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“This myth that early risers are good people and that late risers are lazy has its reasons and merits in rural societies but becomes questionable in a modern 24/7 society. The old moral is so prevalent, however, that it still dominates our beliefs, even in modern times. The postman doesn't think for a second that the young man might have worked until the early morning hours because he is a night-shift worker or for other reasons. He labels healthy young people who sleep into the day as lazy -- as long sleepers. This attitude is reflected in the frequent use of the word-pair early birds and long sleepers [in the media]. Yet this pair is nothing but apples and oranges, because the opposite of early is late and the opposite of long is short.”—Science debunks the myths and stereotypes of sleeping
U.S. Losing Edge in S&T Research
The United States remains the global leader in supporting science and technology (S&T) research and development, but only by a slim margin that could soon be overtaken by rapidly increasing Asian investments in knowledge-intensive economies, according to a new study by the National Science Board, the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/report-US-Losing-Edge-in-ST-Research-011812.aspx
“We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements--transportation, communications, and all other industries; agriculture, medicine, education, entertainment, protecting the environment; and even the key democratic institution of voting--profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science or technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. ”—Carl Sagan- The Demon-Haunted World
Manners 2.0 – a reboot – The third wheel text
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It seems that the internet and cell phones are hell bent on destroying manners. How many times have you been in the middle of a conversation and suddenly are staring at the back of someones cellphone wondering if your words are bouncing off ?
Its become some kind of shield, and you just sit there wondering if there is an emergency or your breath is really that bad ?
Apparently, we no longer feel the need to excuse ourselves to leave the current conversation, especially when we physically don’t have to leave. Would an “excuse me while I whip this out” really be that hard ?
Did you hear that person tell you that someone is stealing your car…of coarse not…you where too busy forwarding the latest dirty joke to your grandmother and her bingo friends. You socialite you.
- School district first to permit cell phone use during standardized tests (radar.oreilly.com)
- Cell Phones and Cancer Risks (socyberty.com)
- Cell Phones in the Library (bhplnjbookgroup.blogspot.com)
European Union calls upon, where are IT women?
The committee of Europe will show a few days ago, science and technology and Carrier needed to recruit more woman staff members, otherwise IT labour force gap of 300,000 will appear in 2010.
According to zdnet website, the committee of Europe will show a few days ago, hoped more to be still at the girl at stage of compulsory education to pursue IT undertaking, thus guarantee IT labour force is supplied.
At present, there is not a woman staff member in 66% of the European Carriers.
Though Europe studies the technical students of information communication and increases, the committee of Europe will still hope more university students can enter this field. At present, the proportion that European university students study IT is only 2.3%, and U.S.A. is 5%, South Korea is 6%.
In 2006, in studying IT technical students, only 22% were women. As to enterprise, this kind of situation is more severe. Found by the investigation, there are no woman employees in 66% of the Carriers. In 14 large-scale IT Companies, women employee’s proportion is still less than 10%. (have a match and guide the network)