Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

  • 1. Watch out Chicken Little: the sky is falling

  • China's first space station - Tiangong-1 - is out of control and expected to crash on Earth this weekend. While scientists don't know specifics, they calculate that the landing will occur between 43 degrees South and 43 degrees North latitudes (aka several states in U.S. from California to Pennsylvania).

  • What to say when your kid decides to wear a helmet to school...

  • Surviving reentry into Earth's atmosphere is more like a walk in the Hunger Games than a walk in the park. In other words, the space station isn't going to come crashing through your roof. However, it is expected that pieces of the space station will survive reentry, but the odds of getting hit in the head by a piece of space metal are crazy low - as in less than one in a trillion.

  • If you want to do something a little more exciting than watching the sky for rogue pieces of metal, try making these glow in the dark bubbles and fruit rockets!


  • 2. Washington bids conversion therapy

  • This week, Washington state signed a bill to ban conversion therapy for minors. Conversion therapy is the practice of trying to change someone's sexual orientation from either homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual. Washington isn't the first (and likely won't be the last) to make this therapy illegal to children, although there are still 40 states that allow it.

  • Something to chew when you find heart-outlined initials on your child's notebook...

  • You may be aware that children who identify as LGBT have higher rates of suicide attempts and substance abuse, and up to a quarter of youth who come out to their parents are kicked out of their homes.

  • An estimated 5 to 10 percent of Americans identify as homosexual - and one of these people may be your child. Conversations with children about sex are classically awkward. There's no user manual that fits every parent on talking about tricky topics like sexual orientation. After all, each family has different values, different dynamics and different communication styles. But if you want some suggestions, check out Dr. Aron Janssen's six suggestions on how to have these healthy conversations with your children. Then do what works for you.


  • 4. Daily Data

  • Source: Pew Research


  • 6. What's trending

  • Taylor Swift

  • If you think old Taylor is dead, think again. Swift just dropped a SECOND music video for her song "Delicate" so it better be chill that she's in our heads. Check it out on Spotify.

  • Taylor Swift - Delicate
    Taylor Swift - Delicate / via Spotify

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