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  • News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos

    News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos
    Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its appeal to serenity (labeled “Slow TV”). On Nov. 1, NRK was to televise live, for five hours, an attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater, from shearing the sheep to spinning the wool and knitting the garment (current record: 4:51, by Australians). (In addition to the log, NRK viewers have been treated to live cams on a salmon-fishing boat and, for five days, on a cruise ship.) Said an NRK journalist, “You would think it's boring television, but we have quite good ratings for these programs.”
  • Researchers show how early stress hurts brain development

    MILWAUKEE A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has shown that chronic stress of poverty, neglect and physical abuse in early life may shrink the parts of a child's developing brain responsible for memory, learning and processing emotion....

    Medical sleuths seek patients with mystery diseases, offer new tools

    Medical sleuths seek patients with mystery diseases, offer new tools
    Everyone loves a medical mystery, except the afflicted patient and his or her family who shuffle from doctor to doctor in search of an explanation for a disorder whose name, origin, prognosis and cure are all unknown. Now, the National Institutes of...

    Spending: the lowdown on free e-courses

    Open online classes can broaden your knowledge, but don't pin your career hopes on them yet. 1. MOOCs are huge. Massive open online courses (or MOOCs) are college-level courses available to anyone. Lectures and course materials are accessed online, and...

    Visually dyslexic artist Kimberly Watters opens Mount Dora Center for the Arts exhibit

    MOUNT DORA — When artist Kimberly Watters reads, she doesn't see the words the way most people do. She is visually dyslexic, meaning words in the text might blur or jitter. Surprisingly, she was delighted to receive the diagnosis. "I said,...