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Featured Story - Passing On The Baton
In Ofunato, Japan a team of researchers are working to return
photos, found after the March 2011 tsunami, to their owners. T
he photos are
cleaned and then sent around the city so that residents can
look through albums to try and find any that belong to them.
" I try to remember that people found these photos in the
midst of rubble, and that I have to take the baton from them.
So that's where I get my motivation," Satoko Kinno, the
head of the research team says. Kinno vows to continue until
the last photo goes home. " I've really started to realize
the depth and meaning that each and every photo has to it, and
as such I want to do what I can to return as many photos as
I can," she added. Read about what the photograph team
does and talk with your students about photo taking and storing.
("Photos Make Slow Way Home"
- Intermediate Instant Lesson).
In Beijing driving schools are turning out scores of new drivers
and our lesson looks at the environment those drivers are facing
and how they prepare for it. "...No amount of classroom work
or simulated driving may prepare drivers for the roadways that
more closely resemble slow-moving battle grounds than transportation
arteries." ("Teaching Millions The Art Of War"
- Advanced Instant Lesson).
would like to read about something slower! How about considering
retiring to Ecuador? A magazine is offering an all expenses
paid trip to someone who'd like to try a month's retirement
in Ecuador. Our lesson looks at the competition and what
you need to be happy in retirement. ("A Happy Retirement"
- Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson.)
We also have a pre-intermediate lesson on a Swedish man who
was trapped in his snowed-in car for two months, a grammar worksheet
on reflexive pronouns and a warmer on the city of Melbourne,
Have a great month.
The English To Go Team
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- Photos Make Slow Way Home - Intermediate Instant
In Ofunato, Japan a team of researchers work to return
photos found after the 2011 March tsunami to their owners.
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|This month's Point
This month's Teaching Point comes from our
Aging in Office' |
Aging in Office : U.S. presidents
often outlive peers
by their "before" and "after" photographs, U.S. presidents
appear to age before our eyes, adding wrinkles and gray
hair with each year in office.
But contrary to conventional wisdom, a few years in the
White House do not appear to cut short the lives of U.S.
presidents, and most live longer than their peers, according
to a new study released on Tuesday.
" Just because they experience what would appear to
be accelerated aging outwardly, doesn't mean they will
die any sooner ," said S. Jay Olshansky, a demographer
at the University of Illinois at Chicago, whose study
appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Olshansky became interested in the subject earlier this
summer when President Barack Obama celebrated his 50th
birthday in Chicago, their shared hometown.
Media coverage highlighted "before" and "after" pictures
focused on the 44th U.S. president's graying hair and
deepening wrinkles, and repeated the common refrain that
the commander in chief tends to age at twice the rate
as the rest of us. " That would imply that they died
sooner than the rest of us ," Olshansky said in a
telephone interview. He decided to test that theory.
Olshansky calculated how long U.S. presidents would have
been expected to live based on their age and the year
in which they were inaugurated and compared it to how
long they actually lived. The four presidents who were
assassinated were excluded from the study.
To estimate the toll serving as U.S. president took, he
subtracted two days for every one day in office, approximating
the effects of aging at twice the normal rate. At that
rate, a four-year term would cut a president's estimated
remaining lifespan by eight years. Olshansky found that
23 of the 34 U.S. presidents who died from natural causes
did not appear to have their lives cut short by the stress
of leading the nation. They lived longer than men of their
same age and era - and in many instances far longer.
For example, the average age of the first eight presidents
at their time of death was 79.8 years - during a time
when life expectancy at birth for men was less than 40.
The reason is likely the effects of advanced education
and better access to health care, Olshansky said.
" All of these presidents benefited from the trifecta
of exceptional wealth, almost all were highly educated
and all of them had access to medical care ," said
Olshansky, who noted that there was no scientific way
to directly measure the rate of biological aging.
At the time of inauguration, the average age of presidents
in the study was 55.1, which means they managed to avoid
illness and infectious disease long enough to reach that
age and run for office. "They have survived the early
perilous decades of life," Olshansky said. "That
is not trivial."
He said the most recent eight presidents who died of natural
causes lived an average of 1.8 years longer than the first
eight. Olshansky attributed that finding to advances in
As for the before and after photographs, Olshansky said
stress may increase the visible signs of aging, but it
does not shorten a president's lifespan.
Thomson Reuters 2011