A Vaccine for Zika: Or maybe even three. Scientists have developed three types of vaccine that successfully protect monkeys from Zika. The next step is human trials, which are set to begin on one of the vaccines in October. Among U.S. citizens, the virus is posing a particular threat to members of the military: more than 40 service members have been infected since January, including one pregnant woman.
An Update on Strategy: After almost two years of U.S. air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, President Obama says he believes the strategy is “necessary, but not sufficient” to address the threat of terrorism. If the president had a council of historical advisers, would it help him develop a better response to ISIS? Here’s how two historians make the case.
At the start of every school year, Diane Levin, an education professor at Boston’s Wheelock College who teaches a course called “Meaning and Development of Play,” has her students interview people of different ages about how they used to play when they were children. The results are not surprising: Every year, her students report that interview subjects over age 50 played outside all day in big groups of their peers, with a few toys (“maybe a ball”) and no adult supervision. People between the ages of 20 and 40, who grew up in the 1980s, ‘90s, and early 2000s, watched a lot of television but still played outside, often make-believe games inspired by TV shows and movies.
For young people today, however, it’s a different story. “They hardly play. If they do play it’s some TV script. Very prescribed,” Levin said. “Even if they have friends over, it’s often playing video games.”
Back in 2008, after completing college, I went on a backpacking trip through South America. Best time I ever had.
But it didn’t end well. I was in Quito, Ecuador, and I returned late to my youth hostel after getting lost. I’m a rather huge fellow, so I wasn’t much nervous about it. While standing outside the place waiting for the receptionist to wake up, two ladies approached me—and wrapped themselves around me.
They did so not because of my immense allure, but rather to pickpocket me. After I felt my phone leave my pocket, I caught a hold of one of the señoras demanding it back. She took out a can of pepper spray and gave me a long extended blast to my face.