Monday Reads – 27/04

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Articles from the fields of science, business and well-being this week:

She discovered coronaviruses decades ago—but got little recognition – A fascinating story on June Almeida, the woman who discovered Coronavirus more than half a century ago. Remarkably, the 34-year old scientist had never completed her formal education. Sadly, she was largely forgotten afterwards, but the present situation is shining a light again on her work.

Hubble Space Telescope at 30: Our window into the universe – Arguably the world’s most famous telescope completed three decades of service last week. Along the way, it has made more than a million observations and contributed to some of the most important results in astronomy over the past two decades. No wonder it is considered as ‘one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built’.

Why We Focus on Trivial Things: The Bikeshed Effect – This phenomenon must be familiar to almost anyone who has engaged in a discussion with a group of individuals. We tend to spend excessive time on trivial matters, often glossing over more important ones. This is also referred to as “Parkinson’s Law of Triviality”. This article explores why this happens and offers some suggestions on how to reduce it. Worth reading!

The New Normal – I guess, as the author says, that it is time for us to accept that this pandemic, and social isolation, are here for a while. This article offers some mindfulness practices that could help us deal with some of the emotions that we are likely to feel, or are already feeling, in this situation.


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