Generosity : Never too late, too little, and always trending

adj 1: free in giving or sharing 2: noble syn open-handed
 
 

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tornadoes.  Given the outpouring of concern that Oklahoma musicians have shown toward their home state this week (see Toby Keith and Blake Shelton), it should come as no surprise that yet another native Oklahoman has come forth to help. And this one did it in a big way: “American Idol” Carrie Underwood has pledged a remarkable $1 million to Oklahoma for tornado relief.  }:{  alt@search

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Nanotech visionary would sweat the small stuff

23May13 }:{  Reports trending today give details about the death of 1986 Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Rohrer.  One of the latest uses of Dr. Rohrer’s invention came this year, when I.B.M. scientists made what they call history’s tiniest stop-action film, as verified by Guinness World Records. Called “A Boy and His Atom,” the film assembles atoms into the image of a small boy and shows him dancing, bouncing about and playing catch with an atom. It was made by moving atoms frame by frame — 250 frames in all — and magnifying them 100 million times.

Dr. Rohrer, who shared the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing a microscope that made it possible to see individual atoms and move them around, an achievement that led to vastly faster computing and greatly advanced molecular biology, died on Thursday night or early Friday morning in Wollerau, Switzerland. He was 79.

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One startling fact: A hallmark of our time

According to the PRC a couple the years ago, 2011 Jan. 1, the oldest members of the Baby Boom generation celebrated their 65th birthday. In fact, on that day, every day since, and for every day for the next 17 years, 10,000 baby boomers will reach age 65.

The aging of this huge cohort of Americans (26% of the total U.S. population are Baby Boomers) will dramatically change the composition of the country. By 2030, when all members of the Baby Boom generation have reached that age, fully 18% of the nation will be at least that age, according to Pew Research Center (PRC) population projections. But don’t tell Baby Boomers that they are old.

In fact, according to the source, the typical Boomer believes that “old age” does not begin until age 72, according to a 2009 PRC survey. Also, while about half of all adults say they feel younger than their actual age, fully 61% of Boomers are feeling more spry than their age would imply. In fact, the typical Boomer feels nine years younger than his or her chronological age. }:{ alt@link

Oh, yes.  I officially join this group one month from tomorrow!

CHART:  Persons 65 Years Old and Over—Characteristics by Sex: 1990 to 2010

One startling fact: A hallmark of our time

Easily the most staggering infographic you'll see today?

As is usually the case, whether you agree or disagree with the messenger, the comments that follow this PIN are informative and entertaining. }:{ Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay — who, as a cook, is accustomed to seeing animals slaughtered for food — once described shark-fin hunting as without a doubt the worst act of animal cruelty [he’s] ever seen.

Easily the most staggering infographic you’ll see today?