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Performance Artist Laurie Anderson Plays a Beautifully Discordant Song for a Group of Dogs

‘In advance of her HBO special Heart of a Dog premiering on April 24, the amazing Laurie Anderson appeared on Late Night With Stephen Colbert and performed a beautifully discordant song for a small group of dogs. A bit earlier in the show, Anderson spoke about the project and how she came up with the idea with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma while they were both waiting backstage at a graduation….’

Source: Laughing Squid

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Greenland’s Ice Is Getting Darker, Increasing Risk of Melting

Via Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory:

‘Greenland’s snowy surfaces have been getting darker over the past two decades, absorbing more heat from the sun and increasing snow melt, a new study of satellite data shows. That trend is likely to continue, with the surface’s reflectivity, or albedo, decreasing by as much as 10 percent by the end of the century, the study says.

While soot blowing in from wildfires contributes to the problem, it hasn’t been driving the change, the study finds. The real culprits are two feedback loops created by the melting itself. One of those processes isn’t visible to the human eye, but it is having a profound effect.’ (Thanks, Seth).

So essentially, melting begets more melting, as if we shouldn’t have known that already.

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From Sam Harris:

“If you wake up tomorrow morning and believe that saying a few Latin words over your pancakes is going to turn them into the body of Elvis, you’re a lunatic. But if you believe the same thing about a cracker turning into the body of Jesus, you’re just a Catholic.”