Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading
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Reading this article was very interesting. I can see what they are talking about when they say that online reading consists of skipping over unimportant parts and then moving on. Fortunately, I don't think I've really suffered from this online reading. I read so much every day; textbooks and books for my own pleasure. I think I read so much that I've become, as the article calls it, "bi-literate". I think it's important to get the best of both worlds in reading, and I hope that we don't abandon print reading anytime soon.
I knew that the problem of plastic pollution was bad, but it's another thing when it's laid out in facts right in front of you. I had no idea this Great Pacific Garbage Patch even existed. Twice the size of Texas? How is that even possible? I try sometimes to cut down on my plastic usage, but now I am determined to try even harder. We have to take care of the Earth if we want it to be good for the generations to come.
After I saw the documentary Blackfish, I was heartbroken. I was already somewhat aware of the cruelty that is SeaWorld and other parks like it, but seeing it right in front of me like that, confirmed by so many people over and over again, was really upsetting. Now, reading about it, it's almost like the movie all over again. Why anyone would think it's okay to keep these beautiful animals in concrete tanks is beyond me. Although we can no longer right our wrongs by freeing all of them, we can start making a change by not taking any more out of the wild and stop breeding them to sell to parks. I hope that one day Lolita and other whales in parks will be able to be back with their pods to live out the rest of their life happily.
Although understandable, I think it is sad that the government is choosing jobs over environmental preservation. I can understand why they would; jobs are important, after all. But there will always be more jobs being created for people; we only get one real "virgin" environment. Sure, you can plant new trees once you cut them down, but the forests themselves are never the same. The wildlife is disturbed, and the trees take years to grow back. It would take a long while for the forest to be back to its full glory. That's why it's so important to preserve these species and these forests, for we will truly regret it in the future if we do not.
Solar energy is such a wonderful thing. I think that it's great that it is becoming cheaper, because that means more people will make the switch to it. I think a lot of people avoid it because of the cost to set it up and other things, but I think you will save money in the long run on the hefty bills you are no longer paying for typical electricity. Theresa Capellan in the article says that she knows solar power is going to grow in the next five years, and I hope she is right about it.
I think this is a very interesting point of view. While I do think that Obamacare may have started with good intentions, it obviously wasn't going to work and they should have either reevaluated and fixed what was wrong with it or scrapped it altogether. I think Obama overall has good intentions when it comes to running this country, but sometimes he just needs to be able to admit that maybe he was wrong the first time and needs to go back and fix some things. On the matter of Americans taking to the street, I think that this wouldn't really make a difference if we did this. I feel like the best course of action is to speak out, and that doesn't have to involve protesting, although I suppose it wouldn't hurt.
Isa Leshko, a fine art photographer, set out to capture glimpses of animals in their twilight years -- a therapeutic project inspired by caring for her mother with Alzheimer's disease. http://www.pedegru.com
This article tells a really beautiful story. I definitely agree that we value youth and beauty too much in this society, and not just in people, but in animals too. We always want the cutest puppies or the fluffiest kittens, but nobody thinks to adopt an older dog or cat. When I end up adopting, I plan on adopting older animals, but most people don't think that way. I think it's great what Leshko did, and I love the fact that she is a vegan. I always get angry when people talk about how they love animals, but then they sit down and eat a steak for dinner and don't think twice about it. People have a disconnect when it comes to animals; farm animals and old animals too. They would never think to eat their dog, but when it comes to a cow, they don't think twice. When it comes to old animals, people don't think that maybe the old animals could need a nice loving home. Of course the baby animals will all get adopted out; that's a given. But what about the old animals that people just glance over? Don't they deserve a happy home too? In all, Leshko sounds like a wonderful person that really cares about animals, and I think it's great that she's trying to show people how wonderful older animals can be.
WPTV Florida animal sanctuary examines, feeds 109 birds rescued from Jupiter home ...
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I think that this is a very hopeful story. I feel so sorry for animals like birds and other caged pets that get neglected by their owners. I don't agree with keeping pets that require you to keep it in a cage, because I don't think any animal should have to live the majority of its life like that, so I won't buy from pet stores, but I think it's great when people adopt, even if it is a caged animal, because although it may be impossible to still give them a life out in the wild, you can still adopt to try and give them the best possible life they can have. Despite this, I still won't buy from pet stores, because that only supports them to buy more and sell more. I love that a man and a bunch of his friends came together to adopt the birds. This shows that there is a lot of people out there that care about animal welfare, and that makes me happy to see.
Kids have a new incentive to learn programming. Thanks to Code.org, they can design their own Flappy Bird game in 20 minutes. The “Make Your Own Flappy Bird” tutorial is designed for kids as young as six-year olds. It's a great idea to leverage a popular game and tap into its global craze for teaching…
I think that teaching children how to code (in a simple way for kids to understand) and exposing them to coding at an early age is a great idea. I know that I definitely wish that my parents had gotten me involved and learning computer science and coding when I was younger. Sometimes I struggle with it, and I think sometimes that maybe if I had started learning earlier, it would be easier for me now. I think this would hold true for any child, and that showing them how to code a simple game like Flappy Bird is a great way to do this.
I think that OneDrive already sounds a lot better than the SkyDrive we have right now. I can't say that SkyDrive is bad because I don't really use it, but it didn't seem that important except to back up files. The idea of more free storage is good, because the couple times I checked out SkyDrive I felt like they really weren't offering enough (I believe it was only a couple GB). The real-time collaboration feature will make things much easier on students in particular; you won't have to worry about meeting up to work on some things anymore. The video sharing isn't very innovative, but it's convenient for people that share videos often. And for the people that have the Windows phone, I'm sure they will appreciate the new OneDrive app.
"Texas farmers fear arrival of new Dust Bowl Those who have lived in America most of their lives know a little something of the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Now, Texans are becoming concerned about yet another Dust Bowl scenario as droughts in various regions within the state are getting worse."
I think the reality of a possible Dust Bowl is frightening for many people. Fortunately, we don't have to really worry about this possibility in our area of WA, but other places and states do. I will agree with what the author of the article said, that to keep this kind of stuff from happening we need to move away from GMO crops, monoculture farming, and start more organic, smaller farming plans. This may not seem like the most efficient way, but it will benefit us long term. If we producing food in this way, we should expect many more Dust Bowls to come.
I think that this bill is a wonderful idea and a huge step in the right direction towards ending orca captivity. Although the orcas already in captivity may not be able to be released (but will be evaluated to see if they are fit) the capture and breeding of orcas will hopefully no longer be permitted. This is so necessary if we want to end orca captivity once and for all.
Climate change is such a sensitive topic right now. I've even came across a video once of a news interview, where a man was virulently denying that climate change was even really happening; he claimed it wasn't real. I think that that is absolutely ridiculous. The abundance of evidence is there; climate change is an actual thing, and I'm so happy to see renewable energy taking hold. Even if climate change wasn't actually happening, it would still be important to make that switch to renewable energy, because the energy sources we use are not going to last forever, and we should switch over before it is too late to do so and we run out of nonrenewable energy sources. I think it's great that big companies are pledging to make the 100% switch to renewable energy, and that even whole countries like Denmark have a laid out plan to do so by 2050. I hope to see this more and more as time goes by.
This article is short and sweet but holds so much potential. The fact that we may have captured untainted interstellar dust is really amazing. The author of the article at the end says "This is us just a few billion years ago". A short sentence but what an impact it has. It blows my mind but amazes me at the same time that we came from little dust particles. It is amazing what the world around us can accomplish.
It didn’t exactly stop the presses. But at least it made the back pages: China will cut its coal use to 65 percent of its electricity generation by year-end instead of by 2017, which is nearly 1 percent less than in 2013.
Regardless of China’s energy diet, it still has an insatiable appetite for the fuel source, consuming 47 percent of all coal and as much as the rest of the world combined, says the U.S. Energy Information Administration. And, for sure, China is trying to industrialize its economy and coal is its path of least of resistance. But it’s not its only choice.
For its part, China also has a goal of generating 15 percent of its electricity from green energy by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030. But it will still need other carbon-intensive fuels, which include coal and natural gas. To this end, the United States is well positioned to lend a hand — “solutions,” by all accounts, which are imperfect but which take the sting out of burning fossil fuels straight up.
Given the expected jump in coal use, should the United States send its advanced coal technologies around the globe and specifically to the Asian nations where the demand for it will remain high? Or, should it export part of its newfound shale gas wealth, which is cleaner than coal? Or, should it sell the hydraulic fracturing technologies to others so that they can can just plumb the gas themselves?
“We will end up being able to export all those items,” says Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, in an interview. “This is not an either/or choice in terms of the private market, which will ship goods and services to where they get the best price.”
I think that it is so ridiculous that we spend all this money working on "clean coal" when we could be putting it towards moving AWAY from coal completely. You have to ask yourself, how clean is this "clean coal" anyways? I personally don't think it's much better at all, because the process it takes to get coal "clean" disrupts efficiency so much that they have to burn more coal in the long run, and we still end up with heaps of ash and MORE DEMAND for coal. That's what it comes down to, after all; demand. If there are no other better options to coal, what are the big companies going to keep buying? Coal. Which is why we should be putting our money towards other options, because if we only put it towards trying to make coal "better", we will never move away from it.
We associate food with at most, pleasure, at the very least, survival. It's not too different for animals. Lambs turned out on new grass move "quickly over certain grasses to get to others – to nosh on clover and mustard grass, avoiding horse nettle and fescue along the way," writes Dan Barber in A Chef Speaks Out . Wild pigs, capable of seeking out the nutrients they need,"enjoy eating nuts, roots, fruits, mushrooms, bugs, rabbits, and, occasionally, dead animals."
But what happens when animals are confined in cramped, filthy environments and force-fed monoculture diets of genetically modified corn and soy?
Although I was fairly aware of the animals in the meat and dairy industry were being fed pesticide and antibiotic laden GMO foods, reading it and reading more about it still makes me so sad. Leah Dunham "stops short of using the word torture", but I think that it is most definitely torture. All I have to do is imagine myself in those animals shoes. And if I was them, I'm sure that I would feel tortured. The things that they have to go through are a disgusting show of the human race. How can we treat beings that we share this world with in this way? I hope that in twenty years, when I am older, things will be different. That we will no longer be feeding harmful GMO foods to animals or people, that we will no longer be using harmful pesticides to animals and ourselves, and maybe, just maybe, that we will no longer be consuming animal products and instead we will be sharing the Earth with the animals in peace.
232000 animals used in Irish lab experiments in 2012 Irish Examiner More than 90% of the animals were used for experiments conducted in “commercial establishments”, with the remainder used for research in universities and colleges, hospitals,...
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This is a happy and a sad story in its own way. It's sad that even one animal would have to experience this, let alone hundreds of thousands, but it is not discouraging that the number has dropped. This means that there is progress being made. I will not buy products tested on animals if I can avoid it, and I know that this makes a difference, along with all the other people that make this same choice. I think that people don't even realize what is happening, and I wish more people were educated about what goes on behind closed doors to animals. And these aren't just farm animals that people won't give a second thought about eating, these are animals that people would keep as pets in their home. I think that if more people knew this, then the number of animals being used in experiments would continue to drop.
I think that animal testing is an important topic that people need to be talking about. I think it is so sad that people have dogs and cats and other animals at home as pets, and they have no idea that they products they buy are cruelly tested on dogs and cats and other animals just like their very own pets. I would hope that once someone found out about animal testing, they would immediately vow to only buy cruelty free products and get involved in the fight to end animal testing for good. But I don't think that is always the case. That's why it's important to spread the word and let people know what horrible things can happen behind closed doors.
Priya Ganesan taught herself computer science when her high school said it ... San Jose Mercury News She is drawn to the critical thinking and problem solving required to succeed in computing. For Ganesan, it is practically an art form.
I think the story this article tells is truly amazing, and it hits home for me. I think it's awesome how Priya Ganesan took the initiative to learn about computer science when she was not able to do so through her school. It is so important right now for girls to be going into computer science; the article states that, "just over 17 percent of undergraduate computer science degrees go to women, and women make up roughly 24 percent of the computing workforce in the country." This is so sad and the number has to start rising or nothing will change. I read in another article about a study that women are paid significantly lower than men in the computer science industry. I hope more women start joining the computer science industry, so we can start getting rid of this prejudice that girls can't work with computers as well as men.
I think that the new consoles show such promise for this next year. I also think it's so amazing what we've done with developing new gaming hardware, like the Oculus Rift. These kinds of things are going to shape the gaming industry into what it will be when I enter the workforce, and I think it's awesome to be able to watch it happen and to one day hopefully be a part of it.
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