- Monday, June 30, 2014
VIDEO: Mood experiment on Facebook
Internet users are incensed at the revelation that Facebook researchers manipulated the content some users were shown in an attempt to gauge their emotional response.Continued ...
- Friday, June 27, 2014
Limit dies on New York's soda size
Michael R. Bloomberg's plan to limit the size of sodas in New York City, one of the most aggressive and controversial public health initiatives in recent memory, effectively died Thursday.Continued ...
Virginia trying to put brakes on ride-sharing services
Say you leave a bar in Clarendon, Virginia, on a Saturday night. You don't want to walk home, the Metro is closed, and you can't find a cab. There are smartphone apps that will call you a car at the touch of a button.Continued ...
When your high school closes for good
By the time I arrived in 1999, the school had lost its charter and been absorbed completely into the district. By 2006, it was consolidated with a local middle school, part of the district's focus renewed focus on smaller schools.Continued ...
Wanna write a pop song? Here's a foolproof equation
Pop songs (generally) stay in one key, are in 4/4 time, last between three and five minutes, are organized into chunks of four or eight bars, have a repeating chorus played two to four times, include the title sung at least three times, and feature short melodic fragments that repeat a lot to help everyone to remember them.Continued ...
Taxi owners, government patrons try forcing Uber to go 'off-duty'
Uber gives urban passengers an enticing alternative. Rides on-demand arrive faster than taxis, are cheaper and cleaner, and get rated by customers. Rather than hail innovation, government enablers are helping the heavily regulated taxicab industry freeze out the upstart.Continued ...
- Thursday, June 26, 2014
Court strikes down abortion clinic buffer zones
The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech.Continued ...
But Chief Justice John Roberts' ruling was a narrow one, pointing out that other states and cities had found less intrusive ways to both protect women entering clinics and accommodate the First Amendment rights of those opposed to abortion.
The science of shyness
Shy people have quite a bit to contend with - not least the word itself.Continued ...
It has a number of different meanings, none of which are flattering. To "shy away" from something implies avoidance; to "shy" can also mean to move suddenly in fright; to "be shy of" something can mean to come up short, or be insufficient.
Spurrier livens up the offseason by needling Nick Saban
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, known for using the press to poke the competition, recently questioned whether his colleague in Tuscaloosa, Ala., spends too much time in the office.Continued ...
Hospitals using consumer purchase data for information on patient health
Information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions can reveal where a person shops, the food they buy, and whether they smoke. The largest hospital chain in the Carolinas is plugging data for 2 million people into algorithms designed to identify high-risk patients, while Pennsylvania's biggest system uses household and demographic data.Continued ...
- Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Things looking up for law school grads
This might sound weird, but here goes: Now might be a pretty good time to think about law school. For the sixth year running, the employment rate fell, as schools produced a record number of graduates for an industry without the room for them. There was, however, a nugget of good news buried in the data.Continued ...
Fitness program caters to people with developmental disabilities
Spirit - which stands for "Social Physical Interactive Respectful Inclusive Teamwork" - offers classes that help clients with developmental disabilities build muscle, increase flexibility and improve their diets. As a population, they have limited opportunities when it comes to health, Smith says. "And a lot need more social interaction," he adds.Continued ...
Mobile web siphoning revenue from U.S. cities as landlines fade
Tweeting, Facebooking, Skyping smartphone users are costing U.S. states and cities revenue as taxes rooted in old-fashioned telephone service fail to keep up with the Internet era.Continued ...
VIDEO: Police say thief forgets to log off Facebook while robbing home
A Minnesota man was jailed after he logged on to Facebook from a home he broke into, then forgot to log out.Continued ...
Thinking about breaking up? Flip a coin
In their latest book, 'Think Like a Freak," Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner suggest that, contrary to what many people have told you in life, you should quit. That is, when things get tough, you shouldn't always tough them out and stick with it. Instead, you should quit and do so sooner rather than later.Continued ...
- Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Starbucks tests Greek yogurt smoothies in California, Missouri
Starbucks Corp., which started selling handmade sodas in the southern United States Tuesday, is now testing three flavors of Greek-yogurt smoothies as it continues trying to broaden its appeal beyond coffee.Continued ...
Honor Gwynn by remembering where he went wrong
Baseball All-Star Tony Gwynn was felled by a disease he blamed on smokeless tobacco. May the Padre be remembered for his personality and batting average - and also for the cautionary tale he left for younger players.Continued ...
Tornado touches down near Indianapolis
A band of storms containing heavy rains, lightning and gusting winds spawned at least one tornado near Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.Continued ...
SLIDESHOW: Tornado strikes near Indianapolis
Storms containing heavy rains, lightning and gusting winds spawned at least one tornado near Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Residents shared photos from the storms' aftermath on the Twitter feed of the Hendricks County Flyer.Continued ...
New dental tool could mean the end of fillings as we know them
There may come a time in the near future when fillings for minor cavities are a thing of the past. Researchers at King's College London are developing a procedure that uses low-frequency electrical currents to help teeth "self-heal" lesions, or cavities, without drilling.Continued ...
Elementary school teacher charged with killing boyfriend
A special education teacher remained jailed in Tennessee on Monday, charged with the shooting death of her boyfriend of eight years, investigators said.Continued ...
The Internet has changed how we curse
Relatively recent technologies — cable television, satellite radio, and social media — provide us with a not-too-unrealistic picture of how often people swear in public and what they say when they do.Continued ...
- Monday, June 23, 2014
More than one in every 10 vehicles on the road has been recalled since January
It's becoming the year of the recall: Automakers have recalled more than 28 million vehicles in the United States this year — more than one in 10 vehicles on the road — putting the industry on track to trample the 2004 record of 30.8 million.Continued ...
For millennials, out-of-wedlock childbirth is the norm
This month brings us yet another reminder that, for young Americans, having children outside of marriage is very much "the new normal," as The New York Times once put it.Continued ...
Each glass of bubbly has at least a million reasons to drink it anytime
So don't wait for a special occasion. Make one: a lousy day, a minor victory at the office, a tough commute home. That chilling bottle of bubbly might be just what's needed.Continued ...