Rich School, Poor School : NPR Ed Beauty and peace radiate across the 319-acre campus of the elegant Cranbrook Schools in suburban Detroit. But in one corner of the upper school, overlooking the manicured lacrosse field, is an angst-filled office where students and their parents come to fret. On a recent morning there, a pony-tailed soccer player was nervously fiddling with the zipper on her coat as she asked her college counselor if it was really necessary for her to do an admissions interview. "It's just, like, nerve-wracking because, like, you don't want to say the wrong thing," she murmured, slumping in her chair. An aspiring art historian down the hall was worrying that her latest grades — she got a B-plus in AP physics — could hamper her dream of following her mother and brother to Yale.
Poachers kill 300 Zimbabwe elephants with cyanide Poachers killed the elephants over the past three months by lacing waterholes and salt licks with cyanide. Animals are drawn to them during the dry season in the already arid and remote south-eastern section of the 5,660-square mile park. After the elephants died, often collapsing just a few yards from the source, lions, hyenas and vultures which fed on their carcasses were also struck down, as were other animals such as kudu and buffalo that shared the same waterholes. Zimbabwe's authorities say the cyanide has been planted by villagers who sell the elephants' tusks for around £300 each to cross-border traders. They can be resold in South Africa for up to £10,000 a pair, according to court papers relating one recent incident, sometimes re-emerging as carved artefacts such as bangles in Cape Town's craft markets. In 2011, at least 17,000 African elephants were killed for their tusks according to Cites, the international body that focuses on endangered species.
The User Experience of Enterprise Software Matters Column by Paul J. Sherman Published: December 15, 2008 “As important as the user experience of enterprise software is to a business’s success, why isn’t its assessment usually a factor in technology selection?” Tennessee Decided to Drug Test Its Welfare Recipients — Here Are the Shocking Results On July 1, 2014, Tennessee implemented a dehumanizing new drug testing program for needy people applying to the state's Families First cash assistance program. Right-wingers argued that the program was necessary to keep drug users away from their precious tax dollars, and to fight what they perceived to be rampant abuse of Tennessee's welfare system. Now, WBIR reports that in the first six months of the program's operation, the state Department of Human Services managed to flag just 37 drug users out of 16,017 applicants. That's a rate of 0.23%.
Smart Transitions In User Experience Design Advertisement Some websites outperform others, whether in their content, usability, design, features, etc. Details of interaction design and animation make a fundamental difference on modern websites. We’ll share some lessons drawn from various models and analyze why these simple patterns work so well. When we design digital products, we often use design applications such as Photoshop and Sketch. Most people who have been in the business for a few years obviously know that design is more than just about visual presentation. A few ways Isabel Sawhill is wrong on single mothers Writing for the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report – which I will comment more on soon – Isabel Sawhill offers a summary of Moynihan’s prescience. Here’s an excerpt: …the trends [Moynihan] identified have not gone away. Indeed, they have “trickled up” to encompass not just a much larger fraction of the African American community but a large swath of the white community as well.
Art, design and visual ingenuity. Obariyon. 2013. Stoneware, antique hooks, glaze. 17 x 46 x 30″ Washington-based artist Beth Cavener Stichter sculpts human-sized animals from clay and other materials in both dramatically overt and subtly ambigous displays of emotion. Hung from ropes or pinned to walls, the anthropomorphic sculptures are infused with juxtapositions that depict the extremes of both human emotion and animalistic behavior: predator and prey, love and hate, fear and peace. “On the surface,” shares Stichter, “these figures are simply feral animals suspended in a moment of tension. The terrible loneliness of growing up poor in Robert Putnam’s America Political scientist Bob Putnam is photographed at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Putnam recently wrote a book about the inequality of opportunity for children titled "Our Kids." (Damian Strohmeyer for The Washington Post) SWARTHMORE, Penn. — Robert Putnam wants a show of hands of everyone in the room with a parent who graduated from college. In a packed Swarthmore College auditorium where the students have spilled onto the floor next to their backpacks, about 200 arms rise.
Gray whale dies bringing us a message — with stomach full of plastic trash Image Credit: Geograph / Richard Humphrey By: Brian, Live Free Live Natural. An illustrated life Whether it is the cheerful moustachioed Indian men on Alicia Souza’s fridge magnets or the abstract images of women that Maheswari Janarthanan illustrates in notebooks, young women artists are using their skills to connect their art with the world. Alicia Souza Age: 27 Why Inequality Persists in America - The New Yorker For about a century, economic inequality has been measured on a scale, from zero to one, known as the Gini index and named after an Italian statistician, Corrado Gini, who devised it in 1912, when he was twenty-eight and the chair of statistics at the University of Cagliari. If all the income in the world were earned by one person and everyone else earned nothing, the world would have a Gini index of one. If everyone in the world earned exactly the same income, the world would have a Gini index of zero. The United States Census Bureau has been using Gini’s measurement to calculate income inequality in America since 1947. Between 1947 and 1968, the U.S.