Last Week’s Leftovers: How far we’ve traveled in the galaxy and more

Each week the news feed fills up with more than gets pushed out to you. So, here’s a single-post-clearing-house to get those stories out that may or may not have a whole lot to do with Minot but were interesting none-the-less. It’s good grist for the curious mind.

We haven’t gone very far in the universe

The story comes from Science Alert and it puts into visual perspective how far we’ve traveled. And by ‘travel’, it means our radio signals which have been moving at the speed of light for about 100 years. And that’s just a picture of one galaxy. The people that study this stuff suggest there are more galaxies out there, maybe even a lot more.

On the environment…

A group named the upper Missouri River among the most endangered; it’s due to flood protection reservoirs — you can read about that here.

PFAS is an emerging-in-the-environment and little-understood man-made compound. They’re the basis for making fabrics water-resistant and we’re starting to see traces of them in our food supply and our own bodies. NPR has the introductory story.

Butterflies, like the bees, seem to be on the decline. Catch this story from the Fargo Forum for more on the story of losing nature’s best metaphor for rebirth.

On the state of news

You should probably expect an website experimenting in media to pick-up stories related to media. Here’s a couple:

The hostility toward journalism and reporters in the U.S. has landed our country on a list. From the sound of it, it’s not one we should be happy about. Here’s the story from NPR.

This letter to the editor from the Fargo Forum touches on an effort to rebalance the media market so that it favors tech giants just a little bit less. If you didn’t know, one reason small media is struggling is because of the massive disruption created by social media giants like Google and Facebook. Is regulation the right answer? Feel free to discuss.

On building better…

Dreaming about building a house someday? This article from the Star Tribune gathers the insights of twin cities area architects on what matters most in form and function.

Or perhaps you’re building a company? Most small businesses don’t have the budget to put a philosopher on staff, but Apple does. In fact, they have a tightly veiled in-house University. Find out what we know about it and why Apple is investing so much in employee enrichment and welfare in this article from Quartz.

Josh Wolsky

Developer & Writer @TheMinot Voice, Fan of the Souris River, SavorMinot Advocate. Fortunate to be a 'former' City Council member ;)

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