Tags: brain, cognition, neuroscience, search and rescue
❝You’ve lost your keys. Or cell phone. Or child. Your focus sharpens. Where is it?
For your brain, such search-and-rescue efforts go beyond run-of-the-mill problem solving. According to new research published in Nature Neuroscience, the areas of the brain normally dedicated to abstract thought pitch in to help out with the hunt for the missing object.
These searches involve a complex mix of both visual and non-visual regions of the brain, which optimizes on problem solving by directing all of its resources to finding the misplaced item, whether it be a child or a set of keys. “As you plan your day at work, for example, more of the brain is devoted to processing time, tasks, goals and rewards, and as you search for your cat, more of the brain becomes involved in recognition of animals,” the authors said in a statement.❞
Tags: humanitarian photographer, humanitarianism
❝The Humanitarian Photographer
If you were to Google the definition of what is a humanitarian photographer, you will not find a definition is the normal places like Webster dictionary, Wikipedia or Google. It is a new term used to describe not so much a style as the humanitarian organization for which photography is done.
You will see every style of photography being done for humanitarian organizations that primarily distribute aid.
Three ways that humanitarian organizations distribute aid
Tags: fact, fiction, news literacy
❝When Ife Adelona saw a picture circulating on Twitter of singer Selena Gomez as an adult magazine cover girl, the 17-year-old knew what she had to do.
“I immediately went for a second source to make sure it wasn’t true,” Ife said.
A quick Web search confirmed the Montgomery Blair High School student’s instincts: The photo was a fake.
“Second source” is more a journalist’s jargon than part of a teen’s everyday vocabulary. But with information so readily available via social media, the Internet and traditional news sources, educators say news literacy — teaching students how to identify credible information and good journalism — is increasingly important.❞
Tags: climate change, Farrar Straus & Giroux, genre, Hurricane Sandy, Nathaniel Rich, Odds Against Tomorrow
❝When Superstorm Sandy hit New York City last fall, the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, like most everything else, totally shut down. It was a week before power returned to FSG, according to Brian Gittis, a senior publicist. When he got back to his office, he began sorting through galleys — advance copies of books. And one of them caught him off guard.
Its cover had an illustration of the Manhattan skyline half-submerged in water.
“It was definitely sort of a Twilight Zone moment,” Gittis recalls.
- Nathaniel Rich Wrote About Hurricane Sandy Before It Hit (blogs.villagevoice.com)
- Nathaniel Rich’s Quant Hero Bets on Next NYC Superstorm – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
Tags: Beatles, language teaching, music
Tags: gun control, NRA
❝HOW THE GUN LAW GOT SHOT DOWN – Of all the senators who attempted Wednesday to rally support for the doomed Manchin-Toomey background check amendment, Connecticut‘s Democratic freshman representative, Chris Murphy, probably faced the greatest temptation to borrow the moral authority of the Newtown families. They are his constituents and many were present in the chamber.
He’s young – the youngest sitting senator, actually – and an early Obama supporter, given to occasional bouts of (understandably) overwrought emotional rhetoric. During his very first floor speech as a senator last week, which itself took on gun legislation, he read the names of the Newtown victims – and some of the 3,000 other victims of gun violence since 14 December – into the congressional record.
Murphy’s also been a vocal, unusually sharp critic of the National Rifle Association. He described their response to the Newtown tragedy – the “National School Shield” Program – as “unhinged”, “revolting”, and “tone deaf”, declaring himself “flabbergasted” by the group’s press conference and calling out the program for what it was: a bald ploy for further political power.❞