Mind Body Green | 5 Things Naturally Fit People Do Differently – A friend shared this on Facebook and I was intrigued enough by the title to read it. I am one of those people who seems to effortlessly stay in shape. I won’t tell you how long it took me to get back to my pre-pregnancy jeans because you don’t want to know. I’ve never consciously decided to do any of the 5 things mentioned in the article. But now that I think about it, yup, that’s what I do. There’s an advertisement on Hulu for an exercise program that promises you won’t get bored because it’s a different activity every day. That’s not the way to not get bored with exercise, doing different things you hate every day. I go running 3 times a week (because I don’t want to wash my hair every day, and I need to wash it after I run), and I never get bored running because I love running. Find an exercise you love and it won’t matter if you do the same thing every day.
BBC News | Could Tourette’s syndrome make a goalkeeper better? – I love this story. I’ve heard of this goalie before and I believe it does make him better. One Tourette’s tic, and I don’t know if he has this particular one, is mimicking others. If a goalie is able to subconsciously mimic the direction a player is going, he’ll be better at being where he needs to be to block the score. He isn’t disabled by his condition at all in this case.
Scientific American | Map Shows When Summer Heat Peaks in Your Town – I only have 4 years of data for Tuscon, but my data shows the same thing. If we can just make it through the end of June then the weather starts to get a lot better. And it’s “Tusconan.”
Scientific American | Jell-O Brains and DNA: High School Students Launch Innovative STEM Program – Perhaps we need more high schoolers setting our education policies and fewer politicians? This program is genius!
Scientific American | How to Teach Old Ears New Tricks – It’s been in the last few months that we’ve noticed Iddo’s babbling sounds a lot more like English babbling. She must be picking up on the sounds we make. Also, good, timely feedback is crucial to learning anything, not just pronunciation in new languages. Looks like we need to find a lot of different recordings of Latin in our study.
BBC News | Olympic runner and WW2 prisoner Louis Zamperini dies – I read his biography earlier this year (my review). Truly inspiring.