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23 February 2021

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at 10 Black photographers, Mount Etna, a yellow penguin, Robert Blomfield, compositing, Virginia Heckert, inspiration, a hidden message and a welcome FCC proposal.

  • In Conceptual Photographs, the Neutral in Realism and More, Jim Casper interviews Getty curator of photographs Virginia Heckert.
  • Dave Williams reflects on What Inspires Us. Sometimes it's not only what other people do but we ourselves do, he points out.
  • In Hidden Message Found on Nasa Mars Rover Parachute, Martin Belam decodes the red and white pattern. "The origins of the phrase," he explains, "are an 1899 speech by Theodore Roosevelt, in which he said: 'Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.'"
  • Devin Coldewey reports the FCC Proposes Rules for Emergency Broadband Program to Keep Struggling Families Online. "From work to healthcare to education, this crisis has made it clear that without an Internet connection too many households are locked out of modern life," said acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel in a statement.

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