At one time the sky was the limit. Then in July of 1969, we put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon some 239,000 miles away. Then by the end of 1972, 10 more astronauts followed. The cost of that Apollo Moon Program was $25.4 billion in 1972 dollars, or about $200 billion in today's dollars.
For the past month many families have been going through the awkward, painful process of sending a child off to college for the first time. Whether that child is a boy or a girl can make a big difference.
If you want a full jolt of energy, find yourself, as I just found myself, in the midst of a Kiwanis meeting where over 40 new teachers (some rookies and some with experience) were introduced. Older teachers have retired or moved on, new kids are starting school, new kids are moving into the district, enrollment is expanding and we had a whole roomful of new teachers. The room throbbed with excitement and enthusiasm. How can kids starting school with these teachers not catch the excitement?
Every day somebody shoots somebody else. Every day there are traffic jams and road rage. every day there are heated little arguments and people getting punched in the nose. The...
Long ago I admitted to being behind the curve in technology and a general stick-in-the-mud about some of the crazy stuff whirling around me. My recent views on why in the world NASA is trying to develop a strain of potatoes that would grow on Mars is an example.
Can you imagine how you will feel just before your first parachute jump from 5,000 feet when your plan is to free fall the first 1,000 feet before you open your chute? That’s exactly how I’ll feel the first time I get into my new self-driving car that has no steering wheel and no brake pedals. Google and Ford are developing a self-driving car that could be in production by 2020. Holy smokes, that’s just four years from now.
It may sound like a good idea, but I still don’t like it. They’ve created a robot by the name of Nadine that scientists hope may some day be used as a potential assistant or care provider for the elderly. Nadia Thalmann is a visiting professor and director of Singapore’s Nanyang Technical University’s Institute of Media Innovation. She has developed this robot with brown hair, soft skin and an expressive face that has the ability to show a range of emotions, carry on a discussion and remember previous conversations.
Many so-called experts have offered their theories on why the Republicans and Democrats in congress never agree on anything and nothing gets done. The whole gridlock problem is not only frustrating and disgusting
Would you like to live longer? There might be a simple way to make it happen. But first, a little background. A 2011 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that unhappy older people died at nearly twice the rate in the next five years than happy people. So, what is a simple test of happiness? Sarah Pressman, associate professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California has been researching happiness for about 10 years.
Before you check out your groceries, you have to pass a rack featuring celebrity magazines with headlines about the Hollywood lifestyle: cheating, betrayal, split ups, multiple marriages, tax problems, financial problems, legal problems, drugs, alcohol and too-fast cars. The image presented is pretty ugly. But, whether we like to admit it or not, celebrity lifestyles have some influence on our culture and the behavior of the rest of us.