BBC News | ‘Forgotten’ US smallpox vials found in cardboard box – You’d think deadly viruses wouldn’t be forgotten in the back of closets and would be something people would keep better track of. You’d think.
Scientific American | Earth’s Magnetic Field Flip Could Happen Sooner Than Expected – Is it weird that I’m now kind of hoping it speeds up enough to happen in my life time? Of course I’d prefer it to not fry my digital life when it happens, but I think it would be kind of neat. Something to tell the grandkids, you know.
NPR | 5,000 Years Old: Ancient Yew Tree Identified In Wales – And now I must plan a trip to Wales to see this tree. Trees are awesome!
Psychology Today | Dangers of “Crying It Out” – I remember watching an episode of Mad About You in 1997, called “The Conversation.” They shot all in one take and it was about when they let Mabel cry it out (you can watch it here). The whole idea of letting a baby “cry it out” makes me cry. It makes me sick inside. I can’t do it. I won’t even consider it. Thankfully Iddo has been a great sleeper from the start and it’s never been an issue. When she doesn’t sleep well at night we know she’s sick enough we need to do something about it. You might say I’d think differently about “cry it out” if I had a baby who didn’t sleep. But there are other ways to help a baby learn to sleep than by letting them scream themselves to sleep. I don’t want Iddo to know that we won’t be there for her. Of course as she grows she’ll have situations we won’t be there for or can’t help with. But by then we’ll have taught her coping skills and she won’t be left to her own devices with nothing to do but cry.