New York Times Summer Reading Contest

What the NRA Doesn’t Want You To Know
According the website MedlinePlus, 16 children are hospitalized every day from gun injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics research revealed that children face a public health menace with unintentional gun injuries and more children are injured in gun assaults. Researchers said that the data indicated that kids under 15 who suffered gun injuries were accidental victims. Kids 15 to 19 suffered gun injuries due to physical assaults. 57 percent of injuries to kids were unintentional. Almost 90 percent of victims were male. Half of the victims lived in dangerous neighborhoods. To read more about this issue, click on Could more stringent gun laws reduce these injuries? Not according to the NRA.

New York Times Summer Reading Contest for Kids
Beginning June 16th The Times will ask kids “what interested you most this week and why?”
Every Tuesday beginning July 4th the Times will publish the winners’ names from the previous week and feature what the winners wrote. Contest rules and registration materials will be found on line at The article provides a link to a downloadable PDF that provides all the details. The Times limits the contest to teenagers from 13 to 19. So, sorry genus 6th graders, you’re too young. The contest does not award money prizes, but winners get published in the paper.

Data From BLS For Writers of All Ages
For everyone who wants to write, technology today provides many avenues for paid work. The salary information featured here, though, indicates that the average writer makes slightly more than the US average salary all wage earners. While there are exceptions to the rule, writing jobs may be less desirable than other professions as college grads weigh the salary outlook against college loan debt. To find out more, surf over to

Government Purges Global Warming From EPA Web Pages
In an example of climate denying, the Trump administration removed all climate information from the agency’s website. Scott Pruitt, agency head, said that the change will give voice to the new direction adopted by the administration. To read more about this head-in-the-sand approach to policy making, visit

Scientists Collect Human-like DNA in Cave Dust
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology located in Leipzig, Germany say that very little human bone material is needed to find DNA in the dust found in empty caves. Finding the DNA is one thing, analyzing the DNA to understand what it means is another. Work continues on understanding the data. For more information, click on An interesting first step.

James Fenimore Cooper’s Daughter Is First American Female Nature Writer
Susan Fenimore Cooper became the first American Woman to publish Nature Writing. So says the Library of Congress, Susan Fenimore Cooper published Rural Hours By A Lady based on Journals written in 1848 and 1849 that focused on weather, fauna and flora in and around Cooperstown, New York. Susan lived most of her life in Cooperstown, although she did live in New York City and in France. Another work, Journal of a Naturalist in the United States, was published in London in 1855. The article posts several links to online sources where readers may access and read the books on line. To find out more about the relatively unknown Susan Cooper, visit This is yet another example of useful government programs.

Space Junk Surrounds Earth and Should Be Cleaned Up
Earthlings have been shooting objects into space since 1957. Today more than 7,000 satellites spin around us making it increasingly difficult to find space for new satellites. Now the European Space Agency is speaking up about this threat. In fact, according to Holgar Krag, head of the ESA Space Debris Office, there are more than 20,000 pieces of junk more than 10cm in size and 750.000 bits larger than 1cm. Particles of this size are capable of damaging space crafts. To learn more about this problem, click on And so it goes.

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