Why Two Volcanoes in Hawaii Are So Close, but So Different


By JOANNA KLEINA
The New York Times
Mauna Loa, the biggest volcano on Earth — and one of the most active — covers half the Island of Hawaii. Just 35 miles to the northeast, Mauna Kea, known to native Hawaiians as Mauna a Wakea, rises nearly 14,000 feet above sea level. To them it represents a spiritual connection between our planet and the heavens above.

These volcanoes, which have beguiled millions of tourists visiting the Hawaiian islands, have also plagued scientists with a long-running mystery: If they are so close together, how did they develop in two parallel tracks along the Hawaiian-Emperor chain formed over the same hot spot in the Pacific Ocean — and why are their chemical compositions so different?

“We knew this was related to something much deeper, but we couldn’t see what,” said Tim Jones, an earth science Ph.D. student at Australian National University and the lead author of a paper published in Nature on Wednesday that may hold the answer.

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The Coloring Book I Wish I’d Published

Julie Schumacher found plenty of fodder for her career detour into adult coloring books from two decades teaching at the University of Minnesota, which has its own therapy animals for stressed-out students to pet.

With simple line drawings by illustrator Lauren Nassef, “Doodling for Academics” (The University of Chicago Press) pokes fun at the college world the professor of English and creative writing last skewered in her 2014 satire, “Dear Committee Members.” [Which I highly recommend–Frankie]

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“One of the few men in musical history who have ever squeezed big money out of an accordion”


By RICHARD SANDOMIRDick Contino, whose energetic accordion playing and movie-star looks made him a teenage star in the late 1940s, but whose celebrity ebbed after he was imprisoned for evading induction into the draft, died on April 19 in Fresno, Calif. He was 87.His wife, Judy, confirmed his death.

For a time, Mr. Contino was a show business rarity: a heartthrob accordionist who earned up to $4,000 a week in nightclubs.

“Dick Contino is one of the few men in musical history who have ever squeezed big money out of an accordion,” Time magazine wrote in 1951.

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Tropical Fish, Opioid Delivery System, or Nightmare Fuel?

D) All of the Above. Sounds like a promising murder weapon…

With their large lower canines, fang blennies deliver opioid-laced venom that seems to cause a sudden drop in their predators’ blood pressure.

from NYT Science


This fish-themed post is posted in honor of the French April 1 tradition, poissons d’avril. It involves exchanging humorous fish-themed cards and stealthily attaching paper fish to unsuspecting acquaintances.


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Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens

By CLAUDIA DREIFUS In a new book, the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that our devotion to digital devices has morphed into something very much like addiction.
The New York Times
Published: March 5, 2017 at 02:00PMRead more: http://nyti.ms/2mxELZJ


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From New York Times Education: A Bubble for Your Thoughts? Not for Long


By INYOUNG KANG

In May, ACT Inc. announced its test will go digital. Is it the end of the No. 2 pencil and the bubbles on a standardized-test answer sheet?

Published: August 1, 2013 at 02:00PM

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From New York Times Education: A Bubble for Your Thoughts? Not for Long


By INYOUNG KANG

In May, ACT Inc. announced its test will go digital. Is it the end of the No. 2 pencil and the bubbles on a standardized-test answer sheet?

Published: August 1, 2013 at 02:00PM

from NYT Education http://nyti.ms/2ldFz5o


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From New York Times Education: How to Live Wisely


By RICHARD J. LIGHT

What does it mean to live a productive life? What about a happy life? Five exercises that tackle the tough questions. Try these at home.

Published: July 30, 2015 at 02:00PM

from NYT Education http://nyti.ms/2ldslFT


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From New York Times Education: How to Live Wisely


By RICHARD J. LIGHT

What does it mean to live a productive life? What about a happy life? Five exercises that tackle the tough questions. Try these at home.

Published: July 30, 2015 at 02:00PM

from NYT Education http://nyti.ms/2ldslFT


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