July 25, 2008

News of the Day: July 25

Posted in News at 4:06 pm by Katharine Lackey

  • Beijing’s solution to its air pollution problem doesn’t seem to be working, The Washington Post reports. Even though the city cut its traffic in half ahead of the Olympics, the air pollution index rose steadily this week. “The climb from a reading of 55 on Sunday to 110 on Friday — despite six days of forcing Beijing motorists to drive on alternate days — underscored the formidable challenge authorities face in trying to clear the air before athletes begin competing in the Aug. 8-24 Olympic Game,” the Post says.
  • A company in Nebraska requires all of its employees to undergo quarterly checkups measuring weight, body fat and flexibility. It also conducts annual blood, vision and hearing tests, CNN reports. The “wellness” program has been in place for 16 years and three full-time employees are devoted to its operation. “For the company, the payoff is significantly lower health-care costs. The company pays less than $4,000 per employee, about half the regional average and a savings of more than $2 million,” CNN says.
  • Sadly, Randy Pausch, who gave his famous “Last Lecture” last year passed away in his Virginia home early this morning, CNN reports. Pausch was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer in September 2006. Watch the lecture here.
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