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SAVE THE CYCLORAMA
The New York Times, Feb. 8
A 130-year-old painting 40 feet tall and longer than a football field
called “The Battle of Atlanta” is the focus of a $35 million salvage
effort funded by philanthropists. Housed for years in a leaky building,
the gigantic artwork is an example of a cyclorama, a huge panoramic
painting designed to give the viewer the impression of standing in the
midst of the event depicted.
SCREEN DIVERSIT Y
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 21
UCLA reports that women and minorities made slight gains but
remain underrepresented as leading actors in films, as TV show
creators, and as writers. The bright spot was on the small screen.
“Television is looking up; it’s moving in the right direction,” said
Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African
A HORSE OF COURSE
NPR, Jan. 12
Japanese researchers say they can show that horses communicate
with humans based on the perceived knowledge level of the person
in question. In the study, horses watched an assistant place a carrot
in a bucket. One human caretaker saw the carrot go into the bucket,
one did not. The horses used more visual and tactile signs with the
caretaker who didn’t know about the carrot than with the one who did.
Chicago Tribune, Feb. 17
U.S. student debt hit a record $1.31 trillion, the eighteenth straight
year Americans’ education debt rose. The Federal Reserve Bank of
New York data shows that outstanding loans for higher education have
doubled since 2009; no other form of household debt has shown such
an increase. About a quarter of student debtors with loans due are in
default or at least ninety days late on their payments.
TURN IT UP TO 11
Popular Science, Feb. 14
Your favorite song is tickling the same parts of your brain as do
your favorite food, exercise, and, well, opioid drugs, research shows.
McGill University scientists studied 15 students as they listened to
music they loved while under the influence of naltrexone, a drug that
blocks the feel-good effects of drug use. Their research indicated a
reduced response in the students who had taken the drug.
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ProPublica used federal data to create an NCAA March Madness-style
bracket that measures each school’s ability to graduate low-income
students with little debt. An Ivy takes the top spot (we won’t ruin it
for you), but state schools like the University of California-Davis, and
the University of Florida also fare well.