V.25 No.39 | 09/29/2016
The Daily Word in Syria, Stereotypes and Living Fully
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Oct 4 2016 11:01 AM ]
Just because it's not happening to your kids doesn't mean it's not happening.
Which Vice Presidential candidate has been described as a “human sweater vest?” Test your knowledge.
Hurricane Matthew swept through Cuba and has been ranked as the strongest hurricane in 52 years, hitting Haiti with powerful 145 mph winds. Floridians are on high alert, as Matthew is expected to make its way up the Southeastern coast toward the Mid-Atlantic.
Spunky 91-year-old Norma Bauerschmidt of Michigan died a full and happy woman, after deciding against cancer treatment and living a very full life instead, complete with her first hot air balloon ride, visits to National Parks and her first pedicure.
Women in Poland crowded the city's streets for “Black Monday” in protest of a proposed absolute ban on abortion that would put women and their doctors in jail for up to five years no matter the circumstance of the abortion. Miscarriages would also result in three years jail time if the woman could not prove it was not induced.
Even at eight-years-old, kids are already socially conditioned to sexism and racism. One teacher tackles stereotypes in her classroom and takes a step towards shaping socially aware adults in her third-grade classroom.
Read an interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about his perspective on science and how pop-culture references are sometimes the most helpful analogies when talking about cosmic phenomena.
V.25 No.38 | 09/22/2016
The Daily Word in The Presidential Debate, Bionic Yarn and Mars Colonization
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Sep 27 2016 10:53 AM ]
Speaking of debates, here's one way to settle them.
Have a strong opinion about the presidential candidates? Today is National Voter Registration day, so make sure you register and go vote on Nov. 8!
Say hello to recycled polyester, otherwise known as Bionic Yarn, a clothing material made from used plastics. Optimistically speaking, this could make a huge positive impact on the atrocious amount of plastics currently floating in the oceans.
To be happy is to be healthy. And it's contagious.
Nearly 300 tech firms across the country are declaring Nov. 8, election day, a paid company holiday.
Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico about his plan to colonize Mars. Watch the talk live here.
In an analysis of revolutionaries vs reactionaries in modern American history, opinion writer David Brooks states, “It doesn't matter how much living standards rise or the poverty rate falls, it makes you seem smart and woke to be alarmed and hypercritical.” Read the article for more thoughtful insights about our strange yearning for an idealized past, and why “it's stupid and impossible to turn back the clock.”
V.25 No.37 | 09/15/2016
The Daily Word in Shrinking Ice Caps, Jim Carrey and Eating Off The Floor
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Sep 20 2016 11:18 AM ]
Arctic sea ice is melting, and is currently at the second-lowest on record.
The number of smokers in England is at a record low, with just around 17% of adults lighting up.
Obama gives his very last address to the United Nations.
Hate to break it to you, but the 5-second-rule is a myth.
Mark Burton wrongfully files lawsuit against Jim Carrey claiming the actor supplied his girlfriend with prescription drugs that she used to commit suicide.
Since trending news is generally depressing and the Internet probably won't put a halt to the constant headlines any time soon, here is a virtual bioluminescent forest for at least some temporary relaxation.
V.25 No.34 | 08/25/2016
The Daily Word in Gonorrhea, Evacuations and a New Earth[ Wed Aug 31 2016 11:17 AM ]
An “anti-wrinkle” vibrator cause a plane to be evacuated at the Sunport yesterday.
NPR's newest documentary Noteworthy follows musician Miguel in-depth to learn about his creative process and influences.
Soooo, gonorrhea is nearly untreatable now.
An invisible epidemic has been sweeping across the nation affecting kids.
Do you love the '70s?
Tired of Earth and all the shit we have to deal with? Well, pack your bags, because it looks like you have an option to leave.
The Daily Word in Ocean Art, Gene Wilder and Stolen Cows
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 30 2016 10:57 AM ]
Let's all take a moment of silence and watch Young Frankenstein followed by Willy Wonka and maybe Blazing Saddles after that if there's time. RIP, Gene Wilder. You left behind quite a legacy.
Half a million dollars worth of cows was stolen from a farm in New Zealand sometime between the beginning of July and now. Poirot, we need you on the case.
Well, we did it. Humans have officially created a new epoch, distinguished by the horrifying extent that we've managed to alter the natural world with our plastic-y presence and nuclear bombs. Welcome to the Anthropocene.
Remember Brock Turner, the rapist from Stanford University? His six-month jail sentence was cut down to three on grounds of “good behavior” and an unhappy public is already planning protests for his release.
The ocean is a better artist than I am.
Scientists have come up with a new theory about our Australopithecus ancestor, Lucy, claiming that she fell from a tree. Some scientists reject the theory, calling the paper “click bait” for media coverage. Regardless of who's right, it's an interesting read.
Tuesday, Aug 30: Petroglyph Pláticas: Revolution, Renaissance and Transformation
By Devin D. O'Leary [ Mon Aug 29 2016 11:00 AM ]
Sharman Russell speaks about the new world of citizen science.
V.25 No.33 | 08/18/2016
The Daily Word in College, The Science of Expectations and Albuquerque Rapid Transit
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 23 2016 11:08 AM ]
In the spirit of a new school year, let's all remember that despite our frantic pursuits, college won't prepare anyone for The Real World. (But in all honesty, nothing will.)
Hey web designers, I have a project for you.
Peer inside the life of two Syrian refugees striving to become part of German society. In the small town, they spend the majority of their days studying the German language in hopes of getting jobs and contributing to the community.
Scientists speculate timing in the big scheme of things and conclude that life seems to be “more likely” in the future than now. Apparently we overeager Earthlings arrived at the cosmic mashup a bit early.
I think we should all move to Cormorant, Minnesota. They just reelected a dog as their Mayor.
In more local news, commissioners in Albuquerque plan to discuss a resolution to put the ABQ Rapid Transit project on the November ballot. This will give voters the chance to state whether they support or oppose ART.
A new study surveying 111 women with breast cancer found that those who held negative expectations regarding their treatment experienced twice as many side effects.
V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016
The Daily Word in American Citizenship, Natural Disasters and Fragile Bones
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 16 2016 10:54 AM ]
The Donald should be able to pass a naturalization test in his own country, right? It's only fair.
Over 10,000 Louisiana residents are staying in emergency shelters after enduring four days of rain and flooding, while the city of Baton Rouge struggles with water damage.
Cecile Richards fights harder than ever for abortion rights.
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th. Know what that means? Free entry into any National Park! Road trip time.
This is why Shaunae Miller's dive across the finish line in the Olympic 400 meter race was a fair way to win.
Scientists have developed a drug that stimulates bone growth and prevents fractures for people with osteoporosis.
This guy's weekend plans? Just peering over the edge of an active volcano. Nothing special.
V.25 No.31 | 08/04/2016
The Daily Word in Altruistic Whales, Seinfeld and Old-Fashioned Bookshops
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Aug 9 2016 11:09 AM ]
Hillary Clinton is sued after the parents of two American Benghazi victims claim that her private e-mail servers contributed to their children's deaths.
Do humpback whales practice altruism? The whales repeatedly save other species from from becoming an orca's next meal in the wild. Scientists speculate the reason behind this risky and seemingly heroic behavior.
Good luck keeping up with all the Seinfeld references in this book review. And if you think you caught them all, you should probably get the book.
Researchers in Ontario study peat moss samples and determine that the carbon-rich bogs are threatened by climate change, are more susceptible to starting forest fires and have the potential to raise the global concentration of carbon dioxide.
Don't count on using your phone as entertainment in London bookstores. Many are creating old-fashioned and tranquil atmospheres with no Wi-Fi, where shop-goers can peacefully unplug and browse.
Texas reported its first Zika-related death Tuesday morning after a baby dies shortly after birth. The infant's mother was infected with the virus while in Latin America during her pregnancy, where the fetus also contracted the virus.
This Olympian gets first place in my book. Positivity for the win.
V.25 No.29 | 07/21/2016
The Daily Word in Clones, Solar Power and A Damn Good Speech
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jul 26 2016 11:22 AM ]
Michelle Obama gave a killer speech during the Democratic Convention Monday night. This one's for the books.
How long does it take a Starbucks barista to get ready in the morning?
A British study offers a new, less expensive, method of treating depression.
The fuel-free, sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 completed a 22,000 mile trip around the world—and it only took a year! Complications were many but the landing was flawless.
Some birds swoop and snatch their prey. This one kicks things to death.
V.25 No.27 | 07/07/2016
Thursday, Jul 14: Explora: Circuit City
By Monica Schmitt [ Wed Jul 13 2016 12:59 PM ]
Discover the relationships among voltage, current and resistance in a DC circuit. Registration is required for this event.
The Daily Word in Coffee, Deep Sea Discoveries and Van Gogh's Ear
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jul 12 2016 10:39 AM ]
Hopefully this doesn't ruin Calvin and Hobbes for you...
Humans aren't the only primates that use tools! According to a new archaeological find, capuchin monkeys have been using them for 700 years.
The way coffee affects you is predominantly determined by your genetic makeup.
Scientists have used their smarts to develop a perfectly rationed bar of fancy weed chocolate. Thanks, guys.
This uniquely addictive game is Pavlov's-dogging your brain.
Artistic genius fueled by mental illness?
Sea explorers discover nearly two dozen sunken ships in the Aegean Sea spanning more than 2,000 years of Greek history.
V.25 No.26 | 06/30/2016
The Daily Word in Street Art, Prosthetic Limbs and Space
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jul 5 2016 11:05 AM ]
Portuguese graffiti artists have taken their work to a whole new dimension.
A town supervisor in New York is looking towards environmentally friendly ways to combat viruses carried by mosquitoes. More specifically, getting help from our nocturnal, vision-impaired friends. Have you thanked a bat today?
Australia's complicated voting system leaves citizens with no clue who won the election, 48 hours later.
Inspired by a generation of praising computer-like accuracy, scientists reevaluate child-rearing methods in a new book and discuss the importance of communication and encouraging questions.
Police departments in some cities are exploring the possibility of texting for help in situations where making calls might feel too risky.
A 9-year-old girl who was born without a right hand was given a prosthetic arm from students at Sienna College. Complete with a Frozen theme.
V.25 No.25 | 06/23/2016
The Daily Word in Inequality, Abortion Rights and Helium
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 28 2016 11:11 AM ]
On Monday the Supreme Court struck down on abortion clinic restrictions in Texas, stating that the strict requirements “constitute an undue burden on [a woman's] constitutional right to [seek an abortion].”
The ruling could have a ripple effect on many other Republican-run states with strict abortion laws.
Evolution favors simplicity, which is one of many reasons why it doesn't make sense for our ape cousins to evolve into humans. Take it from the experts; I only minored in anthropology.
Scientists discovered more than a trillion liters of helium beneath Tanzania, a relieving find after some researchers feared an impending helium shortage. Scientists rely on the gas for MRI scanners which I guess is more important than high-pitched birthday party entertainment.
Boba already exists, Starbucks.
Harrison Ford for president.
V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016
The Daily Word in Emojis, Artful Expression and A Chicken Thief
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 21 2016 11:05 AM ]
A mama Black Bear attacked a marathon-runner at Valles Caldera National Park in defense of her cubs. The runner survived by playing dead, but the Department of Game and Fish euthanized the bear, who was part of a study and wearing a tracking device.
You may be able to purchase a semi-automatic rifle in a number of minutes, but don't count on sending a rifle emoji.
Young artist Kaylin Andres who has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer expresses the realities of her illness through timeless art exhibits.
So, this is strange: In Jackson, Mississippi a 77-year-old man stole three boxes of frozen chicken before hastily riding away on a bicycle.
Looks like the Great Pyramid of Giza is a bit crooked. Ah well, we all make mistakes. Even extraterrestrials.
Anyone else growing as impatient as I am to see Steven Spielberg's rendition of Roald Dahl's fantastically imaginative book The BFG? The director and producer explains why he feels a distinct connection with the Big Friendly Giant.
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