Stories [What's capturing my attention these days across design, strategy, innovation and beyond]
My biggest discovery in high school was that Mcdonalds would make shamrock McFlurries upon special request. Not so with Dasia Taylor, an Iowa student who invented a surgical suture that changes color when in the presence of infection for her science fair.
The innovation relies on beet juice, which changes from red to dark purple when pH rises from 5 to 9. Apparently, the human body also raises pH when confronted with an infection. How basic.
Product is still in testing before being it can be brought to market, but it could be a particularly huge early warning sign in developing nations, where C-sections alone often result in 20% infection rates.
Loved how Michael Polan put the central question in his op-ed: But while we can now begin to glimpse an end to the drug war, it is much harder to envision what the drug peace will look like.
He provided a series of examples of what a post-drug-war future might look, particularly regarding the guardrails that will be required around highly addictive drugs:
Indigenous People: "seldom, if ever, use a psychedelic alone and never casually: They are taken for a specific reason, with an intention. There is almost always an elder presiding, someone who knows the psychic terrain and can create a suitable container for the experience."
Animals: In isolation, rats given levers for food and opiates will opt for the drugs until they die. But when placed into larger, more pleasant environments with other rats, toys, and better food, they will sample a small amount of available narcotics (5 vs. 25mg)
Veterans: 20% of US troops became addicted to heroin in Vietnam. But 95% of them stopped using when they returned, with no drug treatment or intervention.
Tobacco: Active desocializing campaigns, in the form of high taxes and usage rules/taboos, have reduced usage for the past 50 years
In summary: JUST SAY NO is bogus. Drug usage is nuanced and highly affected by social situation, the role of ritual, and availability of experienced supervision and support.
Ahhh...the magic of TikTok - bringing you the Japanese utility commercials you didn't know that you needed.
This innovative 1:30 spot uses electrified thread to build circuits that bring a miniature town to life. A stunning visual, and great metaphor for the role of an electric company.
I promise you will be delighted. Plus, they also have one with a conductive marker which is equally cool.
My biggest discovery in high school was that Mcdonalds would make shamrock McFlurries if specially requested. Not. so with Dasia Taylor, an Iowa student who invented a new surgical suture that changes color when in the presence of infection.
The innovation relies on beet juice, which changes from red to dark purple when the pH rises from 5 to 9. Apparently, the human body also raises pH when confronted with an infection. A perfect marriage!
Product still in testing before being launched, but could be a particularly huge early warning sign for emerging countries with limited access to medical care.
SURVIVOR (CBS and streaming)
I've spent two full decades rolling my eyes at Survivor. How have there been so many seasons? Why does Jeff Probst have so many Emmys? What's a Parvati?
Cut to a pandemic and suddenly 40 seasons of television aren't sounding so daunting. Throw in some gentle encouragement from Las Culturistas podcast (another recommendation) and suddenly inhaling seasons faster than Cheese-Its.
I'm not going to wax philosophical about why I became obsessed, but trust that the format is incredibly satisfying for binge watching while trapped in your home.
There is no need to watch chronologically, so here's my current top 5 seasons for those wondering where to start:
Season 28: Cagayan
[Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix]
Season 31: Cambodia - Second Chance
Season 40: Winners at War
[CBS All Access...or try 123Movies.Gallery I mean just kidding this blog does not condone illegal streaming]
Survivor 34: Game Changers
Season 20: Heroes vs. Villains
[Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix]