For your Wednesday lunch today-
- Bill Nye, my childhood science mentor via PBS, debated Ken Ham last night on the science of evolution vs. creationism. Ham is the president of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, where the debate took place and was livestreamed. Um, yeah. Mashable has a recap here.
- We have our own share of science-deniers here in the Tar Heel state… The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences denied to show a documentary Shored Up, about the impacts of climate change on places like our lovely Outer Banks, also one of my personal favorite places in the world… But hey, you can still catch it tonight at NCSU or tomorrow at Full Frame Theatre in Durham. More here from WRAL.
You can also watch the debate on youtube, embeded below.
Health and Technology:
- Rumor has it Apple hired an expert on sleep research, Dr. Roy J.E.M. Raymann, onto its team developing the ‘iWatch’ project. So I guess you better watch out cause soon Santa will not be the only one who sees you when you’re sleeping. More here from The Telegraph.
- This one is a cool one. A company called RevMedx is developing a modified syringe device called XStat that will inject special sponges into a wound, which would stop heavy bleeding in 15 seconds, ideal for gunshot wounds and more effective and efficient than gauze. More here.
- This is pretty big. CVS will stop selling tobacco products in its stores by October. More here.
- I’m sure y’all have heard about the heartwarming Coke commercial during the Super Bowl this past weekend and the weird racist responses on Twitter that followed. (Why do we pay attention to these tweeps again?) But good thing we have folks like this Atlanta anchor. Much love to you, Ms. Wood!
- Not going to give this too much time. But apparently there’s going to be a celebrity boxing match between George Zimmerman and DMX. Um, wait what? I hope no guns are involved. Or skittles.
- Sochi might not be quite up to expectations in terms of readiness for the Olympics… Take a look at some of these tweets from journalists arriving in Russia.
- Take note, North Carolina and other various states in the U.S., Scotland voted 105 to 18 on Tuesday to allow same-sex marriages. More from the BBC.
- Chinese New Year was this past weekend, and Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets (and of “Linsanity” fame) celebrates the Year of the Horse in the kitchen making dumplings on NBA Inside Stuff. Lin also landed his first career triple-double for the Rockets this past weekend, by the way.
- Americans come from all sorts of cultural backgrounds, and I think we have generally got that memo with Coke reminding us along the way. But it’s also cool to see POCs represented in our fictional super heroes and heroines. And what is more quintessentially American than Captain America? Vishavjit Singh, a Sikh New Yorker, donned a patriotic turban and iconic shield as Captain America last year in the streets of New York. This month, he’ll be making an appearance at the Japanese American National Museum in LA, accompanying an exhibition that examines the portrayal of Asians and Asian Americans in U.S. comics.
And… that’s all folks, enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.