Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Mesmerizing footage of the sun, health benefits from magic mushrooms, the history of food photography and more

29 Nigerian English Phrases Added to the Oxford English Dictionary The latest update to the Oxford English Dictionary includes 29 words, phrases and colloquialisms from Nigerian English—most of which have been used for decades, and have been adopted by English-speakers elsewhere. Some words already exist in English, but have a different meaning; such as “gist,” which in Nigerian English “is a noun which means ‘rumor’ …

Land on the Moon with Smithsonian Channel’s Augmented Reality App

Not only does the app Apollo’s Moon Shot let users explore the moon through augmented reality, it does so set in the year 1969. Available for Apple and Android devices, the AR app incorporates engaging information from the groundbreaking first landing—now 50 years after Neil Armstrong’s steps. Two games in the app also let users attempt a landing themselves. Real 3D scans were employed to …

The Farthest Known Object in Our Solar System is Pink

Nicknamed Farout (but formally known as 2018 VG18) a pink-hued space object has been discovered orbiting the sun. It’s 22 billion miles further away than the second-most distant known object—and it takes more than 1000 years to complete an orbit. Not much else is known except that it’s roughly 310 miles across and spherical. Read more about the dwarf planet, its discovery and how it …