Ray’s Ramblings 1-11-23

Sometimes people get caught up with their everyday routines and forget about the people in their lives. We take others for granted and believe that they will always be there waiting for us to be free to talk or spend time with them. We tend to put more importance on things that really are justContinue reading “Ray’s Ramblings 1-11-23”

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Artemis: why it may be the last mission for Nasa astronauts

Martin Rees, University of Cambridge Neil Armstrong took his historic “one small step” on the Moon in 1969. And just three years later, the last Apollo astronauts left our celestial neighbor. Since then, hundreds of astronauts have been launched into space but mainly to the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. None has, in fact, ventured moreContinue reading “Artemis: why it may be the last mission for Nasa astronauts”

How parents can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of teen mental health problems

Toria Herd, Penn State and Sarah A. Font, Penn State More than 44% of teens reported persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness in the first half of 2021, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The early 2022 report, which was based on an online survey, also found that nearlyContinue reading “How parents can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of teen mental health problems”

How can you tell if something is true? Here are 3 questions to ask yourself about what you see, hear and read

Bob Britten, West Virginia University Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. How can I tell if what I am hearing is true? – Adam, age 10, Maui, Hawaii Have you ever heard a story so excitingContinue reading “How can you tell if something is true? Here are 3 questions to ask yourself about what you see, hear and read”

Religions have long known that getting away from it all is good for the mind, body and spirit

Kristen Lucken, Brandeis University Summer vacations are coming to an end – though not everyone took one. Under federal law, U.S. companies aren’t required to offer a single paid vacation day, compared to the at least 20 required in the European Union. About 1 in 4 U.S. workers don’t receive any, and even among thoseContinue reading “Religions have long known that getting away from it all is good for the mind, body and spirit”

Ray’s Ramblings 11-16-2022

Well looks like that here in the U.S.A. are in for 2 years of a get nothing done congress, a bunch of party-motivated investigations, and so on now that it is a divided congress between Republicans and Democrats. The House will waste money and time on vengeance comities to hurt the Biden administration and theContinue reading “Ray’s Ramblings 11-16-2022”

How cancer cells can become immortal – new research finds a mutated gene that helps melanoma defeat the normal limits on repeated replication

Pattra Chun-On, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences and Jonathan Alder, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences A defining characteristic of cancer cells is their immortality. Usually, normal cells are limited in the number of times they can divide before they stop growing. Cancer cells, however, can overcome this limitation to form tumors and bypass “mortality” byContinue reading “How cancer cells can become immortal – new research finds a mutated gene that helps melanoma defeat the normal limits on repeated replication”

Ray’s Ramblings 11-11-2022

When you are young finding friends comes easy but as you age the social circle you once had shrinks and adding to it becomes more difficult. The reason why you should take care of the friends you have throughout your life. To the young, I say make many friends and do not hesitate to pursueContinue reading “Ray’s Ramblings 11-11-2022”

Ray’s Ramblings 11-7-2022

Tuning out from tv and internet media and going fishing, camping, walking in the woods, and spending time with family and friends is what we all need to do. Put behind us all the politics, opinions, and conspiracy theories behind us for a while. Time to return to real life, interacting with people and enjoyingContinue reading “Ray’s Ramblings 11-7-2022”

Why inequality is growing in the US and around the world

Fatema Z. Sumar, Harvard Kennedy School U.S. income inequality grew in 2021 for the first time in a decade, according to data the Census Bureau released in September 2022. That might sound surprising, since the most accurate measure of the poverty rate declined during the same time span. But for development experts like me, thisContinue reading “Why inequality is growing in the US and around the world”