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Minimum Wage Hikes Popular, But May Not Spread Everywhere

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:58

Seattle minimum wage workers will see a gradual raise to $15 an hour — the highest in the nation. That won't end the argument about whether increases help or hurt employment.

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Majoring in computer science with a minor in breezy summer style

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:53

Conde Nast, publisher of  InStyle, The New Yorker, and Allure among others is planning to partner with universities to create certificate programs, and, down the line, master’s degree programs. We’ve envisioned some course offerings, just for fun, of course…

  • Summer Style Made Easy: Creating a shared cultural language for the modern woman

    Department: Gender studies; Instructor: Wintour 

    Explores the vast differences in pseudo-fashion culture among women of different socioeconomic and geographical backgrounds.  The class will consider the value of a shared language for these women and the strong connections created by a depth of understanding of the sundress and capri pant.  We will examine  the way that fashion allows for greater communication of self, community and social identity, while connecting with that which is uniquely feminine.  And we will consider the way that summer 2014’s signature graphic tees can facilitate such communication without traditional speech. Pre-requisite: “Must-Have Fall Looks” or “The Fall Fashion Extravaganza”
  • Finally! A Cure for Your Hangover: A scientific exploration of a health epidemic

    Department: Biology; Instructor: Dadich

    An introduction to the molecular, cellular and biological processes involved in inebriation and subsequent veisalgia (the scientific term for a hangover).  We will explore what scientists do and don’t understand about the hangover—marked by symptoms including headache, fatigue, nausea, and repeated absences from your 8:30 a.m. Philosophy of Modern Dance class. We will research common explanations for veisalgia, including dehydration, too little of the enzyme NAD+, and an over abundance of acetaldehyde in the body.  We will also consider correlations between cytokines and hangovers and we will look at why drinks with higher levels of congeners can contribute to more severe hangover symptoms. Required Reading:  “If You Build It, They Will Drink” ; "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"
  • A Geek’s Guide to Grilling: Roasting meat and human advancement

    Department: History, Archaelogy; Instructor: Reichl; ONLINE ONLY CLASS

    We will delve into the history of cooking food over open flame, looking at evidence that the practice may go back to Homo erectus. This class will explore how the introduction of cooking was one of the most important moments in human history, allowing primitive humans to eat more things, and waste less time chewing.  There will be extensive consideration given to the ways that consuming more calories and protein with less work has allowed humans to flourish as a species.  This class is required before you can register for ARCH 302: “10 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Grill.”
  • 28 Tips for your SEXIEST Body Ever!: The art and science of using numbers to tell stories

    Department: Folklore, Neuroscience; Instructor: Wells

    We will revel in the classic examples of numbers in storytelling, including "A Tale of Two Cities", "TheThree Musketeers", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest", "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", and "18 Real Breakthroughs in Beauty Products". We will consider the power of the numbers to stimulate the mind, looking at what neuroscience can tell us about tapping into the brain’s innate desire to understand the world around us. 
Please bring your favorite examples of numbers in storytelling to the first class.

Majoring in computer science with a minor in breezy summer style

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:53

Conde Nast, publisher of  InStyle, The New Yorker, and Allure among others is planning to partner with universities to create certificate programs, and, down the line, master’s degree programs. We’ve envisioned some course offerings, just for fun, of course…

  • Summer Style Made Easy: Creating a shared cultural language for the modern woman

    Department: Gender studies; Instructor: Wintour 

    Explores the vast differences in pseudo-fashion culture among women of different socioeconomic and geographical backgrounds.  The class will consider the value of a shared language for these women and the strong connections created by a depth of understanding of the sundress and capri pant.  We will examine  the way that fashion allows for greater communication of self, community and social identity, while connecting with that which is uniquely feminine.  And we will consider the way that summer 2014’s signature graphic tees can facilitate such communication without traditional speech. Pre-requisite: “Must-Have Fall Looks” or “The Fall Fashion Extravaganza”
  • Finally! A Cure for Your Hangover: A scientific exploration of a health epidemic

    Department: Biology; Instructor: Dadich

    An introduction to the molecular, cellular and biological processes involved in inebriation and subsequent veisalgia (the scientific term for a hangover).  We will explore what scientists do and don’t understand about the hangover—marked by symptoms including headache, fatigue, nausea, and repeated absences from your 8:30 a.m. Philosophy of Modern Dance class. We will research common explanations for veisalgia, including dehydration, too little of the enzyme NAD+, and an over abundance of acetaldehyde in the body.  We will also consider correlations between cytokines and hangovers and we will look at why drinks with higher levels of congeners can contribute to more severe hangover symptoms. Required Reading:  “If You Build It, They Will Drink” ; "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"
  • A Geek’s Guide to Grilling: Roasting meat and human advancement

    Department: History, Archaelogy; Instructor: Reichl; ONLINE ONLY CLASS

    We will delve into the history of cooking food over open flame, looking at evidence that the practice may go back to Homo erectus. This class will explore how the introduction of cooking was one of the most important moments in human history, allowing primitive humans to eat more things, and waste less time chewing.  There will be extensive consideration given to the ways that consuming more calories and protein with less work has allowed humans to flourish as a species.  This class is required before you can register for ARCH 302: “10 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Grill.”
  • 28 Tips for your SEXIEST Body Ever!: The art and science of using numbers to tell stories

    Department: Folklore, Neuroscience; Instructor: Wells

    We will revel in the classic examples of numbers in storytelling, including "A Tale of Two Cities", "TheThree Musketeers", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest", "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", and "18 Real Breakthroughs in Beauty Products". We will consider the power of the numbers to stimulate the mind, looking at what neuroscience can tell us about tapping into the brain’s innate desire to understand the world around us. 
Please bring your favorite examples of numbers in storytelling to the first class.

Sisi declared new Egyptian president

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:34
Ex-army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi urges Egyptians to work to restore stability after being declared the winner of last week's presidential election.

Thirty hurt in school bus crash

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 10:04
Twenty-eight pupils from two comprehensive schools and two bus drivers are taken to hospital after school buses crash head-on in Stanley, County Durham.

Why babies from three people?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:52
Why would you want to create a baby from three people?

RBS to impose new mortgage curbs

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:42
RBS and NatWest will impose tighter restrictions on loans of more than £500,000 to help curb rising prices in London.

Woman dies after falling at resort

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:40
A British woman dies after falling over a wall on the Spanish island of Menorca.

Egypt's Former Army Chief Wins Presidential Election In Landslide

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:38

The country's election commission confirms preliminary results announced last week showing that Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi secured nearly 97 percent of the vote.

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Saudi Arabia raises Mers virus toll

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:32
Saudi Arabia says 282 people are now confirmed to have been killed by the Mers virus since it emerged in 2012, significantly more than initially thought.

Madeleine search police start to dig

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:31
Police officers use spades and pitchforks in a cordoned-off area of land as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The Health Data Revolution Enters An Awkward Adolescence

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:23

Huge amounts of information about your health, your doctor and your hospital lurk in private and public databases. But putting that information to work to improve health care remains a challenge.

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Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:23

A new study argues that taxing sodas and sugary drinks by the calorie would spur consumers to cut back. A 6-cent tax per 12-ounce can would lead to 5,800 fewer calories consumed per year, it found.

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VIDEO: School abuse report 'suppressed'

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:22
A health professional who reported widespread child abuse at a school for vulnerable boys in Rochdale has told the BBC he believes his report was "suppressed".

The hokey cokey Queen's Speech?

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:21
Could this be the hokey cokey Queen's Speech?

French hostage shown in 'new' video

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:13
A video of 50-year-old French hostage Serge Lazarevic, who was kidnapped in Mali in 2011, is shown on a TV station in Dubai.

Djokovic into French Open semi-finals

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:07
Novak Djokovic beats Milos Raonic to reach the French Open semi-finals where he will play Ernests Gulbis.

Welsh lead on road signs criticised

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:01
Plans for the Welsh language to be given greater prominence on road signs and many other public signs have been criticised by some councils.

Complying with the EPA, state by state

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:58
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 05:54 Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Cows graze in the shadow of the coal fired Chalk Point Generating Station, on May 29, 2014 in Benedict, Maryland.  

The EPA’s plan to curb carbon-dioxide emissions lets each state figure out how its going to reach its goal. 

There are already big differences among states in one area: the cost of electricity for their residents.

In March, folks in Wyoming were paying ten cents per kilowatt hour, but people in Massachusetts paid nearly double.

“The biggest factor here is that there’s just a lot of different generation mixes across the states," said Harrison Fell, a professor with the Colorado School of Mines.

Wyoming gets almost all of its energy from coal, while in Massachusetts it’s mostly natural gas, according to the Georgetown Climate Center.

 “The more coal intensive you are, the bigger impact the rules will be,” said Andrew Kleit is a professor of energy and environmental economics at Penn State.

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Batman game latest to suffer delays

BBC - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:55
The release date for the next Batman video game, Arkham Knight, is being pushed back until the beginning of 2015, the latest in a spate of delays.
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