Astronomers suggest microbes might hitch lifts on interstellar asteroids: "Earth bacteria may have colonized other solar systems"
(Plus- Einstein explains how to measure the universe)

Ponder the polarity of proliferation: roughlydaily.com/2020/01/27/hu

What HG Wells can teach us about surviving apocalypse
(Plus the Galilee Earthquake)
“Total annihilation has a way of sharpening people’s minds”*…

Batten down the hatches: roughlydaily.com/2020/01/18/to

On the subject of things– things that matter, whether we are active investors or not– that we might (to our peril) take for granted: “Commodities may not stay cheap forever”
(Plus- Don Quixote)

Contemplate cycles: roughlydaily.com/2020/01/16/co

Maybe some things *are* forever: "Scientists Find Evidence a Strange Group of Quantum Particles Are Basically Immortal"
(Plus- Braithwaite)

“Oh how wrong we were to think immortality meant never dying”*…
Ponder perpetuity: roughlydaily.com/2020/01/15/oh

Scientists are replacing crops and livestock with food made from microbes and water. It may save humanity’s bacon: "Lab-grown food will soon destroy farming – and save the planet"
(Plus- Victory Sausage)

Dig in: roughlydaily.com/2020/01/12/th

Our names for our fingers show a surprising depth of cultural variation—and similarity: “Where Do Finger Names Come From?”
(Plus- Breguet)

Dub your digits: roughlydaily.com/2020/01/10/ha

Generational change is the driver of changes in public opinion: "Societies change their minds faster than people do"
(Plus- Watson and Guthrie)

Go with the flow: roughlydaily.com/2020/01/09/ta

On wishing hats, top hats, the Helm of Death, and other mystical headgear: "The Strange Properties and Histories of the Magic Hat"
(Plus- Wonder Woman's mom)

Conjure with caps: roughlydaily.com/2020/01/08/wh

The forest keeps its secrets... Despite decades of study-- and a profusion of postulation-- no one yet fully understands "The Mysteries of Crown Shyness"
(Plus- Mendel)

Keep to yourself: roughlydaily.com/2020/01/06/ju

How long is right now? As long as it took you to read that question? Or shorter? Or it might not exist at all...
(Plus- Ford's "living wage")

roughlydaily.com/2020/01/05/ti

Which countries dominate the world’s dinner tables? Spoiler alert: Italy is smoking the U.S...
(Plus- Simplot)

Contemplate culinary culture: roughlydaily.com/2020/01/04/cu

From turmeric in Nicaragua to cardamom in Guatemala, nonnative ingredients are redefining trade routes and making unexpected connections across lands: "How Spices Have Made, and Unmade, Empires"
(Plus- the buffet)

Go deep on dash: roughlydaily.com/2020/01/02/he

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