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Monday Musings: Kirishima, Cleveland, Tambora, Santorini and more!

Sorry about the paucity of new posts lately - there is a lot going on in the background here at Eruptions HQ, but all will be revealed in the next day or so.


Lots has been going on volcanically, so trying to play catchup seems a little futile - I know many of you have been watching the revived activity at Kirishima (top left) in Japan - be sure to check out the webcams for the action - and Sakurajima isn't doing too badly either. Speaking of Japan, CNN posted a tourist account of visiting Mt. Aso (albeit with an overblown title). Last week we also saw a volcano headed in the other direction, as AVO lowered the alert status at Cleveland back to Yellow from Orange. Around the globe, there isn't much concern about a major eruption from Indonesia's famed Tambora right now, but eyes are watching the volcano as it shows increasing signs of unrest. The NASA Earth Observatory also posted yet another image of the almost-constant plume at Chile's Puyehue-Cordón Caulle. Today, there is also still a live feed from the dive to the Colombo Bank near Santorini. You can try to catch up on all of last week's volcano news in the GVP Weekly Volcanic Activity Report as well.

And if you're interested in reading some science fiction, check out the article about the so-called "artificial volcano" built by Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering that will release sulfates to attempt to cool the atmosphere. I'm sure "artificial volcano" is a lot more palatable (but less accurate) name than "sulfate spewer".

Hulu's original movie "Palm Springs" is the comedy we needed this summer

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti get stuck in an infinite wedding time loop.

Gear
  • Two wedding guests discover they're trapped in an infinite time loop, waking up in Palm Springs over and over and over.
  • As the reality of their situation sets in, Nyles and Sarah decide to enjoy the repetitive awakenings.
  • The film is perfectly timed for a world sheltering at home during a pandemic.
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Two MIT students just solved Richard Feynman’s famed physics puzzle

Richard Feynman once asked a silly question. Two MIT students just answered it.

Surprising Science

Here's a fun experiment to try. Go to your pantry and see if you have a box of spaghetti. If you do, take out a noodle. Grab both ends of it and bend it until it breaks in half. How many pieces did it break into? If you got two large pieces and at least one small piece you're not alone.

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Economists show how welfare programs can turn a "profit"

What happens if we consider welfare programs as investments?

A homeless man faces Wall Street

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • A recently published study suggests that some welfare programs more than pay for themselves.
  • It is one of the first major reviews of welfare programs to measure so many by a single metric.
  • The findings will likely inform future welfare reform and encourage debate on how to grade success.
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Unhappy at work? How to find meaning and maintain your mental health

Finding a balance between job satisfaction, money, and lifestyle is not easy.

Unhappy at work? How to find meaning and maintain your mental health
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  • When most of your life is spent doing one thing, it matters if that thing is unfulfilling or if it makes you unhappy. According to research, most people are not thrilled with their jobs. However, there are ways to find purpose in your work and to reduce the negative impact that the daily grind has on your mental health.
  • "The evidence is that about 70 percent of people are not engaged in what they do all day long, and about 18 percent of people are repulsed," London Business School professor Dan Cable says, calling the current state of work unhappiness an epidemic. In this video, he and other big thinkers consider what it means to find meaning in your work, discuss the parts of the brain that fuel creativity, and share strategies for reassessing your relationship to your job.
  • Author James Citrin offers a career triangle model that sees work as a balance of three forces: job satisfaction, money, and lifestyle. While it is possible to have all three, Citrin says that they are not always possible at the same time, especially not early on in your career.
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