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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 ]
The Daily Word

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 Daily Word

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 ]
The Daily Word

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 ]
The Daily Word

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.

Remember Dolly, the first successfully cloned mammal? Give it up for the healthy herd of her cloned sisters in Nottingham.

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.

Also, dinosaurs.

V.25 No.27 | 07/07/2016
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Event Horizon

It’s Electric

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.
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The Daily Word in Coffee, Deep Sea Discoveries and Van Gogh's Ear

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jul 12 2016 10:39 AM ]
The Daily Word

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 ]
The Daily Word

Portuguese graffiti artists have taken their work to a whole new dimension.

After a five-year journey, NASA's Juno spacecraft arrived safely at Jupiter. The successful mission yielded a very happy team of engineers.

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 ]
The Daily Word

A bird's eye view of inequality and a few words on perspective by the photographer who snapped the powerful images.

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 ]
The Daily Word

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.

In case you're looking for some fresh summer road trip jams.

V.25 No.23 | 06/09/2016

News

The Daily Word in the Senate Filibuster, Gun Control and the Dog Head Fire

By Renee Chavez [ Wed Jun 15 2016 12:39 PM ]
The Daily Word

Looks like two senators are finally taking a stand on gun control in a "filibuster-style blockade."

You can watch it live right now!

In Florida, it's easier to get a gun than solar panels, a driver's license, an abortion, an exotic pet...

The Dog Head Fire is burning without containment.

A badass Twitter user is calling out politicians who are "praying for Orlando" but refuse to support gun control laws.

Check out this heroic Rio Rancho teen.

Look back at the history of the gun control debate.

A state worker started a relationship with Nehemiah Griego.

What does a map of a hallucination look like?

This is the first mammal to go extinct from global warming.

Did you know noise has color?

The Daily Word in Heroic Women, Chemistry and Photogenic Monkeys

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 14 2016 11:46 AM ]
The Daily Word

The true art of seduction, told by a heroic 90-year-old woman.

On his quest to photograph all 12,000 captive species in the world, photographer Joel Sartore adds the majestic proboscis monkey to the list. Apparently the noses on these guys are a pretty attractive trait to female proboscises.

Ah, the blame game. The NRA claims that Obama and his policies are responsible for the heartbreaking mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Meanwhile, thousands of people attend a vigil determined to spread love and support, and prove that hate cannot win.

Next on the summer reading list.

An atmospheric chemist collects air samples in movie theaters and discovers that emissions from peoples' breath are most likely influenced by emotions.

Be nice to your waitstaff, or pay the price.

Neither her wedding dress nor her agenda got in the way of this just-married woman from saving the day.

V.25 No.22 | 06/02/2016

The Daily Word in Wonder Drugs, Justice and The Science of Cuteness

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 7 2016 10:52 AM ]
The Daily Word

Norway takes a bold stance against deforestation, banning it across the nation in hopes of protecting the quickly declining rainforests.

A petition to remove Stanford sex offender's arguably biased judge has received over 100,000 signatures. Meanwhile the victim's powerful 12-page letter continues to go viral.

Don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

It's electric! And it can jump.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in real life.

Ever wonder why babies' round faces and Bambi eyes never fail at getting attention? Cuteness is really just an evolutionary advantage, and not just in humans. Your brain's neural networks are playing tricks on you.

Speaking of cute animals... You decide.

V.25 No.21 | 05/26/2016

The Daily Word in Robots, Cadavers and Cheese

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue May 31 2016 10:57 AM ]
The Daily Word

What's with all the barbecues and pool parties? The U.S. has got to adopt some more entertaining traditions, like chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill, perhaps. England is clearly doing it right.

If you're as disturbed by animal cruelty as I am and sick of hearing about it, watch this video instead.

Is this real life or part of a Mary Shelley novel?

Let's set the record straight: The meaning of life is probably not the number 42. This mechanical engineering professor offers an explanation from a purely scientific standpoint.

How's this for an exciting internship?

Barton Elementary School recognizes the importance of art education, and the results are inspiring.

A hug a day keeps the Prozac away.

Disclaimer: Not to be read by the squeamish.

V.25 No.20 | 05/19/2016

The Daily Word in Nature, Banksy and Stonehenge

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue May 24 2016 12:59 PM ]
The Daily Word

If you're also wondering "who the f*ck builds a stonehenge," the answer may not be as mysterious as you think. But until someone builds a time machine and travels to the past, who really knows?

Today marks The European Day of Parks, a cause for celebration and appreciation of the region's protected natural places. Find that last bit of inspiration needed for a European adventure in these stunning photos.

Works by the forever anonymous and controversial artist Banksy are lent by private collectors and shown at a gallery in Rome.

Governor Martinez is one Burqueña who will neither support nor protest the Albuquerque Trump rally. The reason? She's “really busy.”

Venezuelans, furious about food shortages and inflation, protest against President Maduro on the streets of Caracas.

Don't fear trans people in bathrooms, fear diaper changing stations. Learn from this woman's mistake and remember to put the table back up.

The Daily Word in Local Police Brutality, Truck Drivers and Climate Change

By Megan Reneau [ Thu May 19 2016 3:03 PM ]
The Daily Word

Who could have guessed that vigilante justice could go wrong?

Metal mantra: Fuck the system, not the people oppressed by the system.

Kim Jong Un looks really great, nowadays, huh?

Yeah, let's make truck drivers who drive over 70 hours a week drive more. What a good idea.

BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL!

Yes, killing an 88 year old man who is having a mental breakdown cause by his wife's death with over 60 pepperballs and an attack dog is super professional. Wow, APD, you're so good at your job.

The Catholic Church in Mexico opposes legalization of same-sex marriage but the gang violence can slide.

“God, Riley, Jessica is such a player!” —Every seven-year-old

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