Friday, November 4, 2011

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• In Canada, the leading causes of death vary by age group. For infants under age 1, it's congenital abnormalities; accidents for those aged 1 to 34; cancer for those aged 35 to 84; and heart disease for those aged 85 and over.

• Every hour spent outdoors each week can reduce a child's chance of becoming short-sighted by two per cent, a study by Cambridge University scientists suggests.

• Dr. Gregg Homer at Stroma Medical in California has a new laser procedure that will turn your brown eyes blue in 20 seconds.

• Many autistics, not just "savants," have qualities and abilities, including perception and reasoning, that may exceed those of people who do not have the condition, according to Dr. Laurent Mottron at the University of Montreal.

• Good grooming generates a wage premium of 4% to 5% for young men and can partially offset the earnings disadvantage of not being physically attractive, say researchers at the University of Miami.

• No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
How about that?

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