NY Times: Lactic Acid Is Not Muscles’ Foe, It’s Fuel — The notion that lactic acid was bad took hold more than a century ago, but more recent research suggests that it is actually a fuel, not a caustic waste product.
NY Times: Honda to Drop a Hybrid and Eventually Offer a New One — Honda is dropping the Insight, a quirky two-seater that gets an estimated 66 miles a gallon, and is preparing to introduce a new hybrid in 2009.
NY Times: The Nitpicking Nation — Craigslist provides a view of what Americans look for. The operative word is “no”: for starters, no pets and no smoking.
NY Times: States Struggle to Computerize School Records — Efforts to collect attendance logs, test scores and other data have cost more or taken longer than expected.
Forbes: 15 Ways to Live Longer
CNN: ‘Green roofs’ growing more popular — Green roofs, first championed in Germany, have grown in popularity around the world, and experts predict more growth as the practice sprouts as far away as China. In North America, green roof space grew 70 percent last year.
NY Times: Living: Golfing and Gardening (and Working) in Retirement — Takeaway: A 2002 AARP study showed that 71 percent of workers age 45 to 56 plan to work into their retirement years. Thirty-five percent of that group planned to work part time for interest or enjoyment, 11 percent expected to start their own businesses, 7 percent planned to retire from their current jobs, but work full time at something else, and 18 percent planned to work part time mainly for the income.
NY Times: Times Are Tough for News Media, but Journalism Schools Are Still Booming — Demand for seats in the nation’s journalism schools and programs remains robust, and these schools and programs are expanding.
NY Times: At an Industry Media Lab, Close Views of Multitasking — In a sleek Los Angeles lab, advertisers and media companies are researching Americans’ propensity for “concurrent media usage.”
NY Times: Drilling Down: The Case of the Disappearing Cookies — Advertisers use “cookies” to track Web users, but concerns about privacy are causing more and more users to delete these tiny files.
Reuters: Da Vinci Code’s last secret: how did it succeed? — (H)is was a formula that mixed clumsy, forgettable sentences with breakneck pacing, lectures on art, history and religion, sinister conspiracies, evil villains, puzzles and cliffhanger chapter endings to produce literary gold.