The Good, The Bad, and The Awkward – Your “Sunday” Evening News
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are the weekend highlights…
SR Interviews and Exclusives: If the Sensible Reason homepage isn’t bookmarked on your computer and you consider yourself a music lover, you’re selling yourself short. The SR team has been hitting up festivals around the country to bring you the best coverage from a music lover’s point of view. From Mysteryland to Lightning in a Bottle, the SR team will be front row this festival season to give you exclusive content and interviews not from the average newscaster. Every team member works steadfast and hard to bring you their personal passion. Stay tuned for more interviews like our exclusives with Sander Van Doorn or the bride of the Mysteryland wedding.
Cancer Survival Breakthrough: In a 10-year study, doctors have found that docetaxel, or Taxotere, could extend the life expectancy of men with prostate cancer by more than a year. Any study that finds an effective treatment for cancer is groundbreaking and monumental, but this particular drug is far less expensive than its counterparts. Per infusion, the generic form of docetaxel can be $1,500 less expensive than the other treatment given in the study. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, so anything that can save a loved one is worth looking into.
Stanley Cup Semi-Finals: Sports can be stressful. Some people gamble, some people like the social aspect, some people put their heart and soul into rooting for the home team. Hockey is a unique sport in that it’s the opposite of America’s past time, baseball. It’s fast-paced and extremely stressful. At any given second, an entire game can be turned onto its head. The Chicago Blackhawks lost the first 3 games out of their 7 game series with the Los Angeles Kings for the chance at the Stanley Cup. For those of you not into sports, that means that they had to win the next 4 games in a row for that chance. Well, the next 3 nail biting games ended in Blackhawk victory. The conclusive game 7 happens tonight.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fast things can change. Here’s what’s happening around the world…
Maya Angelou Dies At 86: Sensible Reason Contributor Jabari Kefele couldn’t have said it better: “… the world lost one of the most honest and creative souls to ever pick up a pen. The great poet, best-selling author, playwright, actress, civil rights activist, producer, director, calypso singer, dancer, world traveler, historian and educator Dr. Maya Angelou passed away [Wednesday] at the age of 86 in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.” Check out the entire tribute here.
Thai coup d’état: 2 weeks ago, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was ordered to step down by the country’s military. An unstable administration caused massive protests which forced ministries to close, and put a huge dent in the economy. Recently, the military government forced the rest of Shinawatra’s administrators out, and are now sending officers to control any protesters opposed to the coup. 5,700 police and soldiers were deployed in central Bangkok this week, where protesters had been gathering since the military declared martial law on May 20th. While this could mean great things for the country, it is unfortunate and scary whenever a government is overturned and someone new must take over quickly. We can only hope that the protests don’t become violent in later weeks.
FDA vs. Sunscreen: Ever wonder why you can load on a bunch of sunscreen, but still get a sunburn? Well, while the sun is getting stronger and the world heats up, the sunscreen you’re using hasn’t had any improvements since 1999. The FDA considers sunscreen an over-the-counter drug rather than a cosmetic product, so the process of approving new sunscreen is just as backed up as the next major allergy medication. Your skin is one of the most important organs you have. UV rays can damage DNA and cause a multitude of problems beyond just a little redness after a picnic. Until we get some stronger stuff — consider investing in a good parasol.
The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, take it as something pretty freaking cool, but, uh… here ya go.
Maleficent Banks $70 Million: Some people love film. For those who don’t, the much anticipated Maleficent banked $70 million this weekend! While one may be glad that actress Angelina Jolie was well enough to make a movie recently, whether or not it’s a good one is another story. Those who love the Disney fairy tale are allowed another side of the story, but did the story need to be retold as a Hollywood summer blockbuster? Probably not.
Real Life Transformers: Scientists at MIT have found a way to create self-forming “robots” simply by adding heat. It sounds like science fiction, but it’s real. These guys (and girls), a team led by Daniela Rus, used a type of polymer called polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. When the polymer is heated, it shrinks. The team made extremely intricate slits in the polymer, making the entire structure move in sync as it was heated, creating a desired shape. Rus stated, “You want to design those edges in such a way that the result of composing all these motions, which actually interfere with each other, leads to the correct geometric structure.” Check out the video below.
Bowe Bergdahl: After 5 years as a prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can finally come home. While this is amazing news, as Bergdahl was the last American soldier held captive from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, what was brought to the negotiation of his release is what is disturbing: his health had begun to fall rapidly, and his survival was in question. The government essentially traded Bergdahl for 5 Taliban officers held at the U.S. military prison Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. They did so 5 years after this man was held, because they were afraid he would die under their watch. They claim to have never forgotten about him, yet it took this man to be standing at the foot of his death bed for anyone to really make a quick decision. If I was taken prisoner, I would hope that someone would try and get me out far beyond the “I’m on the brink of death” line. It seems as though the American government finally paid attention to something in order to avoid a backlash from the public, seeing that they knew of his whereabouts and had the chance to negotiate his release. Bergdahl still has a lot to go through before he hits his front door, and the trauma he went through is hard to fathom. Good Luck, Sergeant…