It’s Linky Sunday – put on the coffee and prepare your cursor :)
We’ve gathered up some of the week’s best stories from around the web.
So there! AARP’s Public Policy Institute crunched some numbers recently and came up with some surprising results: Contrary to the assumption that Social Security benefits are a drain on the economy, in fact, for each dollar paid in Social Security, individuals and businesses spend nearly two. In 2012, Social Security payments supported more than 9 million jobs and added almost $1.4 trillion in output to the overall American economy, according to the report. Click here to read it.
Scam alert Scam artists are jumping on the opportunity to take advantage of Americans’ confusion over Obamacare, and some of the new scams target older people – including one in which callers say you’ll lose your Medicare coverage unless you provide your Social Security number. Watch the video below to learn more about healthcare scams.
Number of hours per week you’ll walk to prevent breast cancer? Seven. Postmenopausal women who walked for at least seven hours a week had a 14 percent lower risk of breast cancer, and those who practiced strenuous physical activity daily lowered their risk even more reduced risk for breast cancer, according to a large, longterm study. Click here to read more.
A new way to experience music The London Symphony Orchestra has worked with an interactive web design team to come up with a brand new way to hear – and see – orchestral music online. Besides offering simultaneous close-up views of the conductor and musicians as they play, the site also lets you pick which musicians you want to be watching (use the little panel at bottom center). This will be the first in a series of LSO Discovery sites. Click here for a very special experience of Ravel’s “Bolero.”
WTF? A new analysis of U.S. Census data shows an 18 percent increase in extreme poverty last year among women 65 and over – but doesn’t explain why. While poverty rates among other demographic groups stayed fairly flat (which doesn’t mean low: more than 20 percent of American children are still living in poverty), older women living alone, as well as those who are African-American, Native-American, Hispanic and foreign-born, saw an especially steep increase in poverty and extreme poverty. Click here to read more.
Wowing the web Back in 2010, photographer Tom Hussey created a series of photos for an Alzheimer’s patch advertising campaign. Two years later, we’re still seeing those images being shared across the web. In “Reflections,” Hussey manipulated images of seniors to show the younger self reflected in the older one – an idea that was inspired, he says, by an 80-year-old WW2 vet who told him he really couldn’t believe he was 80; he still felt like a young man. Clearly, many of can relate. Click here to see the whole series.
Will 3D printing save the planet? Who’d have thought that plastic could be the answer to a greener planet? It could be, thanks to 3-D printing, says a team at the Michigan Technology University. With 3D printers becoming smaller (the size of a microwave oven) and cheaper (as little as $250), we can move away from the mass production and shipping of products, and make our stuff – from bottle openers to sneakers – on home printers. Click here to read more.
Happy 10th, Skype! Skype celebrated its 10-year anniversary. The service has 300 million connected users who have spent a collective1.4 trillion minutes on Skype; in November, Jacques Cousteau’s grandson Fabian Cousteau will call classrooms via Skype from his lab at the bottom the sea. Click here to view the anniversary infographic.
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