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 …

Pantone’s Purple Honoring Prince

Inspired by Prince’s one-of-a-kind Yamaha purple piano, a new standardized custom color has been released by the Pantone Color Institute and the Prince Estate. Instead of a name and numeric value, as is standard for Pantone, the deep, regal color is simply represented by Prince’s “Love Symbol #2,” which the artist himself used from 1993 to 2000. From the nickname the “Purple One” to his …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Beautifully designed book covers, powerful news photos, the color of the year and more

1. 25 Powerful News Photos From 2016 This has been a year of immense tragedy, dizzying highs and mind-boggling surprises. From the world’s biggest refugee crisis since WWII to the US election, there’s been plenty for us to think about—and perhaps more reason to act than ever before. Some of the 25 news photos chosen by The Atlantic are incredibly powerful (for example, Ieshia Evans …