Category Archives: Social

  1. Why do puddles stop spreading?

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    July 9, 2015 by Bill Johnson


    “You start with something very simple, like the spread of a puddle, but you get at something very fundamental about intermolecular forces,” Ruben Juanes says.
    When you spill a bit of water onto a tabletop, the puddle spreads — and then stops, leaving a well-defined area of water with a sharp boundary.

    There’s just one problem: The formulas scientists use to describe such a fluid flow say that the water should just keep spreading endlessly. Everyone knows that’s not the case — but why?

  2. Elderly face NHS discrimination under new UN death targets

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    May 28, 2015 by Bill Johnson


    Elderly people could face discrimination under new UN targets, specialists have warnedThe NHS will be forced to discriminate against the over 70s to meet ‘highly unethical’ UN health targets which seek to reduce premature deaths in younger people, senior medics have warned.

  3. Wall Street ends down on global jitters; oil stocks lower

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    May 11, 2015 by Bill Johnson


    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidWall Street closed lower on Monday as investors fretted about Greece’s precarious financial condition and slowing growth in China, while energy stocks fell on weaker oil prices.

    U.S. stocks, which rallied on Friday on a strong jobs report, have been trading at historically expensive valuations, fueled by ultra-low borrowing costs.

  4. Social media and mourning: Funerals may be the last frontier

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    May 8, 2015 by Bill Johnson


    Mourners leave a memorial service for SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Stanford, Calif. Goldberg, the 47-year-old husband of "Lean In" author and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, died in an accident while exercising at a Mexican vacation resort on Friday, May 1. Authorities say he apparently slipped on a treadmill and struck his head. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)NEW YORK — Taya Dunn Johnson has been living large online for years, embracing Facebook, Twitter and other social streams to frequently share her most mundane and intimate moments.

  5. Snub at Sewol Ferry Memorial Shows Rawness of Wounds in South Korea

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    April 27, 2015 by Bill Johnson


    SEOUL, South Korea — In a sign of unabated anger with the government over last year’s Sewol ferry disaster, which …
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  6. Sex Education in Europe Turns to Urging More Births

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    April 8, 2015 by Bill Johnson



    COPENHAGEN — Twenty-five Danish 13- and 14-year-olds gathered in a circle to talk about sex. This was going to be awkward.

    One student surveyed her red nails while a classmate checked his cellphone. When the discussion turned to masturbation, a girl pointed across the room toward a boy who was already chortling, and then she started to cover her own giggles by cupping a hand over her mouth.

  7. Social media is protecting men from periods, breast milk and body hair

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    March 30, 2015 by Bill Johnson


    periodThere’s a predictable social media formula for what women’s pictures online should look like. Breasts in barely-there bikinis are good (thumbs-up emoji, even), but breasts with babies attached them are questionable. Women wearing next to nothing is commonplace, but if you’re over a size 10 your account may be banned. Close-up shots of women’s asses and hardly-covered vaginas are fine, so long as said body parts are hairless.