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Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
Image copyright Milla Kontkanen For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it's designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they're from, an equal start in life. The maternity package - a gift from the government - is available to all expectant mothers. It contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress. With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a baby's first bed. Image copyright Finnish Labour Museum Werstas Mothers have a choice between taking the box, or a cash grant, currently set at 140 euros, but 95% opt for the box as it's worth much more. The tradition dates back to 1938. In the 1930s Finland was a poor country and infant mortality was high - 65 out of 1,000 babies died. Contents of the box Not for long. Related:  Sustainable Development Goals

The lazy person's guide to saving the world - United Nations Sustainable Development End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. No! We’ve made it easy for you and compiled just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact. Things you can do from your couchSave electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use, including your computer.Stop paper bank statements and pay your bills online or via mobile. Things you can do at homeAir dry. Things you can do outside your house Shop local. These are only a few of the things you can do.

Transhumanism Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international cultural and intellectual movement with an eventual goal of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.[1] Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as the ethics of developing and using such technologies. They speculate that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label "posthuman".[1] History[edit] According to Nick Bostrom,[1] transcendentalist impulses have been expressed at least as far back as in the quest for immortality in the Epic of Gilgamesh, as well as historical quests for the Fountain of Youth, Elixir of Life, and other efforts to stave off aging and death. First transhumanist proposals[edit]

10 things we didn't know last week 1. The French had no official word for French kissing… until now. It's "galocher". Find out more (CBS) 2. XXXXXL size is being introduced for men at department store Debenhams, a three-X leap from its former largest size XXL. Find out more (Daily Mail) 3. Find out more 4. More details (New Scientist) 5. More details (Smithsonian Magazine) 6. Find out more (Daily Mail) 7. Find out more (LA Times) 8. 6X8 is the multiplication children get wrong most while 9x12 takes longest. Find out more (Times) 9. Find out more 8 Critical Numbers in Bill and Melinda Gates' Letter to Warren Buffett Farmers in a mountainous area of Sapa, Vietnam. Flickr-UN Photo/ Kibae Park Billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett donated $30 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006. Buffett recently wrote a letter to the Gates, requesting they update the world as to all the foundation had accomplished in tackling global poverty. The Gates responded with a letter of their own. “Of course, philanthropy isn’t like business,” the letter states. These are those numbers: 122 million children’s lives saved since 1990 Bill reports, “More children survived in 2015 than in 2014. That figure is arrived at by looking at the mortality rate of children under age five in developing countries and comparing the trend line in 1990 and 2000 to the rate it’s currently at. 5.9 million children under age five died in 2015, according to the United Nations. It is difficult to describe the feeling of improvement within tragedy. 86% of children worldwide have been vaccinated But there is hope.

Is 'Adventure Time' One Big Allegory For Discovering Sex? Cuber presents five more short graybles in latest "Adventure Time." Cartoon Network Watching last night's anthology episode of "Adventure Time," entitled "Five More Short Graybles," I was reminded of the crazed photographer in Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" when he first spots the scraggly-haired Merde character, played by Denis Lavant, in the middle of a crowd and can't stop snapping pictures: "So... weird! So weird!" That's the reaction "Adventure Time," with its loopy blend of bright colors and surreal mini-plots, constantly invites. A sequel to last season's "Five Short Graybles," the episode once again featured narrator Cuber, a portly futuristic being who presents a series of interlocking "Adventure Time" short stories on his Holo-Pyramid Viewer. READ MORE: Why 'Adventure Time,' Now In Its Fifth Season, Is More Groundbreaking Than You May Realize Jake and Finn stick their thumbs in a lot of holes. The final installment with BMO brought everything home.

HIV inner shell structure revealed Researchers have for the first time unravelled the complex structure of the inner protein shell of HIV. The US team, reporting in Nature, also worked out exactly how all the components of the shell or 'capsid' fit together at the atomic level. Until now the exact structure had proved elusive because of the capsid's large size and irregular shape. The finding opens the way for new types of drugs, the researchers from the University of Pittsburgh said. It was already known that the capsid, which sits inside the outer membrane of the virus, was a cone-shaped shell made up of protein sub-units in a lattice formation. But because it is huge, asymmetrical and non-uniform, standard techniques for working out the structure had proved ineffective. The team used advanced imaging techniques and a supercomputer to calculate how the 1,300 proteins which make up the cone-shaped capsid fit together. She added that the fast mutation rate of HIV made drug resistance a big problem.

About Dr Vandana Shiva | Dr Vandana Shiva Dr Shiva at Bija Vidyapeeth Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist at the University of Punjab, and completed her Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India Dr Shiva and Sir Edward Goldsmith at Bija Vidyapeeth In 1982, she founded an independent institute – the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun – dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, working in close partnership with local communities and social movements. Dr. Dr Shiva in Nubra Valley, Ladakh, India Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Internationally, Dr.

Naked Came the Stranger Cover of reissue of Naked Came the Stranger Naked Came the Stranger is a 1969 novel written as a literary hoax poking fun at contemporary American culture. Though credited to "Penelope Ashe", it was in fact written by a group of twenty-four journalists led by Newsday columnist Mike McGrady. McGrady's intention was to write a deliberately terrible book with a lot of sex, to illustrate the point that popular American literary culture had become mindlessly vulgar. Hoax [ edit ] Mike McGrady was convinced that popular American literary culture had become so base—with the best-seller lists dominated by the likes of Harold Robbins and Jacqueline Susann —that even a wretchedly written, literarily vacant work could succeed if enough sex was thrown in. The publisher, Lyle Stuart , was an independent publisher then known for controversial books, many with sexual content. Synopsis [ edit ] Reception [ edit ] See also [ edit ] Notes [ edit ] References [ edit ] External links [ edit ]

What can we learn from children's writing? 30 May 2013Last updated at 20:45 ET A BBC Radio 2 short story competition aimed at children up to the age of 13 has had 90,000 entries. It's an exercise in creativity but the words they used have also been put into a database which gives us an insight into the way they think. Every one of the 40 million words from the story-writing competition has been collated and analysed by lexicographers at the Oxford University Press, in order to monitor and track children's language. It is the third edition of the 500 Words competition, organised by the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, and the second year the OUP has analysed the entrants. Here are some of the findings. Kids write "mum" more than "dad" Mums may get more mentions but dads are portrayed as action men The most common word of all was "mum" - or some variation of it, such as "mam" or "mar" - with a total of 115,627 mentions. "Dad" trailed behind, only just scraping into the top 15 most common words, with about half of the mentions of "mum".

Inside The Vertical Farm Growing What It Calls "The World's First Post-Organic" Produce | Co.Exist | ideas + impact Before leading people through the heavy metal doors and into the vertical farm Irving Fain has recently opened in a warehouse in Kearny, New Jersey, he asks visitors to take off their jewelry. He hands them a disposable jumpsuit and a hairnet to put on; bright blue sleeves must be slipped on over shoes. "It’s about protecting the integrity of the environment," Fain says. Jewelry could fall off and into the beds of leafy greens; shoes and clothes could track in unknown germs. For Bowery—the farm that Fain, a former marketing entrepreneur, first conceived of two years ago—contamination is a particular concern. Bowery is growing what it calls "the world’s first post-organic produce," meaning that all of the leafy greens in the warehouse—which range from kale to Thai basil to wasabi arugula—are grown completely without pesticides, and completely under the control of a comprehensive, proprietary operating system that oversees the entire growing process.

I don’t hate millennials anymore! Like many of my colleagues in the American academy, each fall I consult the Mindset List for entering college freshmen produced annually by Beloit College of Wisconsin. Designed to identify “the experiences and event horizons of students and . . . not meant to reflect on their preparatory education,” the list is marked by a frequent use of “always” and “never,” reminding us that many cultural and experiential commonplaces for those writing syllabi are foreign, inscrutable, and sometimes ancient history to the syllabi’s intended audience. On the list for the class of 2013, three facts controverting my own early experience catch the eye: one demographic, one geographic, and one pedagogic. As a member of Generation X (b. 1970), I have long attributed the difference between my contemporaries and the Generation Y, or Millennial, students I teach (born between 1979 and 2003 or so) as one of substance and content. I was stunned. “What do you mean?” Oh, that’s right, I thought.

Brain cells give insight into Down's syndrome Brain cells have been grown from skin cells of adults with Down's syndrome in research that could shed new light on the condition. US scientists found a reduction in connections among the brain cells and possible faults in genes that protect the body from ageing. The research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences gives an insight into early brain development. Down's syndrome results from an extra copy of one chromosome. This generally causes some level of learning disability and a range of distinctive physical features. A team led by Anita Bhattacharyya, a neuroscientist at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, grew brain cells from skin cells of two individuals with Down's syndrome. This involved reprogramming skin cells to transform them into a type of stem cell that could be turned into any cell in the body. Brain cells were then grown in the lab, providing a way to look at early brain development in Down's syndrome.

Peña Blanca in 2016. What's Happening Now? - Living On One This past year, we have continued to keep in touch with Rosa, Anthony and Chino, document their lives for future films, visit Peña Blanca to assess needs, and raise money for life changing projects through our partners Mayan Families and Whole Planet Foundation. Thanks to generous donors and to the sales of our films, we’ve been able to raise over $520,000 for poverty alleviation programs. But beyond outputs, here are the outcomes we’ve achieved together this year, and a look at how they are affecting real people’s lives. If you’d like to continue supporting our work with another gift, please give here: Peña Blanca School Improvements There are now two new classrooms in Peña Blanca! Thanks to the L1 Peña Blanca Fund, each student now also gets access to clean water in every classroom and daily nutritious snacks and vitamins everyday. Preschool Nutrition Center Construction The centers will allow 3 to 6 year olds to prepare for school, a difficult transition in any child’s life. Water System