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America’s Facebook Generation Is Reading Strong
Taken from NPR:
In what may come as a pleasant surprise to people who fear the Facebook generation has given up on reading — or, at least, reading anything longer than 140 characters — a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project reveals the prominent role of books, libraries and technology in the lives of young readers, ages 16 to 29.
Kathryn Zickuhr, the study’s main author, joins NPR’s David Greene to discuss the results.
Click here to read the full article.
i’d wager this is because of e-readers and the micro-pricing and commoditization of the book business.
plus it’s easer to read 50 shards of whatever when no one can see the cover.
what would you call a highly skilled activity, requiring daily practice, flawless teamwork and athletic abilities; which enjoys a point system during competition?
is that not a sport?
Cheerleaders may still wear short skirts and wave pom poms when the home team scores a touchdown, but the athletic side of cheerleading has grown complex enough that doctors are calling for it to be considered a sport in order to cut down on injuries.
“Although the overall injury rate remains relatively low, cheerleading has accounted for approximately 66 percent of all catastrophic injuries in high school girl athletes over the past 25 years,” said the American Academy of Pediatricians.
Plus, Emergency room visits for cheerleading injuries have quadrupled since 1980 among girls aged 6 to 22, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Those injuries include severe sprains, broken arms and legs, neck injuries and concussions.
all injury aside, a U.S. federal appeals court said cheerleading would not qualify as a sport under Title IX. How does that make you feel?
Alejandro Guijarro - Momentum (2010-12)
“The artist travelled to the great quantum mechanics institutions of the world and, using a large-format camera, photographed blackboards as he found them. Momentum displayed the photographs in life-size.
Before he walked into a lecture hall Guijarro had no idea what he might find. He began by recording the blackboard with the minimum of interference. No detail of the lecture hall was included, the blackboard frame was removed and we are left with a surface charged with abstract equations. Effectively these are documents. Yet once removed from their institutional beginnings the meaning evolves. The viewer begins to appreciate the equations for their line and form. Color comes into play and the waves created by the blackboard eraser suggest a vast landscape or galactic setting. The formulas appear to illustrate the worlds of Quantum Mechanics. What began as a precise lecture, a description of the physicist’s thought process, is transformed into a canvas open to any number of possibilities.”
1. Cambridge (2011)
2. Stanford (2012)
3. Berkeley I (2012)
4. Berkeley II (2012)
5. Oxford (2011)
i guess my teacher was right… math is art.
At the age of 15, Prof Sir John Gurdon ranked last out of the 250 boys in his Eton year group at biology, and was in the bottom set in every other science subject.
Sixty-four years later he has been recognised as one of the finest minds of his generation after being awarded the £750,000 annual prize, which he shares with Japanese stem cell researcher Shinya Yamanaka.
Speaking after learning of his award in London on Monday, Sir John revealed that his school report still sits above his desk at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, which is named in his honour.
my mom always said grades are important, but they’re not the most important thing.
it’s not just a civil war day, but also a “We the People” day!
September 17, 1787: The U.S. Constitution is adopted.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Bill Nye is hosting a show about kids who sent experiments to space on the International Space Station. The show is LIVE on YouTube now!
Way to go girls! This is an amazing project.
They made it! Six girls from Kentucky brought back high resolution footage from 118,000 feet in the air, using only a camera and a homemade satellite. How cool is that?
They posted some early images on their project page — check ‘em out here.
This week Google debuted a new set of panoramic images from the South Pole. Taken in partnership with on-site researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Polar Geospatial Center, these interactive views shed light on remote locations such as Ernest Shackleton’s early shelter and the Adélie penguin rookery.
The images were captured using off-the-shelf equipment that included a digital SLR camera with a fisheye lens, said Alex Starns, a Google technical program manager for Street View whose work covers operations in Asia Pacific and Antarctica.
Sally K. Ride, the first American woman to orbit Earth, died Monday after a 17-month bout with pancreatic cancer. She was 61.
Selected as an astronaut in 1978, Ride blasted off with four male colleagues on June 18, 1983, on space shuttle Challenger, the seventh flight of the program.
“The whole nation was with her when she launched, lifting her up on a chorus of ‘Ride, Sally, Ride,’” recalled U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, who flew as a guest aboard the shuttle two years later.
Image: Sally Ride, mission specialist on STS-7, monitors control panels from the pilot’s chair on the Space Shuttle’s Flight Deck in 1983. NASA