5 Interesting Links for 02-05-2021

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Measurement (History)

The Akan used culturally significant statues to weigh gold dust currency from the 15th to 19th Century CE. This is a fascinating way of passing cultural knowledge through a necessary activity. It might also inspire a fictional system of measurement that is more involved in the culture as a whole.

Options (Nutrition)

Millennials may have the right idea when it comes to eating healthy for themselves and the planet. This list of nine foods covers the advantages and some things to watch out for if adopting these millennial favorites.

Adventures (Pandemic)

While so many humans are sheltering in place or minimizing contact with the greater world, zoo animals are taking in culture and company usually denied them. The Kansas City Zoo penguins, for example, toured the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, delighting the world and surprising caretakers from both institutions with their art choices. (Via David Bridger)

DNA (Twins)

New explorations into the genetics of identical twins found unexpected, if minor, variation in their DNA because of mutations introduced after splitting. This may raise implications for studies, such as disease research, that assumed the twins have 100% identical DNA.

Characters (Writing Technique)

This article caught my attention by proposing an approach that is counter to most scene design instruction. Rather than making sure every scene moves the plot forward, the author suggests allowing for scenes that bond the reader by focusing solely on the characters. He points to iconic scenes in a variety of books and movies as examples. If you’ve been following my reviews, you know I call out characters as a strength in much of what I enjoy. Therefore, it’s worth considering, even if your scene also has plot elements.

Shafter (Seeds Among the Stars, Book 1)
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