Monday, January 03, 2011

Informative links

Instead of institutionalizing her special needs children, Lucia Gavrilita worked hard to care for them and give them full lives. She eventually became a government minister and was able to change the way disabled citizens are treated in Moldova. (via Metafilter)

A study shows that empathy has been declining among college students, even faster in recent years. Since empathy is thought to be inborn, what is causing us to lose it?

Meet the Twiblings. Author Melanie Thernstrom tells of the extraordinary measures she and her husband took to achieve parenthood, involving an egg donor and two surrogates. (via Metafilter)

How the world has changed since the year 2000. Since 2000 seems like just yesterday, the differences are particularly jarring.

Giving Alzheimer’s patients whatever they want to eat, control over their schedules, and even alcohol helps calm them and control behavior problems. What’s really amazing is that this is a relatively new idea for nursing homes. (via Fark)

Inspired by Insects: 10 Creepy-Crawly Biomimetic Designs. This kind of applied science is how that weird kid who collected bugs grew up and became fabulously rich. (via Not Exactly Rocket Science)

Great Moments in History: Who Invented the Shovel?

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