What are we reading? December 2, 2021

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.

 

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor

This story by Tyler Olsen of the Fraser Valley Current details the history of Sumas Prairie, shedding light on the flood crisis in the region. Ditto his piece on the Nooksack River. – Fraser Valley Current

https://fvcurrent.com/article/sumas-lake-flooding-history/

https://fvcurrent.com/article/mount-baker-and-the-nooksack-river/

 

The bad news about the supply chain trouble now short-circuiting world commerce is that it has never been this bad, according to this Q&A between three business columnists and an economist. The good news is that the problem appears to have already peaked and may be on the mend. – Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-11-27/supply-chain-shortages-are-at-historic-levels-will-they-peak-before-christmas?srnd=opinion&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-view&utm_content=view&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

 

Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

If you don't have time to stroll through the past 4.6 billion years of life on Earth, here's a Next Big Idea Club distillation of some of the highlights from A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth. 

https://nextbigideaclub.com/magazine/short-history-life-earth-4-6-billion-years-12-pithy-chapters-bookbite/31163/

 

While you’re in your local solar system, you might also want to have a look at what could be the next big breakthrough in solar power generation courtesy of University of Cambridge researchers.

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/mystery-of-high-performing-solar-cell-materials-revealed-in-stunning-clarity?

 

COVID vaccines, folding phones, supersonic hair dryers, wireless speakers with 3D audio, guitar amps that fit on key chains, amphibious motorboats, robo-vacuum cleaners among the list of 2021's top 100 greatest inventions, according to Popular Science

https://www.popsci.com/technology/best-of-whats-new-2021/