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Big business is often blamed for environmental degradation, but two students are turning to the for-profit world to fulfill their ambitions to help the environment. This summer Emi Gaal ’15 is working for an international energy corporation — one that is building renewable energy plants. And Bridgett McCoy ’15 is working for a large commercial bank, but one founded on the mission to use “finance to deliver sustainable development for unserved people, communities and the environment.” Read the full story.
What if metacognition — that is, the way we think about thinking — was just as important as the thinking itself? New research shows a connection between the beliefs people hold about their thoughts and anxiety disorders. For example, children with anxiety disorders were more likely to report both positive (“worrying helps me feel better”) and negative (“worrying might make me go crazy”) beliefs about worry than children without anxiety disorders. Scientists are now exploring the possibilities for metacognitive therapy in alleviating symptoms of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
Most of us have seen, at one time or another, a museum exhibition that blew us away. So why do museums change or take away some of their most beloved exhibitions? Other than the astoundingly large collections that some of these museums can boast, factors such as light sensitivity necessitate that objects be rotated in and out of the metaphorical spotlight. National Museum of American History intern Elisabeth Warsinske tells all.
If you find yourself starring in your own version of “The Young and the Directionless,” this one is for you. It may seem as though those around you have it all figured out, and that you’re the only one who hasn’t identified your passion and the ideal career path, but you are certainly not alone. Time magazine may be of some help, suggesting “you can stop confusing what-you’ll-get-paid-for with what-you’re-into.”
You may be familiar with Japanese-French fusion in culinary terms, but who knew that those two countries are also connected in art history?
During the early 19th century, Japanese artworks such as fans, silks, kimonos and prints began trickling into France, where they inspired significant changes in French art – a topic on which Maggie Bryan ’15 is becoming something of an expert.
This summer, under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Art History Peggy Wang, Bryan is researching how impressionist and post-impressionist French painters were influenced by the woodblock prints of Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai and other Japanese artists.
It’s easier to switch from task to task when everything is contained within a screen. Think about it: you wouldn’t drop everything and head to the grocery store each time you wanted or were out of a food item, would you? Unfortunately, switching back and forth between tasks to continuously stay connected through texts, emails, and more has a similar (although less visible) detriment to productivity. It can take as much as 20 minutes to reorient yourself to a focused task after a distraction, and allowing yourself to be casually distracted can knock you down as much as 10 IQ points. Giving yourself as little as 30 minutes of distraction-free time can make a huge impact on how much you accomplish.
In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new health trend in town: people are avoiding gluten, a protein combination found in various grains, notably wheat. About 1% of Americans suffer from celiac disease, in which gluten causes problems in the small intestine, but others — about 10 times as many others — also maintain a gluten-free diet, claimimg numerous health benefits such as heightened energy levels.
On one hand, companies and gluten-free dieters alike are profiting from a myriad of increasingly delicious and varied gluten-free products. On the other hand, the gluten-free trend might lead people to take actual gluten intolerances and allergies less seriously. Read more from The Washington Post.
Bowdoin College has broken ground on a solar power complex that is to be seven times the size of the largest existing solar installation in the state.
The 1.2 megawatt complex, to be built partially on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station land acquired by the college, will include approximately 4,500 solar panels.
The project includes five solar installations. There will be rooftop systems on the Farley Field House, the Sidney J. Watson Arena, Greason Pool, and a residence hall located at 52 Harpswell Road, in addition to the 700-kW ground-mount installation on three acres owned by the college at the former Navy base.
“Our college is proud to be moving forward with this significant investment in clean and renewable solar energy,” said President Barry Mills. Read more about the project.
Joe Beninati ’87 will provide play-by-play commentary at the upcoming Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver, CO this July 10-19. The tournament features over 40 games played by teams from 38 countries. Beninati played goalie for Bowdoin’s lacrosse team from 1985 to 1987, and he holds the Bowdoin record for number of saves in a single season (263). He has the second highest number of saves in an individual game (32) which he achieved twice, against Bates and Middlebury. Beninati also maintains Bowdoin’s sixth highest career save percentage (.682).
Coverage of the FIL World Championships will be provided by ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPN3; you can see the full schedule of games and broadcast coverage on Lax Magazine’s website.
Though Paul McCartney and John Lennon could be considered musical geniuses in their own right, there is no doubt their collaboration had an impact on the Beatles’ historically significant music. McCartney was organized, a mediator, a diplomat. Lennon was agitated, chaotic, darker. Their opposing perspectives may have made their recording sessions tense, but they contributed to the highly innovative and successful nature of the Beatles’ music.
Lennon and McCartney famously integrated songs they had separately written in “A Day In The Life,” and bounced lyrics off of each other for “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” “I offered cellophane flowers and newspaper taxis,” Paul said, “and John replied with kaleidoscope eyes … We traded words off each other, as we always did.” The Atlantic goes in-depth on the power of creative partnership, in the Beatles and beyond.
Ever heard of Tau? Hint: you can’t serve it a la mode. Tau is a mathematical measurement equivalent to twice the value of pi. Mathematicians have recently been debating the relative merit of tau vs. pi, considering that the radius (rather than the diameter) is often the important measurement and is mostly associated with 2π rather than pi alone. In other fields of mathematics beyond the geometry of circles, such as Riemann zeta functions, Gaussian distributions, roots of unity, integrating over polar coordinates and pretty much anything involving trigonometry, pi is preceded with a 2 more often than not – one reason why Tauist argue that we should celebrate Tau instead. While Pi Day (March 14th, i.e. 3/14) may be officially recognized by Congress, be sure to remember Tau on June 28 (6/28) next year.
Stand-up comedian and Bowdoin grad Hari Kondabolu recently joined Jennifer Egan and Andrew Bird at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a show discussing different types of fears — the one that keep us on track and the ones that make us want to hide under the covers. He pokes a little fun at himself in the process: “I remember my father working seven days a week, sending me to college, and telling me, ‘Waste this. If you come back a doctor or a lawyer, it’s like killing me.’” Kondabolu’s biggest fear? Saying things the wrong way.
Happy eighth online birthday to the series of lectures that continuously boggles the mind. The aim of TED talks is to spread ideas on all subjects, from linguistics to mental disorders, from physics to life satisfaction. Speakers aim to transmit their messages in 18 minutes or less, at conferences across the globe. The first conference took place in 1984, and in late June 2006, TED put its first six videos up online. It has since expanded to include TEDx, independently organized events that take place at universities, high schools, and more. In honor of the anniversary of its online presence, the TED site has published a list of the first six videos it ever uploaded to the web (now six among over 1700), which are full of ideas that are still relevant today.
Shapeways 3D printing company has increased its employee base to help with Google’s Made with Code initiative. After disclosing that a mere 30% of Google employees are female, Google has created this program to get more girls interested in science and technology at a young age. Spokeswomen include Chelsea Clinton and Mindy Kaling, as well as organizations such as Seventeen Magazine and Girl Scouts. Shapeways 3D will expand and use four of EOS’s largest 3D printers to allow daily printing of 8,000 bracelets coded by girls. Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen hopes the initiative will encourage girls to create and run their own Shapeway shops in the future.
So you sent an email by mistake. And a text. And maybe forgot to include some important hashtags in your latest Instagram caption. Never fear: there are more ways to undo things online than you think. Did you know that both Gmail and Microsoft Outlook have “retract message” features? You can even recover a group of accidentally closed tabs with a quick Ctrl+Shift+T. Check out these tips and more in a slideshow from PureWow.