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Posted on October 5, 2018

Although the Nobel prize for literature was postponed this year (an entire other story), one notable Canadian – Donna Strickland – was awarded the Nobel prize for physics this week. Apparently, she didn’t qualify for a Wikipedia entry until after she was awarded the prize. Stories on her remarkable achievement, plus an amazing profile on Lady Gaga, an insane “tiny chip” hack and two elevator stories – one on phobias, the other on the “speech”.

One Wikipedia Page Is a Metaphor for the Nobel Prize’s Record With Women ~ Donna Strickland is only the third woman in history to win the award in physics—and her research probably deserved attention a lot sooner. | The Atlantic

Female Nobel prize winner deemed not important enough for Wikipedia entry ~ Site moderator rejected submission for Donna Strickland, the first female physics winner in 55 years, in March | The Guardian

Why I’m not surprised Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland isn’t a full professor ~ The Conversation

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Company ~ The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. | Bloomberg

The Shape-Shifter ~ Lady Gaga wants to wear every costume, live out every type of known stardom. ‘‘A Star Is Born’’ is just her latest reinvention | The New York Times Magazine

Little Bitty Pretty One  ~ Mara Wilson: Matilda and Me at 30 | Vanity Fair

The Art of the Elevator Pitch | HBR

The Elevator-Phobes of a Vertical City ~ It’s hard to live in any urban area if you are anxious about elevators. Somehow, these New Yorkers make it work. | Topic

Souveraineté technologique : le grand réveil | Monediplo

Who really killed Avicii? ~ Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, was one year past joining the ‘27 Club’ when he took his own life. But the death of the Swedish-born DJ in April put him on a long list of young artists who have fallen victim to depression, substance abuse, suicide and a predatory entourage whose fortunes depend on their output. Here, GQ speaks to people close to Bergling to understand how his intolerable nightly schedule was allowed to continue in the face of severe physical and psychological instability and where ultimate responsibility lies for the loss of EDM’s global hyper-star | GQ

Aznavour me consolait de la douleur de vivre | Slate FR

Golden State of Mind | The Players Tribune

What we can learn from the Dutch: Talking openly about bodies helps keep shame at bay, and may help a child speak up if there is a problem ~ What we can learn from the Dutch: Talking openly about bodies helps keep shame at bay, and may help a child speak up if there is a problem. | The New York Times

The Long Shots ~ A sports phenom shunned for drug abuse, a strongman down on his luck, and the leap of faith they took together. | Atavist Magazine

Fast and hardwired: Gut-brain connection could lead to a “new sense” | ~ The mysteries of our “second brain” are a profound new frontier in 21st century medical science. | New Atlas

Comment je suis devenue une mégère après cinq mois sans internet | L’Obs avec Rue 89

Bizarre Particles Keep Flying Out of Antarctica’s Ice, and They Might Shatter Modern Physics ~ Cosmic rays emanating from the south polar ice cap could lead to new physics | Scientific American

To Make Cities Sustainable, We Need to Rethink Almost Everything ~ For years, we’ve been told to lower the thermostat and drive less. It hasn’t worked | U of T Magazine

The say of the land ~ Is language produced by the mind? Romantic theory has it otherwise: words emerge from the cosmos, expressing its soul | Aeon

Compiled by Emmeline Hobbs

Knowledge and Learning Officer

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