Arctic Museum Unearths Old Sea Chart of Disastrous Journey

Karluk-Chart-Detail-500x366The Peary-MacMillan Museum of Arctic Studies has discovered that an unidentified sea chart donated to the museum three years ago is the same one that marked the fatal 1913 expedition of the Karluk ship.

The Karluk, captained by Robert Bartlett, was on a journey to the north with a crew of scientists and explorers. It was 101 years ago this January that the brigantine sank after being caught and crushed by ice, the St. John, Newfoundland Telegram reports. Bartlett and the crew survived the sinking because they had set up camp on the ice floes (although several men were to die later). They drifted on the pack ice for months, pushed along by the current.

In 2012, the museum received a collection of dozens of miscellaneous papers, photographs and artifacts from the family of William James Dove, Bartlett’s nephew. In the collection was an envelope, unopened for many years, that contained the chart. Read more. 

Study Reveals Health Risks of Sitting All Day (Vox)

modern red office chair isolated on white backgroundProlonged sitting has significant health risks, regardless of one’s physical activity, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. While researchers are still uncertain of exactly why sitting is so bad, they agree that excessive sitting can lead to higher risks of developing a range of health complications.

Megan Thielking and Joseph Stromberg from Vox break down the science behind sitting all day and provide some tips on what you should do about it. Read the article here.

Cultural Thoughts on Grumbling (New Yorker)

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Grumbling is a normal and common human behavior — but what exactly does it mean to grumble? After all, it’s not the same as complaining, and not all grumpy people grumble, writes Joshua Rothman in The New Yorker. Grumbling is bodily, it can be fun, and it forges bonds as “a way of modulating and managing negativity.” Read the article here.

Novelist Robots Could Be Writing Machines (BBC)

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While technology is employed to replace human labor and to store information in every facet of our lives, few of us suggest (or would like to believe) that computers could ascend to that holy grail of human intelligence, creativity.

Many coders, however, are now suggesting exactly that, with some working on artificial intelligence programs that can generate entire novels. Read the article.