Thursday, November 13, 2014

What we now know about the effects of marijuana on the brain

Think smoking pot is safe? Here's what the latest science says about its effects on the brain.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gasoline: What's Behind the Drop in Prices?

Prices at the pump are the the lowest they’ve been in four years… and analysts expect them to keep on dropping. Why?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ebola: What Does it Do Inside the Body?

Ebola attacks a type of cell in blood vessels. Can early treatment help improve chances of survival? WSJ’s Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

How do you get into Harvard? "The Applicants" is fiction that's packed with truths about how the process really works

Once in a rare while a teacher or guidance counselor gets tasked with writing a recommendation letter for a student for whom the usual overachiever descriptives do not suffice.

Conveying in a page-or-two letter the character, compassion and off-the-charts intellect of a student who is truly brilliant doesn’t come easy.

Think about it.  Only around six percent of Harvard applicants get an acceptance letter. Admissions officers could fill each year’s freshman class with individuals who were their high school’s valedictorian — many times over.

Would the likes of President Bill Clinton, if he were a high school senior today, stand a chance of getting into Georgetown, his alma mater (16% acceptance rate)?  Perhaps. But only if he and his faculty recommenders knew how to write truly standout essays. 

The stories within The Applicants, a novel now in paperback from, written by authors who share the pen name Ari Morgan, offer readers something more than a great story.

Woven brightly and discernably throughout the book is a fully-articulated paradigm from which to approach the uber-competitive college admissions process.   At times in the story the parental characters are painted with-less-than subtle brush strokes. One prays there really aren’t moms and dads out there who really are as clueless and narcissistic as those portrayed in The Applicants. But perhaps there are. 

The character in the novel to pay closest attention to is the Head Advisor of Pembrocton College Prep (PCP), Sloane Newhall. The aristocratic parents of her elite private school grovel at her feet, because Ms. Newhall’s college recommendation letter is the most important one these children-of-the-one-percent-of-the-one-percent will ever receive, and it’s one that can’t be bought. At Pembrocton, “the counselor recommendation was a solo performance subject to review by no higher authority. It was an object of unadulterated reverence, naked lust, anguished yearning. And it was hers and hers alone to withhold or bestow."

Friday, October 10, 2014

Are Chimps People Too? A Potential Legal Evolution

Why Top Students Are Being Rejected by In-State Schools

Meet the First Baby Born Via a Womb Transplant

Same-Sex Marriage Battle Isn’t Over Yet

Syria’s New $40 Million Amusement Park

Ebola: How Contagious Is the Virus?

Ebola: The Gear Worn to Prevent Infection

Far Fewer Animals on Earth Than Previously Thought

Stopping Ebola From Striking 1.4 Million

Mass Shootings: How Often Do Unarmed Citizens Stop Them?

Khorasan: Meet the New U.S. Terrorist Target

XPrize Challenge: Basic Education Minus the Teachers

Uterine Fibroid Procedure Risks Spreading Cancer

Discussing #MH17 with Shepard Smith

Discussing #MH17 preliminary report on Shepard Smith
Post by Jason Bellini.

Friday, September 19, 2014

How a Wall Street Felon Kept His Mansion

The billionaire boom

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Don’t Blame iCloud for Celebrity Hacking
Apple said its investigation indicated certain celebrity online photo accounts were hacked in a targeted attack, and it hasn’t found a breach in its iCloud or “Find my iPhone” systems. The incident comes just a week before Apple is set to unveil its latest iPhone that could push the company deeper into health and finance.