“White-nose Syndrome was first seen in New York during the winter of 2006. Since then, populations of cave-hibernating bats have been drastically declining in Connecticut, Maine, New York and Vermont. Affected species include little brown bats, northern bats, tricolored bats, Indiana bats, small-footed myotis and big brown bats. Worldwide, bats play critical ecological roles in insect control, plant pollination and seed dissemination, and the decline of North American bat populations would likely have far-reaching ecological consequences, the researchers wrote.”
“Through five psychological experiments, Andrew Elliot, professor of psychology, and Daniela Niesta, post-doctoral researcher, demonstrate that the color red makes men feel more amorous toward women. And men are unaware of the role the color plays in their attraction.”
“In his endorsement, Mr. Powell added that an Obama election “will also not only electrify our country, I think it’ll electrify the world.” You can already see that. A 22-nation survey by the BBC found that voters abroad preferred Mr. Obama to Mr. McCain in every single country — by four to one over all. Nearly half of those in the BBC poll said that the election of Mr. Obama, an African-American, would “fundamentally change” their perceptions of the United States.
Europe is particularly intoxicated by the possibility of restoring amity with America in an Obama presidency. As The Economist put it: “Across the Continent, Bush hatred has been replaced by Obama-mania.”
Steven Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes, which conducted the BBC poll, said that at a recent international conference he attended in Malaysia, many Muslims voiced astonishment at Mr. Obama’s rise because it was so much at odds with their assumptions about the United States. Remember that the one thing countless millions of people around the world “know” about the United States is that it is controlled by a cabal of white bankers and Jews who use police with fire hoses to repress blacks. To them, Mr. Obama’s rise triggers severe cognitive dissonance.”
“TIAA-CREF, a huge retirement system with $420 billion in assets under management, started out serving college professors. It has branched out over the years to include people in other nonprofit fields…
“He also says TIAA-CREF managed to avoid the subprime crisis because its subprime exposure was “really insignificant and miniscule.”
That’s because the company’s risk management and asset management professionals decided the return wasn’t high enough for the underlying risk for those securities, he says.”
“Over the long term, the stock market news will be good. In the 20th century, the United States endured two world wars and other traumatic and expensive military conflicts; the Depression; a dozen or so recessions and financial panics; oil shocks; a flu epidemic; and the resignation of a disgraced president. Yet the Dow rose from 66 to 11,497.”
Helvetica on PBS, free screenings in 60 cities this December
It’s official: Helvetica will have its US television premiere on PBS Tuesday, January 13th, as part of the awesome Independent Lens series. Helvetica will also be included in ITVS’s Community Cinema program, with free public screenings in 60 cities across the country in December. The first batch of free screening dates has been announced, stay tuned added cities.
Helvetica now available as a rental on iTunes
iTunes users, you now have a choice: buy or rent. Apple has just made Helveticaavailable as a $2.99 rental, and it’s already marched up the charts as the most rented documentary on iTunes. That’s a whole lot of font talk for three bucks. Rent it now or watch the trailer.
“As of Friday, a $10,000 investment in the S.& P. stock market index would have grown to $11,733 if invested under Republican presidents only, although that would be $51,211 if we exclude Herbert Hoover’s presidency during the Great Depression. Invested under Democratic presidents only, $10,000 would have grown to $300,671 at a compound rate of 8.9 percent over nearly 40 years.”
“We have to expand beyond the idea that design is good for business,” says Richard Koshalek, president of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. “It’s true. But it’s also good for the larger society and the challenges we face, ranging from global urbanization to sustainability.” Maeda, he says, can brilliantly articulate the case for why designers should no longer be at the margins. “If I were a corporate executive, I’d go and spend time with Maeda.”
“as we approach a presidential election, it is worth thinking about the kind of leadership we need to get through the challenges of the future. That means recognizing how different today’s world is from 1962. The Cold War is over. The Soviet Union is dead. America’s military is larger than the next 22 countries put together. The threat we face right now is in the world of geoeconomics, not geopolitics - how to get through this financial meltdown, how to handle the multiple economic challenges before us, how to steer America in a world where other countries are gaining power and resources and confidence.”—
“In many ways this brings home the decline in America’s position in the world because we have over consumed. Tthe chinese have produced a lot more than they have consumed so they have built up reserves. We built up debts, they built up assets and the same applies to the oil producing countries. So there has been a tremendous power shift.
America will still be a leader if not the leader of the world and in fact if America uses it position to cooperate with other countries it can re-emerge as The leader and the world very much needs that kind of leadership.”
George Soros on the long term decline of the dollar in an interview with Fareed Zakaria October 12 CNN
This is where design with ergonomics and technology could keep a driver in a car 2-4+ more years past a particular age. Convincing grandpa to buy the back up warning sensor and other technology might be the hard part. Considering the low mileage most older people put on cars, they also have to buy these technologies when they are in their 70s, before they actually need them. Solution: if you are over 75, you have to get a car with these additional safety sensors included. With so many needing them, the price will drop on the cost, making it affordable and safer for all.
But any new technologies in a vehicle must be 100% idiot proof and simple as opening and locking a door. Any more complex than that, and older people will not use them!
“The researchers discovered that adding two metals, antimony and lead, to the well-known semiconductor lead-telluride, produces a thermoelectric material that is more efficient at high temperatures than existing materials.”
“A chemical widely used in hard plastic drinking bottles and the lining of food cans may reduce the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatment, a new study shows.
The findings, reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, adds to the growing list of concerns about bisphenol-a, or BPA, a chemical used to make the hard, clear and nearly unbreakable plastic called polycarbonate. The plastic is also found in the lining of nearly every soft drink and canned food product.”
“After 10 days of using the new Mac, the scientist experienced pronounced eye and throat irritation. He contacted AppleCare, which dispatched a technician to switch the power supply. The odor remained.
Apple even replaced the system with another Mac Pro but that, too, vented the same strange smell.
Finally, the scientist had the gases analyzed by another lab, which detected seven “volatile organic contaminants,” including benzene, a commonly used industrial solvent and a known carcinogen. Prolonged exposure to benzene vapors can cause such illnesses as leukemia and lymphoma.”
“The phthalate family of chemicals is used in a variety of products from cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, lotions, lubricants, paint, pesticides, and plastics. Phthalates soften plastic tubing, PVC, and are also used in the coating of some timed-release medicines.”
“Plastic products contain “endocrine disrupting chemicals” that can block the production of the male sex hormone testosterone (phthalates used in PVC plastic), mimic the action of the sex hormone estrogen (bisphenol A or BPA used in polycarbonate plastic), and interfere with thyroid hormone (brominated flame retardants or PBDEs used in many types of plastic). Two articles report very similar changes in male reproductive organs in rats and humans related to fetal exposure to phthalates. Two articles show that fetal exposure to BPA or PBDEs disrupts normal development of the brain and behavior in rats and mice. Two other articles provide data that these chemicals are massively contaminating the oceans and causing harm to aquatic wildlife.”
Missing from a number of dictionaries: a definition of the design grid or grid systems.
I thought the American Heritage (second result on this page) would have it for sure (it’s the hipper, and best, dictionary). But, no.
BTW: This is the only web access I know of to the most recent edition of the AHD 4th edition. It also appears you can download a trial digital version of it here: http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/eref/buy_HMAFF00004.jsp
But this seems to be no different than the web version and no different from a very old version I used on Mac OS 7!