Mean Maureen’s Weekly Internet Round Up

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Well, this weekly wrap up will be slightly more meditative and somber than most, since it’s the 14th anniversary of September 11th, but there’s also some very interesting and exciting science news to report this week, as well as some cute animals (as per usual) so let’s get to it!

(PS – I’m gonna get to the 9/11 related articles first, both out of respect and because I want you guys to start with the sad stuff and work your way up to the bears playing on a hammock.  Whoops, spoiler alert.  Anyway, here we go!)

First, with an article that made me blubber like an overgrown baby, we have the last known living 9/11 rescue dog celebrating her 16th birthday with a dream day in New York City.  (This is the adorable dog in the lead photo, btw.)

And with a major new addition to 9/11 memorials, there’s a brand new memorial to Flight 93 which just opened this week in Shanksville, PA, the crash site where all of those on board lost their lives.

Also, NYC was treated to a beautiful rainbow on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary.

Leaving the memorials behind, lets venture into straight up exciting news –  a brand new human species, homo naledi, was discovered in South Africa in the largest collection of fossils ever found in one place in Africa.

I would have loved to have been a fly shaped surveillance robot on the wall at this mysterious and cool DARPA conference called, Wait, What?

And though I love Elon Musk and look forward to everything he does in the future… I think he is way too close to becoming a super villain for us to give him nukes, even if he does want to use them to terraform Mars.  ALLEGEDLY.

Speaking of allegedly, I have this supposedly optimistic and cheerful article about the progress we’re making on climate change bookmarked to read this weekend.  (Color me skeptical, since literally every other article on climate change I’ve ever read shares the thesis of “Sorry, we’re all fucked and there’s nothing we can do about it now!”)  But here’s hoping!

Finally, here are some bears doing a very bad job of lounging in a hammock.

Oh, and in news no one but me cares about, A TOMATO IN MY BALCONY GARDEN IS TURNING RED!!!  SLOWLY!  IT’S KIND OF A YELLOWISH RED, BUT ANYWAY, THIS MEANS I CAN GARDEN, KIND OF, I THINK!

Ahem.  Sorry for the all caps news about my balcony garden, but hopefully the other links were more informative or enjoyable.  😉  Have a wonderful weekend, all!

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