She tugs on your sleeve excitedly. "I would like to see more movies of humans having sex. Perhaps, with any luck, one that is 'good.'" She looks up at you with uncertainty. "Because, I know I'm an alien from another planet, but that movie was not very good, was it?" … [Read more...] about Fifty Shades of Grey: a primer for aliens
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Elsewhere in this early childhood education center in central China, youngsters are riding rocking horses, clambering on a jungle gym, thumbing through picture books, or taking part in group reading. Once a week, caregivers get one-on-one coaching on how to read to toddlers and play educational games. The center is part of an ambitious experiment Rozelle is leading that aims to find solutions to what he sees as a crisis of gargantuan proportions in China: the intellectual stunting of roughly one-third of the population. "This is the biggest problem China is facing that nobody's ever heard about," says Rozelle, a professor at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. … [Read more...] about One in three Chinese children faces an education apocalypse. An ambitious experiment hopes to save them
The results revealed that people prefer evenness in men's skin, just as they do in women's. Evenly distributed melanin was associated with youth, the researchers reported in November in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. Melanin is the pigment that darkens the skin after a tan; it's also the pigment produced in response to UV damage, causing age spots. Thus, Fink said, it makes sense that people would judge a face free of age spots or freckling as younger. [5 Reasons Aging Is Awesome] … [Read more...] about The Key to Sexy Skin in Guys Revealed
None of this has been easy. Indeed, starting with college, hurdling obstacles has been a constant in her life. In the fall of 1970, William H. Wright, a professor of physics at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, ushered freshman Marcia McNutt into his office with what she recalls as this observation: “You are here because you must have said something silly on your application about being a physics major. I’ve seen girls come and go in this department, but I’ve yet to see one graduate.” For perhaps the first time in her young life, McNutt was struck speechless. Class valedictorian at the all-girls Northrop Collegiate School in Minneapolis and with perfect SAT scores, she had chosen Colorado over Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, partly for its promise of closer contact with faculty … but not this sort of contact. “No one had ever told me I couldn’t do something,” she told me. “The one thought in my mind was, … [Read more...] about Science academy’s new president cleared many hurdles on way to the top
Other South Asian countries, too, are wrestling with difficult choices between disease control and the economy. Bangladesh, which has a total of 49 reported infections, has locked down the country until 4 April. Sri Lanka has more than 100 confirmed cases, but has shut down only eight of its 25 districts, citing the hardship to the poor. Pakistan, which has reported the region’s largest number of cases, 1625, has also locked down only a few areas. In an address last week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said with one-quarter of its population falling below the poverty line, the country could not afford to a complete shutdown. … [Read more...] about 1.3 billion people. A 21-day lockdown. Can India curb the coronavirus?