Simple. Honest. Good. 

(Reblogged from good)


In late July and August, something remarkable happens in the air above Lake Murray, South Carolina.  Around sunset, hundreds of thousands of purple martins come streaming towards the center of the lake from every direction, swirling together in a massive flock that darkens the sky. After an hour of wheeling and singing they settle down on a small island.

For the past 25 years, Lake Murray has boasted the largest purple martin roost in the United States. The birds gather there in the hundreds of thousands before beginning their epic migration to South America. Every year hundreds of boats full of purple martin admirers crowd the waters around the island. Every year 500,000 birds put on a breathtaking aerial performance.

But not this year.

This year, the boats went out as usual. But the birds didn’t show up.

And so Skunk Bear (NPR’s science tumblr) has gone mobile in search of the missing martins.  We – that’s photojournalist Maggie Starbard and science reporter Adam Cole – have vowed not to return to HQ until we’ve located the errant flock … or until Tuesday morning. Whichever comes first.

We’re starting our search where the birds were last seen: in American backyards. Purple martins on the east coast rely entirely on human-built dwellings to breed, and thousands of humans have taken it upon themselves to provide these nesting colonies. We’re hoping this slightly crazy fellowship of purple martin “landlords” (that’s what they call themselves) can point us in the right direction.

Maybe we’ll find out where the birds went.  Maybe we’ll find out why they are so dependent on humans. And maybe we’ll find out why all these people are so invested in their survival. Stay tuned.

(Reblogged from npr)

(Source: socialismartnature)

(Reblogged from think4yourself)




This fall, New York City becomes the first city in the nation to tackle the issue of girls’ self-esteem and body image. Recognizing that girls as young as 6 and 7 are struggling with body image and self-esteem, (over 80% of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat and by middle school, 40-70% of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body), New York City is launching a self-esteem initiative to help girls believe their value comes from their character, skills, and attributes – not appearance. 


and girls of color!

Humanity ftw.

(Source: capricornwholovesdanger)

(Reblogged from think4yourself)

So grateful for a day of Spotify surfing. Delicious musical nourishment. 



Photo of the Day: Yellowstone Grizzlies

Photo by James Yule (Worland, WY, USA); Yellowstone, WY, USA

Monday’s cute overload.

(Reblogged from npr)


Went for my first Sarajevo run today. Half a mile from town and you could be in a national park. via Instagram

Wow. I wanna.

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We want to eliminate waiting in line from the face of the Earth.

Think of QLess as taking a number from anywhere in the world, without the hassle of showing up and standing around while you wait for it to be called. Just use your phone, tablet, computer, or an on-site kiosk to claim your place in line, then go about your day and show up when it’s your turn. The tech tells you how long it will be until you are served, alerts you when you need to make your way to the counter or hostess stand, and even allows you to let someone “cut” if you’re running late.

Read> Never Wait In Line Again

(via fastcompany)

This is promising.

(Reblogged from fastcompany)

Boards of Canada. Become a fan.

(Source: Spotify)

Curried quinoa, kale & egg whites for breakfast… premium fuel for cruising a Tuesday.