Dancing Makes You Smarter For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we've seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being. Most recently we've heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one's mind by dancing can ward off Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit. Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages. You may have heard about the New England Journal of Medicine report on the effects of recreational activities on mental acuity in aging. The 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Neuroplasticity Aging and memory
America's military power in World War One America’s entry into World War One was well received by the Allies as her military power was desperately needed on the Western Front after the loss of men at the Somme and Verdun. The turmoil in Russia meant that Germany could move men based on the Eastern Front to the Western, so a nation of such power as America was seen, by the Allies, as a welcome addition to the cause. In early June 1917, General John Pershing, commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), arrived in Britain for a four-day visit before moving to France where he began to organise his command. America’s population of 90 million gave the military the potential to have a very large army. America had been the provider of many war parts for the French and British armies while it was neutral. The lack of speed with which the AEF was sent to Europe was later criticised by David Lloyd George. However, was America to blame for the lack of speed in her military build-up?
Mayonnaise and Beer | FMBV When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar...and the beer. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. "Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. World War I for Kids: United States in WWI History >> World War I Although World War I began in 1914, the United States did not join the war until 1917. The impact of the United States joining the war was significant. The additional firepower, resources, and soldiers of the U.S. helped to tip the balance of the war in favor of the Allies. Remaining Neutral When war broke out in 1914, the United States had a policy of neutrality. United States recruiting poster Sinking of the Lusitania When the Germans sunk the Lusitania in 1915, a passenger ocean liner with 159 Americans on board, the public opinion in the United States toward the war began to change. Zimmerman Telegram In January of 1917, the British intercepted and decoded a secret telegram sent from German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmerman to the German ambassador in Mexico. Declaring War The Zimmerman Telegram was the final straw. U.S. The U.S. army in Europe was under the command of General John J. U.S. troops marching through London Wilson's Fourteen Points After the War
Where the Workers Who Made Your iPhone Sleep at Night | Gadget Lab I traveled to China to report on Foxconn and Shenzhen as part of a special feature for Wired magazine, which will be published in an upcoming issue. In the meantime, here's a glimpse of some of the things I saw in Shenzhen. Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, China, is home to about half its 420,000 workers. They make many of our gadgets and computers, then walk to dormitories on the 2.1-kilometer-square campus. I got to look inside. This dorm is one of the older ones on campus, built near the beginning. Workout equipment is located in the spaces between buildings.Newer dorm rooms share a sink on the balcony, where workers can wash their clothing and themselves. I traveled to China to report on Foxconn and Shenzhen as part of a special feature for Wired magazine, which will be published in an upcoming issue. This special report is a partnership between Gizmodo and Wired magazine. See Also: inShare0
World much stupider than returning soldier remembered [TSA] | We Interrupt If you ever needed proof that we are lost in a sea of pointless rules designed to make traveling (and indeed life in general) more difficult than it ever needed to be, this is it. The eminent minds at TSA saw fit to confiscate an armed soldier’s nail clippers because he might use them to take over the plane. At this point I would like to point out that he was not armed with nail clippers, he was armed with an assault rifle – which was apparently acceptable because it didn’t have bullets. The icing on the cake, swabbing all of the soldiers returning from a war-zone for explosives residue… of course they all failed – but not as hard as the guy who kept swabbing. In response to all of the comments, please read our update. [Picchore]
How World War I Helped America Rise to Superpower Status "Sarajevo, 21st-century version." This is how political scientist Anne-Marie Slaughter, the director of policy planning under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, refers to what is currently brewing off the Chinese coast, where the territorial claims of several nations overlap. The analogy to the period prior to the outbreak of World War I is striking. China, "the Germany of (that) time," as American historian Robert Kagan puts it, is the emergent world power still seeking to define its role within the global community. At the same time, China is staking its claim to natural resources, intimidating its neighbors and developing massive naval power to secure its trade routes. In taking these steps, China could easily become a rival to another world power, the United States of America, which would assume the role once played by Great Britain in this historical comparison. The US's entry into the war in 1917 marked the beginning of its path to becoming a world power. Hearts and Minds
“Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple weeks. ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Dead drop (Wikipedia) In the meanwhile drop some files here! 87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot)Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo)235 Bowery, NY (New Museum)Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St)540 West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam) Udate: I have to admit I wasn’t prepared for this unbelievable feedback I am got in the recent days. The site is still a bit naked but step by step I am adding content (FAQ, how to, movie docu etc). All pics on flickr ! This is my blog. 427 Responses to '“Dead Drops” preview' Leave a Reply
American Involvement in World War I In 1912 Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States. Wilson successfully kept Americans troops out of World War I during his first term. However American involvement became inevitable later on in World War I. As the European powers squared off in 1914 in what was to be four years of mind-numbingly horrific war, America managed to somewhat nervously mind its own business. As time passed, however, the country began to side more often with Britain, France, and other countries that were fighting Germany. Propagandistic portrayals of German atrocities in the relatively new medium of motion pictures added to the heat. The U.S. military was ill-prepared for war on a massive scale. At home, about half of the war’s eventual $33 billion price tag was met through taxes; the rest was funded through the issuance of war bonds. Labor shortages drove wages up, which in turn drove prices up. In Europe, however, no one was humming.
That Time Again Events in the life of Welsh coal miner David Wilson, born 1846: Aug. 26, 1857: Fractured the forefinger of his right hand.Aug. 26, 1859: Fell from horseback and broke his left leg below the knee.Aug. 26, 1860: Broke both bones of his left forearm.Aug. 26, 1861: Broke his left leg above the ankle.Aug. 26, 1862: Broke both legs, the right one so badly that it had to be amputated. Seeing a pattern, he renounced for 28 years doing any work on Aug. 26, but in 1890 he forgot the date, went to work, and broke his left leg for the fourth time. “The number of accidents the man has had is wonderful, but by far the most remarkable fact in connection with his history is their all happening on a certain day in the year,” wrote Walter Kruse in the Strand.
America and World War One America entered World War One on April 6th, 1917. Up to that date, America had tried to keep out of World War One – though she had traded with nations involved in the war – but unrestricted submarine warfare, introduced by the Germans on January 9th, 1917, was the primary issue that caused Woodrow Wilson to ask Congress to declare war on Germany on April 2nd. Four days later, America joined World War One on the side of the Allies. In 1914, when war was declared in Europe, America adopted a policy of neutrality and isolation. Though small groups within America – American-Germans, American-French etc – were all for some form of involvement for their own ‘side’, the bulk of Americans supported Wilson’s approach and as a president seeking re-election in 1916, he had to listen to what the public said. Woodrow Wilson took full control of foreign policy issues within the limits of the Constitution. It was Germany’s use of U-boats that pushed America into a corner and ultimately to declare war.
The permanent oil slick no one is talking about A villager dips his hand in the polluted water near of the village of Ikrama, where a shell pipeline is leaking. June 11, 2010. Nigera is Africa’s main crude oil producer. It is also the country which counts the most oil spills in the world. In May, when all eyes were on the oil gushing from a ruptured BP in the Gulf of Mexico, a spill at the other end of the world went virtually unnoticed. Although this figure is dwarfed by the estimated 30 million barrels of the BP spill, environmentalist groups in Niger are concerned by the media attention granted to one eco-disaster over another, longstanding one. Shell Nigeria, the country’s most important oil company, has been blamed for the permanent damage caused to the delta. Nigeria is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and environmental groups have pointed to the fact that the government is the main shareholder in most local oil consortiums. A spill flowing from Shell equippment in Udo Adah Ikot, Nigeria, in 2008.
American Entry into World War I, 1917 - 1914–1920 U.S. Entry into World War I, 1917 On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress to request a declaration of war against Germany. World War I Trenches in France Germany’s resumption of submarine attacks on passenger and merchant ships in 1917 became the primary motivation behind Wilson’s decision to lead the United States into World War I. By January 1917, however, the situation in Germany had changed. German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg protested this decision, believing that resuming submarine warfare would draw the United States into the war on behalf of the Allies. German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg Stunned by the news, President Wilson went before Congress on February 3 to announce that he had severed diplomatic relations with Germany. On February 26, Wilson asked Congress for the authority to arm U.S. merchant ships with U.S. naval personnel and equipment. The “Zimmermann Telegram”