The Health Toll of Immigration -
A growing body of mortality research on immigrants has shown that the longer they live in the United States, the worse their rates of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Study: Why Pot Smokers Are Skinnier -
Marijuana users had smaller waists and scored higher across several measures of blood sugar regulation.
Big Banks Get Break in Rules to Limit Risks -
Lobbyists for the nation’s biggest banks have persuaded federal regulators to soften a proposed Dodd-Frank rule, a move that is expected to protect Wall Street’s control over the $700 trillion derivatives market.
The It-Doesn’t-Matter Suit: Sylvia Plath’s Lovely, Little-Known Vintage Children’s Book -
A charming cautionary tale about the perils of self-consciousness. Sylvia Plath — celebrated poet, little-known artist, lover of the wor
I had made no conscious decision to be single, but love is rare and it is frequently unreciprocated. Because of this, people around me continued to view love as a sort of messianic event, and my friends expressed a religious belief that it would arrive for me one day, as if love was something the universe owed to each of us, which no human could escape. I had known love, but having known love I knew how powerless I was to instigate it or ensure its duration. Whether love was going to arrive or not, I could not suspend my life in the expectation of its arrival. — Emily Witt
Canada ranked fourth in the world for scientific research -
Canada ranks well in the following areas: clinical medicine; information and communication technologies; physics and astronomy; psychology and cognitive sciences. Canada also punches well above its weight in historical studies and research on the visual and performing arts.
The panel also found found that Canada is a world leader in research on venereal diseases and dermatology, as well as anatomy, astrophysics, general and internal medicine, nuclear and particle physics and zoology. Canada is also a leader in studying business and management, criminology and classics.
As for the future, the survey of Canadian experts identified a number of areas in which Canada is well-placed to become a global leader. They include: personalized medicine, tissue engineering and digital media. Nanotechnologies and wireless technology may also be emerging areas of strength.
The millennials are the people who’ve inherited the hangover from the baby boomers’ party: a warming planet, a dysfunctional global financial system that rewards the rich and screws the poor, a polarized political class that’s moved so far to the right that a centrist like Barack Obama can be described with a straight face as “a socialist.” Millennials may be “narcissistic, materialistic and addicted to technology,” as Stein alleges early in his article; they’re also drowning in college debt, slaves to an internship “system” that demands ever-increasing work for no pay, and entrants into a job market that’s replaced employment rights with the “flexibility” of never being able to afford health insurance. —
Eupraxsophy: Fun Fact About Tumblr -
Has anyone else noticed that Tumblr doesn’t seem to have an obvious revenue stream? There’s no advertizing, pay wall, or membership fees. Yes, there are premium themes that cost money, but these can’t possibly make enough money to run the site.
That’s because Tumblr is not profitable. It’s funded…
But I wonder…
If Tumblr truly is not profitable (and I do not doubt you on this), why exactly is Yahoo ready to buy it, and what will they do when they get it?
That’s a very good question. Perhaps they plan on introducing advertising so as to tap into the millions of potential consumers that use it.
Has anyone else noticed that Tumblr doesn’t seem to have an obvious revenue stream? There are no advertisements, pay walls, or membership fees, and while there are premium themes that cost money, these clearly can’t bring in enough revenue to maintain the site.
That’s because Tumblr is not a money making entity. It’s funded entirely by investors, a practice colloquially called “freemium” service. However, there have been talks for some time about finding ways to make the company financially-sustainable, which includes the possibility of introducing advertising, as done on Facebook, or even selling Tumblr to Yahoo!
In any case, I offer a slow clap of appreciation to David Karp and the rest of the Tumblr team for giving over 55 million of us a wonderful platform for interaction, self-expression, and fun — at no cost to us. It’s easy to take all of this for granted.
Scientists report first success in cloning human stem cells -
Scientists have made the first embryonic stem cell lines from human skin cells.
9 Questions That Atheists Might Find Insulting (And the Answers) -
Some questions make atheists feel second-class — and make you look like a jerk for asking them.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever been personally offended per se, but I have been annoyed by encountering the same thoughtless assumptions regularly. Then again, some people genuinely misunderstand the atheist position, and that’s understandable — it’s not exactly a commonly accepted one, nor have we had much opportunity throughout history to articulate our position.
Rumor Alert: Yahoo Is Buying Tumblr for a Billion? -
Yahoo has a problem: it has no idea what it’s doing, or how it’s going to do it (outside of teenage dream hires). Some people who claim intimate knowledge say the company is going to do it by throwing a serious Hail Mary: buying Tumblr for $1,000,000,000. That’s one billion.
Could it be that Tumblr may come under ownership of Yahoo? What do you think of this possibility?
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, often called the the “Muslim Gandhi,” was an Afghan political and spiritual leader known for his nonviolent opposition to British Rule in India. A devout Muslim and dedicated pacifist, he worked with Gandhi to put an end to the British Raj and bring unity among the divided people of South Asia. A man of great integrity, he once declared that it is “better [to] be poisoned in one’s own blood then to be poisoned in one’s principle.”
Khan was also a reformer and social activist who sought to alleviate the poverty, violence, and hatred of his society. To that end, he formed the Khudai Khidmatgar (Servants of God) movement, in which members would take an oath of honesty, integrity, self-sacrifice, and the serving of others without regard to faith or ethnicity. The success of this group led to a harsh crackdown by the British, though Khan remained committed to nonviolence.
He opposed the partition of India, and because of this – as well as his lifelong opposition to authoritarian rule – he was frequently arrested, exiled, and harassed by the Pakistani authorities. Despite this, he never wavered in his values and remained a pacifist for the rest of his life.
The ultimate downsizers: Couple give up their home to live the simple life in tiny $19,000 retirement house on wheels -
Many couples thinking about downsizing when they retire, but one Baltimore couple have taken the tradition to an extreme.