Guardian.UK: Raising eyebrows – how evolution gave us expressive faces.

I suppose this is one of the bigger annoyances with modern television and movies. Actresses (mostly; men now do Botox too) who cannot raise an eyebrow. They look blank during crises. They look blank during emotional distress. They look blank when they are bored.

Arm flapping and shrieking doesn't really add anything to entertainment value. IMHO.

Go back about a dozen years, and observe foreheads. I'm serious - take the time. You'll be astonished. Try to imagine Mommy Dearest with Botox. Just try.

TLS: Hands Off – Is the ‘antiquated skill’ of handwriting about to die?

Trubek foresees a time in the US when those for whom writing by hand is a painful chore will be liberated from its tyranny and when no one need be judged by the quality of their script.

I suspect learning to write by hand well has significant benefits for general thinking and concentration, much as bodyweight pullups have physical benefits that go far beyond just the latissimus dorsi. It will be a sad day when handwriting gets replaced with the jiggery-pokery of typing on mobile devices.

Pacific Standard: How Exactly Does a Bridge Collapse?

Ask a kid, if you can't figure it out. "Fall down, go boom." That's generally the way. If the engineering was solid, obviously a component was not made to spec or unplanned-for stresses overloaded the structure.

I've talked about 'Plastic Steel' having been used to build out attachments on prestressed concrete items in previous posts. You can imagine what goes on with lowest-bidder construction these days.

Archaeology News Network: Bird populations in French countryside 'collapsing'.

Kinda the wrong photo to illustrate this with. Starlings are not the most beneficial of birds. I'm going out of my way to support my local bird populations - I suggest you do as well. If nothing else, a consistent source of water. The robins are moving through right now - poop all over my stucco courtyard walls. Have to take a hose out before the walls start looking like Jackson Pollock.

SciAm: Oumuamua, First Known Interstellar Visitor, Likely Born from Two Stars.

Every article I see about this object, the conclusions are based on input so minimal and so vague, I think to myself "total WAG".

Wild Ass Guess.

There seems to be an excess of pressure in scientific circles to say something about this object. Because it appeared so fast and left so fast, the scientific community was caught with their pants down. So we're getting nice little unverifiable (through scientific method) conclusions.