Kickoff For June 6, 2022

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Monday Kickoff, a collection of what I’ve found interesting, informative, and insightful on the web over the last seven days.

It’s hard to believe that yet another month has rolled around so quickly. Just wish it would happen a bit more slowly!

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:


The big idea: should we get rid of the scientific paper?, wherein Stuart Ritchie argues that scientific journals need to change the way in which they gather, review, and publish research to make the process better suited to the internet age.

Beyond the Second Law of Thermodynamics, wherein we learn how scientists are trying to update and revise the titular law.

Where do theories come from?, wherein a group of physicists explains how they generate ideas, and how some of those ideas develop into theories that they can test.


China Dreams Of A Palace In The Sky, wherein Jacob Dreyer recounts China’s ambitions in space, and how the country’s government is getting the public (especially the middle class) on board with those ambitions.

Spaceplanes: The return of the reusable spacecraft?, wherein we learn how a British startup is trying to revive a space transport concept thought dead and obsolete.

The Moon Is Underrated, wherein Sean Raymond looks at how our planet’s natural satellite came into being, and why the moon is so important to us.


Why Your Leisure Time is in Danger, wherein Krzysztof Pelc argues that employee time off should be viewed (by employers and employees) as time to rest and that we must should fight the urge to reduce it to a productivity hack.

Destroy What You Know, wherein Leo Babauta offers a short bit of advice about how to really change your life or learning.

How to be indistractable, wherein Nir Eyal shares their research into distraction (and, no, it’s not always caused by technology), and offers some sensible advice about how to combat your distractions.

And that’s it for this Monday. Come back in seven days for another set of links to start off your week.

Scott Nesbitt