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Intel Science Talent Contest Nurtures Spirit of Inquiry (NY Times) ...But in other ways, she could hardly be more different. In her bag, she carries a SecurID device, which allows her to connect her laptop with Kraken, a supercomputer at the University of Tennessee that can run millions of simulations. Working at the lab at Stony Brook University, under the mentorship of Dr. Carlos Simmerling, a chemistry professor, Mayuri looked at a protein that plays an important role in tumor suppression. (The precise title of her project is "Computational Analysis of the DNA-Binding Mechanism of the p53 Tumor Suppressor and Its Inactivation Through the R249S Mutation." See: not your typical teenager.) (New York Times, Mar 12, 2013 - 12:13:59 PM)
4 Top Colleges Just As Great As the Ivy League Schools (PolicyMic.com) As students are receiving offers from colleges to be a part of their incoming class of 2017, it only makes sense that we talk about some outstanding institutions. Though your parents and loved ones may only want you going to an Ivy League school, there are many great reasons to make the decision to go elsewhere. For instance, the cost of tuition may make you think that a school will eventually get you a high paying job but that is not always the case. Also, schools with high freshmen retention rates and high graduation rates often reflect a great support system within the school. These are important things to consider, rather than just school prestige. Consider this a guide to a few colleges that can be just as competitive as the Ivy Leagues. This list is in no order and is in no way a definitive list but hopefully it can help some parents and students in teaching them which data is important to consider in this huge decision. (PolicyMic.com, Mar 8, 2013 - 3:29:37 PM)
How Climate Change Could Threaten, Transform LI (Newsday) Scientists say the Long Island of the future will have shorter, wetter winters and oppressively hot summers, with seas rising and storm surges so strong they will threaten beaches, salt water marshes and infrastructure. The warnings are familiar, but after superstorm Sandy, policymakers are listening -- and the experts' predictions are helping define what needs to be done. (Newsday, Feb 27, 2013 - 12:00:00 PM)
Stony Brook University to honor actor Alan Alda (Fox NY News) New York's Stony Brook University is paying tribute to Emmy Award-winner Alan Alda. The actor will be honored next month for his work as a founding member of the university's Center for Communicating Science. It works to enhance the understanding of science. Alda is slated to be the guest of honor at a fund-raising gala the university is holding in New York City on April 24. (Fox NY News, Feb 26, 2013 - 11:45:00 AM)
Endangered sharks return to Bahamas 'home' Previously thought to be wide-ranging animals, a tagging survey has revealed that the sharks frequently revisit the same areas around the island. Conservationists have listed the sharks as Vulnerable globally and Critically Endangered in parts of their range. Experts suggest that the island nation's marine protected area is assisting the species. (BBC News, Feb 21, 2013 - 3:15:00 PM)
Whitetip Sharks Travel Amazing Distances From Home (MSNBC News) Whitetip sharks may travel up to 1,200 miles (1,931 kilometers) during jaunts from their homes in the Bahamas, according to new research. The data, which came from tracking sharks with satellite tags, revealed that the fish routinely cross international boundaries, which could make country-based conservation programs less effective. "Although these sharks are relatively safe from fishing in Bahamian waters, our study shows their long-range roaming takes them across the boundaries of different countries and into the high seas where they still encounter fishing gear set for other species," said study author Demian Chapman, a marine biologist at Stony Brook University, in a statement. (MSNBC News, Feb 21, 2013 - 3:00:00 PM)
Stony Brook Student Earns Prestigious Churchill Scholarship (Newsday) Kevin Sackel has long seen beauty and elegance in a complex math theorem. In middle school, the Bethpage native learned 4th-century Greek mathematician Euclid's proof that there are infinitely many prime numbers, and he was hooked. A graduating senior at Stony Brook University with a double major in mathematics and physics, Sackel is one of 14 students chosen nationwide to spend the next academic year earning a master's degree at the University of Cambridge on a prestigious scholarship from the Winston Churchill Foundation. (Newsday, Feb 19, 2013 - 2:30:00 PM)
New Polio Strains That Protect Vaccine Factory Workers (New York Times) Scientists have created new strains of polio intended to protect workers in factories that make polio vaccine. The new strains have the same ability to invoke an immune reaction as the live viruses now used to make vaccine do, but there is virtually no risk anyone will get polio if one of the new strains somehow escapes. The research team, at the State University of New York at Stonybrook, is led by Eckard A. F. Wimmer, a molecular geneticist who made headlines in 1991 when he synthesized polio virus in the lab from its chemical components, the first time a virus had been made outside of living cells. (New York Times, Feb 18, 2013 - 3:30:00 PM)
Stony Brook Team Aids Effort to Make Polio Vaccine (Newsday) No disease in the first half of the 20th century struck fear the way polio did. Highly contagious, paralytic, crippling and, in some instances, deadly, it was a seasonal menace that required a titanic scientific effort to identify the tiny virus and contain its spread through vaccines. (Newsday, Feb 15, 2013 - 10:30:00 AM)
Study: Fish in Drug-Tainted Water Suffer Reaction (Newsday) What happens to fish that swim in waters tainted by traces of drugs that people take? When it's an anti-anxiety drug, they become hyper, anti-social and aggressive, a study found. They even get the munchies. It may sound funny, but it could threaten the fish population and upset the delicate dynamics of the marine environment, scientists say. (Newsday, Feb 14, 2013 - 3:45:00 PM)
Blood Ivory (New York Times) The call comes in camp at Sunday breakfast. David Daballen answers it, walking from the table as he talks. David works for Save the Elephants here in Kenya. Moments later he returns, announcing, "Another elephant just discovered killed, right across the river in Buffalo Springs, right inside the reserve, right off the road." (New York Times, Feb 11, 2013 - 10:35:00 AM)
Man's Oldest Ancestor Identified by Scientists (CBS News) A tiny, furry-tailed creature is the most complete picture yet as to what the ancestor of mice, elephants, lions, tigers, bears, whales, bats and humans once looked like, researchers say. These new findings also suggest this forerunner of most mammals appeared shortly after the catastrophe that ended the age of dinosaurs, scientists added. (CBS News, Feb 7, 2013 - 5:00:00 PM)
Rat-Size Ancestor Said to Link Man and Beast (New York Times) Humankind's common ancestor with other mammals may have been a roughly rat-size animal that weighed no more than a half a pound, had a long furry tail and lived on insects. In a comprehensive six-year study of the mammalian family tree, scientists have identified and reconstructed what they say is the most likely common ancestor of the many species on the most abundant and diverse branch of that tree -- the branch of creatures that nourish their young in utero through a placenta. (New York Times, Feb 7, 2013 - 11:15:00 AM)
Stony Brook Runs on Zamir (YouTube) ...students at Stony Brook University express their gratitude to the overnight shift employee at the Dunkin Donuts store on Route 25A in Stony Brook...this employee would not ever accept a tip from SB students so they did something to surprise him...Through the Stony Brook Compliments Page on Facebook, they raised $400 and gave it to him as a tip on Friday night along with cards and messages of thanks. The store manager matched the tip for a total of $800. (YouTube, Feb 6, 2013 - 10:00:00 AM)
Did A Fading Tea Party Lead Boehner To Abandon Spending Cuts For Debt Ceiling Increase? (International Business Times) A few weeks ago, some tough-talking Republicans were adamant in their willingness to allow the United States government to default on its obligations by refusing to lift the debt ceiling without a one-for-one spending cut deal. Now, less than a month before Feb. 15, the date when the nation is expected to hit its debt ceiling, Republicans have huddled together and decided on a tactical retreat. (International Business Times, Jan 24, 2013 - 10:23:17 AM)
2 LI Students Named Intel Finalists (Newsday) Two Long Island students -- from Kings Park High School and Smithtown High School East -- are finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. Both Long Island students worked with scientists in the Simons Summer Research Program at Stony Brook University. (Newsday, Jan 23, 2013 - 11:03:52 AM)
About That Overpopulation Problem (Slate.com) The world's seemingly relentless march toward overpopulation achieved a notable milestone in 2012: Somewhere on the planet, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the 7 billionth living person came into existence. (Slate.com, Jan 11, 2013 - 10:14:28 AM)
Scientists Detect Diseases Breath Analyzer (TV Global News - Video - Portugal) A lab near New York, has developed a tool to detect diseases by breath, which detects minute particles of chemical compounds characteristic of diabetes or cancer, for example. (TV Global News - Video - Portugal, Jan 9, 2013 - 2:26:15 PM)
Stony Brook scholarship honors former Long Island Association President Matthew Crosson (Newsday) Family and friends of the late Matthew Crosson, a longtime president of the Long Island Association, said they have established a memorial scholarship fund for Stony Brook University journalism students interested in public affairs reporting.
How Climate Change Could Threaten, Transform LI (Newsday) Scientists say the Long Island of the future will have shorter, wetter winters and oppressively hot summers, with seas rising and storm surges so strong they will threaten beaches, salt water marshes and infrastructure. The warnings are familiar, but after superstorm Sandy, policymakers are listening -- and the experts' predictions are helping define what needs to be done. (Newsday, Feb 27, 2013 - 12:00:00 PM)
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May  
Bahamian students participate in Shark Research Expedition From May 7 until June 15, Stony Brook University's Institute for Ocean Conservation Science School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the Cape Eleuthera Institute are tracking the movements of three species of endangered sharks and sawfish (a close relative of sharks) in the central and northern Bahamas. The research team, led by Dr. Demian Chapman of Stony Brook University, is also conducting surveys to identify important shark nursery areas.
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September  
Teen cancer survivor is good luck charm for Stony Brook University football team (Newsday)) In the locker rooms at Stony Brook University, Joey Faminella would cover his face with his hands and feel sick to his stomach every time the university football team lost. Though he has his own team jersey and rushes the field before every game, Faminella isn't a football player, but a teenager adopted by his favorite collegiate team as an honorary captain and good luck charm, which his family ultimately credits with helping save his life.
Researchers explore use of light to correct life-threatening arrhythmias In a paper published today in the online journal Nature Communications, five biomedical engineers from Johns Hopkins and Stony Brook universities described their plan to use biological lab data and an intricate computer model to devise a better way to heal ailing hearts. Other scientists are already using light-sensitive cells to control certain activities in the brain.
Rising Seas (Malcolm Bowman) By the time Hurricane Sandy veered toward the Northeast coast of the United States last October 29, it had mauled several countries in the Caribbean and left dozens dead. Faced with the largest storm ever spawned over the Atlantic, New York and other cities ordered mandatory evacuations of low-lying areas. Not everyone complied. Those who chose to ride out Sandy got a preview of the future, in which a warmer world will lead to inexorably rising seas.
LIers head to D.C. to mark 50 years since King's 'Dream' speech Hundreds of Long Islanders plan to travel to Washington, D.C., before dawn Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington -- the large, peaceful gathering where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. They will represent a range of age groups, races, religions and sexual orientations, united in the belief that despite the progress in the 50 years after King's seminal speech, economic and social inequities remain.
Artist's widow gives $1M to Stony Brook's Southampton campus The widow of 1960s pop artist Roy Lichtenstein has donated $1 million to Stony Brook University's Southampton campus, its largest gift ever for arts programming, as the school tries to revitalize its East End location. "I'm so excited this campus has a second chance to shine," Dorothy Lichtenstein, 73, a resident of Southampton and a board member of the Stony Brook Foundation, said recently.
Gyre Expedition Probes Impact of Plastic Pollution on Remote Beaches (Carl Safina) Earlier this summer, a team of scientists and artists set out along coastal Alaska, to document the impact that plastic pollution is having on remote beaches. The project, called the Gyre Expedition, was launched by the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Anchorage Museum.
Carl Bernstein to teach at NY's Stony Brook University Stony Brook University has hired famed investigative reporter and author Carl Bernstein as a visiting professor for the next two years. Bernstein, 69, is best known for his work with former Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward that blew the lid off the 1972 break-in of Democratic campaign headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.
Mattoo Gift Launches $5M India Studies Chair at Stony Brook Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., has received the largest total gift ever made to a public university for an India Studies program, the university announced Aug. 6. As previously reported by India West in March (I-W, March 15), a $1.25 million gift by nephrologist Dr. Nirmal K. Mattoo, founding partner of Mattoo and Bhat Medical Associates in Maspeth, N.Y., and his wife, Augustina, and an additional $1.25 million donated by members of the Indian American community is being matched by the New York-based Simons Foundation, so the total gift is $5 million.
Soda drinking tied to kids' behavior problems: study (Janet Fischel) Children who drink soda tend to score slightly higher on scales that measure aggressive behavior than kids who don't drink the carbonated beverages, according to a new study. The study's lead author cautioned, however, that the increase may not be noticeable for individual children and the researchers can't prove soda caused the bad behaviors.
Ask Mr. Dad: Bad behavior? Better sleep on it (Lauren Hale) There's no question that sleep deprivation is bad for adults. Besides affecting fertility, it also increases the risk of depression, anxiety, diabetes, cardiac problem, and car accidents (about 100,000/year are caused by drowsy drivers), and decreases our ability to fight off infection. The effects on children are just as bad. Two new studies underscore just how important sleep is by showing how the lack of it influences children's behavior and food choices.
A little music in bed at Stony Brook Children's Professional musicians from the Songs For Kids Tour visited sick children at Stony Brook Children's Hospital on July 22 and gave bedside performances that included folk, pop and even jazzed up nursery rhymes, bringing smiles to patients and their families alike.
Ronald McDonald House family room opening at Stony Brook Children's Hospital Seventeen-year-old Rachel Ragone sifted through the pages of her calculus book while snuggling up to her mother, Kim, their bodies sinking into the soft turquoise couch. It was their first time inside the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island's new family room in the pediatric unit of Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
Bird brains appeared before birds New evidence has emerged that puts a dent into the reputation of the famous 'first bird' - Archaeopteryx, a feathered descendant of the dinosaurs, which lived around 150 million years ago.
Doctor: 'We Can Bring People Back To Life' The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta estimates that 2.5 million people die in the United States each year.
Sauropods found to have high tooth replacement rate Dinosaurs almost bankrupted the tooth fairy. New research shows that the lumbering plant-eaters called sauropods produced new teeth as often as twice per month and had up to nine backup teeth in a single tooth socket.
Stony Brook receives $5M for India studies Stony Brook University's Center for India Studies will be able to support an endowed chair, distinguished faculty and additional visiting professorships through a $5 million gift it has received from several donors. The donations include a $1.25 million gift from Dr. Nirmal K. Mattoo, a $1.25 million permanent endowment from members of the Indian-American community and a $2.5 million matching gift from theSimons Foundation Challenge Grant, which had allocated money to match gifts that invest in the future of Stony Brook. The donation is the largest ever given to a U.S. public university for India studies.
ThermoLift to Partner with Stony Brook University A local startup hoping to modernize the technology of a decades-old, super efficient natural gas-powered heat pump will be partnering with Stony Brook University's Mechanical Engineering Department to speed up development of a prototype. The startup, ThermoLift, would be able "to access strong fundamental thermodynamic skills critical for our simulation, advanced modeling and development" through the partnership, said its chief executive Paul Schwartz.
Study of gene expression in common blue-green algae reveals what makes it bloom, toxic (Christopher Gobler and Matthew Harke) If your local pond, lake, or watering hole is looking bright green this summer, chances are it has blue-green algae and it may be dangerous to you or your pets. A newly published study has used a novel approach to better understand why these algae form blooms and what makes them toxic.
Stony Brook researcher: 'Hobbit' fossil a type of human (Karen Baab) The fossil remains of a diminutive humanlike creature -- a real-life hobbit, of sorts -- has stoked wonder and scientific debate for a decade, and now a Stony Brook University anthropologist says she has proof it's a distinct species in the family of humankind. Some evolutionary biologists say the 3-foot, 2-inch-tall cave-dwellers who inhabited the Indonesian island of Flores were simply small modern humans afflicted with a major medical condition.
Damaging Brown Tide Back in the Great South Bay (Christopher Gobler) Damaging brown tide is back, bringing bad news for many Long Island shell fisherman and marine life in the Great South Bay. Stony Brook University labs found the tide developed in late June in the Western Bay and has intensified and spread east. Researchers blame its return on the 8 inches of rain that fell during the second week of June. It's the first summer brown tide is in the Great South Bay since 2008.
Long Island bluefish mysteriously dying (Christopher Gobler) Hundreds of bluefish are turning up dead off the coast of Long Island -- and nobody knows why. Researchers at the Marine Animal Disease Laboratory at Stony Brook University are investigating what could be killing hundreds of cocktail bluefish discovered this week in and around the Shinnecock Bay.
Cocaine addiction may be cured by Ritalin (Anna Konova) Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug, and new research suggests another stimulant might just be the trick to helping people break the addictive cycle. Researchers have shown a single dose of methylphenidate, a stimulant drug prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may normalize the nerve pathways that go haywire in cocaine addicts' brains.
New tick-borne infection similar to Lyme disease (Benjamin Luft) A new tick-borne illness marked by recurring high fever and described for the first time in U.S. patients just this year may help explain a controversial condition known as chronic Lyme disease.
Coastal Regions Experiencing Dramatic Changes in Climate (Hannes Baumann) According to a new study, coastal regions are experiencing greater climatic changes when compared to other regions. The study included analysis of data of coastal ocean temperatures over the past three decades.
Medical research focuses on customized care (Janice Lu) At Stony Brook University's cancer center, medical investigators are studying 21 key genes and what they can reveal about breast cancer. Not far away at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, doctors are studying RNA, a close cousin molecule to DNA, and the role it might play in personalized medicine.
October  
Food pantry open at Stony Brook University A new food pantry is open on Long Island, but this one is a bit different. It's on the campus of Stony Brook University and it's for students who need help with food. "College students are becoming the new face of food insecurity around the country and it comes as a surprise to some people," said Casey McGloin, of Stony Brook University.
Study links breast cancer survival, vitamin supplements (Newsday) Women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer were less likely to die of the disease if they regularly consumed a vitamin and mineral tablet, compared with women who didn't take supplements, scientists have found in one of the largest studies of its kind. Dr. Janice Lu, director of medical oncology at Stony Brook University Hospital, who specializes in breast cancer, said the findings are intriguing because they echo results involving vitamin D research.
20 years of walking for beauty in Stony Brook (Times Beacon Record) When a group of women met for lunch at the Three Village Inn 20 years ago, their desire to raise breast cancer awareness led to the Walk for Beauty, Suffolk County's first breast cancer walk. Two decades later, nearly 2,000 participants are expected to gather on Oct. 20 at 8:30 am at the Stony Brook Village Center, with eyes on the ultimate goal of finding a cure. Money raised through sponsorships and donations will go both to research at Stony Brook University Cancer Center and toward a fund to buy wigs for patients who cannot afford them.
LI doctors studying stem cell infusion in post-heart attack patients (Newsday) Long Island medical investigators are embarking on a study that involves infusing 10 million stem cells directly into a coronary artery of heart attack patients in an effort to regenerate tissue that otherwise would be forever damaged.
November  
Here's the key mistake that 60 Minutes made (MSNBC) The last time "60 Minutes" made a mistake as bad as its Benghazi story, there was a far more thorough response. Chris Hayes and the panel discuss. (Video)
On Long Island Coast, An Unexpected Gift From Hurricane Sandy (The Atlantic) In the mid-1980s, Long Island's Great South Bay turned the color of Earl Grey tea. It was the first outbreak of an algal bloom known as the brown tide, and it would return year after year, fueled by pollution from the island's septic systems.
New guidelines released on preventing heart attacks, strokes (News 12) The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released the first new guidelines in 10 years for preventing heart disease and strokes.
Ground broken on SBU cancer research center (Fios 1 TV) Dean says they will hire employees for Medical and Research Translation building
SBU christens $194M Medical and Research Translation building (Newsday) A cure for cancer could happen because of a chance encounter in the hall. That's the idea behind Stony Brook University's $194 million Medical and Research Translation building, to be built in the next two years next to the hospital and health sciences towers.
From the battleground to a hospital back home (New York Post) For one native New Yorker and military veteran, an area university is affording him the opportunity to continue making a difference in people's lives.
As part of SSERVI, Stony Brook team helps plan space exploration (Newsday) Earth's moon, our closest celestial relative and perennial object of awe, was barely explored when astronauts set foot on its terrain nearly a half century ago -- so scientists are preparing for a return trip. Timothy Glotch, associate professor of geosciences at Stony Brook University, is leading a team of local investigators as part of a vast and far-flung group of scientists laying the groundwork for an ambitious itinerary.
Next Generation: Cancer Drug in Disguise (The Scientist) Researchers have found a new way to modify cell-killing agents to make them selectively poison cancer cells, while avoiding healthy cells, according to a paper published today (November 5) in Nature Communications. The researchers deactivated a toxic agent, puromycin, by adding an acetylated lysine residue to it.
Stony Brook University expands dental care center (Newsday) William Hall said he had his first steak in three years Wednesday night. Hall, 71, who has Parkinson's disease, was sitting Thursday in a brand new dental chair at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine's expanded dental care center.
December  
Stony Brook doctor wins radiology website award (Newsday) Stony Brook University Hospital's Dr. Michael Poon won the Scientific Paper of the Year award from the radiology website Auntminnie.com, the university announced Monday.
Bhasin: Remembering My Meetings with the Great Nelson Mandela (Newsday) As the world mourns the loss of one its greatest sons, Harsh Bhasin, Stony Brook visiting professor and chairman of the Department of Asian & Asian-American Studies, reflects on his meetings with Nelson Mandela.
New Stony Brook Bus Service takes Students to NYC (Newsday) A private bus line has begun taking students, faculty and staff from Stony Brook University to Queens and Manhattan, offering the first daily, nonstop service from a Long Island college to the city. The 7Bus, a private, Bohemia-based transit company formerly known as Bolt Bus Long Island, began the round-trip, seven-day-a-week transport on Dec. 9.
Stony Brook Professor Tracks Comets (Newsday) Comet chaser Jin Koda journeyed to one of Earth's loftiest summits to view a cosmic phenomenon as it streaked toward its destiny -- a fast-moving comet en route to circle the sun.
2014 Predictions for Your Wallet (Wallet Hub) 2013 was a year characterized by economic distractions, with things like the government shutdown, concerns about a potential U.S. default, and overall political obstinacy taking center stage. So, it's fair to wonder: Will 2014 be any different?
Jesus, Elvis, and Aristotle: Who's bigger? (Religion News Service) He's a man with a ton of titles -- Prince of Peace, Son of God, Shepherd of Souls -- but now Jesus has one more: the biggest name in human history. Ever.
Alan Alda's science contest asks: What is color? (Philly.com) Alan Alda, the actor-turned-part-time professor, has a new question for scientists to consider: How do you explain color to an 11-year-old?
Families, doctors pool resources to help Kenyan girl (Riverhead News Review) The moment she and her host mother, Linda Nugent, set foot in the King Kullen supermarket in Wading River, 13-year-old Saline Otieno made her desire for junk food abundantly clear.
Experts urge feds to measure, pursue our happiness (Newsday) Happy or sad? Content or bored? And how many times did you smile yesterday? A panel of experts thinks Uncle Sam should be more in touch with our feelings.
NASA's Curiosity Finds Signs of Ancient Aliens in Martian Lake Bed (HNGN) "We have determined that the rocks preserved there represent an ancient geological environment that was habitable for microbial life," Department of Geosciences professor Scott McLennan, said in a Stony Brook University news release.
Alan Alda's Science Contest Asks: What Is Color? (ABC) Alan Alda, the actor-turned-part-time professor, has a new question for scientists to consider: How do you explain color to an 11-year-old? The television and film star best known for his role in the 1970s sitcom "MASH" is posing the question as part of the third annual "Flame Challenge." Alda helped organize the international contest as part of his work at the Stony Brook University Center for Communicating Science.
Scoring a Smile (Newsday) In an effort to spread holiday cheer, members of the Stony Brook University basketball team took a break from practice to visit young patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.
The most important people who ever lived (The Boston Globe) Two things we know for sure about cultural rankings: They're inevitably arbitrary, and we can't get enough of them. The top university, sexiest person, best restaurant, greatest baseball player? The more impossible it is to make the list, the more we want to see it. And there's probably nothing crazier than trying to name--in order--the most important people who ever lived.
Fishy Freedom (The New Yorker) On a recent Wednesday that felt like the first of winter, about a hundred and fifty children--mostly under seven--and their parents gathered at Pier 40, over at West Street and Houston. Their mission: to thank for their service the numerous small riverine creatures that have whispered their secrets to the kids since last spring, and liberate them. The River Project's tanks needed to be drained and emptied for winter. Ergo, fishy freedom.