Penguins Have Mastered the Micro-Nap (NPR)
by Regina G. Barber, Aaron Scott, and Brent Baughman
Move over, cats. There’s a new master of the nap. Research has found that chinstrap penguins take more than 10,000 naps a day, making seconds-long rest periods add up to eleven hours of sleep each day.
Harsh Life on the Moon (Eos)
by Saima May Sidik
The first astronauts on the Moon landed on the Sea of Tranquillity. NASA’s revival of Moon missions will send explorers to considerably less tranquil places, forcing them to navigate harsh terrain, weird light conditions, and ridiculously cold temperatures.
Israel’s Diversity (The Conversation)
by David L. Graizbord
Israel’s identity as a Jewish state is an umbrella for a tremendously diverse population, encompassing ethnic groups from all over the world and an enormous range of approaches to religion and politics.
Why Do Those Angels Have Guns? (Atlas Obscura)
by Amy Crawford
In an area along the border of Bolivia and Peru, a longstanding type of painting depicts finely dressed angels armed with muskets. The art has been interpreted in many ways over the centuries and even helped inspire an Indigenous uprising.
What Food Labels Do (Nursing Clio)
by Emily Contois
For many Americans, FDA nutrition labels are an invaluable guide to what to buy and how to eat. Behind the labels is a complex dance between regulators, foodmakers, and the public that has as much impact on how companies make food as it does on how people buy it.
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