Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Hip-hop history, stingray sounds, breath-powered prosthetics and more from around the web

Sounds from Stingrays Recorded for the First Time A recent study has reversed the commonly held belief that stingrays are silent. For the first time, the creatures’ sounds were captured in a video depicting two mangrove whiprays and a cowtail stingray making clicking noises. Prior to the study, the only evidence that they are vocal came from research published in 1970 that saw a cownose …

“The Birth of Hip Hop” Online Auction

On 11 August 1973 an 18-year-old DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell) performed at his sister Cindy Campbell’s back-to-school party in the rec room of their apartment building located at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the South Bronx. That event—where Herc isolated portions of funk tracks, switching between one record and the other (emphasizing the breaks)—is widely accepted as the birth of hip-hop. While Herc is …

The Restored “Queens Is The Future” Mural Speaks to the Power of Public Art

After Sony Pictures co-opted a mural in the NYC borough in 2014, the original artists have taken it back

On her way back from a meeting about hosting women in New York City for their second-term abortions, artist and co-founder of the arts organization Wassaic Project, Eve Biddle, had a chance encounter. While on the train, a fellow volunteer asked her, “What are you doing next?” When Biddle replied that she’s an artist and wants to do public art, the woman just so happened …