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January 8, 2020

Life imitates art

Life imitates art

Above, Black Oxford apples, native to Maine.



Ellsworth Kelly's "Yellow White," painted in 1961.

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Glacial Waterfall in Antarctica

Located at the edge of the Nansen Ice Shelf, it's 425 feet wide.

Scientists believe it has been flowing for a century.

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BehindTheMedspeak: Is it true that you sleep better in a cool room?

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Long answer short: yes.

Anahad O'Connor's "Really?" column in the New York Times Science section had more; it follows.

The Claim: Cold Temperatures Improve Sleep

The Facts: Avoiding caffeine, sticking to a schedule and drinking a glass of warm milk are the usual tips for a good night’s rest. But the right room temperature can also play a crucial role.

Studies have found that in general, the optimal temperature for sleep is quite cool, around 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. For some, temperatures that fall too far below or above this range can lead to restlessness.

Temperatures in this range, it seems, help facilitate the decrease in core body temperature that in turn initiates sleepiness. A growing number of studies are finding that temperature regulation plays a role in many cases of chronic insomnia. Researchers have shown, for example, that insomniacs tend to have a warmer core body temperature than normal sleepers just before bed, which leads to heightened arousal and a struggle to fall asleep as the body tries to reset its internal thermostat.

For normal sleepers, the drop in core temperature is marked by an increase in temperature in the hands and feet, as the blood vessels dilate and the body radiates heat. Studies show that for troubled sleepers, a cool room and a hot-water bottle placed at the feet, which rapidly dilates blood vessels, can push the internal thermostat to a better setting.

The Bottom Line: A slightly cool room and a lower core temperature are optimal for sleep.

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22 online shops for stationery* addicts

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Fair warning: there goes your bank account.

Brief descriptions of each here.


*Note added at 11:14 a.m. today:

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Keychain Game Controller


From the Verge:

8BitDo, which is known for its high-quality third-party controllers and its retro-inspired designs, is launching a tiny keychain-sized Bluetooth controller called the Zero 2.

It's compatible with Windows, macOS, Raspberry Pi, Android devices, and both the Nintendo Switch and the Switch Lite.


The controller, which was first teased in 2018 at E3, is now available to purchase and it comes in pink, yellow, and turquoise.

Unfortunately, it seems the retro Nintendo finish from last year's teaser image isn’t available just yet.


At just 20 grams, the controller is small enough to carry around as a keychain, which the company provides.

That'll come in super handy if you're at a friend's place and you happen to need an extra controller, or if you want to play games on a flight but want to pack light.

It charges via Micro USB, and one to two hours of charging time provides eight hours of play, 8BitDo says.


It's got the bare minimum amount of buttons you need for 2D games: a D-pad, four face buttons, two shoulder buttons, Start, and Select.

It can be paired as an X-input or D-input device.



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