Why we fail the integrity test, Denny Fitch's luck and fate, the driverless car, Buster needs a home, and the view from the cab.
The Minnesota Twins' It Gets Better video is due out in the next week or so, and slowly -- very slowly -- other baseball teams are contributing to the project that started after several news stories about young people killing themselves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are the latest team to add a video:
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle and pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens participated in the video which, notably, actually mentions LGBT young people. Many of the videos stop short of that.(1 Comments)
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Scores for science tests for 8th graders in the nation were released today. Minnesota's performance was relatively mediocre with no significant improvement over previous test scores. The state is near the top of the list of states where the tests were administered, but there's little room for pride in the results.
Frighteningly, 24 percent of Minnesota 8th graders are below basic understanding of science and 60 percent are not considered proficient.
How bad is that? Here are some of the sample questions (take the quiz here)
What atoms combine to make up a molecule of water?
A. 1 hydrogen, 1 oxygen
B. 1 hydrogen, 2 oxygen
C. 2 hydrogen, 1 oxygen
D. 2 hydrogen, 2 oxygen
Which characteristic is shared by all cells?
A. They need energy.
B. They reproduce sexually.
C. They make their own food.
D. They move from place to place.
The diagram below shows the collision of two tectonic plates in Asia.
Diagram showing the collision of two tectonic plates in Asia. A rectangular shape is divided in half by a drawing of mountains labeled "Himalayas. To the left of the mountains is an open area with no label; underneath this area are the words "Indian Plate" with an arrow pointing to the right. To the right of the mountains is an open area labeled "Tibetan Plateau." Under this plateau are the words "Eurasian Plate" with an arrow pointing to the left.
What is a result of this collision?
A. Volcanoes erupt periodically.
B. The Tibetan Plateau slowly sinks.
C. The Himalayas increase in height each year.
D. Glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau melt.
Water evaporates and falls back to Earth as rain or snow. What is the primary energy source that drives this cycle?
A. The wind
B. The Sun
C. Air pressure
D. Ocean currents
Gunnar Soensteby, shown here at the 2010 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, died today. He was in the Kompani Linge, which fought against the German occupation in World War II. Soensteby was Norway's most highly decorated person.
His group was considered the best saboteurs in Europe, led by Max Manus (he died in 1996) along with Soensteby.
It was the basis for the film, Max Manus.(1 Comments)
Posted at 1:22 PM on May 10, 2012
by Bob Collins
Who wants to be the one to hand a bill to their kid this Mother's Day?
At the website, you calculate how much you owe your mother by indicating the year of birth, hours of labor, number of pounds she gained because of you, whether you're an "innie" or an "outie," and whether you're going to call her (if she's still alive, of course) on Mother's Day.
I got off pretty cheap, and I'm pretty sure I can split it with my twin brother:
(h/t: Ad Freak)
News photographers are an interesting breed and war photographers, in particular, are cut from a different cloth.
One of the great ones died today. Horst Faas, died in Munich at 79, the Associated Press, for whom he shot his photos, said.
The AP said that Faas shared a Saigon villa with the late New York Times correspondent David Halberstam, who said of Faas, "I don't think anyone stayed longer, took more risks or showed greater devotion to his work and his colleagues. I think of him as nothing less than a genius."
A great war photographer makes you linger over the photo. Like this one from Bangladesh, in which four men are killed by Bangladesh guerrillas because they were suspected of being Pakistani infiltrators.
All a photographer can do -- Faas took that shot -- is watch and take a picture, and spend an eternity wondering whether there was more that should have been done.
For this one, he won a Pulitzer: