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Reunion Weekend 2014 Slideshow

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 12:23

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Reunion Weekend 2014 is is in full swing on campus, with activities — or just peaceful downtime — for Polar Bears of all ages. View a slideshow of images captured FridayPhotos by Bob Handelman.

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings ‘ 83 on Valuable Lessons Learned (Fortune)

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 12:23
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Remember when Netflix raised its prices 60% for streaming-plus-DVD customers? How about that first scene in House of Cards — the one with the dog? These are among the events that have served as important lessons for Netflix CEO Reed Hastings ’83 on his way to becoming one of the Internet industry’s leaders.

Fortune magazine writes of humility and the importance of customers in “Stay Humble. Shun Foolish.”

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Mentoring Middle School Girls Teaches Lessons All Around

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 13:10
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A Bowdoin college mentor with her FFLY mentee

At the final meeting of Bowdoin’s FFLY mentoring group this year, bear hugs were given, compliments shared, and ice cream and cup cakes eaten. A symbolic string bracelet was tied on the wrist of each member. Later, when a yellow school bus pulled up, the young mentees said their final goodbyes (some of them tearful) before sprinting through the rain to the bus.

FFLY, short for Fostering Female Leadership in Youth, is a student organization developed entirely by Bowdoin college students. Every Friday afternoon for the past two years, 16 female college students have traveled to the middle school in neighboring Bath to meet with 16 middle school girls. There, the older students have led one-hour group lessons before splitting up into mentor-mentee pairs for 30 minutes to talk about whatever the younger girls wanted to discuss. Read the full story and see more photographs.

 

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Spouses Share Genetic Similarities (Discovery News)

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 13:02

ringsIn a new article published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers claim that romantic partners share more genetic similarity than individuals who are randomly paired. Despite this finding, other factors contribute more to pairing, including education level, according to Discovery News.

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Scientists Urge More Research Into Environmental Aging Triggers (National Geographic)

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 13:00

Elderly hand holdingThree University of North Carolina scientists argue in a new paper that more research needs to be done on “gerontogens” — the factors that can accelerate aging. Gerontogens can include arsenic in groundwater, benzene in industrial emissions, ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, many types of chemotherapy, some anti-HIV drugs, and the 4,000 toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke. Activities are also included, such as eating too many calories or suffering psychological stress.

Other studies have suggested that only about 25 percent of the variation in the human life span is influenced by genes, National Geographic reports, yet the study of gerontogens has lagged behind other areas of aging research.

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There’s No Place Like This Home (Slate)

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:55
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Photo: Alfred Lui/Creative Commons

 

Ever wanted a tour of the world’s weirdest house? Here’s your chance. With a photographic spread featuring such surreal attractions as the “Infinity Room” (pictured), the “Carousel Room” (which contains the world’s largest merry-go-round), and more, Slate attempts to explain the frankly unexplainable phenomenon that is Alex Jordan’s “House on the Rock” in rural Wisconsin.

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