“The average Briton gets six-and-a-half hours\’ sleep a night, according to the Sleep Council. Michael Mosley took part in an unusual experiment to see if this is enough…” (BBC News)
“It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.
In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.
Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher than the United States in all three areas on the test. Beyond basic reading and math, respondents were tested on activities such as calculating mileage reimbursement due to a salesman, sorting email and comparing food expiration dates on grocery store tags.” (New York Post).
“Sparkly rocks remind us of an age when women were considered a form of chattel.” — Shannon Rupp (Salon).
‘Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for womens rights and access to education, appeared on the Daily Show last night, ahead of Friday’s pending announcement for the 2013 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Her answer to one of Jon Stewart’s questions left him speechless.’ (Business Insider).
‘Climate scientists sometimes talk about something called “climate departure” as a way of measuring when climate change has really changed things. Its the moment when average temperatures, either in a specific location or worldwide, become so impacted by climate change that the old climate is left behind. Its a sort of tipping point. And a lot of cities are scheduled to hit one very soon.
A city hits “climate departure” when the average temperature of its coolest year from then on is projected to be warmer than the average temperature of its hottest year between 1960 and 2005. For example, lets say the climate departure point for D.C. is 2047 which it is. After 2047, even D.C.s coldest year will still be hotter than any year from before 2005. Put another way, every single year after 2047 will be hotter than D.C.s hottest year on record from 1860 to 2005. Its the moment when the old “normal” is really gone.
A big study, just published in the scientific journal Nature, projected that the Earth, overall, passes climate departure in 2047. The study also projects the year of climate departure in dozens of specific cities. Here, from The Post’s graphics team, is a map of their findings..’ (Wasington Post)