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April 7, 2011, 8:42 AM CT

Shopping online, privacy, data protection

Shopping online, privacy, data protection
In the wake of yet another e-commerce data breach in which the names and email addresses of millions of online shoppers and credit card users have been accessed illegally, scientists in the US suggest that privacy discussions, and ultimately legislation must urgently focus on the expanding roles of third-parties handling pervasive online customer profiles.

Nancy King of the College of Business, at Oregon State University, in Corvallis, explains in the latest issue of the International Journal of Private Law that marketers have long created market segments in an effort to create more relevant advertising and efficiently spend advertising dollars. What has changed in recent years is that in the online world of e-commerce, tracking technologies allow advertisers to construct personal profiles and use them to individually target consumers much more effectively than ever before. As such, network advertising associations, the owners of consumer databases and data mining services and advertising exchanges are now playing a more and more important role in the online behavioral advertising industry. This paradigm shift in how we, as consumers, are marketed to should become high on the agenda in discussions of privacy in the European Union, the USA and elsewhere as legislation to cope with e-commerce is drafted.........

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March 31, 2011, 6:58 AM CT

Overscheduled children and adolescents

Overscheduled children and adolescents
opular books and media reports have perpetuated the belief that children and adolescents are overscheduled in their extracurricular activities, and that this can disrupt how families function and undermine young people's opportunities for success. Eventhough there is little empirical research to support this idea, some studies suggest a threshold effect in which the benefits of involvement stabilize or drop slightly after a certain point. But we know little about who becomes involved in extracurricular activities to this extent, what happens at such high levels of involvement, and whether patterns differ for different groups of children and adolescents.

Between 70 and 83 percent of American children and teens say they take part in at least one extracurricular activity. On average, children and adolescents spend about five to nine hours a week in structured activities; few (5 to 7 percent) spend more than 20 hours a week in these pursuits.

Some studies have shown that youths who take part in extracurriculars at high levels don't do as well academically and psychologically. They tend to be more depressed and lonely, and to engage in more risky behavior, and they're more likely to smoke or take drugs.

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) will host a symposium during its Biennial Meeting that tackles questions about the effects of extracurricular activities on children and adolescents. Among the questions that will be addressed:........

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March 18, 2011, 6:21 PM CT

FDA hitting milestones in tobacco law

FDA hitting milestones in tobacco law
Since the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has met the ambitious implementation deadlines set forth in the law, the agency said Wednesday at a congressional briefing hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research.

Lawrence Deyton, M.S.P.H., M.D., director of FDA Center for Tobacco Products, evaluated the a number of important steps the FDA has taken so far that have significantly expanded the agency's ability to protect the public from tobacco products. These steps include establishing a scientific advisory committee for the center and its work, imposing a ban on flavored cigarettes, requiring lists of ingredients in tobacco products from manufacturers, and more. Deyton said Congress can rest assured the agency will continue to meet expectations set in the law, which gives the FDA the authority to regulate all advertising, marketing and manufacturing of tobacco products.

In addition, panelists agreed that a greater focus and investment in scientific research on tobacco will be at the heart of the agency's continued success, particularly when considering that tobacco use causes 30 percent of all cancer deaths, and is causally associated with 18 different cancers throughout the body.........

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March 17, 2011, 10:47 PM CT

Are the wealthiest countries the smartest?

Are the wealthiest countries the smartest?
It's not just how free the market is. Some economists are looking at another factor that determines how much a country's economy flourishes: how smart its people are. For a study published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, scientists analyzed test scores from 90 countries and observed that the intelligence of the people, especially the smartest 5 percent, made a big contribution to the strength of their economies.

In the last 50 years or so, economists have started taking an interest in the value of human capital. That means all of the qualities of the people who make up the workforce. Heiner Rindermann, of the Chemnitz University of Technology, wanted to look more closely at human capital, and especially the factor that psychology experts call cognitive ability. "In other words, it's the ability of a person to solve a problem in the most efficient way�not with violence, but by thinking," Rindermann says. He wrote the newly released study with James Thompson of University College London.

The scientists collected information on 90 countries, including far-off lands from the U.S. to New Zealand and Colombia to Kazakhstan. They also collected data on the country's excellence in science and technology�the number of patents granted per person and how a number of Nobel Prizes the country's people had won in science, for example.........

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Thu, 03 Feb 2011 13:11:25 GMT

What"s up with Brad and Angelina"s twins?

Well, according to the latest issue of Star magazine, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie"s twins Knox and Vivienne have Down Syndrome, which is quite a ballsy claim on their part. I wouldn"t be surprised at all if Brangelina"s lawyers file some kind of lawsuit over this story! The cover suggests a nanny is blowing the lid off the truth about the twins, which seems like total bullshit to me. Don"t celeb nannies sign a non-disclosure agreement?! I know we haven"t seen much of the them but that doesn"t necessarily mean they have mental or physical disabilities! This is definitely one of the more vicious stories the magazine has published.

In other stories, we"ve got Lady Gaga hitting rock bottom by using a super old picture of her - LOL! I doubt there"s really any truth to this story as well! (Except maybe the part about graphic nude photos, we all know she likes to wear as little as possible when she can!) Besides, haven"t we all passed out drunk in a basement somewhere? Plus if she was doing coke, girlfriend probably wouldn"t be passed out! Expect to hear a lot more about (and from) Gaga in the next few weeks, her highly-anticipated new single Born This Way is dropping on February 11th, and her second full-length album is releasing next month!

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January 25, 2011, 7:45 AM CT

Faculty on Facebook Will Not Ask Students To Be Friends

Faculty on Facebook Will Not Ask Students To Be Friends
James McAuley
In a recent survey of pharmacy professors, 100 percent of the respondents who had Facebook profiles said they would not send friend requests to their current students.

Just fewer than half of the responding faculty members had a Facebook profile, and of those, most said they also ignored friend requests from students - particularly current students.

It was a small study, with 95 faculty members from colleges of pharmacy at four Ohio institutions participating. But it is among the first studies to examine college professors' use of the social network, particularly with respect to how they interact with students online.

Though the study was limited to pharmacy schools, senior author James McAuley, associate professor of pharmacy practice and neurology at Ohio State University, said the findings have potential to be applicable to other disciplines.

"I would imagine that if faculty members in other colleges got requests from students, the same questions might go through their minds," he said.

The study was designed primarily to document whether and how faculty use Facebook. But because respondents are divided on the subject, the scientists suggest that faculty might benefit from attempts to reach consensus among their department and college colleagues about the appropriate use of social networking.........

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January 16, 2011, 9:16 PM CT

Tractors rolling over

Tractors rolling over
Tractors rolling over is top cause of agricultural deaths.

Credit: Jose Luís Canales.

The people in Spain at greatest risk of suffering farming accidents are those aged over 65, followed by people under 16 and people from outside the agricultural sector. These are the results of a study by the Public University of Navarre (UPNA), which shows that most of these deaths are due to people being crushed by tractors.

"Aside from recognised farming workers, other employees die in this sector and these deaths are not recorded. Our objective was to compare the real and official data on fatal farming accidents and to classify the most usually associated risks", Carmen Jar�n, a researcher at the UPNA and co-author of the study, tells SINC.

The study, reported in the Revista Espa�ola de Investigaciones Agrarias, compared the data on occupational accidents correlation to farming activity published annually by the Ministry of Employment with news articles on such accidents appearing in the media for the period between 2004 and 2008.

Most fatal accidents are caused by tractors with no cabin rolling over. Out of the 272 such incidents in this period, only one took place involving a tractor with an officially authorised driver cabin. However, "since the use of such cabins was made obligatory in 1979, only three fatal accidents have occurred in cases where this protection was in place", points out Jar�n.........

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Sat, 15 Jan 2011 02:45:24 GMT

Gay Carrington

Gay Carrington, the most glamorous out-of-work mannequin actress on YouTube, now has her own "micro audio blog," where she offers little observations and stories. No big commitment, just the way we like it!

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Mon, 10 Jan 2011 04:06:07 GMT

Dutch Winter

Winter in the Netherlands. Kasper Bak put on his ice skates and filmed this. The music is Ice Dance by Paul Reeves.

(thanks Cora)

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Mon, 10 Jan 2011 03:54:36 GMT

The Solar System in a Shirt

The Solar System in a Shirt
Hi, Grasshoppers - Long time no see!
Since we last spoke, I turned 21 (a few weeks ago), bought a really cute pair of ankle boots (my old ones tragically started disintegrating on the inside - yuck!), had a horrible case of the stomach flu, and finished up a semester of school. I hope you"ve all been well!
I"ve been super busy, but I thought I"d pop by and say hello. I also thought I"d show you the shirt I just ordered on Amazon. $13.65 (youth XL = cheaper than adult small any day) and positively galactic! Rawr! It"s also by the company who does the three wolf shirts, which I find amusing.
I"m on winter break right now, and I"m hoping to get in a real post (read: one that takes a bit more effort than this one) before I get back to school. I know I"ve been neglecting this blog, but rest assured it"s only because I am hard at work on other things and very, very happy.
Again, as usual, I am much more active on tumblr. Come say hi!

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Thu, 06 Jan 2011 12:36:56 GMT

Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society
by Steve Dollar

Dead men tell no tales, yet through the magic of the moving image they find a new kind of life, not in the flesh but the flickering resurrection of their own archives. Spalding Gray left behind 120 hours of film and video when he died in January 2004, following a jump off the Staten Island Ferry, a fateful occurrence that came as a shock to the public. Family and friends of the actor and monologist had long coped with his suicidal tendencies, which had been aggravated by brain damage from a dreadful 2001 car crash in Ireland. The circumstances of the accident are touched on, and poignantly so, but the very end of Gray"s life isn"t part of And Everything Is Going Fine. Steven Soderbergh fashioned the new documentary out of old home movies, low-key documentary footage, TV interviews and ghosty videotapes of Gray"s early performances in the late 1970s - before filmed versions of shows like Swimming to Cambodia, Monster in a Box and the director"s own Gray"s Anatomy made Gray an unlikely household name beyond the downtown Manhattan avant-garde theater scene he helped to invent when he co-founded The Wooster Group in 1975.

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Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:16:16 GMT

Carey Mulligan was told to get Botox at 25

Carey Mulligan was told to get Botox at 25
Carey Mulligan has revealed that a Los Angeles dermatologist had told her to get Botox at the age of 25."I said, I have some lines here under my eye and they"re annoying, what can you do? He looked at my face and said, We"ll just drop some Botox in here and here"," the Telegraph quoted her as saying.

"I said, "What the ----? I"m only 25, are you joking? So I can"t move my face? Isn"t that, well, the antithesis of what I"m trying to do as an actress? Only in LA would someone try and give you Botox when you"re 25 years old," she said.

The star of "An Education" has won plaudits for her quirky style but claims to feel "intensely uncomfortable" on the red carpet
. "I"ve never felt like a sexy person. I"ve always felt like a sensible person. I"ve always felt absurd wearing anything revealing," she told Elle magazine.

The actress also confided that she loathes her much-copied gamine hairstyle. "I hate my hair. After an education, I had a small part in Michael Mann"s film Public Enemies and he wanted me to dye it white blonde, and it wrecked my hair. Literally, ruined it. It was falling apart, fried. So I had to cut it off. I cried," she said.

Although tipped to land a second Oscar nomination for Never Let Me Go, Mulligan admitted to disappointment at missing out on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the forthcoming Stieg Larsson adaptation. "I auditioned for it but I didn"t get the part," she said, adding that watching another actress play the part would be "agony".

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December 9, 2010, 7:08 AM CT

What your reaction to someone's eye movements

What your reaction to someone's eye movements
It goes without saying that conservatives and liberals don't see the world in the same way. Now, research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that is exactly, and quite literally, the case.

In a newly released study, UNL scientists measured both liberals' and conservatives' reaction to "gaze cues" a person's tendency to shift attention in a direction consistent with another person's eye movements, even if it's irrelevant to their current task and found big differences between the two groups.

Liberals responded strongly to the prompts, consistently moving their attention in the direction suggested to them by a face on a computer screen. Conservatives, conversely, did not.

Why? Scientists suggested that conservatives' value on personal autonomy might make them less likely to be influenced by others, and therefore less responsive to the visual prompts.

"We thought that political temperament may moderate the magnitude of gaze-cuing effects, but we did not expect conservatives to be completely immune to these cues," said Michael Dodd, a UNL assistant professor of psychology and the main author of the study.

Liberals may have followed the "gaze cues," meanwhile, because they tend to be more responsive to others, the study suggests.........

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Wed, 08 Dec 2010 13:45:54 GMT

Marc by Marc Jacobs Zip Pull Earrings

Marc by Marc Jacobs Zip Pull Earrings
I"ve gotta admit I"m impressed with Marc by Marc Jacobs" ability to find a way to put their brand name on even the tiniest earrings! These Zip-Pull Brass Stud Earrings ($58) come in a few color options and from what I can tell thus far, they"ve been pretty popular. I"ve seen two people in the last week alone sporting them (one women opted for them in gold and one girl who appeared to be about 12 was wearing a fluorescent pink pair). The price makes them a decent enough holiday option - especially for tweens - but the truth is they look pretty cheap (not as much in the above image, but certainly in person), which is perhaps why MJ felt the need to print his name on them.

What do you think about these Marc by Marc Jacobs earrings? Snob or Slob?

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Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:07:35 GMT

Disney's Defectors and the Pixar-phonic Sound System

Disney's Defectors and the Pixar-phonic Sound System
by Vadim Rizov

Let"s start with silence. 2009"s Up, like most Pixar movies, takes place in a landscape that"s recognizably part of the real world (a South American plateau), yet not really (a carefully unnamed plateau, one "Paradise Falls" of the imagination). The air is silent and dry, charged with the menace of potential swooping predators. Cranky old Carl Frederickson (voiced by Ed Asner) is here, having attempted to follow all his life in the footsteps of explorer Charles F. Muntz (Christopher Plummer), whose exploits have inspired him his whole life to follow in the prematurely disappeared, presumed dead pioneer"s path.

It turns out Muntz is something of a false prophet, hiding out in the landscape trying to capture one last giant rare bird. Carl and his young helpmate Russell eventually defeat Muntz, whose reactionary views are ruining the landscape, which is-basically- an allegory for every Pixar movie thus far (except for Finding Nemo, which is a rare and total exception and will be accordingly ignored). In each, undervalued outsiders (often those left for dead-rusting cars, a decrepit DOS-powered robot) defeat a myopic viewpoint, vindicating their urgent vision for progress. In other words, the heroes are Pixar animators saving us from Disney-fied retreads. Every last Pixar movie has been directed by a Disney refugee (Pixar founder John Lasseter, Toy Story primary conspirator Ash Brannon, Joe Ranft), original Pixar employees (Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, Bob Peterson) or, oddly enough, "Simpsons" veterans (Brad Bird, David Silverman). The dynamics are always the same: animators who grew up with the original Disney studios as their beacon and inspiration either did uneasy time at the declining factory or avoided it entirely.

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December 7, 2010, 7:13 AM CT

Exposure to more diverse objects speeds word learning

Exposure to more diverse objects speeds word learning
Two toddlers are learning the word "cup." One sees three nearly identical cups; the other sees a tea cup, a sippy cup and a Styrofoam cup. Chances are, the second child will have a better sense of what a cup is and -- as per a new University of Iowa study -- may even have an advantage as he learns new words.

Published this month in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, the research showed that 18-month-olds who played with a broader array of objects named by shape - for example, groups of bowls or buckets that were less similar in material, size or features - learned new words twice as fast as those who played with more similar objects.

Outside the lab, one month after the training, tots who had been exposed to the diverse objects were learning an average of nearly 10 new words per week. Kids in the other group were picking up four a week - typical for children that age without any special training. Scientists aren't sure how long the accelerated learning continued for the variable group, but they can explain why it may have occurred.

All of the children given extra training with words figured out that shape was the most important distinguishing feature when learning to name solid objects. This attention to shape, called a "shape bias," is not typically seen until later in development. However, the scientists think that kids exposed to more variety took the knowledge a step further, also learning when not to attend to shape. Tots in the variable group learned, for example, to focus on material rather than shape when hearing names for non-solid substances.........

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November 18, 2010, 7:51 AM CT

Women Less Likely to Take Financial Risks

Women Less Likely to Take Financial Risks
Last year Nicholas Kristof declared in his New York Times column what banks need to fix their problems: Not just a bailout, but also "women, women, and women." Women are generally believed to be less willing to take risks than men, so he speculated that the banks could balance out risky men by employing more women. Stereotypes like this about women actually influence how women make financial decisions, making them more wary of risk, as per a newly released study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Anecdotally, a number of people think that women are more risk averse and loss averse than men-that women make safer and more cautious financial decisions. And some research has supported this, suggesting that the gender differences appears to be biologically rooted or evolutionarily programmed.

But Priyanka B. Carr of Stanford University and Claude M. Steele of Columbia University thought that these differences might be the result of negative stereotypes-stereotypes about women being irrational and illogical. So they designed experiments to study how women make financial decisions, when faced with negative stereotypes and when not. Past research has shown that being faced with negative stereotypes about one's group can hamper intellectual performance, and Carr and Steele reasoned it could also affect financial decision making.........

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November 18, 2010, 7:30 AM CT

Tightwads and spendthrifts

Tightwads and spendthrifts
Differences between tightwads and spendthrifts are greatest in situations that amplify the pain of paying. But it may be that spending money on gifts is just as painful as usual for tightwads.

Credit: © 2010 Jupiter Images Corporation

Every year about this time, on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that traditionally begins the holiday shopping season, early-morning consumers stand in long lines eager to purchase some sought after prize. From the outside, it looks as if these holiday shoppers can't wait to plunk down their cash, but University of Michigan Marketing Professor Scott Rick says consumers often behave differently than they would ideally like to behave.

"Some consumers chronically spend more than they would like, and some consumers chronically spend less than they would like," he says. Where an individual falls within the range of desiring to spend more or less largely determines whether he or she is a tightwad or a spendthrift, characteristics that determine quite a bit about a person's spending habits.

Rick says anticipating the psychological pain that goes along with paying money drives some people to spend less than they would like, while not experiencing enough pain causes others to spend more.

While a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, he and a group of colleagues developed and validated a "Spendthrift-Tightwad" scale to measure stable differences in the level of pain that come from spending decisions. He and colleagues have since been able to observe the expected patterns of pain in the brains of tightwads and spendthrifts in fMRI experiments involving shopping tasks.........

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November 11, 2010, 7:57 AM CT

Multiple Fathers Prevalent in Amazonian Cultures

Multiple Fathers Prevalent in Amazonian Cultures
In modern culture, it is not considered socially acceptable for married people to have extramarital sexual partners. However, in some Amazonian cultures, extramarital sexual affairs were common, and people believed that when a woman became pregnant, each of her sexual partners would be considered part-biological father. Now, a new University of Missouri study reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has observed that up to 70 percent of Amazonian cultures may have believed in the principle of multiple paternity.

"In these cultures, if the mother had sexual relations with multiple men, people believed that each of the men was, in part, the child's biological father," said Robert Walker, assistant professor of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Science. "It was socially acceptable for children to have multiple fathers, and secondary fathers often contributed to their children's upbringing".

Walker says sexual promiscuity was normal and acceptable in a number of traditional South American societies. He says married couples typically lived with the wife's family, which he says increased their sexual freedom.

"In some Amazonian cultures, it was bad manners for a husband to be jealous of his wife's extramarital partners," Walker said. "It was also considered strange if you did not have multiple sexual partners. Cousins were often preferred partners, so it was particularly rude to shun their advances".........

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November 10, 2010, 7:40 AM CT

Rural library outreach a new initiative

Rural library outreach a new initiative
Rural and small town libraries are one of the newest forces being tapped to improve the science literacy of Americans through lifelong, "free-choice learning" opportunities in which people learn scientific, engineering and technical information somewhere other than school.

A new initiative, supported by a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, will help rural librarians tap into scientific expertise in their local communities, organize local events, provide video and other supporting materials, and essentially create adult "science clubs" across the nation.

"Most Americans gain the bulk of their knowledge about science somewhere other than school," said John Falk, a professor of science education at Oregon State University, co-principal investigator on this project and one of the nation's leaders in promoting free-choice learning initiatives.

Adult science literacy in the United States is actually high, in comparison to other nations and younger students.

"However, a number of rural areas and small communities don't have easy access to the range of museums, zoos, aquariums, high-speed Internet connections and other facilities that can make free-choice learning accessible," Falk said. "With this program we hope to identify the types of programs and topics that will be of interest to people in these areas, and give them new ways to explore those interests".........

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November 10, 2010, 7:29 AM CT

College days: more sedentary days

College days: more sedentary days
During college years, students become more sedentary and as their physical activity levels decrease, Body Mass Index and weight increase.

"Basically, students came out of college significantly less active and heavier in comparison to the start of their freshman year," said Jeanne Johnston, assistant professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "But it is a gradual process."

She and her colleagues conducted a survey that asked a sample population of undergraduate students questions about physical activity. No matter what their year, college students had a dramatic decrease in moderate activity -- an activity in which one's breathing rate and heart rate goes up -- and walking.

As students get older, Johnston said, they walk less and uses buses to go to one side of the campus to another. Her study found a significant decrease in the number of minutes walked per week between freshmen and all other classes. Freshmen spent 684 minutes walking each week, for example, while seniors spent 436 minutes walking. Other significant differences between freshmen and seniors were found in moderate physical activity, vigorous physical activity, BMI and time spent sitting.

The reason for weight gain could be because college is such a tremendous transition period.........

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Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:48:18 GMT

The smartest man I ever knew

The smartest man I ever knew
Bye Daddy.

Earl Triplett Brown
Earl Triplett Brown, 81, passed away at home on July 22, 2008, following a courageous fight against a long illness. He was born April 21, 1927, in Buncombe County, the youngest son of the late David Worth Brown and Mae Triplett Brown Cole. He was also preceded in death by his older brother, Douglas.

He served in the U.S. Navy, and has both a bachelors and doctoral degree from the School of Pharmacy of UNC-Chapel Hill. He taught at UNC and at Haile Selassie University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he met and married his loving wife of 44 years, Marie Sophie Sequeira Brown. He was employed at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital for 25 years.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Cynthia and husband, Joe, and Caroline and husband, Curt; two sons, Worth and wife, Kathleen, and Anthony; and an aunt, Sue. Survivors also include six grandchildren, D., A., K., G., K., and C. He will be greatly missed by numerous friends and colleagues.

A funeral mass will be said at 11 a.m. on Thursday July 24, at St. James the Great Catholic Church, officiated by Father Geiger. The family will receive friends following the service. The burial at St. James the Great Catholic Church Cemetery on Gold Hill Road will be held Friday July 25, at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 139 Manor Ave., Concord, NC 28025 or to Hospice & Palliative Care, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.

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November 9, 2010, 10:50 PM CT

Sick at work and surfing the net?

Sick at work and surfing the net?
Some scholars estimate that presenteeism, a relatively recent buzzword that applies to people who are less productive at work because of health issues, costs employers as much as three times the dollar amount as absenteeism in terms of lost productivity.

But scientists at University of Michigan believe those numbers appears to be inaccurate. A new opinion paper suggests that the tools for measuring and quantifying hours of lost productivity and translating those hours to dollars are unreliable and don't capture the entire presenteeism picture, said Susan Hagen, an analyst from the U-M School of Kinesiology Health Management Research Center (HMRC).

Because of this, the HMRC has suggested a three-year moratorium on its studies of presenteeism that translate hours of productivity loss into financial or dollar equivalents.

The HMRC defines presenteeism as reduced productivity at work due to health conditions such as asthma, back pain, allergies or depression.

"It's hard to be 100 percent effective every moment you're at work," Hagen said. "We're talking about the lack of productivity that stems from a health condition, or because you're worried about your health".

One of the challenges in measuring presenteeism is that all the measurement instruments use self-reported data. This means you're depending on employees to report they aren't working as effectively as they could be, due to their health.........

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Fri, 05 Nov 2010 13:07:27 GMT

Sephora's Little Black Eyeliner Kit

Sephora's Little Black Eyeliner Kit
This guest post is courtesy of

In the grand scheme of beauty buys, it"s hard to pick one favorite product. Not like I"d ever realistically be faced with the dilemma of choosing just one beauty product (believe me -- I"ll always find a way to buy makeup, even if it"s the last dime I spend), if I had to hypothetically pick one, it would definitely be black eyeliner. Even if I"m completely makeup-starved otherwise, eyeliner at least provides a great foundation by emphasizing your eyes and thus framing your face and making yourself look instantly more alert and less washed-out. However, despite my longtime allegiance to eyeliner, I have to admit I still have commitment issues when it comes to choosing one favorite. I"ve bounced from high-end to drugstore brands (which aren"t much more affordable, mind you!) and from pencils to gel and beyond, but I have yet to find one simple black liner that I can faithfully swear by.

Clearly I"m not alone, as Sephora has decided to cash in on our never-ending search for the perfect eyeliner by creating The Little Black Eyeliner kit, a collection of 7 mini versions of their best-selling liners (plus an eyeliner brush) that spans across their selection of brands (Urban Decay, Hourglass, Tarte, and more) and formulas (gel, liquid, pencil, etc). After all, if you"re going to buy a different liner every time you run out, you might as well be thrifty about it and test out some of the best of the best in your quest for the ideal budge-proof, impact-making liner!

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Mon, 25 Oct 2010 05:12:39 GMT

Skeet Shooter

Skeet Shooter
This indoor Skeet Shooter game promises to deliver all the fun of its big shotgun toting brother, without all that ’sorry did I shoot your leg off?‘ anxiety. The thing works using infrared pistols, which ‘break’ the plastic targets if your aim is true. Sounds like clean harmless fun right? Until the gerbil gets caught in the crossfire, that is. $49.95. Annoying video.

 Targets are ejected from the “trap” at pre-determined intervals–one every two to one every ten seconds–reaching a height of 7′ that allows for indoor use. When hit by the gun’s infrared beam, the plastic targets “break” apart into two pieces to reward an accurate shot. Shorter intervals require faster “reloading” by pumping the gun, which responds with a realistic loading sound between each shot.

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October 19, 2010, 10:46 PM CT

How to Choose The Right Water Filter?

How to Choose The Right Water Filter?
Looking to buy a water filter? Here are some of the things you must know to before spending your hard earned cash on investing in your family's health and wellbeing.

You are of course concerned about your tap water and looking to filter it. This article will give you the basic run down to choosing a water filter that is suitable for your family needs.

Our government is responsible for treating our water, but can we trust the age-old pipes the water has to pass through before it reaches our homes? The technology used to treat the municipal water has not changed in tens of years, but the number of contaminants and new chemicals that end up in our water has increased tremendously.

Instead of leaving the fate of your family's health in our government's hands, a good choice would be to invest in a good quality water filter to give us our peace of mind.

The main concerns in our tap water are:
  • Giardia and other Chlorine resistant parasites
  • Heavy metals due to the age-old pipes
  • Insecticides & Pesticides
  • Chlorine
  • Taste
  • Smell
  • Sediments

There are thousands of water filters in the market and so many different technologies in water filtration. ........

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