5 Interesting Links for 03-27-2020

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Animals (Conservancy)

An early attempt at IVF in cheetahs, allowing genetic material from older or unlikely donors to be preserved, shows stunning results.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-cheetah-cubs-born-through-surrogacy-columbus-zoo-180974258/

Technology (Military)

A laser technique developed for the US military can identify a target by their unique heartbeat rhythm from up to 650 feet away using vibrometry. This is a leap ahead of the facial recognition or stride signature techniques. While interesting technology, if you read science fiction as I do, there are many flags raised.
https://www.livescience.com/heartbeat-laser-scan-pentagon.html

Coronavirus (Myths)

Between click-bait titles and misunderstandings, it’s easy to confuse rumor with fact. This article addresses many of the myths surrounding COVID-19 with answers straight from scientists and those responsible for protecting the public. First published in February, the article was updated in mid-March. As our understanding grows, some of its statistics may be out of date, but the article helps clarify what is known about the new Coronavirus and COVID-19.
https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-myths.html

Writing (Philosophy)

This article looks at creativity in a different way than those I usually share. Rather than a technique, it offers a philosophy and approach toward your writing. I have many novels that are not publishable. Some can be polished, but for others, the value was in the writing not in going any further. (Via Phoebe Darqueling)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/creativity-vs-the-ego/

Interesting People (Scientists)

While technically a book review, this article lays out some of astronomer Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin’s discoveries along with the challenges she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00509-3

Keep your body
safe and healthy at home.
Seek adventure in your mind.
Read a book or ten.

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