Times magazine’s 2017 person of the year is ‘The Silence Breakers’ —women whose individual acts of courage have led to the biggest cultural reckoning we’ve seen in decades. A social media campaign started with tweet with #MeToo after Harvey Weinstein. It is powerful story of power of social media for social reform.
The Washington Post reporters, Kevin Sullivan And Mary Jordan have a news post On elitists, ‘crybabies’ and ‘junky’ degrees on The Forgotten America series. Their report explains why most conservatives, who think Universities should be more practical, and express their anger with current American Universities. Change is always hard!
Journalist Caitlin Johnstone writes in the Medium that Allowing #MeToo To Go Viral Is The Biggest Mistake The Establishment Ever Made. Indeed this could a watershade moment for the 50% of the populations as Cecily Strong of SNL puts its.
The New York Times” reporters Scott Shane & others have a post Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shakenthe N.S.A. to Its Core which details NSA’s struggle to recover from exposure of its cyber weapons. ∞
The New York times post A Lesson From the Biggest Losers: Exercise Keeps Off the Weight, result of a study from “Biggest Looser” television show suggest that exercise is key to loosing weight. Very important lesson for us all!
The New Yorker has a very detailed investigative article The Family That Built an Empire of Pain. From the article, it appears that The Sackler family which owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin (active ingredient oxycodone, a chemical cousin of heroine). Since 1999, over two hundred thousands Americans have died because of OxyContin & prescription opioids overdose. A must read article to understand the entire prescription overdose epidemics.
Very interesting book “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams” by Matthew Walker, PhD, Drector of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. In an interview, Dr Mathews warns that most of us don’t get enough good sleep offers strategies for getting enough sleep. ∞
There is a brief note in The New York Times explaining Why Onions Make Us Cry? It turns out that when we cut onions it releases a chemical called lachrymatory factor (LF) which irritates our eyes. LF is by product of two molecules located in cells: sulfenic acid precursor floating around and a protein called alliinase in cytoplasm, which are released when onions are crossed and produce irritating LF. This chemical is used by plants as defense mechanisms from microbes & animals. An undergraduate student Josie Silvaroli, an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio helped explained this puzzle in a paper published in ACS Chemical Biology in July 2017.