Do you have a hard time keeping up with the news? Read below for the stories parents should hear this week.
Student graduates on subway train
Public transportation led to an interesting experience for one recent college graduate. While he was en route to his graduation in New York, Jerich Alcantara’s subway car stopped unexpectedly — the emergency brake was pulled and the train was stalled for hours. Alcantara and his family carried on with his graduation in the subway car! Alcantara graduated from the Hunter-Bellevue College of Nursing. When Alcantara and his family finally arrived to the official graduation ceremony, they found that it was already over. (CNN)
NASA to launch a probe to “touch the sun”
In 2018, NASA will be launching a small spacecraft to reach the sun. Scientists are hoping to learn more about the mysteries of the nearby star, including how the sun is able to direct winds at supersonic speeds and why the sun’s atmosphere is 300 times hotter than its surface. The probe will orbit the sun 24 times in 6 years, at its closest reaching about 3.9 million miles away from the star. The craft is named after Eugene Parker, a retired physicist who made revolutionary predictions about the sun’s nature. (NPR)
Family vacations have lasting impact on children’s happiness
Experts say that children benefit more from family vacations than from parents purchasing new toys. Planning and executing a family vacation can be tricky, but kids will enjoy the lasting memories you make together. Traveling can also benefit your children’s brain development. According to child psychologist Dr. Margot Sutherland, “An enriched environment offers new experiences that are strong in combined social, physical, cognitive, and sensory interaction.” (Parents)
Public pools may be contaminated
The CDC warns parents about dangerous pool water contaminated by parasites. Michele Hlavasa of the CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program says, “Cryptosporidium is a germ that can make people sick with diarrhea for up to three weeks.” The number of “crypto” outbreaks has doubled in the past two years. There were 32 cases reported in 2016 compared to 16 in 2014. The parasite spreads through contact with an infected person’s feces. Hlavasa recommends parents take their children on frequent bathroom breaks while swimming and discourage swallowing the water. (CNN)
Experts working to solve inequality in American cities
American cities demonstrate high levels of income inequality. Resources in many U.S. cities — access to jobs, transportation, and public space — are unevenly distributed, leading to wider disparities between high- and low-income families living in the same city. Local income inequality arises within neighborhoods when young, high-income families move into historically distressed neighborhoods and gentrify them. Low-income families living in exclusively poor neighborhoods are less likely to have access to resources. Experts are looking into ways to lower the income disparities in cities. (Huffington Post)
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