Friday, July 9, 2010

Yoda Steers Drivers Away From The Dark Side
First Aid for Heat-Induced Illnesses
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)

Extreme heat brings with it the possibility of heat-induced illnesses. The following table lists these illnesses, their symptoms, and the first aid treatment.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Erasing all digital footprints 'impossible'
By Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera
San Francisco Chronicle

It's been almost two decades since mainstream users began trekking into the library-slash-playground known as the World Wide Web. Now, several years into that excursion, many are taking a long hard look at the trail they've left behind.

Young Workers

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
U. S. Department of Labor

This site provides safety and health information for young workers and others. It answers questions often asked by the working teen. Details about workers' rights and links to training and other educational tools may also be found here. You can look over your State's youth employment laws. Also, watch young workers in action on workplace safety!
Government Internships
U. S. Federal Government

Government internships provide students with the opportunities to expand their knowledge while gaining hands-on experience. To access internship opportunities within the federal government for undergraduate, graduate and law students, please visit Intern Opportunities within the Federal Government. You may also wish to view additional information on federal student internships.
Night Awaits a Plucky Solar Plane
By John Collins Rudolf
Christian Science Monitor

With favorable weather and a forecast of clear, sunny skies, the Solar Impulse, an experimental solar-powered plane, took off from an airfield in Switzerland early Wednesday morning with a goal to stay aloft for a full 24 hours.
New Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP)
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

In March of 2010, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act—the new health law. The law creates a new program – the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan -- to make health coverage available to you if you have been denied health insurance by private insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Nut? What Nut? The Squirrel Outwits to Survive
By Natalie Angier
New York Times

I was walking through the neighborhood one afternoon when, on turning a corner, I nearly tripped over a gray squirrel that was sitting in the middle of the sidewalk, eating a nut. Startled by my sudden appearance, the squirrel dashed out to the road — right in front of an oncoming car.
A Cold-War Spy Story
By Sean Gardiner
Wall Street Journal

Ever since news broke that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had rounded up alleged Russian spies in New York City, the lingering question has been: What were they after with all their B-movie spycraft?
The Claim: Exposure to Plants and Parks Can Boost Immunity
By Anahad O'Connor
New York Times

This time of year, allergies and the promise of air-conditioning tend to drive people indoors.
A ‘Forest Fire of Hair Loss,’ and Its Scars
By Karen Barrow
New York Times

Matt Kelley was 38 when he first noticed a round, hairless spot in his beard. Within six weeks, every inch of his body that once had hair — including his eyebrows, eyelashes, arms and head — was completely bald. See the interactive graphic.
No Age Limit on Picky Eating
By Shirley S. Wang
Wall Street Journal

This is what Heather Hill eats: French fries, pasta with butter or marinara sauce, vegetarian pizza, cooked broccoli, corn on the cob and cakes and cookies without nuts.
The Parking Lot as a ‘Solar Grove’
By John Collins Rodolf
New York Times

One day early in 2004, Robert Noble, an architect specializing in sustainable design, asked himself why parking lots in the United States weren’t covered in solar panels and used to generate clean energy. A few firms had been building carports with solar panels for some time, but none had acquired a major presence or branched out much beyond the residential market.
Taurine is listed as an ingredient in many energy drinks. What is taurine? Is it safe?
Mayo Clinic

from Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.
Taurine is an amino acid that supports neurological development and helps regulate the level of water and mineral salts in the blood. Taurine is also thought to have antioxidant properties.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Nighthawks State of Mind
By Jeremiah Moss
New York Times

IN 1941, Edward Hopper began what would become his most recognizable work, one that has become an emblem of New York City. “‘Nighthawks,’” Hopper said in an interview later, “was suggested by a restaurant on Greenwich Avenue where two streets meet.” The location was pinpointed by a Hopper expert, Gail Levin, as the “empty triangular lot” where Greenwich meets 11th Street and Seventh Avenue, otherwise known as Mulry Square. This has become accepted city folklore. Greenwich Village tour guides point to the lot, now owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and tell visitors that Hopper’s diner stood there. But did it?
Microsoft Calling. Anyone There?
By Ashlee Vance
New York Times

Microsoft’s engineers and executives spent two years creating a new line of smartphones with playful names that sounded like creatures straight out of “The Cat in the Hat” — Kin One and Kin Two. Stylish designs, an emphasis on flashy social-networking features and an all-out marketing blitz were meant to prove that Microsoft could build the right product at the right time for the finickiest customers — gossiping youngsters with gadget skills.
Larry King's exit marks the end of a gentlemanly era in TV talk
By Tom Shales
Washington Post

No More Mr. Nice Guys. Such is the prognosis for the post-King world -- Larry King, of course, who has had a rocky year in the ratings and who recently announced his retirement from the flagship talk show he hosts on CNN. His departure is as imminent as the announcement, from those ever-befuddled CNN executives, of his replacement.
The "Cash for Appliances" Program
U. S. Department of Energy

Sunday, July 4, 2010

For the Dishwasher’s Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent
By Alina Tugend
New York Times

I’VE been writing on some weighty topics lately — too little money, too many choices, too few jobs. It’s time, I decided, to move on to some questions that haunt me almost every day.