It’s Linky Sunday – put on the coffee and prepare your cursor :)
Here’s our roundup of the past week’s news.
Amsterdam’s oldest prostitutes retiring at 70. Citing arthritis and a growing lack of community among the city’s sex workers, twin sisters Louise and Martine Fokkens (pictured above) announced that they are leaving the business after having had sex with 355,000 men between them since becoming prostitutes at age 20. They recently told their story in a joint autobiography and were the subject of a documentary last year. Click here to read more.
Not ready to retire? Robert Strauss in the NY Times reported last week on a trend among older workers: retraining. Bartender, SAT grader, audiobook reader and high-school sports ref are among the jobs that near-retirement-age men and women have tested – and in many cases liked enough to turn to as their new careers. Click to read more.
File under “fascinating.” What makes you look younger or older? The obvious answers are gray hair, wrinkles, sagging skin…. Wrong! According to a new piece of research, it’s the tonal contrast between the skin and the facial features. The contrast diminishes with age, and we “read” it subconsciously – which might explain why women across centuries have used cosmetics to make eyes, lips and brows darker. Click to read more.
Faster route to Alzheimer’s treatment? The FDA plans to loosen rules for approving new Alzheimers drugs. Approval will be given for drugs that at early stages of the disease subtly improve performance on cognitive tests, and not just for those that are shown to improve day-to-day functioning (the current rule). Researchers will then have to continue studying a drug’s efficacy after it’s on the market. Read more by clicking here.
More on Alzheimer’s. Researchers at UCLA used computers to crunch the numbers on 4,000 brain connections and the genetic code, and came up with a novel way to screen for Alzheimer’s risk based on an abnormality on the genetic code. The development could lead to a treatment based on “switching off” the Alzheimer’s risk gene. Click to read more.
Deals for senior travelers Google Maps and AARP have teamed up to create a tool that lets you map your route and find AARP-member discounts along the way. We tested it for a trip from NYC to upstate NY. The result: free donuts, discounted mattresses, and deals on lodging and car rental. You can also use the tool to search your local area. Click to access the map.
Garbled text messages a sign of stroke. Doctors believe they’ve found a way to diagnose ischemic stroke in people who otherwise show only slight and inconclusive symptoms: attempted text messages come out disjointed, but the stroke victim thinks they make sense. The syndrome is called “dystextia.” Click to read more.
Millions flocking to Bible app. Five hundred and fifty-three years after Gutenburg put the Bible between covers (gasp), a newly relaunched Bible app could once again change the way the Christian world does religion. The app, YouVersion, encourages devotees to connect online with other Bible readers in a Facebook-like network. So far the app has been downloaded to 83 million devices.
A(nother) reason to learn Twitter. A city in China is seeking a “Modern Day Marco Polo” to spend 15 days exploring the area and 12 months tweeting about it (since Facebook and Twitter are blocked in China, the winning applicant will work remotely). The job was posted by Hangzhou Tourism Commission and pays $51,870 for the year. Click to read more!
$2,200 library late fine waived. In Estonia, a man in his late 80s finally returned a library book he had borrowed on March 7 1944. He blamed the late return on an aerial bombing that damaged the library during World War 2 and offered to pay the fine; the library waived it. Read the whole story here.
iPhone improv could save kids’ futures. Scientists in rural Tanzania used a simple $8 glass lens, double-sided tape and a cheap flashlight to turn an Apple iPhone into a field microscope that can detect intestinal worm infections in children, potentially saving millions from malnutrition and developmental issues. Read why this is a big deal by clicking here.
Speed dating by smartphone. The first video-based speed dating app just launched for iPhone, iPad and Android phones. Each “date,” using the mobile device’s built-in camera, lasts 90 seconds; if you like the match, you get their contact info. If not, you move on. No messing around. Visit Flikdate by clicking here.
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