In case we didn’t have enough reasons already to love the dogs in our lives [Hi Lucca! -- Amelia], science has found that dog owners’ physical activity is the equivalent to someone roughly 10 years younger. A study published in the journal Preventative Medicine took a look at the lives of 547 elderly people (their average age was 79) living within 60 miles of each other. The participants who had dogs experienced notably lower levels of anxiety and depression, and it was also found that dog owners’ pups had a tendency to encourage them to include physical activity in their day that they otherwise would have skipped. The daily exercise prompted by the doggies can lead to a whole slew of secondary health boosts like a stronger immune system and healthier bones and muscles.
The dogs assisted their elderly humans in overcoming obstacles like bad weather, worries over personal safety, and lack of social support that can keep people cooped up and sedentary. Dog-walking in around the neighborhood was also thought to help study participants stay more socially active by offering them a means of meeting others in their community. Keep reading »
Samm Newman, a 19-year-old college student, was shocked when she found out her Instagram account had been removed for “violating community guidelines.” A photo she posted of herself in her bra and underwear (which adheres to Instagram’s rules against nudity) was flagged by users as inappropriate. Newman told NBC4i, “I’ve seen [lingerie] pictures like that all over Instagram.” Newman is a size 24 and suspects that size discrimination is the reason action was taken against her account while many thinner women continue to post as many bra selfies as they want. It would hardly be the first time Instagram has booted a plus-size lady’s account for simply posting images of her body. Keep reading »
As tough as it can sometimes be to foster young women’s interest in the science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) fields, an even greater struggle awaits once they begin a career there. According to a new paper published in the journal PLOS ONE called “Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault,” women in the STEM fields are likely to face sexual harassment by their superiors while doing fieldwork, especially in the most formative years of their careers. Keep reading »
To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the moon landing on July 20th, German singer Louise Gold put together a space-inspired cover of John Lennon’s “Oh My Love.” She used the sounds of Neil Armstrong’s heartbeat while walking on the moon’s surface for the rhythm and the elliptical orbit of Venus for the orchestration. I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting from a song about the cosmos, but the only way I can think to describe the end result is warm and calming. I kind of love it.
Actress Elaine Stritch passed away today at age 89. An outspoken Broadway star, Tony Award nominee, style icon, and Jack Donaghy’s mom on “30 Rock,” Elaine was a woman who was never afraid to say what she felt. One of her most legendary roles was as an aging society woman in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Company,” in which she brought the house down with her performance of the darkly humorous song “The Ladies Who Lunch.” For years, Elaine glamorously lived at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan. She was a fixture of New York City, and in 2003, the New York Landmarks Conservancy declared her a Living Landmark. She died at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. [New York Times, People]
You know that moment when you’re telling your friend about the dream you had last night and her eyes start to glaze over? There’s an app for that. Enter DreamSphere, an app that wants to hear your navel-gazing about how last night you dreamed your best friend morphed into a purple octopus. DreamSphere prompts you to record the symbols in your dreams when you wake up, explains what they mean, and shows you on a map where others are dreaming about the same thing. It also studies patterns in your dreams over time to analyze parts of your waking personality, like how assertive, anxious or confident you are. Not surprisingly, I’m kind of obsessed with it. Keep reading »