Category Archives: Archived


Nov

07

2016

Can you solve it? Would you get into Oxbridge?

Matriculation day after the night before Photograph: Homer Sykes/Alamy Hello guzzlers, Last week some of the smartest sixth formers in the country sat Oxford University’s annual Mathematics Admissions Test. For today’s puzzle I’ve chosen one of its most fun questions from recent years. It has five parts – successful applicants scored 4.73 on average out of the 5. So you need to get them all…

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Nov

07

2016
Poverty Wages For U.S. Child Care Workers May Be Behind High Turnover

Poverty Wages For U.S. Child Care Workers May Be Behind High Turnover

Enlarge this image Lorenzo Gritti for NPR In Greensboro, N.C., Eyeisha Holt spends her days as a full-time child care worker at Head Start. But after a decade’s work in early education she still earns only $11.50 an hour — barely enough, she says, to cover the basics as a single mom of two. So every weekday evening she heads to her second job, as…

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Nov

04

2016

Elite Runners Ryan and Sara Hall Add Parenting to Their Workouts

By LINDSAY CROUSE November 3, 2016 When the elite distance runners Sara and Ryan Hall adopted four sisters from Ethiopia in October 2015, it was the start of a year of seismic changes for them. Ryan, 34, the fastest American distance runner ever, announced his retirement in January, and began zealously lifting weights, replenishing testosterone levels diminished by years of 100-mile weeks. Sara, 33, will race in…

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Nov

04

2016
Middle School Suicides Reach An All-Time High

Middle School Suicides Reach An All-Time High

Enlarge this image Eva Bee/Getty Images There’s a perception that children don’t kill themselves, but that’s just not true. A new report shows that, for the first time, suicide rates for U.S. middle school students have surpassed the rate of death by car crashes. The suicide rate among youngsters ages 10 to 14 has been steadily rising, and doubled in the U.S. from 2007 to…

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Nov

03

2016
Cuts In Texas Medicaid Hit Rural Kids With Disabilities Especially Hard

Cuts In Texas Medicaid Hit Rural Kids With Disabilities Especially Hard

Enlarge this image Intensive home-visits by physical, occupational and speech therapists have been “a lifesaver,” for little Haylee Crouse, her mom Amanda (left) told Shots. Haylee, who is now 2, developed seizures and physical and intellectual disabilities after contracting meningitis when she was 8 days old. Wade Goodwyn/NPR hide caption toggle caption Wade Goodwyn/NPR Last year, the Texas legislature approved a $350 million cut in…

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Nov

03

2016
Texas Medicaid Cuts Hit Rural Disabled Kids Especially Hard

Texas Medicaid Cuts Hit Rural Disabled Kids Especially Hard

Enlarge this image Intensive home-visits by physical, occupational and speech therapists have been “a lifesaver,” for little Haylee Crouse, her mom Amanda (left) told Shots. Haylee, who is now 2, developed seizures and physical and intellectual disabilities after contracting meningitis when she was 8 days old. Wade Goodwyn/NPR hide caption toggle caption Wade Goodwyn/NPR Last year, the Texas legislature approved a $350 million cut in…

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Nov

03

2016
Teen Night Owls Struggle To Learn And Control Emotions At School

Teen Night Owls Struggle To Learn And Control Emotions At School

Enlarge this image Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images It’s hard for Zachary Lane to wake up in time for school every day. “I have four alarms set and it still takes me a long time to wake me up,” says Lane, a 17-year-old high school junior in Zionsville, Ind. He says he regularly gets detention for being tardy. “I get to school and I’m talked to…

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Nov

02

2016

Running a Marathon With a Daughter to Cheer Me on

By JOANNA COHEN November 2, 2016 I’ve had the vision in my head for years: I’m running the New York City Marathon and I find my daughter, Bee, in the crowd. It’s a simple moment, but one I’ve wanted so badly for so long, I get choked up just thinking about it. On Sunday, if all goes well, my vision will be realized. I’ll be on the…

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Nov

02

2016
Children Gain Weight Faster Over Summer Break Than In School

Children Gain Weight Faster Over Summer Break Than In School

Enlarge this image One factor in children’s summer weight gain may be the prevalence of screens, which can steal time from outdoor fun. Stephen Simpson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Stephen Simpson/Getty Images Despite the lure of Halloween candy and Christmas treats, elementary school children actually gain weight faster over the summer, a study finds. If you remember your childhood summers as filled with running…

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Nov

02

2016
Children Are Most Likely To Gain Weight In Summer, Not Winter

Children Are Most Likely To Gain Weight In Summer, Not Winter

Enlarge this image One factor in children’s summer weight gain may be the prevalence of screens, which can steal time from outdoor fun. Stephen Simpson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Stephen Simpson/Getty Images Despite the lure of Halloween candy and Christmas treats, elementary school children are more likely to gain weight over the summer, a study finds. If you remember your childhood summers as filled…

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