Vocablet of the Day: Inevitable

How far would you go to face your fears?  Would you climb into a coffin?

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Even though death is incapable of being avoided or prevented, most of us would prefer not to think about it.  Some, however, take the opposite approach.

In psychological terms, it’s called immersion therapy: throw yourself into whatever scares you.  If you’re afraid of spiders, let three of them crawl over your hands.  If you’re afraid of flying, book a ticket across the Atlantic.  And if you fear the inevitable approach of death, climb into a coffin.

Does the idea of getting into a coffin freak you out?  Or do you think it might make you feel more comfortable with the fact that your own death is inevitable?

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Vocablet of the Day: Spur

Soon, cigarette packs in the United States will boast large warnings and graphic images, like a pair of cancer-ridden lungs.  But will these methods get smokers to quit?

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The Food and Drug Administration in the United States is about to begin a new campaign to give an incentive or encouragement to smokers to quit.

Soon, cigarette packs in the U.S. will have warnings like these from the UK.

Starting in October, cigarette packages will be labeled with warnings about the dangers of smoking in an attempt to spur smokers to quit.  Hopefully, these highly visible warnings will  be more effective in spurring smokers to quit than other methods that are more easily ignored.

The spur-Cigarette Dangers Vocablet highlights a public health step that is overdue for the United States — placing strong warnings about cancer and other health risks on cigarette packages.

Do you think this kind of tactic will help spur smokers to quit?  Or will smokers simply ignore these warnings?

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Vocablet of the Day: Discrepancy

In the Occupy movement, the protesters claim to be the 99% of average workers protesting against the 1% of the hugely wealthy.  Why?

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One of the biggest issues for the Occupy movement is the difference or inconsistency in earnings between corporate executives and the average worker.

The huge discrepancy in wages means that the small number of people who are already wealthy (the 1 percent) grow richer while a much larger majority of people (the 99 percent) struggle to make ends meet.  The growing discrepancy also threatens to eliminate the middle class, leaving only the very poor and the very rich.

The discrepancy-Wage Gap Vocablet highlights the unjust distribution of money in the United States, where the amount of pay is not equal to the amount of work.

Have you noticed this wage discrepancy in your own life?  How might it affect you?

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Studylist of the Week: Google Projects

Nowadays, many people don’t “search” for information online, they “google” something.  The word has become synonymous with searching for all kinds of information, from basic web searches to scholarly research to mapping directions from here to there.

Google’s efforts have connected people and information in new and changing ways.  However, having control over much of the Internet’s information is a big job, and not every project goes smoothly.

VocabNetwork’s Google Projects studylist highlights some of Google’s innovative efforts and technological missteps.

 

The future is now: Google’s autonomous (able to make decisions free from outside control) cars actually drive themselves!

It sounds like something out of science fiction, but these cars have already driven themselves over 140,000 miles.

 

 

It seemed like a great idea at first: digitize every book ever published and make them freely available online.

Unfortunately, Google’s attempt to free literature was derailed (brought to a sudden stop) by copyright laws and a huge legal settlement.

 

 

Google caused some controversy when it picked up more than just images with its Street View cameras.

The cars accidentally collected wi-fi data from hotspots in Canada, contravening (going against) the country’s privacy laws.

 

 

Never one to back down from a challenge, Google has taken on a task that literature experts have been struggling with for centuries.

Researchers are working on a computer that can understand and translate (make sense of a language) poetry.

 

What do you think of Google’s attempts to free all information?  Are they doing good work or are they infringing too far on people’s right to privacy?