Opening the Wellstone file, to have and have not for retirees, even more Juan Williams fallout, the common thread of the world, and puppies!
Frequent fliers may age faster than those who keep their feet on terra firma, some research suggests. But it's unlikely anyone would notice.
It's an Einstein principle at work, the Discover blog says. Time doesn't pass equally for everybody. A fast-moving clock will tick at a slower rate than a stationary one. It's called time dilation.
People on commercial flights are subject to both predictions of time dilation. They're going fast, at speeds of around 500 miles an hour, and because they're about six miles from the ground, they're also feeling a weaker gravitational pull. So do airline passengers age more slowly, since they're traveling at high speeds? Or do they age more quickly, since they're subject to less gravity?
Chou did the math, and it turns out that frequent fliers actually age the tiniest bit more quickly than those of us with both feet on the ground. Planes travel at high enough altitudes that the weak gravitational field speeds up the tick rate of a clock on board more than the high speeds slow it down.
But even if you traveled as much as the George Clooney character in Up in the Air, the blog says, you'd still only age 59 microseconds.
You may have seen a rough video on YouTube last week of a flash mob at the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering. The U today posted a more produced version of the event, which marked the 75th anniversary of the school.(2 Comments)
James Fallows, who was a guest on MPR's Midmorning today on an entirely different subject , opens up on the attacks on NPR in the wake of its firing of news analyst Juan Williams. Fallows, who appears regularly on NPR, has penned "Why NPR matters."
In their current anti-NPR initiative, Fox and the Republicans would like to suggest that the main way NPR differs from Fox is that most NPR employees vote Democratic. That is a difference, but the real difference is what they are trying to do. NPR shows are built around gathering and analyzing the news, rather than using it as a springboard for opinions. And while of course the selection of stories and analysts is subjective and can show a bias, in a serious news organization the bias is something to be worked against rather than embraced. NPR, like the New York Times, has an ombudsman. Does Fox? [I think the answer is No.]
One other factor affects my view of NPR. There are jobs where people are mainly motivated by the hope of big money. (Finance in general.) There are jobs where the main motivation is job-security. And there is a category of jobs where, as absolutely everyone recognizes, it makes a tremendous difference that "employees" care about something beyond pay, hours, and security. Teachers. Soldiers. Doctors and nurses. Judges and police. Political leaders, if they want to be more than hacks. And, people in news organizations.
Want to delay the time when your daughter discovers sex? Have Dad give her "the talk," new research says.
The study comes from New York University.
Most daughters reported receiving little sexual information from their fathers but identified unique contributions that their fathers made or could have made to their sexual socialization. Future interventions should assist fathers to increase their comfort with sexual communication, to identify barriers, and to provide skill-building practice to promote abstinence and safer sex behaviors among their daughters.
The study was hidden behind a paywall (what good does that do?). Fortunately, Time.com liberated it.
What do (young) women want?
Specifically, they wanted to hear stuff only guys would know, about how to communicate with men and what the carnal landscape looked like from a male's vantage point. "They felt that if they could have been more comfortable talking with their fathers about issues around sex, they might have been more comfortable talking to boyfriends or potential sexual partners about them," says (researcher Katherine) Hutchinson.
So, who should give "the talk?" Neither. Hutchinson isn't a big fan of elevating the issue to that level.(1 Comments)