Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Space, spirituality, sauces, streetwear, sound art, skyscrapers for animals and more in our look around the web

Blanton Museum of Art’s Forthcoming Sound Art Garden The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin will open the Butler Sound Gallery, a first-of-its-kind permanent outdoor space for sound art, in 2022. Blanton is the first major museum to develop a gallery for the medium at this scale. It’s also part of a greater revitalization led by acclaimed architecture firm Snøhetta. …

NASA Astrobiologist Reverend Pamela Conrad on Human Nature, Spirituality + Science

Pamela Conrad may seem like an anomaly; she’s a NASA scientist (an astrobiologist and mineralogist working on the Perseverance mission) as well as a reverend. In a fascinating interview with Wired, Conrad explains how she personally navigates spirituality and science—with a deep understanding of human nature. In both her jobs, she is tasked with finding answers (Is there life on Mars? What is the meaning …

Google Removes Street View Images of Australia’s Uluru

In a move to prevent people from virtually climbing Uluru—a sacred, 600-million-year-old sandstone rock formation in Australia’s Northern Territory—Google removed images of the site from the internet. The Anangu people (the traditional owners of Uluru and its surrounding land) banned visitors from clambering the site a year ago, but many have defied the law and traversed the spiritually significant formation through “virtual walking tours” thanks …