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January 18, 2013
20:03 // 1 year ago
January 16, 2013
It looks like a page out of damage control 101. They’re trying to disarm the public.
Michael Jacobson, executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, on whether or not he believes the Coca-Cola Company’s new ad initiatives that remind audiences of its “record of providing drinks with fewer calories,” implying that soda is not the sole cause of obesity in America.
22:37 // 1 year ago
January 10, 2013
We don’t, in a sensible world, want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren, to leave them with the real problem. I don’t want to be confronted by my future grandchild and (have) them say: ‘Why didn’t you do something?’
Prince Charles • On the issue of climate change and why he doesn’t want his soon-to-be-born grandson to question why he didn’t do more about it.
13:18 // 1 year ago
January 9, 2013

Obesity risk: Many Americans don’t grasp how bad it really is

  • bad enough About 7 out of every 10 Americans associate heart disease and diabetes as possible risks or effects of obesity, according to a poll done by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
  • hoewever… Less than 10 percent recognized cancer or respiratory problems as possible consequences. About two-thirds of adult Americans and one-third of children and teens are classified as obese or overweight; it seems like most people don’t understand the full effects. source
23:56 // 1 year ago
January 7, 2013
The results of this study point to the fact that the father’s mental health represents a risk factor for child development, whereas the traditional view has been that this risk in large is represented by the mother. The father’s mental health should therefore be addressed both in research and clinical practice.
Anne Lise Kvalevaag, leading researcher and a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway • Discussing a study of over 31,000 children and families in Norway, which showed that the children who had the most emotional issues at age 3 were the ones whose dads were the most distressed. ”The prenatal mental state of the father is likely to predict the postnatal mental health of the father and this may also account for some of the associations found,” said Kvalevaag. Chill out, soon-to-be dads! It’ll be better for everyone.
22:56 // 1 year ago
Way cooler than your crib, but kinda pricey for a baby
It’s known as “the Vault.” Welcome to the $1 million playspace for Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, in the basement of the Barclays Center. Must be nice to be the coolest toddler on Earth.

Way cooler than your crib, but kinda pricey for a baby

It’s known as “the Vault.” Welcome to the $1 million playspace for Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, in the basement of the Barclays Center. Must be nice to be the coolest toddler on Earth.

19:06 // 1 year ago
January 4, 2013

McSteamy vs McDreamy: Round 2, Over Coffee

Actor Patrick Dempsey just bought a Seattle-based coffee company. No, not Starbucks. Dempsey bid $9.15 million for Tully’s Coffee, an amount that beat whatever Starbucks offered during a private auction this week. ”I think some of the players involved in this deal want to take those jobs away, and you’re looking at an economy that’s rough to get jobs,” Dempsey said. “I went by one of the stores yesterday and the employees are deeply concerned. That’s one thing we care deeply about.” (No word on whether Dempsey plans to sell $1 reusable cups.)

15:08 // 1 year ago

Big Bird and friends could help shine a light on the difference in learning styles

  • what When kids watch “Sesame Street,” their brains “show better revealed the unconstrained and spontaneous thought processes that are essential to learning.” Because each kid learns in a different way, discovering which way works best for them early in life can prevent blocks in the learning process.
  • how Since it’s hard to measure “real-world thought process that a child has while observing an actual school session,” scientists put kids, and some adults, through an fMRI machine while they watched an episode of “Sesame Street.” They then took a standardized math and verbal assessments; depending on how they scored told scientists if they benefit from the specific learning style that the show helps stimulate. source
14:30 // 1 year ago
I watched the producer actually talk to the lady and tell her exactly how he wanted her to come off on film. I guess they thought that we were all uneducated.
Melissa Whitman, a woman who lives down the street from where the cast of “Buckwild” was filmed. “Buckwild,” the newest “authentic comedic series” from MTV, premiered on Jan. 3. It details the lives of nine young adults who live in West Virginia. Umm … it might exaggerate some things.
12:31 // 1 year ago
October 29, 2012

How has Hurricane Sandy affected the presidential campaign?

  • Obama President Obama skipped campaign events in Florida and Ohio because of Hurricane Sandy. He has also cancelled an event in Wisconsin on Tuesday. In a press conference about the storm, he said “I am not worried at this point about the impact on the election.”
  • Romney "Governor Romney believes this is a time for the nation and its leaders to come together to focus on those Americans who are in harm’s way," said the Republican campaign in a statement provided to Politico. They will cancel events through Tuesday as well. source
20:49 // 1 year ago