Two stories are putting a spotlight on clumsy uses of social media: First, of course, Rep. Anthony Weiner's dalliance with Twitter. As Mark reported, during a press conference today, Weiner admitted that he had tweeted a lewd picture of himself thinking he had direct messaged it to a woman. The picture was instead tweeted publicly and the media jumped on it, culminating in a tearful confession.
A baby's skin has got to be the most velvety soft substance on earth. That delicate skin makes babies and toddlers more vulnerable to sun damage, and to the chemicals in sunscreens intended to protect them.
Saying that "I have made terrible mistakes and have hurt the people I care about the most," a tearful Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) just admitted lying about a lewd photo he sent to a young woman and to having "inappropriate conversations" over social media and on the phone with "six women over the last three years."
He also said he is not going to resign from office.
Sam Fuller of Albany is part of a rare minority of homeschoolers who call themselves "unschooled" — a more unstructured self-directed form of homeschooling.
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Sam (right) with his mom, Pam Tellew, and his younger brother Nicky.
With summer on the horizon, many teens are looking forward to a break from school and tests. But for Sam Fuller of Albany, not much is going to change. Fuller is part of a rare minority of homeschoolers who call themselves "unschooled" — a more unstructured self-directed form of homeschooling. There are about 2 million registered homeschoolers in the U.S., a number that grows by about 10 percent a year. Sam's family can keep Sam and his brother home by registering their house as a private school.
Instead of building costly, huge nuclear power plants like the Exelon Byron station in Byron, Ill., engineers are scaling down — aiming for garage-sized reactors that produce just one-tenth the amount of electricity of a conventional facility.
Almost 60 years ago, engineers in Idaho switched on the world's first nuclear power plant. It was only able to illuminate four light bulbs. The reactor vessel in Idaho stood about eight feet high, and eventually it made enough electricity to power a building.
A nuclear plant today can produce 10,000 times as much electricity. But for the last 20 years, new nuclear plants have been too expensive to build. Now engineers are trying to revive the industry by thinking small again.