Taylor Swift Criticized For Singing 'Too White' Amid rumors of yet another tempestuous breakup, country-pop superstar Taylor Swift is facing a different kind of drama: a legion of blogger fans insisting that Swift sings “too white.” The firestorm began, of course, when Swift was booed at the Soul Train Music Awards last March. Protestors of the event claimed she was a “sellout to the white establishment” and called for her replacement by Prince. The then-23-year-old held her head high and continued her set, which included such urban classics as “Tim McGraw” and “Teardrops on My Guitar” alongside newer ethnic anthems like “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Swift, who has denied her symbolic status since her adolescence, opened up to Katie Couric yesterday on morning news. “I’ve…been called ‘Uncle Tom,’ which is hurtful,” she confided, tossing her blonde ringlets.
On Snobbery and Books for Grown-Ups Joel Stein is being roundly booed as a snob for opining in a recent Times roundtable that “Adults Should Read Adult Books” and steer clear of young adult fare. Maybe out of pure contrariness, I’m inclined to offer a qualified defense. It has to be qualified because, let’s face it, I’m a 33-year-old man with an extensive comic book library. I even read all the Harry Potter and Hunger Games books, and I can’t see why that’s any worse a light entertainment than watching an action movie—which takes about as long. Nor—since he mentions the shame of seeing an adult crack one of these tomes on an airplane—are they appreciably less sophisticated or intellectually challenging than any number of spy thrillers, conspiracy yarns, and other airport bookshop staples.
Why is sustainability seen as a rollercoaster for business leaders? If you really want to know what's going on in the minds of executives when it comes to embedding sustainability, then look no further than the business coaches they pour their hearts out to. "I feel like I've been on a rollercoaster" is one of the most common complaints that executive coach John Blakey hears. Blakey, co-author of Challenging Coaching, suggests individuals' fears of being out of control, of failure, ridicule, isolation, being left behind, and of the sheer complexity and speed of work lives are among the biggest obstacles to driving the sustainability agenda forward. When Blakey hears the rollercoaster comment, he now tries to add in some humour: "I say, 'That sounds exciting.
The 10 Tech Terms to Know in 2013 Cognitive Radio The airways are getting crowded, thanks to smartphone and tablet data transmission that doubles every year. One solution: cognitive radio devices, whose signals automatically jump back and forth between frequencies in a fraction of a second to find open spectrum. A prototype developed at Rutgers University can switch to a new frequency in less than 50 microseconds while sending eight times the data of a typical home wireless system, taking advantage of openings on the AM and FM radio, TV, and cellular frequency bands.
Bizarre animals that are new to science - Image 9 Old species, new insights It's not only new species that can amaze scientists. These creatures, discovered decades ago, are only now giving up their secrets. The fish with a cockpit head Taylor Swift Crashes Young Fan's Photo Shoot While Jogging (In Full Makeup) Taylor Swift is the kind of superstar who surprises fans at their bridal showers, writes encouraging messages on their Instagram photos, gives them money to purchase Chipotle on their birthdays and invites them into her home to eat homemade cookies and listen to her latest album (before everyone else). And in her latest attempt to become St. Taylor -- or at least the friendliest celebrity out there -- Swift crashed a young fan's photo shoot while she was jogging in a Nashville area park. Swift was just working on her fitness in the great outdoors when she jogged her way into a fan, who was in the middle of a photo shoot with photographer Sarah Bailey. The 24-year-old stopped and took the time not only to chat with the girl, but to pose for a couple of photos.
'How Creativity Works': It's All In Your Imagination iStockphoto.com What makes people creative? What gives some of us the ability to create work that captivates the eyes, minds and hearts of others? Brain-to-brain interface allows transmission of tactile and motor information between rats Researchers have electronically linked the brains of pairs of rats for the first time, enabling them to communicate directly to solve simple behavioral puzzles. A further test of this work successfully linked the brains of two animals thousands of miles apart—one in Durham, N.C., and one in Natal, Brazil. The results of these projects suggest the future potential for linking multiple brains to form what the research team is calling an "organic computer," which could allow sharing of motor and sensory information among groups of animals. The study was published Feb. 28, 2013, in the journal Scientific Reports.
logy Magazine As corals continue to decline in abundance around the world, researchers are turning their attention to a possible cause that’s almost totally unexplored – viral disease. It appears the corals that form such important parts of marine ecosystems harbor many different viruses – particularly herpes. And although they don’t get runny noses or stomach upset, corals also are home to the adenoviruses and other viral families that can cause human colds and gastrointestinal disease. In a research review published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, scientists point out that coral declines are reaching crisis proportions but little has been done so far to explore viral disease as one of the mechanisms for this problem.