Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Citrus archaeology, a dive into RAMMELLZEE's wild world, Amnesty and artists explore censorship and more

1. RAMMELLZEE: It’s Not Who But What Created as part of the current exhibition, Red Bull Arts New York joined forces with director Oscar Boyson and producer Elara Pictures for a wild ride into the world of RAMMELLZEE—an icon, artist, graffiti writer, hip-hop pioneer and so much more. Exploring the artist’s theatricality, myths and remarkable imagination, the video sums up the complex legend as best …

Help NASA Nickname New Horizons’ Next Target

A small, frozen world known as (486958) 2014 MU69 is the next flyby destination for NASA’s New Horizons. Understandably, the space agency thinks it needs a snappier name. Some billion miles past Pluto, MU69 is located in the Kuiper Belt and is now in the market for a nickname. Hosted online, there’s a contest where the public can suggest names and vote on them. (Perhaps …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Freelance achievement stickers, Prince's own purple, the science of magic mushrooms and more

1. Understanding the Natural Chemicals Within Magic Mushrooms Since 1968, scientists have explored the enzymatic process in magic mushrooms that produces its active chemical, psilocybin. Not until a brand new study—published in the German journal Angewandte Chemie—has it been decoded. Scientists sequenced the genomes of two magic mushroom species, Psilocybe cubensis and Psilocybe cyanescens. Through enzyme isolation and splicing, they were later able to create …

How Kanye West Lyrics are Tricking Instagram’s AI

As part of Wired’s in-depth profile on Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, the 33-year-old discussed how he wants to clean up the internet—but it’s proving difficult. The company is using DeepText (a word categorization system) to try to filter “good” words from “bad” ones, but it’s tripping over cultural differences. For example, it stumbled over the British slang for cigarettes and plenty of Kanye West lyrics. …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Aging wine under the sea, a better version of the Mexico border wall, and how Missy Elliott can save a life

1. Essential Chuck Berry Songs Widely known as a pioneer of rock’n’roll—if not the inventor of it—Chuck Berry passed away this weekend. Reworking rhythm and blues into what we now know as rock music, Berry was a true legend—a guitarist, singer/songwriter who also had some incredible moves on stage and an undeniable charisma and self-confidence. The Times selected 15 of his countless songs that are …