Today’s Bwoglines are dedicated to pop culture queen Lil Bub, may she rest in peace.
Happening in the World: William Chen, a professor of food science and technology at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, has invented a biodegradable plastic wrap using soybean cellulose, a waste product of soybean product manufacturers. The soybean wrap would be cheap, reduce food waste, and break down fully within a month. (CNN)
Happening in the US: Internet celebrity and my personal hero Lil Bub passed away this weekend, possibly due to her bone infection she had been battling. In life, Lil Bub raised awareness and over $700,000 for special needs animals, was the subject of groundbreaking scientific research, and charmed everyone on the internet with her cute face. (NBC)
Happening in New York: About 300 students staged a walkout at Beacon High School yesterday to protest the school’s admissions process, that, like New York City’s other selective public schools, seems to favor rich white students and exacerbate segregation. The walkout was organized by Teens Take Charge, a group run by students staging pro-integration demonstrations across the city’s public schools. (NYT)
Happening on Campus: Tonight, composer Zaid Jabri and librettists Yvette Christiansë and Rosalind Morris will discuss “Southern Crossings,” a chamber opera they collaborated on that focuses on evolution, revolution, freedom, and more, in a restaging of a historical encounter between Charles Darwin and his hosts in Cape Town. The panel will take place in Buell Hall from 6-7:30 pm.
Story: “The Last Words on Earth” by Nicole Krauss is a beautiful and heartbreaking story my mom emailed me recently that made me weep. It became the basis for Krauss’s novel, The History of Love, which my mom refuses to read because she doesn’t think the story can be improved upon in any way. With that, I have to agree.
Lil Bub via Wikimedia Commons