Newsweek May 29, 2013

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01 old moms, tall kids

OLDER PARENTS of new babies sometimes feel that they are swimming against nature’s current, spawning in their 30s or 40s and not in their friskier 20s. A woman’s fertility is known to decrease after age 30—and especially after age 35—and the risk of genetic abnormalities in offspring increases. Well, there’s finally some good news for the not-so-young set, a silver lining for those who may have a few silver hairs. As reported in the journal PLOS ONE, investigators from New Zealand looked at 277 kids who were born after a normal, full-term pregnancy. When studied, the children were between 3 and 10 years old—not yet grown up but with a predictable growth trajectory. The researchers recorded their height and weight, took a few blood tests that may predict growth, and then…

02 hezbollah comes clean

FOR THE Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, the casualties finally became too numerous to explain away. It was already an open secret that the infamous ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (as well as Iran collaborator and longstanding Israel enemy) had been crossing into Syria to help Assad fight the country’s rebels. Hezbollah even held funerals for its so-called martyrs killed in combat, though the group never admitted how the fighters died. But as the number of Hezbollah deaths mounted in recent days, with many killed during a siege of the strategic town of Qusayr, Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, finally came clean on sending fighters to Syria. “It is our battle, and we are up to it,” he said in a May 25 speech that unequivocally tied Hezbollah to the outcome…

03 fight! fight! fight!

IMAGINE HAVING an altercation with a coworker. Now imagine being trapped with that person in a spaceship hurtling toward Mars. At NASA, scientists have been thinking a lot about the interpersonal friction that affects astronauts on mission—what they term “team risks”—and researchers have now come up with the prototype for a badgelike device that collects data on crew relations, such as “who initiated an interaction, who disengaged from the interaction, [and] vocal intensity during the interaction,” according to Steve Kozlowski, an organizational psychologist at Michigan State University, who leads the research. The device, which also has a heart-rate monitor, is designed to catch what Kozlowski terms “departures from the usual functioning of the team,” which is a nice way of describing fighting in space. The data about the astronauts’ behavior could be…

04 anatomy of a scandal

IT MAY have dominated headlines for weeks but to many, the Internal Revenue Scandal is complex and confusing— and it is still unraveling. For those trying to catch up, here’s a précis: earlier this month, Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, confirmed that conservative organizations had been improperly targeted by the administration in advance of the 2012 election, a revelation that meant the ax for IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, though that didn’t prevent a political firestorm. So far, three congressional committees are investigating, and the Justice Department, in cooperation with the FBI, has launched its own criminal probe. For months, Tea Party groups had complained that the IRS had been unfairly scrutinizing their applications for tax-exempt status, but Lerner officially confirmed it was true when she answered what turned…

05 oh la la

LOVE WAS in the air last week on the French Riviera. Just days after France legalized gay marriage, a lesbian love story scooped up the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival. Blue Is the Warmest Color (original French title: La Vie d’Adèle) tells the tale of a high school student and the blue-haired young woman who precipitates her coming of age. Equal parts touching and shocking (audience members wondered if its explicit sex scenes will make it across the Atlantic), the film is based on a graphic novel and represents the latest in director Abdellatif Kechiche’s attempts to give a voice to France’s more marginalized groups. The jury decided to honor not only Kechiche, but also his two leading ladies, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, who commented after…

06 when the media attacks

IT WAS not the British media’s finest hour. As news of the horrific killing of British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, filtered onto social media, it was accompanied by dire warnings: “Don’t trust Twitter ... Only believe in reputable news sources .” But professional news organizations were both slow and wrong. One eyewitness, a musician and filmmaker with the Twitter handle @boyadee, vividly tweeted details about the attack in his South London neighborhood by two “black men” with knives and meat cleavers. Hours later, courtesy of a government briefing, the BBC’s chief political correspondent Nick Robinson described the suspects as “of Muslim appearance,” a bizarre solecism he has since apologized for. The British press didn’t do much better the following morning. Like many other papers, the liberal-leaning Guardian led with the rant…