Research like this is amazing no matter the age of who performs it. Congratulations Sara. How thoughtful of the New York Times to not mention Sara’s relationship status, or traditionally female hobbies in the article’s opening sentence.
Algae Lover, Contest Winner: Sara Volz, center, Intel Science Talent Search winner, changed her sleep cycle and created a lab in her room for her first-place project.
Colorado Student Receives $100,000 Intel First Prize
By ETHAN HAUSER | March 12, 2013 | New York Times
A high school senior who cultivated populations of algae under her loft bed won first place and $100,000 in the Intel Science Talent Search on Tuesday night.
he contestant, Sara Volz, 17, of Colorado Springs, Colo., researched ways to create populations of algae cells with high oil content; this algae oil can be converted into an economically feasible biofuel. “It’s something she’s worked on for years, and that shows a certain passion and drive that you don’t always see in heavily mentored projects,” said David Marker, a mathematics professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the chairman of the judging panel. “And what really set her off was that she’s so well-rounded in all areas of science — I was able to ask her very advanced math questions that she answers easily.”
One of the best headlines of the year, and good news to boot. In the late 1980s thru the 1990′s the crack epidemic created a whole generation of children born addicted to crack. Back then crack babies were reported to have holes in their brains, mental impairment, and shorter attention spans.
Crack baby epidemic not as bad as originally thought
Researchers said poverty, other factors played bigger role in children’s development
Andrea K. Walker | The Baltimore Sun| May 28, 2013
Many predicted the 1980s crack epidemic would create a generation of children with major developmental and behavioral problems, but a new study found much of that hype hasn’t panned out.
Researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine found that the effects of crack cocaine in utero had only small effects on adolescent behavior, cognition and school performance. Crack is a more addictive, crystalized form of cocaine that is smoked for a intense high.
The problems traced to maternal crack cocaine use, such as a 1-point difference in IQ scores, weren’t clinically meaningful, said Maureen Black, a professor and one of the lead authors of the study.
The venerable New York Times flubbed and thus tipped their cards about how they feel about women. Shame shame. All humans have the capability to excel in both personal and professional aspects of their life. One would expect “a big fancy obit” to lead to lead with the stellar professional details. This can be interpreted as one of the many things that contributes to “rape culture.”
Stroganoff and rocket science: For Yvonne Brill’s obit, Douglas Martin must be punished
Posted by Melinda Henneberger | March 31, 2013 | www.washingtonpost.com
Gentle reader, do not take the above headline too literally, as its intent is not, in fact, to argue for punishment in the case of the Internet v. Douglas Martin, the New York Times writer who stands accused of you-gotta-be-kidding sexism. Only, the way I read him, he was kidding — yes, in an obit — but his attempt to be light sailed straight into space.
His obituary for rocket scientist Yvonne Brill attempted to underscore her accomplishments by placing them in the context of other 88-year-old women who followed husbands around the country and stayed home to raise children for long stretches
It began this way: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. “The world’s best mom,” her son Matthew said.
Sea slug, Chromodoris reticulata, discards its penis after sex and grows another. Image Alamy
Sea slug sheds its penis after sex, scientists find
By John-Paul Ford Rojas | 13 Feb 2013 | www.telegraph.co.uk
As a post-coital ritual it has been described by researchers as “extremely peculiar” even among the often surprising behaviours of the animal kingdom. Scientists have discovered that the love life of a sea slug involves more than just losing its heart.
A study of the thumb-sized animal by Japanese biologists has revealed how it sheds its penis after sex, before growing a new one.
“No other animal is known to repeatedly copulate using such ‘disposable penes’,” they wrote in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
Think back to your first grade days when your innovative thoughts inspired the creation of gold-sprayed macaroni collages, paper mâché pieces and indoor cardboard box castles. If you haven’t noticed, the creative process has changed a bit–especially with school-age children having access to technology, namely mobile devices.
Oh wow. Truly amazing event captured by average people on a variety of devices. I cannot imagine how massive the shockwave was. Video of this event is great because you can hear the strange sounds, enormous boom, wonder, and confusion.
The latest reports state that close to 1,000 people have been injured and chunks of the meteor have been found in a local lake.
I may be updating this information several times today as the story evolves.
Suspected landing site of the meteor. The fact it is underwater will make recovery slower, more dangerous, and hopefully discourage black market trade in the highly valuable meteorite. Image from http://t.co/9k5ZrKRF
Meteor Fragments Are Said to Rain Down on Siberia
By ELLEN BARRY and ANDREW E. KRAMER | February 15, 2013 | The New York Times
MOSCOW — Bright objects, apparently debris from a meteor, streaked through the sky in western Siberia early on Friday, accompanied by a boom that damaged buildings across a vast territory. Russia’s Interior Ministry said more than 1,000 people were hurt, 200 of them children, mostly from shards of glass that shattered when the meteor entered the atmosphere.
Many of the injuries were suffered by residents of the city of Chelyabinsk, about 950 miles east of Moscow, in a region where many factories for defense, including nuclear weapons production, are situated. But there was no indication of damage that resulted in any radiation leaks, officials said.
Apparently airdropping rabies vaccine is a common and established practice but it is new and startling idea to me. Personally, I like the idea of vaccines and the theory of herd immunity makes sense to me. Before vaccinations communicable illnesses would literally decimate civilizations. However, others disagree and attribute everything from autism to diseases being created to line corporate pockets.
Bottom line, if you had pets and lived near these areas would you rather Fido ate yummy fish flavored rabies vaccine they found on the ground or your face?
The DSHS Prepares for Aerial Rabies Vaccination Drop 01/02/12
News Staff | January 2, 2012 | www.cbs7kosa.com
The Texas Department of State Health Services will make its annual rabies vaccine airdrop this week.
Planes will take off from the Alpine- Casparis Municipal Airport around dawn on Wednesday, January 4, to drop approximately 1.8 million doses of the rabies vaccine in West Texas, as part of the DSHS Oral Rabies Vaccination Program.
Counties in the vaccination drop area include: Brewster, Crockett, Culberson, Edwards, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Maverick, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell and Val Verde.
I love everything about this concept and it is one of those things that make me want to relocate to another country. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this concept spreads?
The village where people have dementia – and fun
27 August 2012 | guardian.co.uk
How is society to look after the ever-growing number of people with dementia? A curiously uplifting care home near Amsterdam may have the answers.
Jo Verhoeff twinkles; there’s no other word for it. She bounces from her sofa beaming, and takes your hand. Welcome, she says. It’s nice here; you’ll like it. The people are friendly and there’s so much to do: shopping, cooking, bingo, the classical music club.
So it’s a nice place to come and visit, once in a while. Jo comes quite often when she’s not at work; she’s a secretary in an office, you see, in Amsterdam. Lives with her parents in Diemen, not very far from the city. Her father’s a bookkeeper.
Except … wait. She has a husband, hasn’t she? And two children, still small. Darlings, both of them. How can that all work? Especially since – now she comes to think of it – she actually sleeps here, sometimes. Doesn’t she? She certainly eats meals here; very tasty.
But never mind. “You really must,” says Jo, pushing this unwanted rush of apparently irreconcilable realities firmly to one side, “come and meet my family. All of them. They would love it, I’m sure. If you like, one day next week you can come to my house and have coffee. Would you like that?”
The most miraculous thing to me is that this stupendous, amazing comet was only recently discovered.
Christmas ‘miracle’ comet could be as bright as the full moon
Bryan Nelson | Tue, Oct 09 2012 | mother nature network
A newly discovered comet could offer a once-in-a-civilization night-sky viewing opportunity that may not come again in our lifetime.
Currently a faint spec in the night sky, Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) was only just discovered. But as it emerges from the haze of the distant Oort Cloud and makes a close pass around our sun late next year, it could turn into the brightest comet anyone alive has ever seen, reports Sky & Telescope. During its closest approach to the Earth, in the weeks leading up to Christmas in 2013 it could even be as bright as the full moon.
The comet will be made even more spectacular due to its close pass around the sun. At perihelion, or its closest approach, ISON will only have about 1.16 million miles between it and the sun’s surface. This will cause an extreme melt-off of its ice, which will release gas and dust and form a gloriously long, splendid tail.
It will then make a relatively close swing past Earth just a few weeks after perihelion. At its closest, about 40 million miles from our planet, the sky should be moonless, which will only add to the comet’s glow. Since all of this is set to occur around Christmas time, it could be viewed as a miracle by some.