The Lesbian Archives of Glasgow Women’s Library

The Glasgow Women’s Library is the only accredited institution in the UK that’s dedicated to archiving women’s lives and communities—past and present. The intersectional feminist museum is also home to the Lesbian Archive—the largest collection of artifacts (from political pamphlets and badges to flyers, newsletters, clothes, dildos and more) that’s centered on women and non-binary people’s LGBTQ+ experiences. Adele Patrick tells Dazed, “These are incredibly …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The UK's first interfaith charity shop, a Star Wars-inspired observatory, Marty McFly's Nikes up for auction and more in our look around the web

1. The Genius of Walter Becker Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, who passed away last weekend, was widely regarded as one of music’s greats—though not as a brilliant guitarist or vocalist, but rather a genius when it came to melodies. Both Steely Dan co-founders were jazz nerds, but beyond that they were groove masters who managed to craft left-of-center pop songs that appealed to just …

Google’s New Initiative Will Use Tech to Write Local News Stories

In an effort to cover areas not presently serviced because of the financial woes of newsrooms, Google has committed over $800,000 to develop a software that automates news for The Press Association in the UK. Known as Radar—Reporters And Data And Robots—the service should be able to produce more than 30,000 local news stories per month, turning data into readable content. This division of Google’s …

Urine Converted to Electricity at Glastonbury Festival

Thanks to electro-active micro-organisms that feed on elements in urine and then produce electrons, bio-engineers at Bristol Robotics Lab have found a way to turn pee into electricity. A fuel cell pack developed by the scientists currently feeds on two liters of urine and, in turn, produces 30 to 40 milliwatts of power. This energy has been used to power smartphones (slowly), LCD displays and …

Artists Create Pieces Encouraging the UK to Vote

The UK’s general election occurred today, and many artists of all disciplines spoke out to encourage people to vote. Much attention has been given to the election, perhaps because many still feel the shock of last year’s Brexit vote. While the primary message of visual artists has been urging those of all ages to go out and vote, some went further and suggested a vote …